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QUESTION: Hi John,I just received my Jauch P.L.61cm from a service cleaning and tuneup. The movement installs in a Gazo Granddaughters clock,however the chime & strike hammers are not working and the service person is not available for help. When the lever is in the on position the chimes & strikes do not work. I have to lift the chime & strike levers for the chimes & strikes to operate only one time. When I move the minuet hand clockwise around the 1/4,1/2,3/4 and hour, the movement just clicks no chimes or strikes. Is there an adjustment I should make to the levers? Attache are photos

ANSWER: Jack, I cannot really tell if the lever has anything to do with the chime and strike hammers not working.  Of course, in normal operation the strike will not function if the chime is not completing it's hourly function.  I believe that if you hear a click, that means the silent lever is out of the way.  After you hear the click, have you tried to (gently) turn the gears on the chime side to see if they are completely jammed or just stalled out?  Try that and get back with me.  We'll try to think of something else.  I don't know if your clockmaker is not available for help temporarly or not, but not seeing the clock, I cannot advise you to make any adjustments, as he might claim that you tampered with his work.  Did you deliver the movement to him in the case and receive it that way, or did you install it yourself?  Sometimes a lever or device can get out of adjustment in installing.  Let me know.

John Newman
THE VILLAGE CLOCKSMITH
Old Prattvillage
Prattville, Alabama



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QUESTION: John, I removed the movement from the Gazo case packed the movement in two boxes and shipped. The chime drum is not jammed or stuck. When I lift the chime lever the chimes and strikes work.When moving the minuet hand around clockwise the first time the chimes and strike will work only once,after that just clicks no chimes or strikes.I have given up on the person who work on the movement, as he can not come up with the solution to fix this issue.I have been told this might be a synchronization problem with the 4 cams. The clock runs but will not chime and strike with the hours.
Thank you,
Jack Peterson

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Jack, sometimes when a clock owner removes a movement, ships and then re-installs it on return, some external parts can get knocked out of alignment.  However, it doesn't sound like this happened.  First, the strike probably does not have a problem, as it will not work anyway unless the chime completes its hour chime. So, let's look at the chime.  Something is keeping it from tripping and/or running,  It could be a sync problem, a lift arm problem or a worn star cam (not likely).  It could even be that power is not reaching the gears because of a weak mainspring or a friction problem from a worn bushing.  Regarding the 4 cams, I would think the referral is to the chime hammer cams.  If they were out of sync the notes would play but be out of sequence.  I am sorry that the person that worked on it cannot resolve the problem.  I don't like to judge anyone, particularly another clockmaker, but an experienced clockmaker would be familiar with the problem and solution, if given the correct symptoms, particularly after servicing it.  A big problem here is that the movement would have to be returned to the clockmaker.  I try to insure that everything has been thoroughly checked and tested before shipping a movement, but I have had a couple fail.  My solution was to contact a local clockmaker and have them check the problem, or have it returned.  In both cases, one I paid for the other service and the other I paid for shipping.  I made very little or no profit, but I accepted the responsibility. If you would like to discuss this further, I might be able to give you some additional details.  We can make phone contact and I can point out what to look for in the tripping sequence. As I don't give or ask for personal contact information on Allexperts, please reply to my shop email address below and that will help to free up my limited Allexperts question queue.


John Newman
THE VILLAGE CLOCKSMITH
Located in Old Prattvillage
Prattville, Alabama

klokdok@juno.com

Due to the number of Allexperts questions and
the workload I have at my clock shop, I regret
that I cannot answer personal email questions
on a timely basis other than Allexperts follow
up questions.


John Newman
THE VILLAGE CLOCKSMITH
Located in Old Prattvillage
Prattville, Alabama

klokdok@juno.com

Due to the number of Allexperts questions and
the workload I have at my clock shop, I regret
that I cannot answer personal email questions
on a timely basis other than Allexperts follow
up questions.

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As much as I would like to offer values of clocks, I am not a certified appraiser and will not venture into giving an unresearched guess. There is very little published information on what I consider to be the value of "modern production clocks". Considerations are what the clock originally sold for, the condition of the case and movement, and particularly the area in which you live, the demand and the economy. ALSO, WATCHES ARE NOT MY FIELD. However, I can advise the clock owner on proper maintenance of a clock to keep it running, small corrections and adjustments and how to move a clock without damaging it. I can also advise on obtaining parts for clocks. It helps if you can send any information on the clock movement which is usually found on the back plate of the movement. I have been a clockmaker for about 35 years and was plant engineer in the mid 90's and later operations and engineering consultant at Emperor Clock Company in Fairhope, Alabama. I now have my own clock shop.

Experience

One of my greatest accomplishments was traveling to China to assist a clock factory in building clocks to the standards which we required. With the proper specifications and quality control, some beautiful clock cases were built. The factory people from the wood carvers to the plant manager were very congenial, friendly and I left a lot of wonderful friends when I returned from my trips.

Organizations
NAWCC (National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors) 30 years Prattville, Alabama Chamber of Commerce

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Horological Times, a publication of the American Watch and Clockmakers Instute. Collaberated column author, with Photos and ideas for clock movement conversion article.

Education/Credentials
Associate of Science Mechanical Engineering Technology Emperor Introductory Clock Repair (Eventually taught a portion of the class after becoming employee)

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Small Business of the Quarter (Prattville, Alabama) Leadership Class of 2009 (Autauga County, Alabama)

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