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Hi John,My clock has trouble with the chime cycle.Sometimes it will chime,then the clock will stop running in the chime mode.If I put the lever in silent mode, the clock will run fine,when I put it back in chime it will run for awhile and stop.if I go to advance the minute hand,it feels jammed,so I turn it backwards,it will free up,why?So I just keep it in the silent mode and it runs wonderful.Thank You,Stanley Wolak Palm Coast FL.

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Stanley, I believe you are talking about a Howard Miller clock. Sometimes they use different model movements in the same case, so I am not sure of the movement model.  But I don't think that makes a difference in the problem you are having with your clock, as it is rather common with all clocks.  Has your clock been serviced in the last 7 to 10 years?  If not it could be that the oils have become gummy and/or there are some worn parts.  The chimes become intermittent and finally stop before other problems happen such as the clock stopping.  There could be a couple of causes for the hand jamming, bit it is most likely that the chime is locking up while a lever is lifting which will cause the hand to jam. It would probably need to be looked at by an experienced clockmaker to service service it, which includes possibly removing it from the case, cleaning, inspecting oiling, adjusting and testing.  I have had customers oil their own clocks, but sometimes it has proven too difficult, as it is rather complicated to remove and reinstall the movement from the case on some models.  And if there are other problems it would be best to have a clockmaker do the job.  If you don't know of any clockmakers in your area, I know one that is in Melrose, east of Gainsville which would be around 50 miles from you.  These are just some suggestions and if you have any more questions, get back with me.

John Newman
Vintage Emperor Clock Consultant
THE VILLAGE CLOCKSMITH
Old Prattvillage
Prattville, Alabama

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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

Publications
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)

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

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