Clocks, Watches/Chime sound

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QUESTION: I have a Viking movement 111/133 with moving moon dial in my grandfather clock. It keeps time fine, and chimes and strikes correctly, but the chimes sound like they are in slow motion. Could you tell me what may be causing this?

ANSWER: Jean, for detailed diagnostics I usually need the model number of the movement (found on the back plate of the movement) because there is very little cross reference to the manufacturer's model numbers, such as you have given me.  However, I should be able to give you some general information on your chime problem.  There could be a couple of causes for your chimes running slow.  One is that the movement hasn't been serviced in the last 7 to 10 years.  The lubricants become old and gummy and/or parts can be worn.  This usually happens gradually, until the chimes stop working.  The other cause can be that the weights are hung incorrectly.  The chime function usually takes a heavier weight than the other two.  The general rule is that if one weight is heavier than the other two equal ones, it hangs on the right (as you face the clock.)  If one weight is lighter than the other two equal ones, it hangs on the left.  The difference here is that a pendulum can be a lighter type such as a wood stick with a small to medium pendulum bob, or it can be a heavier one such as a Lyre pendulum with metal rods and a large bob.  This can require a weight (in the center) as heavy as the chime weight.  If the weights are hung correctly and the chime is running slow, It might need to be looked at by an experienced clockmaker.  If you don't know of one in your area, I can check to see if there might be one of our Internet Clocksmiths Group near you.  Let me know.

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

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QUESTION: Please check to see if one of your Internet Clocksmiths Group is near me because my clock has not been service in several years.

ANSWER: Jean, I need to know the area in which you live.

John Newman

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QUESTION: Sunbury, Pa

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Jean, I could find no one in PA on my current list.  I sent out an inquiry to see if anyone knows of a clockmaker in the area that they could recommend. If they do I will contact you again.

John Newman
THE VILLAGE CLOCKSMITH
Vintage Emperor Clock Consultant
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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