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Jerry wrote at 2013-02-10 23:47:28
Here is what I observed with my clock, which experienced the same one-chime-only symptom.  The "strike lifting lever" was not lifting high enough to allow the "toothed rack" to fall, therefore it continued in the last, one chime position (instead of resetting as a part of the top of the hour movement.  I bent the lever up (actually, I expanded the "U" by using a snap-ring pliers, which works in opposite fashion of regular pliers).  Note, a little expansion goes a long way.  I found out the hard way and had to adjust multiple times before it worked correctly.   My clock strikes the correct number of chimes for the first "time" in a number of years.  I did not do anything to cause the problem - not even moving the clock.  So leverage must work against the "strike lifting lever" over time.  Hope this helps.  I have spent a lot of time searching the Internet for an answer.  Your site had the detail to get me started.  Thanks!!

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As I am not a certified appraiser I do not give values of clocks over the Internet. There is very little published information on what I consider to be the value of "modern production clocks". However, 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. As clock case model label numbers are difficult to relate to the movements, it is helpful if you can give me the information usually found on the movements themselves. Modern clock movements usually have the information on the back plate of the movement. I have been a clockmaker for about 40 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 in Prattville, Alabama.


One of my greatest accomplishments was traveling to China to assist a clock factory in building clocks to the standards which we required at Emperor. 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.

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

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

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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