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Repair of German Musical Anniversary Clock
By Spencer Chase

There has already been an offer regarding the music box side of the
clock-music box combination.  I just recently repaired an anniversary
clock that belonged to my grandmother.  I had previously brought it
to a clock repair person and he could not get it to work for more than
a couple of days.  So, I thought it was probably hopeless.

I ended up cheating a little by replacing the movement with one from
a newer clock that I got at a thrift store for $9.95.  The original
could probably have been repaired but it would have definitely required
removing and cleaning the main spring and I did not want to attempt
that.  So I had to get the new (still old) clock working and it was
quite a challenge and learning experience.

I found several things wrong with the clock and had to fix and adjust
these problems as well as make a bunch of modifications to allow the
decorative parts such as the pendulum and dial to work with the newer
movement.  I had to do this to be able to still think of it as
"Grandmother's clock".  Most of the necessary information came from
a book I bought on Amazon but the modification of the pendulum and
suspension wire were pretty much my own experimental process.

The book is called "400 Day Clock Repair Guide" by Charles Terwilliger.
The Tenth Edition is recommended for newer clocks but the 9th edition
is copyrighted 1984 and can be bought for a lot less money than the
tenth.  It had all that I needed and more -- a really good book.  The
clock is still running two weeks, at least.

Spencer Chase
Northern California

(Message sent Wed 14 Sep 2016, 01:03:48 GMT, from time zone GMT-0700.)

Key Words in Subject:  Anniversary, Clock, German, Musical, Repair

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