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Carriage Clock Gong Bounce

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Do you know what the cause is? I'm assuming that a spring or damper has failed?

The clock has three mainsprings - I'm assuming the small one is for a secondary chime? The barrel cover has popped off so haven't touched it..

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Well it is not hitting the gong hard enough, it is hitting the "stop" and bouncing back up again, there is a small spring on the other side of the arm which gives extra power for the downward stroke

The fix would be to bend the arm down a smidge, but a word of caution, this must be done very gently and in a way which puts no stress on the soldered end of the arm where it pivots. Be careful!!! :) 

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Thanks. Not really planning on doing it myself as I don't know why the barrel cover has come off either.

There are three buttons on the base - left cycles day - right cycles date but the middle is loose and does nothing?

It's a Matthew Norman 8-Day Moonphase clock for reference.

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Can anyone recommend a good clock repairer in the UK? I'd love to do it myself but don't have the time and it's probably too expensive for me to bugger up.

I had a quote from the only Matthew Norman approved repairer in the UK but it was daft.

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The middle one is for setting the alarm, if your struggling to find someone i could do it in a few months time...........there is some great repairers about

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Ah OK - well it definitely doesn't do that. I'll see if I can find someone in the meantime otherwise will take you up on your offer.

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There is an an arbor for setting the alarm - which works though don't think I'll ever be using it.

I've sent it to Canterbury Clocks for repair as they specialise in Matthew Norman clocks so hopefully it will come back working correctly. I'll update if anyone is interested.

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Well my advice is don't ever use Canterbury Clocks & Curios who demonstrated a farcical level of incompetence. Having discussed the problems and assured the clock would be stripped, serviced and tested I find middle-man Alan outsources the repair and tries to do so on the cheap.  Half the problems haven't been fixed despite being told it would be "like new" and it cost over £50 in postage alone. At least the repairer managed to fix the moonphase adjuster on the second attempt :rolleyes:.

 

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