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Un-Packing and Set-Up for Chiming Clocks
If your clock has a Bakelite back access door be very careful not to bend or break it. Bakelite of this age is very fragile and breaks easily. Gently lift up on the door and remove it from all of the brass nails that hold it in place. Please be very careful while unpacking this clock. Gently remove all the packing material from inside the clock making sure not to bend or break any of the inside components like the hammer arms or chime rods.
NEVER turn the hands counterclockwise on this clock!! To set the time, ONLY move the hands forward.
We suggest that use keep the packing material and box for a while until you are sure your clock is operating as it should. There could be internal damage that occured in transit or for some other reason , your clock may have to be shipped back to us. This will save you money on shipping supplies and you will be able to properly pack the clock for return. It is not usual for a clock to have to come back to the shop, but it does happen from time to time.
Once you have unpacked the clock, you can proceed with setting the time. You can do it two different ways depending on what time it actually is and what time is set on the clock. If the time difference is great, remember you can only advance the hands, then doing it unplugged will be faster. If the time is close, then you can do it while the clock is running. In any case, you will want to plug the clock in and check to make sure it is running before proceding.
**View our video on setting the time HERE**
If your clock is so equipped, you need to unlock and lower your chime hammers. The lock lever is located on the back of your movement. Push this lever fully downward. After being fully depressed, the hammer arms should move freely and strike the chime rods as you move the clock around.
After plugging the clock in, you should notice that that the second hand moves, and the clock begins to operate. Allow it to run for a minute before proceeding. Most clocks have a handset knob on the back to adjust the time. Some have opening glass and brass bezels on the front and you will need to use your fingers to advance the hands. Please take note as to which kind you have. Once you are satisfied the clock appears to be running, advance your minute hand to the next quarter hour position. When you hear a “Click”, stop.
After a couple of seconds, you should hear the chimes play. The correct number of notes to be played increased by 4 each interval. After the chimes play, you should hear another click indicating they have shut off. IF YOUR CHIMES DO NOT SHUT OFF, THIS COULD INDICATE DAMAGE! If so far, so good, continue to the next section.
To use the “Rapid Method” of setting your time, the first thing to do is UNPLUG THE CLOCK.
Regardless what time your actual time is, when advancing the hands on your Revere/GE, you must stop the minute hand at the :30 mark before the actual time in order to keep your chimes in sync! So now, advance your hands. Since your clock is unplugged, you’ll hear clicking as you turn the hands, but nothing happening. This is normal.
Now, once you get to the :30 mark before your actual time, PLUG THE CLOCK BACK IN!
After plugging the clock in, the clock will chime and play 8-notes. Once the clock has played those 8-notes, advance to the next quarter and stop. At the ¾ hour mark, the clock will play 12-notes. Once it has played the 12-notes, turn the hands to the top of the hour.
At the top of the hour, your clock will play 16-notes followed by a count of the hours. PLEASE NOTE! Clocks made after 1933 will need to continue to run, even if the striking stops. Allow the clock to run until you hear a series of clicking before continuing!
Once you are sure the strike sequence has fully stopped, advance the hands to match the correct time, plug the clock in, and YOU ARE DONE!
Using the Standard Method (Set time is close to actual time).
At the top of the hour, your clock will play 16-notes before starting to count the hours! At 1:00, the clock will strike once. IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT ALTHOUGH THE STRIKE HAS STOPPED, THE BIG WHEELS IN THE BACK OF THE CLOCK ARE STILL TURNING! YOU CANNOT ADVANCE TO THE NEXT QUARTER HOUR UNTIL ALL THE WHEELS HAVE STOPPED! AN AUDIO SIGNAL TO HELP DETERMINE THIS IS A SERIES OF CLICKING SOUNDS. IF YOU ADVANCE TO THE NEXT QUARTER HOUR WHILE THE BIG WHEELS ARE STILL TURNING, YOU WILL TEMPORARILY PUT YOUR CHIMES OUT OF SYNC! IF SO, THEY MAY PLAY IMPROPERLY, OR NOT PLAY AT ALL UNTIL THE CLOCK CORRECTS ITSELF!
Advance the hands to each quarter hour, stop, allow the chimes to play, and then go to the next quarter hour. Continue to the correct time allowing the series of clicks to run before advancing past each quarter hour.
One nifty feature built into all Telechron movements is a self-correcting feature that will automatically put your chimes back into sync. This feature comes into play if you make a mistake, or, if the clock skips a chime during normal operation.
If your chimes go out of sync, it is possible that they won’t play right, or even play at all! You may hear clicking, but nothing happens. If you think your clock is out of sync, simply set your time, plug it in, and leave it alone. The self-correcting feature may take to 90 minutes or longer to work, but the clock will eventually re-set itself and you’ll be as good as new!
“My chimes sound terrible! How can I correct that?”
The packing and shipping of your clock may often upset the delicate settings of your chimes. FOR THIS WE APOLOGIZE, BUT PLEASE UNDERSTAND IT IS AN UNAVOIDABLE SITUATION! We have a web page dedicated to the correction of most sound quality problems that come up.
**View our video for adjusting the hammers and chimes HERE
Care of your wood case
Almost all Revere and GE clocks were made up of mainly mahogany. Mahogany is considered to be a hardwood. Although of all the hardwoods in its category, it is the softest, and does have a tendency to dry and age. The wood on your clock has been treated the old-fashioned way using rich oils to give back the moisture the wood craves. You can prolong the look and condition of your wood by wiping down in a quality cleaner enriched with OIL! (A favorite of ours is Formby’s Lemon Oil Treatment available at Wal-Mart or Ace Hardware). Do not clean with any type of abrasive. We do not recommend the use of wax, polyurethane, varnish or any other product that would seal over the pores of the wood.
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