That Ominous SHOONK Sound

September 29, 2009 at 5:04 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Not long ago, I purchased a Seth Thomas clock on ebay. Not a particularily valuable timepiece, dating to somewhere around the 50s. Art deco and really rather fetching in my opinion. The gong isn’t very loud, which is a good thing for a clock in the living room. It’s not so loud as to be distracting, but when the TV is off it’s a nice volume.

I’ve been regulating it for a while now. It seems like whoever owned it before me had a tallcase clock(i.e. grandfather), and thought it should tick at the same rate. It was running egregiously slow. I was getting it close, and it was ticking merrily away. Then suddenly, the clock made an ominous SHOONK sound. This is the sound of a mainspring breaking.

I opened the clock, and disassembled the movement. Yup, the time train mainspring has broken. Ah well, time for an order to Perrin’s….


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