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Cuckoo Clock Doctor
Bringing Cuckoo Clocks Back From Extinction, One Clock at a Time!
My Granddaughters say, "If your cuckoo is sick, our Papa will make it tick"!
Hello friends and welcome to my Site! Whether your cuckoo clock has been silent for 50
years or its brand new and the cat pulled it off the wall and it broke you've come to the right
place! Finding a clock shop these days that will repair a cuckoo clock and much less repair
them correctly can be very frustrating. Clocks shops and dedicated repair men are becoming
fewer and further in between as time goes on. Most clock shops don't like to take cuckoos or
won't take in cuckoo clock's because they are more complicated and can be very time
consuming to repair. When most clock shops do take them in they will likely want to replace
your old original clock movement and bellows with new ones and tell you that this doesn't
matter or that it's even better for your clock to have a new movement installed and that this
practice is also more economical for you. This saves them time, effort and skill and they will
just add the cost of the expensive new parts to their labor. Your original bellows tops, whistle
pipes and movements will wind up on eBay. I'm here to let folks know that replacing the
original movement in your clock will devalue it as well creating what is known in the clock
world as a "Married Piece" or meaning a clock case that is married to a non original clock
movement. In most cases the older clock movements as well as other components inside are
of far better quality that the new replacement movements and parts being sold on the
market! Let me also tell you that it's easy for someone in the know to spot the difference
between a cuckoo clock's original movement and one that has had a new replacement
movement stuck inside.
Don't fall for the latest scam. There are some people advertising to oil and adjust your clock
for a low price and if that is all your clock needs, save the shipping and just ask me. The
gimmick price is always a guaranteed loser because you will be charged for any and
everything else that they can get away with. My shop doesn't work that way. My workshop
is tooled up for just cuckoo clocks and I have many years experience under my belt with
these special clocks and I have a great passion for them. Although I can and do from time to
time work on all other types of clocks when I am asked to I have chosen to specialize in
cuckoo clocks and they are 95% of my business. Cuckoo clocks are time consuming because
you have to remove their whistle pipes and bellows "the coo coo whistles", wires, the bird,
chains, and in many cases a music box just to get to the clock's mechanical movement. Most
of the modern built cuckoo clocks contain musical boxes inside them and may have various
other animations to deal with as well. These components are all crammed into it's case and
their proper adjustment is critical for them to work properly. This is where my vast
experience with cuckoo clocks pays off and I very much enjoy working on them as well.
Now, here is the rub. Most modern built cuckoo clocks that have been prouced since the end
of World War Two have about an average 20 year first life of running time before they
develop enough mechanical wear to stop them from running. Once they get to that point
they will not be able to run any longer and may not strike correctly either. If the clock has
been stored for a long time and not used, particularly in hot or humid environments such as
an attic or a garage you can bet it's going to have some issues! Generally older cuckoo clocks
have deteriorated fabric on the bellows which force air into the whistle pipes. These bellows
do not to work without an airtight seal causing them not to produce their notes which in turn
means no cuckoo sound can be made. I will replace the fabric on your original bellows with
new synthetic material or leather if needed. I also cover the whistle pipes with a new layer of
decorative and protective paper which is one of our signatures. This protective paper will
keep your whistle pipes in good working order far into the future. I won't try to sell you new
whistle pipes or new bellows tops unless it is absolutely necessary as yours have somehow
been damaged beyond repair , I will restore the originals. While your clock is completely
apart I will clean it's wooden case and treat in to a lemon oil bath which will make the wood it
is made from look absolutely stunning once again and help the Linden wood it is made from
to not be dry and brittle by regaining it's natural strength. The same care applies to your
clock's original movement. I will totally disassemble your clock movement and clean it
ultrasonically. I will polish all the pivots and check the front and back plates for mechanical
wear and tear. I will install as many bushings, (bearings in the plates that the wheels rotate
on) in the plates as your clock's movement needs to correct all the mechanical wear it has
sustained during it's first life and to make it in essence brand new again. Before I put your
movement back into it's wooden clock case, I will run your movement outside the case for 1
week on a test stand and connected to a computer. The computer program will count every
tick and every strike of the clock and this data along with careful observation helps me to
spot problems if there are any. After this testing checks out, I reassemble your clock
movement back into it's case with all it's complications, make any needed adjustments and
then I will run the clock on our test wall for up to an additional two weeks to make sure it is
running and performing perfectly as well as keeping good time before shipping it safely back
to you complete with one year warranty on my work. I will include a full instruction sheet on
setting up and operating your clock. When your clock leaves my shop it will be as good as
brand new once again it should give you another two or three of decades of faithful service
and enjoyment before developing enough mechanical wear to warrant needing another
So what's next? I know you have questions. Every customer of mine does.
How do I pack and ship my clock? It's simple! You can find detailed packing and shipping
instructions under the shipping tab on the left to help you out with this. Please make contact
with me before shipping your clock so I will be expecting it's arrival and I will also let you
when your clock arrives at the shop.
How long will a restoration on my clock take? I keep a small backlog of work at any given
time and although I begin the work on each clock when it arrives I do try and finish and test
them in the order they've arrived to be fair to all of my customers. It typically takes four to
five months for me to complete a full restoration on any clock including the lengthy testing
period I put them through. I tell folks this may seem like a long time at first but this is a drop
in the bucket compared to how long will enjoy your clock again after it leaves my shop. You
can expect decades of faithful service from it once again after it returns home!
How much does it cost? About 90% of cuckoo clocks I receive fall under my $319 flat price.
You can read about this under the repair prices page of my site. Just click the tab on the left
to take you there! There are some clock movements that do not fit the basic price and run
slightly higher due to their added complexity. If you want to know exactly what movement
your clock has inside send me a photo of the movement inside and I will be happy to tell you
what it is and what the price will be.
Do I send money up front? No! I will invoice you when your clock is finished and up on my
test wall running and performing perfectly and you can pay me at that time.
Have more questions? If you have any more questions I haven't answered here, please don't
hesitate to ask me! You can simply send me an email or call me at the shop 901-828-1220 to
speak with me! Thank you for letting me repair your treasured cuckoo clock!
All the best,
John "Papa" Barnette
"The Cuckoo Clock Doctor"
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all models no matter when it was built or what shape it is in currently it can be made as
good as brand new once again! German Cuckoo Clock Repair, Musical Cuckoo Clock
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