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Cuckoo Clock Doctor
The Cuckoo Clock Doctor
Bringing Cuckoos Back From Extinction, One Clock at a Time!
My Granddaughters say, "If your cuckoo is sick, our Papa will make it tick"!
Whether your cuckoo clock has been silent for 50 years or its brand new and the cat pulled it
off the wall,  finding a clock shop that will repair it and repair it correctly can be very
frustrating.  Most clock shops won't take in cuckoos because they are more complicated and
very time consuming.  When they do take them in they will replace your old original
movement and bellows with new ones and tell you it doesn't matter or that it's even better
for the clock and more economical for you.  This saves them time and they will just add the
cost of the new parts to their labor. Your original bellows tops, whistle pipes and movements
wind up on eBay.  Replacing any of the original components to your clock will devalue it
as well creating what is known in the clock world as a "Married Piece" or meaning a case
married to a non original clock movement.  In most cases the older clock movements are of
far better quality and it's easy to spot the difference between a clock's original movement and
a new replacement.

Don't fall for the latest scam.  There are some people advertising to oil and adjust your clock
for a low price.  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.
I don't work that way.  My workshop is tooled up for just cuckoos and I have many years
experience and a great passion for them. Cuckoo clocks are time consuming because you
have to remove their whistle pipes and bellows "the coo coo whistles", wires, the bird,
weights, chains, and music box just to get to the clock's movement.  These components are
all crammed into it's case and their adjustment is critical.  That is where  my experience with
cuckoo clocks pays off.  

Now, here is the rub.  Generally old cuckoo clocks have deteriorated fabric on the bellows
causing the whistles not to work without an airtight fit.  I replace the fabric on the bellows
with new synthetic material or leather if needed.  I won't try to sell you new whistle pipes or
new bellows tops unless it is absolutely necessary as yours are damaged beyond repair , I
will restore the originals.  While your clock is 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 it to not be dry and brittle by regaining it's natural strength.  The same applies
to your clock's movement.  I 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 make it in essence brand new again.  
Before I put your movement back into it's 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 it helps me to spot problems if any.  After
this testing, 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 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 with a one year warranty.  I will include full instructions
on setting up your clock.  Your clock should give you another couple of decades of faithful
service and enjoyment before developing enough mechanical wear to warrant needing
another mechanical overhaul.  
John "Papa" Barnette is the Cuckoo Clock Doctor
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