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How clock Works

First check if all the pieces are there. If the clock only has a cuckoo bird and the time, it only uses two weights. If the clock has a music Box or dancers, usually the clock would take three weights (with some exceptions). There is one weight that runs the time, one weight that controls the cuckoo and the bird action and the last weight controls the music and/or dancers. It is simple to look at the chains hanging from the clock to determine the quantity of weights the clock takes, then see if all the weights are with the Cuckoo Clocks.

Also see if it has its pendulum, and the back (which has the gong attached), its head dressing and lastly see if the hands are on the clock or broken off. The back of the Cuckoo Clocks is only needed if you choose to hear the gong after the cuckoo call, and the head dressing is only a decoration for the top of the clock.

The hands commonly break off cuckoo clocks because when the clock is stored, if anything gets put on top of the clock, the hands break off. Another common thing to be damaged (or just worn from age) are the bellow tops. To locate the bellows, just look inside the back of the cuckoo clock and you will see the big bellows on either side of the clock case. Most of the time there is one on each side of the clock but sometimes they're on only one side. There are always two bellows, one for the "cuck" and one for the "coo" sounds. What makes these sounds are the air blowing through the wooden bottom of the bellow, the longer the bellow is the lower the tone of the sound. To check the bellow tops simply move them up and down with your finger to check for rips in the cloth material. If they are ripped, its common to replace these tops with new ones.

The reason behind replacing the tops only, rather than replacing the entire bellow, is the cost. It is much cheaper to buy only the tops from us than getting the entire thing. If you would like to purchase the complete unit, you get to skip most of the steps described but it's still good to read this next section for the instructions on the removal and installation of the Cuckoo Clocks bellows.

Source: www.clockworks.com
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