Chimes and Gongs

Chimes and gongs are sound-producing mechanisms commonly found in mechanical clocks. Particularly in grandfather clocks and mantel clocks. They add an auditory dimension to the clock’s timekeeping. Providing an audible indication of the time. Chimes are musical sequences made by striking metal rods or tubes with hammers. The number of chimes and the melody played can vary depending on the clock’s design and the type of movement it uses. Common chime melodies include Westminster, Whittington, and St. Michael’s. Chimes often play at regular intervals, such as every quarter-hour or every hour, to mark the passage of time. Gongs are similar to chimes but produce a different sound. They consist of large metal plates or bells that are struck by hammers to create a deep, resonant tone.