Mechanical Clock Chime Hammer Positioning
Mechanical Clock Chime Hammer Positioning is easy to do, and only involves bending the hammer heads wires. This was done when the clock maker who created the case and installed the clock movement from the start also. So if your replacing your clock movement and notice the new one is not lining up, well this is what the original clock maker dealt with in the beginning also. The movement must be married to the clock case by doing this, and this is why the hammer heads are on such bendable wires. It is the intent and requirement for these to be bent into position, it is not uncommon to bend them an inch this way or that way.
The movements hammers are meant to be bent into final position. It should be positioned so the tops of the hammer heads are about 1/4 inch or 1/2 inch down from the chime block itself, and the heads should rest about 1/8 inch away from the rod it will strike. You bend the hammer wires as to make the head about 1/8 away from the chime rod. This spacing between the head and the rod is so it will not thud or double hit. Down the line, do one hammer at a time, until you can lift it with your finger and drop it to a crisp sound note. If you just do each hammer head so it sounds good down the line, you will have a nice song at the very end.