Why a new cuckoo movement
A new cuckoo clock movement will be a fraction of the price of an overhaul on the old one. Why have an old cuckoo clock movement serviced when the new one is the same unit for less? Even the best clock maker cant make a cuckoo movement better than a new one that would be impossible.
How the cuckoo movements come
A new cuckoo clock movement is factory lubricated and tested. The movement is still being made so the cost is less and availability is high. How long will the new one last? Well think about how long the old one lasted. Was it 20 or 30 years? Well it would make sense the new one would last that much longer. The movement comes with the chains, the hooks and rings for the chains and the hand hardware. A cuckoo clock movement repair will not last like a new movement would, and it is more expensive to have it repaired than just getting a new one.
To attempt to repair this is very time consuming and therefore costly. In addition to this, the entire clock has to be shipped and the case usually incurs extensive damage as it makes it's travels. This is the reason we no longer accept cuckoo clocks for repair.
The new one is less cost and lasts longer both so the replace choice is a pretty easy decision to make. The cuckoo clock is up and running quickly instead of slow. Now that is not to say they are easy to put in, sometimes they can drive someone crazy. If cuckoo has multiple functions it will be more challenging. Things like music and water wheels and people dancing. These do not come with instructions as there are so many variations we have cant cover all the cuckoos. Its best to just look in the back of the clock and see for your self what needs to be done. This way you can judge yourself if its something you would like to try to swap out. If it all goes south we can bail you out here for a fee if you choose to send it in.