Professional cuckoo clock repair in Boston area shop

Professional mantel clock repair in Boston area shop

Providing "through the mail repairs" with nationwide shipping,
for those outside the Boston, MA area

Howard Miller                 Ridgeway                          Trend               Sligh
Elgin            Hamilton          Ansonia
Seth Thomas (Talley Industries)                  Ethan Allen
Baldwin Piano            Colonial Molyneux                 Emperor
New England Clock Company                Wuersch               Mason & Sullivan
W. Haid                                     Tempus Fugit
Heritage Heirloom                             Tradition
Cuckoo Clock Manufacturing (Mfg.) Company ( Co. )

Hermle Black Forest               Kieninger              Urgos
Jauch                  Mauthe

Mantel Clock Repair

  • The finest mantel clock repair service in and near the Boston MA area. Among the best in the USA
  • Seth Thomas and Howard Miller mantle clock repair a specialty
  • Fast, dependable service
  • Experience…in fact a lifetime in the "mantel clock repair" business
  • Technical expertise; service excellence
  • Extensive movement and parts inventory
  • Two-year guarantee on major repairs

Services Offered:

  • Minor repairs/adjustments.
  • Clock setup, startup, and "checkover" (new clocks; clocks that have been moved or were in storage, etc.).
  • Major repairs: movement (mechanism) replacement.

Time and Strike, ship's bells, Westminster Chime, and Triple Chime types repaired.

Specializing in:

  • Store-bought mantel clocks (Howard Miller, Seth Thomas, Ridgeway, Trend, Sligh, Ethan Allen, etc.) made beginning about 1960 and including all current models.

  • Corporate "gift" clocks from an employer, generally awarded in the late 1970s through the present, such clocks often being the Howard Miller, Seth Thomas, Hamilton, and Elgin brands.

  • "Homemade from a kit" clocks (Emperor, Klockit, Mason and Sullivan, etc.).

Quick Facts:

JFK Clock Repair is THE Boston-area and southern New England source for professional, competent mantel clock repair for modern mantel clocks.

Mantel clock repair for all of the USA : JFK is pleased to offer his repair services to customers throughout the USA . By 2008, customers in all 50 states had had their clocks repaired by JFK. Please see "Shipping" or please inquire.

Are you ready to have YOUR clock repaired? Please Contact Me. Otherwise, more details (and a "questions and answers" section) about my services, may be found below.

CLOCK KEY SALES: Need a new replacement Howard Miller, Ridgeway, Trend, Sligh (or other) Clock Key? Clock Keys for Sale .

More Details:

Expert Modern Mantel Clock Repair. Specializing in modern (those with German-made mechanisms that were manufactured after 1950) mantel clocks.

From that little tambour style Seth Thomas (or other) mantel clock with 2 winders, that you or a family member purchased in a furniture store in the 1960s; to that mantel clock that you or a parent received as a gift from your employer in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, or 1990s for 25 years' service with the Company; to the much larger, more ornate, and absolutely beautiful Howard Miller, Ridgeway, (or other) triple chime mahogany bracket clock that you bought in the 1980s or 1990s (and anything in between or after); I can repair most mantel clock brands and models that were manufactured in the last 40 to 50 years that contain German, or West German, mechanisms. I also service the "kit" mantel clocks that many people built and assembled themselves in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s from published plans and do-it-yourself "kits".

Dedication. Full-service modern mantel clock repair, full-time. Mantel clock repair is not my hobby, not my sideline, and is not an afterthought at my shop. I offer factory-style, expert mantel clock repair, and have invested in the tools, equipment, and parts inventory required to repair modern mantel clocks properly and quickly.

Extensive Inventory. Brand new, factory-genuine repair parts imported from Germany, in stock, for most mantel clock models made since about 1960, at all times. Replacement mechanisms, new hands, new pendulums, and new dials; plus numerals, parts, accessories, and hardware, are kept right on hand, in stock, for use in repairs. In fact I stock what I believe to be the largest inventory of replacement mantel clock parts, components, and accessories in the Boston area. In most cases, I will have the parts needed to repair your clock (a new mechanism) or upgrade its appearance (a new pendulum, a new dial, or new hands, etc.) right at my shop, with no need to "special order" anything.

Experience. In fact, a lifetime of experience in the clock business: I learned the business not from a book or a video tape, but from my father as I grew up. In the 1970s and 1980s, while my young peers were watching television and playing video games (or worse), I was usually in the basement of our home, in my Dad's watch and clock shop, learning the clock repair business from him. Please see "about me" for more details.

I want to repair your modern mantel clock. I welcome the opportunity to serve you, while some shops in the Boston area and across the USA will view your "repair request" as an inconvenience or an insult, because they only want to work on clocks that are hundreds of years old, hand made, and worth thousands of dollars.

I offer clock repair "without the attitude". My desire and willingness to repair modern mantel clocks, and my outright solicitation of this business in the Boston area, set me apart from many other clock repair shops in northeastern Massachusetts . My combination of experience, technical expertise, and parts inventory for modern mantel clocks is unique to Boston area; and my fast, reliable, and no-nonsense and "no attitude" approach to repairs, set me apart from many other shops not just in the Boston area, but across the country.

Fast, dependable service. Clock repairs are generally completed in several days, or at most, a few weeks. No long waits, no hassles, no problems, no headaches, and no disappointment. Some shops require months, or even years, for repairs that ought to take a couple weeks or a month. And some shops return the clock to you working worse than when you brought it to them!

2-YEAR guarantee on complete repairs. The guarantee covers everything: parts and labor. In terms of time and coverage, that's the best guarantee on mantel clock repair offered in the Boston area. Nationally, that's among the best guarantees you'll get.

Reliability. Repaired clocks are as good as new, and they work properly. They don't "sort of work", and they don't "sometimes work", THEY WORK ... period! In fact, after I've repaired mantel clocks, they do what they're supposed to do, and do it properly and consistently (as well as they did when they were new).

If you've ever been told by other shops that modern mantel clocks "can't be repaired", or that they're "junk", or have ever paid a so-called "clock repair man" or a "jeweler" to try to "fix" your mantel clock, and were disappointed in either him, or in the results he provided (or both), then please consider using my services. Let me show you what I can do, using factory-style repair methods and genuine factory parts (and let me show you how fast it can be done). With the advent of the Internet and the exposure it provides, I am pleased to be able to offer my clock repair services to a broader audience than I could prior. I will repair your clock "through the mail" if you are not local to me. Please see my shipping page.

Modern Mantel clock repair, QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:

  • Are estimates/price quotes free? Yes.

  • Before I bring or send the clock to you, can you tell me, in general, how much does a repair cost? This depends on the clock, the problems it has, the cost of the parts, and the amount of time that it requires to repair. I do not post prices on the Internet. Please contact me, and I'd be most happy to present a general cost range to you for your clock, and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

  • Can you repair my clock? I specialize in modern (post-1950) "time and strike" and "chiming" mantel clocks that contain German-made mechanisms. If your clock's mechanism is German and of this vintage, then chances are, yes, I can repair it (see the list of brands I service at the top of this page). And of course, just call or write if you're not sure what you have (or not sure if I can repair it), and I'll try to answer you as to its "reparability". Please see my "contact page".
  • My clock was made before 1950. Can you repair it? Maybe. Please call, or write, and I'll be happy to determine with you whether or not I can repair what you have.

  • I thought clocks were supposed to "last forever". Do they? Unfortunately, no. Modern mantel clocks, if operated 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, have a life expectancy of only about 10-15 years before developing major internal mechanical problems and failing to run, or to run well. They do not last "forever", as is the common misconception. Sometimes they can last as long as 25-30 years before failing, but this is rare; usually they're worn out and in need of major repairs or replacement by the time they reach age 15.
  • What happens inside my clock that it "wears out"? Over time, mainsprings (winding springs) weaken, or crack, or break; barrels (the cylindrical containers that contain the mainsprings on modern German clocks) wear out; pivots (the "tips" of the arbors on which the wheels [gears] are mounted, and which run in the clock's front and rear bearings) become scored and become thinner; and the front and rear bearings (bushings) wear out. All of these things (as well as other factors) combine to cause your clock to not run, or to not run well.
    So if your mantel clock is about 10-15 years old (or more), and it's not running properly or at all, this is completely normal, and is probably why you're looking over this web page seeking a repair shop.

  • How do you repair modern clocks? What will you do to my clock? Generally, the best "repair" on modern clocks, is to replace the mechanism with a brand new one. This turns your clock into a brand new clock, and I invite you to inquire about doing so. I stock most mechanisms, brand new from Germany , right at my shop.

  • I had someone else repair the clock, and he charged a "reasonable fee", but the clock didn't really work right when I got it back. What did he do? That's difficult to say, but I would guess that he did not do a very good job, and probably did not install any new parts or a new mechanism.
    Mantel clocks are often, but not always, victims of poor quality repairs by "repairmen" who, for a cheap price or for free, "repaired" the clock. Often, these "repairmen", in their benevolent repair attempts, did more harm than good to the clock. Bringing your clock to an un-, or under-qualified repair shop, or to a shop that does not use and install brand new, factory-genuine parts, and having the clock perform worse when you got it back than when you brought it there, is NOT uncommon.
    For your clock's proper running, it should be important to you to have your mantel clock serviced by a shop that has the tools to do the job properly, the dedication to do the job well, and a full inventory of factory-genuine parts from Germany. I am pleased to be able to offer you such a shop, and my services.

If your question was not answered above, or if you have further questions or would like to bring or send your clock to me, please contact me.

Thank you for looking.

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