Will I be able to find someone locally to maintain and repair one or both of my mechanical grandfather clocks? What if I own an antique grandfather clock. Someone told me it might be 3-5 times as expensive to maintain and repair antique grandfather clocks say, vs one of the brand new factory direct Howard Miller grandfather clocks?
Good grandfather clock questions. In fact, we received the above 2 questions just earlier today, and they are more or less routine grandfather clocks questions. As an Authorized Dealer for most all of the high-end or premium grandfather clock brands, and seller of clocks worldwide, both new and antique, we are in a unique position to provide some good grandfather clocks advice here.
In general, if one wants a grandfather clock that will have the lowest maintenance cost, has little chance of becoming a money bit, you know will work from the outside, you know exactly what you and are not buying, then a new grandfather clock by Ridgeway Clocks or Hermle Grandfather Clocks, Keininger Floor Clocks or Howard Miller Clocks, then your best bet is likely to be buy a new grandfather clock by a high-end maker like Howard Miller.
We provide in-home setup for most all of the grandfather clocks that we sell, all across the Continental USA, and we ship most Floor Clocks factory direct. We treat Alaska and Hawaii separately, but can make any grandfather clock sale there work as well, and still offer grandfather clock discounts. There are a number of great sources for finding a qualified service and repair grandfather clock technician local to you. One is to look at the website nawcc dot org. This site, of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, also includes many thousands of qualified repair people around the country. One may need to call two or three to get one that both is right and feels right. Checking grandfather clock service and repair reviews online is also a good deal. Another good source is AWCI, or more formally the American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute (AWCI), with the only caveat that more members here may be more wristwatch and antique pocket watch focused. Their website is awci dot com.
The local yellow pages can be an excellent source for finding a qualified grandfather clock or grandmother clock repair person. Just be sure to check out the reliability before you hire them. This can be done in a number of ways.
The last resource w will mention here is an excellent database for Floor Clock service centers authorized by Howard Miller clocks. If one goes to the home page at HowardMiller dot com, and clicks on the link for Find an Authorized Service Center or words to that effect, one can search by zip code and mile radius or by town-city and State. There is even a Canadian portion for Authorized Service Centers for Floor Clocks, Wall Clocks, Mantle Clocks and more.