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We get many calls from owners and recent purchasers of pre-owned Sligh Grandfather Clocks wanting to know more about their clock. Is it a good clock? Well made? A highly regarded grandfather clock brand? Heirloom quality? What could I sell it for, also known as what is it worth? For how much should I insure it? Is it possible to purchase the same grandfather clock model today, if not made by Sligh, then perhaps by another grandfather clock company.
Sligh clocks were well made grandfather clocks, with most of their grandfather clock line being reproductions on antique grandfather clocks that the Company found especially appealing and/or salable. The parent company, which still exists today, is Sligh Furniture. However, Sligh exited the grandfather clock market perhaps 10 years ago and no longer makes any SlighGrandfatherClock.com . The grandfather clock cases were generally well made with solid wood grandfather clock cases, and the movements were generally German, mostly mechanical movements made by Hermle Clocks.
Some time after Sligh exited the grandfather clock market, the American Clock Company Bulova Clocks bought, as we understand it, not the company per se, but rather the design rights to the same models that had been manufactured by Sligh. Additionally, the same manufacturing facility was still available to Bulova for many of the Sligh Grandfather Clock models. So Bulova Grandfather Clocks were born, or rather reborn, with the old new or new old Sligh models. That lasted for about 5 years, with many beautiful well-made grandfather clocks being sold made by Bulova and branded as Bulova Grandfather Clocks being sold by us among other leading high-end grandfather clock retailers.
The grandfather clock history for Sligh and Bulova gets even more confusing as time goes by. After Bulova exited the marketplace, many grandfather clock retailers, including 1-800-4CLOCKS, continued to sell our inventory of Bulova Grandfather Clocks, and we still have fewer than a handful remaining. To simplify the history from here, we will only highlight select but relevant details to us. 1-800-4CLOCKS was fortunate enough during this time period to offer many of these same models, made the the same people with the same movements in the same cases, and keep them “alive”, and they were branded Museum Clocks™ Grandfather Clocks. The Museum Grandfather Clocks line by Museum Clocks™ was successful and we were happy to be able to offer these great American made clocks with German mechanical movements to the public when they might not otherwise have been available.
Another more recent development is that Hermle Clocks actually purchased the semi-independent manufacturing facility that had been manufacturing solid wood cases for Sligh, Boluva and Museum Clocks™. It has enabled Hermle Clocks to offer their “Made in America” Hermle Grandfather Clocks line, which is a great grandfather clock line and one which we sell proudly.
Hermle Made in America Grandfather Clocks
One question we get fairly regularly from our grandfather clocks shoppers is: do you have the such-and-such model of the Howard Miller Grandfather Clock available , or the Ridgeway Grandfather Clocks or Hermle Floor Clock, so I can come in and see the actual clock model before I place my order. The grandfather clock reality is that it is highly unlikely that either we or any other Authorized Dealer for the major clock companies will have any specific grandfather clock model on display. While a few grandfather clock dealers around the country still stock large numbers of high-end grandfather clocks and grandmother clocks, the reality of grandfather clocks economics in recent decades is that there are fewer and fewer dealers both around in general, and of those that are still around, even fewer who may stock more than at most a handful of high-end grandfather clock models by any specific high-end maker.
For many years in our NYC Grand Central Station showroom, we typically at most would have 3-4 Howard Miller grandfather clocks on display at any one time. In our case, it is also importantly because we deal in and with antique clocks as well as new clocks, and from the very smallest miniature clocks to the largest tower clocks and street clocks in the world, doing service and having dome for many years most all of our clock repairs on-site as well. So when you add all of that up together, for any specific niche clock, eg an antique grandfather clock or a new mantel clock, the many categories and permutations mean there is that much less room for any specific clock category, much less any specific maker of grandfather clocks or floor clocks in this case.
Whenever we can, we find it makes the most sense to ship a factory fresh grandfather clock directly from the manufacturer's warehouse, assuming they are in fact in stock there. This is also true for higher end wall clocks and mantel locks. The reasoning is that if the grandfather clock, or the wall clock or mantle clock, ship only once, that minimizes the chance of any potential shipping damage, which is rare, but each time a clock ships the chance of shipping damage increases if not exponentially then still significantly. Additionally, the customers knows that he or she is getting a 100% brand new factory fresh grandfather clock, and that it is authentic, and that it is not a seconds or floor model or anything like that – we would never sell a Floor Model to a customer unless the customer were made explicitly aware that was the history of the item and that they were OK with it. Additionally, not well known, but important for all grandfather clock shoppers to know, is that some grandfather clock maker warranties include a calculation based on the actual date of manufacture, so that if, say, a clock was made more than 4 years ago, even if it were bought from an authorized dealer yesterday, the manufacturer's warranty would no longer be valid. We are always very upfront with our customers about this fact, so that there are no grandfather clocks warranty surprises for anyone.
Because we must pay State sales tax on any grandfather clocks we sell shipped to New York (not many are “carried out”), the vast majority of our sales are to individuals and organizations outside of New York State. Those grandfather clock customers, whom like any smart shopper nowadays is looking the grandfather clocks on sale and looking to maximize the discount grandfather clock possibilities, are the ones who frequently beat a path to our door.
Grandfather Clocks Factory Direct sometimes ship on pallets
When one thinks about Amazon Grandfather Clocks, does it make you think of the largest of the large grandfather clocks , or does it immediately bring to mind the clocks sold on Amazon dot com. At the bottom of this post, you can see a picture of what many describe as the world's largest grandfather clocks. It is located in Kewaunee, Wisconsin, and has been estimated to be as tall as 25 feet. Others also claim the title for the “Amazon Grandfather Clock”, or the world's largest grandfather clock.
At 1-800-4CLOCKS.com, we used to list many of our grandfather clocks in the Amazon Store or website. This year we chose not to, but may once again list our grandfather clocks collection on Amazon. We found it hard to distinguish ourselves from the crowd of other Sellers on Amazon, because the way it is currently structured so much of the focus is on price. And while we strive to only offer the lowest price available online, and even have a Low Price Guarantee, we at 1-800-4CLOCKS believe the reasons to buy from us are additional to price, and include free in home set-up of your grandfather clock by a technician authorized by one of the grandfather clock companies for whom we are Authorized Dealers, as well as a delivery approach that surprises and delights our customers and is more than what many refer to as their white glove service , free shipping, and no sales tax to our customers outside of New York State when the clock is shipped outside of New York.
We also are grandfather clock experts, and are happy to take the time required to answer and educate any customers who have real questions and are serious about grandfather clock shipping. So when customers are looking for grandfather clock discounts and grandfather clocks on sale, when they come to us, they are rarely disappointed but rather frequently become long-term customers.
We take the time to discuss the advantages of different brands, the difference between chain-driven and cable driven mechanical grandfather clocks, quartz or battery operated grandfather clocks, and the many features including faux vs rotating moonphase dial, automatic night shut-off of the chimes, chime silence options, illuminated dials, cabinet lighting, and triple chime vs single Westminster chime grandfather clocks. Nowadays, the chimes on grandfather clocks can include include one or more of Westminster Chimes, Schubert's Ave Maria Chime, Beethoven's Ode to Joy chime, the more classic Whittington and St Michaels Chimes, and the simple two note bim bam chime. The quality and maker of the grandfather clock movements are also critical in assessing whether your clock will truly be an heirloom grandfather clock. Many people say I want a German grandfather clock, without always knowing what the available options are, along with their pros and cons. The quality and construction of the grandfather clock case is as critical as the quality of the mechanical grandfather clock movement, which typically is an 8 day movement.
We carry only the grandfather clock brands that we believe offer the best overall value to our customers, and these include Ridgeway Grandfather Clocks , the Howard Miller Grandfather Clock Collection, Hermle Grandfather Clocks, Americana Grandfather Clocks, and of course Kieninger Grandfather Clocks. Each may have their own pros and cons, but among these brands we find we can meet the need for anyone serious and in the market for a quality grandfather clock built to last and of heirloom quality. Additionally, grandmother clocks are offered by all these makers, and are generally simply categorized that way based on their height, with 82 inches in height as the rough cut-off size of a grandmother clock vs a grandfather clock.
We also carry antique grandfather clocks and antique grandmother clocks, and yet never quite know what we will or will not have in stock at any one point in time.
Now if you have read this far in this post, you are likely someone who has or will do their homework when grandfather clock shopping, and will likely find 1-800-4CLOCKS if not in our Stores then at our website online, or in one of our eBay Stores. As a shopper myself, I have been fond of Amazon dot com's Prime Service, which includes free delivery. Yet we offer that and so much more, that even that gets lost on Amazon. If you think we should be listing our clocks on Amazon, we would very much like to hear from you. You may well see our selection of grandfather clocks there next year.
Amazon Grandfather Clock – perhaps largest in world at 25 feet, in Kewaunee Wisconsin. photo credit Mark Burio
Cuando la compra de relojes de pie, realmente hay una diferencia entre el descuento relojes de pie y relojes de pie a la venta vs relojes de pie baratas . Un reloj de pie mal hecho, incluso si tiene el mismo aspecto que el reloj de la abuela o los relojes de pie hechas por los fabricantes de gama más alta, como Howard Miller relojes y relojes de Ridgeway y Hermle Relojes del piso y Kieninger y americanas de la abuela y del abuelo Relojes , eso no quiere decir que están construidos para durar. Demasiado a muchos de estos relojes de piso se modelan para verse como la cosa real o artículo genuino, el problema es que ellos están mal hechos, tener movimientos inferiores que no funcionan bien o dura mucho tiempo, y los casos que no son de madera maciza, pero la madera contrachapada más bien delgado si no son imitaciones de plástico de un modelo particular de un reloj de pie de alta calidad y su aspecto.
Esta temporada de compras navideñas es la primera donde hay ofertas generalizadas de los relojes de pie en el rango de precio $ 200 y $ 500. Aunque no hay que juzgar la calidad de algo basado en su precio por sí solo, es una excelente apuesta que si esto es un nuevo reloj de pie que se vende en ese precio que es probable que sea un pedazo de basura, si no inmediatamente después después de un par de años. Recibimos muchas llamadas de clientes que han comprado estos relojes, y para muchos de ellos descubriendo posteriormente que hay gran necesidad de ensamblaje, y en muchos otros casos simplemente no pueden conseguir el reloj para operar y adivinen qué, no hay información de contacto o el servicio al cliente puede llamar para obtener ayuda. Incluso los minoristas, entre ellos algunos de los principales minoristas nacionales, no ofrecen ninguna ayuda, incluso si pudieran, o permitir que el cliente vuelva a los pobres reloj de péndulo calidad para un reembolso o un crédito de la tienda. Oímos tantas veces, pero parecía tan agradable en el Internet, o que se parece a la tal y tal reloj de pie Howard Miller o como uno de los relojes de fulano de tal Ridgeway abuelo.
Mirando el peso del reloj de pared es una forma fácil de eliminar a los que están mal hechas. A veces, un modelo que pesa 10 libras puede parecerse mucho a un reloj de pie por Howard Miller o Ridgeway que pesa, por ejemplo, a 150 libras. También, que hizo el movimiento del reloj es la clave, y si se trata de un movimiento mecánico o de cuarzo movimiento impulsado. Por desgracia, hay movimientos de baja calidad hechas a precios muy bajos tanto en reloj de pared de cuarzo y relojes de pie mecánicos. Si un reloj de pie tiene un movimiento de reloj hecho por Hermle Clocks Clocks o Kieninger, entonces usted sabe que usted está casi seguro consiguiendo un movimiento de alta calidad. Evaluación y compras inteligentes sobre el caso reloj de pie es otro elemento.
El abuelo reloj suena es otro elemento. Algunos movimientos mecánicos tendrán un carillón Westminster, pero sonarán en nada a la calidad de sonido de un carillón de Westminster o la Whittington, St Michaels, Ave Maria y el Himno a la Alegría Chimes que se incluyen en diferentes relojes de pie mecánicos, así como de pared de cuarzo relojes por Howard Miller o Ridgeway Clocks.
Las viejas frases hechas y refranes "Se obtiene lo que se paga", y "Si parece demasiado bueno para ser verdad, probablemente no es el caso" es cierto para los relojes de pie también. Y, por desgracia, no es un caso de reloj de pie de alta calidad.
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