Repair and Restoration Services for Telechron-Powered Clocks
Please note! This page is for information only. You cannot purchase anything from this page! All incoming restorations have to be pre-authorized by me! I communicate and work strictly off my platform at Etsy.com. You can go to my Etsy Shop by Clicking Here. Please SCROLL down for Estimated Pricing.
All prices below do not include rotor work or rotor replacement! If your clock is running slow, running loudly or not running at all, that is a good indication your rotor has failed. Many times, I can re-oil a slow or noisy rotor for a nominal $20 charge. I do have about an 85% success rate with this! Otherwise, you will need a rebuilt rotor. Rebuilt rotors are ordered from a separate online site at WWW.TelechronClock.com. Most clocks run on the mid-size H-Rotor which runs $55. Early Telechron, GE and all Revere and General Clocks run on the larger B-rotor, and those will run about $130.
All clocks come with a 100%, parts and labor warranty for 90-Days. Rotors purchased from Telechron Clock will come with a 5-year warranty. The warranty is simple. You pay to send the clock to me, I fix it, I pay return postage to send it back to you. If I repair a clock under warranty and return it to you, your 90-warranty period will begin again for another 90-days!
The only exclusion are rotors that I do not work on! Because of the fact these rotors could be as old as 90 years old, I cannot guarantee how much life they have left. HOWEVER, if I do re-oil a rotor for $20 and it fails inside the 90-days, I will credit you back your $20 toward the purchase of a rebuilt rotor from Telechron Clock.
If you want to send a clock to me, please read this
Back in February 2020, my outside restorations for customers made up about 15% of my business. The other other 85% were clocks that I restored and listed on Etsy for sale. Usually, I would have 25 to 30 different clocks available. That is how much free time I had. If you noticed in my listings, the number of clocks I have for sale has dwindled to just a few. Reason being is because now 95% of my business is customer work, 5% work for my own listings. I can't even find enough time to work on my own clocks.
I did not anticipate this type of growth. I get messaged on Etsy every single day from individuals wanting me to get their clocks repaired. Unfortunately, I can only take in so many at a time, and I have had to either turn work away or delay people from sending their clocks in. This has turned into a real problem for me, and I apologize to all you fine people that have been patiently waiting!
So, starting in March 2021, I will put two ads up Etsy. One will be for Telechron/GE clocks, the other for Revere and GE Westminster Clocks. Each ad will tell you the number of spots I have available for that type of clock. Once I receive that number of incoming clocks, the ad will state that! I will constantly update the ads to reflect any new openings (as my work progresses)
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All restorations are done on an individual basis. I will discuss with you probable issues and estimate costs before you send your clock. You can get a pretty good idea to begin with by scrolling through the different services below.
Because I do not know exactly what your clock will cost to repair until I have it, I NEVER collect money upfront!
So, how do you pay and get your clock back? Once your clock is completed, I will photograph it. I will then run an ad just like the one shown on the left. The price of the clock will be the price we agreed on prior to work. Please Notice that both the photo and title are marked "SOLD". The first line of the description will usually state the the clock is promised to you. Once I am happy with the performance of your clock, I will let you know. At that point, you just buy your clock back off of Etsy.
"So Roy! How do I pay and get my darn clock back?"
Dave Friedlund at WWW.TelechronClock.com is a wizard at rebuilding these old rotors back to original specs. Best in the US! His website is dedicated to nothing but rotors. Check out the awesome process he goes through to bring these dead rotors back to life!
It's important to note that the names "Telechron Time" and "Telechron Clock" look similar, but we are two separate companies and NOT affiliated with each other!
Learn more about my Restoration process by watching this 4-minute Shop Video
Do you Want to see a Gallery of Clocks I have Worked on?
Click on the picture to the left!
This is just a simple sampling of all the clocks I have done since I reopened my shop in 2019. Here is a note of interest. Any clock marked with a big, yellow "SOLD!' are restorations sent in by customers. As you scroll down the page, you'll notice how the "SOLD" clocks
become less and less frequent. This should give you an idea of how much my outside restoration business has increased over this short period of time.
Based on the information you provide me, I may pre-determine you need a new rotor. If so, I will provide you a link to the the correct rotor. You must purchase that rotor, wait for it to arrive, then send both the new rotor and clock to me at the same time. If I find out that your current rotor is still good, I will credit you back the full purchase price you paid.
Restoration of Telechron or GE Time-Only Clocks
Restoration of Telechron or GE Alarm Clocks
This service is for most clocks that have model numbers beginning with the number 2, 3, 4, or 5.
This would also include early, Time-only clocks made from 1929 to 1935 that stamped a 3-digit number on the bottom of the case. Examples would be 506, 603, 664, etc.
Included with this service:
* Full overhaul of the movement including new oil. Testing of the rotor and coil. Your clock will be tested for minimum 1-week before being returned.
* New power cord and plug end.
* Cleaning of the exterior cases. Wood cases cleaned and hand-rubbed in oil. Plastic cases cleaned and hand-polished. All brass items or bezels cleaned and polished.
When possible, I can donate many common parts if needed (no charge). However, there will be a charge for harder-to-find pieces. I will inform you ahead of time. Outside case parts will run more if needed. This would include such things as bezels, glass, etc. Very early clocks usually came with cloth power cords and round, bakelite plug ends (These are known as cord sets). If you wish to have a cloth cord set installed on your clock, they generally run about $30 additional.
Telechron and GE Alarm Clocks will have a 4-digit model number. The first digit of these model numbers will be a 7.
Services for all basic alarm clocks will be the same as time-only clocks. The reason why alarm clocks cost a bit more to do is time. Not only does the alarm clock have more parts, but it requires extra time to calibrate the alarm back to a correct working order.
Restoration of Telechron or GE School House Clocks
8-Inch Dials $97 Over 8" Dials $109
Typically, the plastic cases on these clocks need to cleaned and repainted. This is included in the price. Also included is a full movement overhaul, tested rotor, tested coil and 7-feet of new power cord. Every single piece of the clock is cleaned and inspected. Outside case parts such as glass or knobs can many times be replaced at additional cost. I can quote you replacement costs once I have your dial diameter. Your clock will tested for a minimum of 1-week before being returned.
Quick note on those large 10" and 12" dials. Shipping on these is not cheap. I shipped one from Florida to California, priority mail, and it ran me $72. Shipping has just gone crazy. Eventually, I'll be looking to use Fed Ex as an alternative. Until then, please keep this in mind.
I am no Longer Taking in any More Telechron and GE Dura Case Clocks Models 711, AB712, AB716 or any of the Early 700 Series Alarm Clocks.
As popular as these clocks are, they are just a logistical nightmare to work on! It's not that I can't repair them.....I can! The issue is the complexity and time involved to get one of these clocks fully correct. The time needed to complete one of these clocks far exceeds any fair price that I could possibly charge you. These clocks can actually take more time to complete than a Revere Westminster Chime Clock.
When I put one of these clocks on the bench, I cannot work on anything else. In addition, I have to constantly take completed clocks back to the bench to make adjustments to the movement or correct bugs that may pop up. Each time I have to return one of these back to the bench, it's another hour or even 90-minutes to make painstaking adjustments as these clocks are not easy to take apart and put back together again.
I always have other people waiting to send clocks to me. In all fairness to everybody, I cannot have one clock holding up everybody else behind it.
If you want to get a better idea of what I am talking about, watch the video below.
Revere or GE Westminster Clocks. 1935 to 1980 ONLY.
Due to the amount of time it takes to complete one of these clocks, I will only accept clocks made between 1935 and 1985. Sorry folks! 1929 to 1932 clocks have about 35% more parts and require hours more labor time to get correct. Just one of these movements could tie my bench up for three weeks or more, keeping me from helping other customers. 1933 and 1934 were transitional movements as Revere improved their movements. Unfortunately, parts for these two years are restrictive. For example, I would need a 1934 donor clock to get the correct parts to fix a 1934 clock. I would need a 1933 donor clock to get parts to fix a 1933 clock. Many parts in these clocks would no longer be available after 1935.
The start to a successful restoration begins with the movement! Your movement is taken down to the smallest washer. Each piece is cleaned. All pivots and bearings polished. The movement is then correctly oiled, assembled, calibrated and tested before being put back into the case. The power cord will generally be replaced at no extra charge.
The wood case is deeply cleaned to remove old wax, smoke damage, dirt, paint specks and other things. Afterwards, it is hand-rubbed in tung oil several times to bring back a natural glow. Brass bezels are usually stripped and hand-polished. After completion, the clock is tested for a minimum one week before being returned.
I have accumulated many movement parts. The more common parts I am happy to include at no extra charge. Harder-to-get movement parts will incur a slight charge.
Depending on availability, I also have case parts if needed. This would include oval glass ($17.50), Round glass is also available, Original brass bezels ($20), New set of chime rods ($55), Chime rod base with new chime rods ($85), Cloth power cords with bakelite button plug ($30)
Rotor issues are a common problem with these clocks. There are 3 different solutions in the event your rotor is going bad or just dead:
1.) If your rotor is working, but noisy or slow, many times I can save them by a little surgery. I have a good success rate with this and the charge is $20. I do put a 90-Day credit warranty on this clock toward the next two options below. Remember, this option will not work on totally seized, dead or rotors that have internal bearing issues.
2.) For $70, I can replace the original coil and rotor with a single piece, American made motor. This option is good for people who just want a clock that runs and chimes correctly and not concerned with originality.
3.) A rebuilt rotor from Telechron Clock runs $125. This rotor will come with a 5-year warranty through Telechron Clock. This option will guarantee your clock remains 100% original. Since these rotors have not been made since 1990, this is the closest to new that you will get.
Here is what you get
How to Pack your Westminster for Shipping!
If I have given you the "Okey-Dokey" to ship your Westminster clock in for Restoration, then, here is what you want to do to safely pack it. Keep in mind that the most common damage during shipping is broken Crystal ($17.50) and broken chime rod (or rods, $55). So to avoid any of these costs, here is what you need to know.
1.) Use paper towels, and stuff them UNDERNEATH the chime rods. Your chime rods should be resting firmly on top of the paper towels. Next, raise your hammer arms. Using another piece of paper towel, push that in between the hammer arms and chime rods. When done, the hammer arms should be snuggly set into an upward position with no movement. The chime arms should also be snug with no movement.
2.) To avoid crystal breakage, make sure that there is ample space between the box wall and the glass itself! An extra layer or two of bubble wrap goes a long way here.
3.) If you are using bubble wrap, DO NOT, and I repeat DO NOT seal your bubble wrap using clear packing tape. Clear packing tape is difficult to see on bubble wrap! When using a sharp blade to cut through this stuff, not only do we risk damaging your clock, but we risk injuring ourselves, too! If you must use tape, please consider BLUE painters tape, scotch tape, or, no tape at all (Your packing material will keep your bubble wrap in place)
PLEASE INCLUDE A NOTE SHOWING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION.
The model number or make of your clock (if known):
Your phone number (for FedEx return):
Your Etsy "Name" as shown on your account:
4.) Make sure you insure your clock for at least $100 in the event of total loss. Once packaged, send to ROY MANNO 58 LAS CASITAS FORT PIERCE, FL 34951
Please note, March 5, 2021! I am still receiving clocks where the bubble wrap is sealed using clear packing tape! Folks, I cannot tell you how frustrating and dangerous it is to unwrap fragile clocks layered like a mummy in clear packing tape! It takes two of us to slash through this tape with sharp box cutters. So effective today, any clock that arrives where the bubble wrap is sealed in clear packing tape will incur a $10 unpacking fee! Please use blue painters tape, scotch tape, masking tape or NO tape at all.
Watch the Full Video on the clock shown above!
These motors are a good alternative for the budget minded individual. Please note though, that they may run with a bit of gear chatter, run hotter than a coil, and the power eye (if your clock has one) will not operate.