So, uh, I may have bought another cuckoo clock. Value Village, twenty bucks.
It looks in worse shape than it is. The bellows need replacing, I need to order weights and a pendulum, but the movement seems fine. Needs a lot of cleaning and oiling.
Chalet model, pretty big. It has dancers, and plays the melody 'Weiner Blut'. It's marked West Germany.
I need another broken cuckoo clock like I need a hole in my head. But for twenty bucks, I couldn't resist, especially not a chalet model.
A couple of things, though: the figurines on the front are on a different scale as are the figurine dancers going around. This gets my low-level OCD going. I may have to replace the figuring dancers with something else, so I am not constantly irritated. But then, it feels wrong to get rid of original stuff.
And fixing a musical clock will help me with fixing my Big Cuckoo in the front hall. That all works, EXCEPT for the governor (or something) on the music box. I'm constantly torn between fixing it myself, not really knowing what I'm doing, or bringing it in to the pro, because I can't fuck that one up.
That one plays Lara's Theme from Dr. Zhivago. Like I wasn't going to buy that clock.
Looking at parts from Perrin, though, a new music box itself costs $130. Yikes. It's odd how some things are no money at all, and others are crazy expensive. Even if this clock gets cannibalized for parts (which it won't), it was well worth the twenty bucks.
A little while ago, I found out that there were such things as owl cuckoo clocks. This interested me greatly. But -- a disappointment. I was expecting that the owl would go WHOOOOOOOOOoooooooo..!, WHOOOOOOOOOoooooooo..!, but it's not two decreasing notes (which I figured you could have done with an expanding or bleeding bellows, which would have been tricky, but not impossible somehow). No, it's two notes, WHOO WHOO, both the same pitch, which is easy as anything to do -- two identical bellows. So when a cuckoo has two bellows of different length to get the HIGH LOW notes, an owl clock is just LOW LOW, which is no fun at all. If you're going to have a LOW LOW clock, it might as well be tugboat-themed.
I've often thought of mismatching cuckoo bellows, just to mess things up. LOW HIGH, or HIGHHIGH LOW, something. But that might be cruel, somehow.
Anyway, I have too many cuckoos again, which feels nice. I think the next repair job is either the little Edelweiss one, or the chalet one I bought in Maybrook, and almost got working.