FAQ

Video 1: Unwrapping and hanging of your cuckoo clock


Video 2: How to fix your cuckoo clock


Video 3: How to fix the cuckoo call of your cuckoo clock


Video 4: How to fix the music of your cuckoo clock


Video 5: The hands and the cuckoo call of your cuckoo clock do not match

How does a mechanical cuckoo clock work?

The cuckoo clock is driven by the weights that are hanging on a chain. The chains are wrapped around a chain gear that drives the internal gears of the cuckoo clock. Over time the weights slowly drop to the ground. The weights are pulled back, when they have reached the floor and this rewinds the clock. On the half hour the cuckoo calls once and on the full hour the cuckoo calls the number of the hours. If the clock also has music, the music will play at the full hour, after the cuckoo has called.

How does a quartz cuckoo clock work?

The quartz cuckoo clock is driven by batteries. So the weights are only for decoration. The batteries running time is about one year. So the maintenance of a quartz cuckoo clock is minimal as the only thing that is to do is to change the batteries. We would also recommend to choose a quartz cuckoo clock if it is placed in a place that is not so easy to access. The quartz cuckoo clocks with music also have music with 12 different melodies. The melody changes every hour.

What is a one day cuckoo clock?

A one day cuckoo clock is a mechanical cuckoo clock where the weights take 24 hours to reach the ground. So you have to wind the clock and pull the weights up once every day.

What is a 8 day cuckoo clock?

A 8 day cuckoo clock is a mechanical cuckoo clock where the weights take one week to reach the ground. So you have to wind the clock and pull the weights up once a week.

How do I determine which cuckoo clock to buy?

First of all consider the movement. Do you prefer a cuckoo clock that is mechanical and driven by the weights or a quartz cuckoo clock that is battery-operated? If you select a mechanical cuckoo clock please select if you prefer a one day cuckoo clock or a 8 day cuckoo clock. Please also make sure that the clock comes with the VDS Black Forest Clock Association Certificate. This certifies the authenticity and the origin of the clock. If you select a quartz cuckoo clock the clock is also made in the Black Forest Germany as we only sell original cuckoo clocks from the Black Forest. The next step is to decide if you also like music. Then you have to decide which style you prefer. There are carved cuckoo clocks, chalet cuckoo clocks and modern cuckoo clocks. The next step is to choose the animation of the clock. Do you like some moving parts other than the cuckoo? The night shut off is also worth to think about. Most mechanical cuckoo clocks have a manual night shut off. Some cuckoo clocks in the upper price range have an automatic night shut off. This means the clock is automatically silent at night. The quartz cuckoo clocks have an automatic night shut off which is controlled through a brightness sensor.

What is the VDS Black Forest Clock Association?

We are proud member of the VDS Black Forest Clock Association. Every mechanical cuckoo clock that comes with this certificate is certified that it has been manufactured in the Black Forest Germany with the same mechanics and components than 300 years ago.

Where can I buy a cuckoo clock in Germany?

We are located in Schoenwald in the Black Forest, Germany. You can buy a cuckoo clock directly in our online shop from us. We will ship well packed, insured and trackable worldwide to you.

Where was the cuckoo clock invented?

The cuckoo clock has been invented in 1737 in our village Schoenwald in the Black Forest, Germany. There is still the memorial of Franz Ketterer

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Where is the cuckoo clock factory?

All cuckoo clock factories are in the Black Forest, Germany arround our town Schoenwald. Here you can have a look in the factory.

Who invented the cuckoo clock?

The cuckoo clock has been invented by Franz Ketterer in 1737 in our town Schoenwald in the Black Forest, Germany. Nowadays there is still the Memorial of Franz Ketterer in Schoenwald.

Where did the cuckoo clock originate?

The cuckoo clock originates in our town Schoenwald in the Black Forest, Germany.

Why does the cuckoo clock pendulum stop?

First of all please check if the weights are pulled up. Then check that nothing interferes with the pendulum. So could light wind or a breeze be responsible for the stop of the pendulum. In that case please place the clock in a different room. Please check if the cuckoo clock hangs straight by listening to the ticking sound of the clock. If you do not hear an even tic-tac on both sides, slightly push the clock to the side until the tic-tac sound is even and regular. You can improve the hearing by putting a wooden stick to the bolt that holds the hands and to your ear. Please also make sure that the pendulum does not rub at the clock case. If so, please put the clock in an upright position, parallel to the wall. Last but not least please check if wrapping material or dust could be in the clocks movement. Pull the chains completely up. Take off the weights, the pendulum and the top part (if it applies). Then take the clock from the wall and gently shake it in different positions, also upside down. Make sure to hold the clock at the bottom panel at the roof and take care, that the clock does not fall. Then hang the clock back to the wall.

How to fix the cuckoo clock chains?

If the chain does not stay pulled up, please pull the chain from the other weight, so that the weight is completely up and then take off this weight. Secure this chain by putting the packing wire through the uppermost part of the chain so that it can not come out of the gear. Then turn the clock upside down and take the gear for the fallen chain and attempt to wind the chain. To get the gear to turn and pull the chain back through, pull the chain at one end and see if it turns. The chain gear will allow you to turn it in one direction and the other direction will be blocked. Please check in that way in which direction the gear wheel should be turned. If necessary, please take of the ring and the hook of the chain.



Instructions for our Original Black Forest cuckoo clocks and cuckoo clocks with music


First of all unpack the cuckoo clock with care. Hold the cuckoo clock when taking out of the carton not at the carving but at the roof top. Then examine the different parts with list of content: Instructions for our Original Black Forest cuckoo clocks and cuckoo clocks with music
  • 1) Cuckoo Clock
  • 2) Head piece with bird or
  • 2a) Head piece with deer head and 2 horns
  • 3) Pendulum
  • 4) 2 weights for cuckoo or 3 weights for cuckoo with music
Black Forest or Swiss House or Mill styled cuckoo clocks do not have any head pieces as indicated under number 2) or 2a).

Open the back wall and take out the paper put through the tonespring (5). Then remove both wire-clamps pull out (6) at the cuckoo pipes. The back-wall can then be replaced.

Important: Be carefull not to bend any wire in the cuckoo clock.

Put the carved headpiece on the top of the clock (2, 2a).

Put the carved headpiece on the top of the clock <b>(2, 2a)</b>.

How to hang a cuckoo clock?

Fix the nail to the wall, about 6.5 ft. from the floor or higher sloping slighly and 4/5 inch sticking out (11). Place the cuckoo clock into correct vertical position, close to the wall (10). Then open the wire-bow which locks the door (7) at clocks with music 2 doors.

The cuckoo clock should suspend from the wall in order to avoid the chains from slipping off the chain-wheels. Then open the small parcel (8) underneath the cuckoo clock in which the chains are bound together and remove the wire pulled through. Mind that the chains are not knotted.

Hereafter hook the pendulum into the pendulum-guide (9) and the wheights into the chainhooks. Herewith the cuckoo clock is put in service. Mind that the clock is suspended on the wall straightly and its ticking proportionable. It is essential that the pendulum-guide (9) does not touch the slit of the case. When setting the time, the taller-hand (minute-hand) can be moved accross the half and full hour marks without awaiting the strikes. Do never move the hourband! If you want the clock to strike the full hour. move the minute-hand slowly 5 minutes before reaching the hour mark.

If the temperature is low take attention that the clock is suspected in a tempered room so that the pipes of the cuckoo will respond fully.

How to adjust a cuckoo clock?

If the cuckoo clock is fast remove the pendulum (3) and push the pendulum-disc a little down, is the clock slow a little up.

How to wind a cuckoo clock?

The cuckoo clock is wound by pulling the round ring on the end of the chain downward, thereby raising the pine cone weight up to the clock. One chain winds clock, the other chain winds cuckoo bird mechanism and the third winds the music movement. When the pine cone weights have drawn to the top, the cuckoo clock will operate for one day without rewinding.

Silent Lever: Most cuckoo clocks have a 'silent' lever on the side or bottom of the case. Place the lever in the 'on' position if you want your clock to 'cuckoo' and play music (on models so equipped). In the 'silent' or 'off' position, both cuckoo and music are silenced. A void placing the lever on 'silent' as the cuckoo is sounding; you may, however, move the lever to 'on' at any time.





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