Tascione – 3rd. post
In the previous post I mentioned the cleaning solutions, oils, rodico and
some other materials and simple hand tools that I had ordered. Received
them a couple of days ago. I had my jars all ready to go as Bob showed in
his courses so when the supplies got here I was ready to give cleaning a
try. I logged into the Tascione course and did some quick reviewing before
jumping in. I decided to start with the Elgin watch movement first then
the Seth Thomas time and strike clock movement. I dissasembled the
movement carefully separating the parts and prepared them exactly as Bob
shows in the course. Cleaning and lubricating the mainspring went easier
than I had expected. Putting it back into the barrel was a challenge. As I
had no mainspring winder I had to wind it back in by hand. Not the best
way to do it but I learned a lot through the process. I’ll get a winder
soon. I then proceeded to clean, rinse, oil the balance and pallet jewels
and then assemble the watch up to the point of putting the balance back
in. Assembling the watch was fast and easy now. Since my last post I’ve
practiced assembling this and the clock movement many times with each
attempt being faster and easier. I placed the balance into position,
aligning everything wp correctly and began to slowly tighten the balance
screw down. The balance started vibrating before I even had the screw
tightened down. It was running beautifully. I finished oiling the jewels
and then just sat there staring at it for a few minutes. I had
successfully cleaned and oiled my first watch!
The clock movement was also a success. The mainsprings were the tough part
for me here too, but I got through it ok. The strike went together with no
hitches because as I mentioned above I had practiced assembly and set up
of the strike many times until I understood it much better. The clock
movement seems to work well but I know that with 3 or 4 new bushings it
would run better. I feel confident enough now to try replacing some
bushings. I still need to order the materials to do the job but looking
forward to the challenge.
Also a little about the online aspect of the course. The video and
animation players are all custom designed. These are not generic or
purchased players but were designed specifically for running these
courses. The ability to jump to a number of topics displayed in the
control panel while viewing the videos live is unbelievely helpful. Bobs
interactive clock animations are not only powerful teaching aids but are
works of art as well. There is also an active members forum and a recent
twitter post on his site claims that some or all of the Tascione course
materials and videos will be downloadable as well as viewable online.
Needless to say I’m extremely satisfied with both the Tascione watch
repair and clock repair courses. There’s still so much more to learn in
these courses but I never imagined that I would get this far this fast. I
have plenty of time to keep learning. The Tascione courses are in my
opinion an Excellent value and get a big Thumbs Up!
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Should have another post up about the Tascione course in a day or so…going great so far.
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It’s been a couple of days since my first article covering the Tascione
Courses. Here’s the scoop so far. I’ve spent numerous hours over the past
two days watching Bobs videos and studying course material. These courses
have been more than impressive. Seeing Bob perform a particular technique
or repair while explaining the process is helping me learn at an
astonishing rate. Bobs enthusiam, experience and love for what he does is
so obvious in these courses.
I’ll cover both clock repair and watch repair separately.
Clock Repair – I’ve already dissasembled and reassembled an American Seth
Thomas time and strike movement. The count wheel strike has given me some
trouble. Timing the strike is tricky. If not for the videos and especially
the excellent interactive striking animations I’m not sure I could have
done it. When I purchased the course I was under the impression the
animations were “still” pictures but they are actually long running MOVING
animations with which you can interact. Bob uses the word “Powerful” to
describe them and that’s exactly what they are. And there are a lot of
them. I don’t yet feel confident enough to tackle any actual repairs like
bushing. I’ll move on to that after I’ve reassembled the movement a few
more times. It has nothing to do with the course. It’s just that for me
things tend to sink in with a little practice.
Watch Repair – The watch repair course is great. The amount of information
is mind boggling. It would seem overwhelming if I actually had to know
everything Bob teaches just to service my own collection. The good news is
that I won’t. He covers basic dissasembly and reassembly of a watch first
then cleaning, changing mainsprings, staffing and the list goes on and on.
Most of my watches have only required a good cleaning and oiling in the
past. This seems to be far more common than all other repairs combined. So
I feel I’ll be able to put what I’ve been learning about cleaning and
basic maintenance to use right away and learn the more advanced techniques
over time. So far I dissasembled and almost reassembled an Elgin 16 size
movement last night but messed up putting the balance back into the watch.
Aligning the pallet fork with the roller jewel – yes, I learned those
names in the course – didn’t go well. My fault though. Bob showed me the
correct way to line things up but being my cocky self I didn’t feel it was
necessary. It was necessary. I called it a night and will tackle it again
the correct way this morning.
I ordered some watch repair and clock repair cleaning solutions, rinses
and oil the day after starting the course. They should arrive soon. I’m
going to try to do some cleaning so I will post the results in a few days.
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I have the bug! That’s the only way I can describe my recent infatuation
with antique clocks and pocket watches. Scouring ebay and other online
auction sites into the wee hours of morning I find myself stalking some
gleaming, ticking mechanical wonder that I just must add to my collection.
I now have twelve beautiful clocks and 22 – soon to be 23 – pocket
watches. Not bad for a two year collecting spree.
Problem is they don’t all run properly and the cost for a decent watch
repair or clock repair has often run more thaan the cost of the timepiece.
Well, bye bye great deal!
So it was time to consider the possibility of servicing my own collection.
I did some searching online and came accross a couple of watch repair and
clock repair courses. The Tascione course caught my attention because I
read some good stuff about Bob Tascione and his online courses on a few
other clock and watch websites. He’s been teaching both clock and watch
repair for over 20 years. I liked the fact that he offered a course called
“The Ultra” which included both the clock repair course and the watch
repair course for a big discount. I like discounts. I also liked the
online aspect as I had some lousy experiences with shipped DVDs in the
past. Also The Tascione website said that I would have immediate
access…and I was raring to go.
I must say I was a bit skeptical of the low prices. I like low prices but
how much good info was I actually going to get? Was I being sucked into a
quick little down and dirty “how to repair clocks and watches but don’t
ever attempt it” course? Like it says on the website sales material you
can pay more for a book on the subject than for the entire course – which
I’ve already done – I figured it was worth a go. Well, I spent about four
hours last night completely absorbed by the Tascione courses. The amount
of information and the way Bob presents it is surprising. I’ll write more
about the courses after working with them for a couple more days. A lot of
information to absorb. So far though I’m very impressed with the material
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