Tascione – Review post #3

Aug 5, 2010

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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