The most popular grandfather clock chime by far is the Westminster Chime. Our studies have shown that even when customers purchase triple chime grandfather clocks, generally including also the Whittington and St Michaels Chime, the vast majority keep their clock set to the Westminster Chime selection all the time. This is true whether the grandfather clocks or grandmother clocks are Howard Miller Clocks, Ridgeway Grandfather Clocks, Hermle Floor Clocks, or other brands.
One new trend is the introduction on some grandfather clock movements and grandfather clock models of the Ludwig van Beethoven Ode to Joy Chime and the Franz Schubert Ave Maria Chime. These chimes have become wildly popular, and are available on many of the Howard Miller Quartz Chime clocks, including wall clocks, mantel clocks and some others. Fewer than a handful of the mechanical grandfather clocks include the Westminster, Ave Maria, and Ode to Joy Chimes.
Some examples are the
This Stewart model grandfather clock by Howard Miller also has the wonderful combination of Westminster, Ave Maria and Ode to Joy chimes, in a mechanical German-made movement by Kieninger
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Mechanical grandfather clocks, also known as longcase, tall-case, floor and hall clocks, generally have the best sound quality compared to quartz driven grandfather clocks, because in a mechanical grandfather clocks one is actually hearing the hammers hit the rods in the chiming mechanism, whereas in quartz grandfather clocks and battery driven clock movements in general, one is hearing the sound as a recording of the grandfather clock or wall clock or mantel clock chimes, as it is played via a sound card inside the clocks mechanism.
There is lots to know and to consider when purchasing a grandfather clock, and while grandfather clocks discounts are good, and one always wants to find grandfather clocks on sale, knowing what you are purchasing is paramount. We at www.1-800-4CLCOKS.com are always eager to work with customers who are seriously interested in buying a new clock so that they truly understand how to do true comparison shopping, in addition to the best grandfather clock discount available.