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Steve Bochan's collection

Steve's interest in Standard Electric equipment is pretty much like mine, in that he's interested in the "newer" (1950-1960) stuff. He collects AR-2/AR-2A master and slave clocks and has quite a collection and test lab going!  Like most collectors of this equipment, Steve has gone "a little crazy" in obtaining clocks for his collection.

kitchen clock
This is my Standard Electric AR-3 date stamped "October, 1939" on the back. I won this clock in an Ebay Auction and it came to me with the original AR-3 movement, original three wire terminal strip above the movement and a dull
brown painted outer rim :-(

I changed the movement to an AR-2 so that it could run on my AR-2A system I also sanded off the old scratched brown paint from the outer rim and cover, then primed it with a Rustoleum Primer, followed by a generous coating of Black High Gloss Enamel. It works perfectly and looks beautiful in the kitchen.

Also, I was able to quiet down the impulse movement a bit by insulating the back cover with some carpet strips I had left over when I had the house built.

I was told that the clock originally came from a train station in Pennsylvania, but wouldn't swear on it. Hands and clock face are the originals.

wood clock
This wooden rimmed Standard Electric Clock was also won on an Ebay Auction from a nice woman in Colorado whose dad used to work on these at a school. The time frame for this clock is the 1940's -- I like the Roman Numerals because I just haven't seen them that much on the usual Standard Electric clocks.
 
The impulse movement was an original straight impulse (no correction), so I couldn't use it on my AR-2A system as it was.  American Time & Signal told me they could not fit an AR-2 movement onto the clock because the original hands were a problem.  So, I decided to simply put a battery movement in it and stay with the original hands and clock face.
 
It hangs on the third floor of my home in the Master Suite in a domed part of the ceiling and looks terrific there.
 

Steve's garage clock
Here's one you're sure to recognize.  It's one of the large 15" AR-2 Standard Electric Clocks that I got on my visit to Massachusetts earlier this year when a school was throwing out their system.
 
This clock hangs in my garage and is part of my AR-2A system.  I changed out the original Lucite cover with a glass cover because it makes the clock look better, in my opinion.

Ed. Note: Steve gave me a clock identical to this one from the same school.
Steve's master clock
Here's one of the AR-2A master clocks I retrieved from a recent visit to that school in Massachusetts that was getting rid of their system.  With the help of my friend Gary Kronberg of Standard Electric Technologies in Richmond, Virginia, this master clock works like a charm.  It keeps perfect -- and I do mean perfect -- time.  Gary replaced a few of the original parts for me (the worm shaft was slipping because it was wearing down) and he showed me how to adjust the timing cams inside.     

Inside master cock
This shows the inside of my AR-2A Master Clock with three threaded ribbons and the timing cams in the background.

testing boards
As you know, on my trip to Massachusetts this past fall (2002), I retrieved a bunch of old Standard Electric Clocks near the Springfield area where the original plant used to operate.  These clocks were being thrown out by a school in Amherst and I brought them back to Virginia to try and recondition and work on them one at a time.  (Many just needed slight adjustments.)
 
I saw the picture of the old testing boards at the Standard Electric plant in Springfield, Massachusetts on your website, and came up with a similar idea for testing the clocks I retrieved from Massachusetts.  In my garage, I have a total of four test boards capable of handling 12 AR-2 clocks a piece.  All 48 slaves run off of the AR-2A Master Clock in my garage and make quite a racket when they're all operating :-)
 
Each clock has been cleaned, lubricated, tested, rims removed and repainted, clock faces and hands cleaned and reconditioned, and then run for at least 168 hours continuously to make sure there are no problems with them. I'll probably end up selling them off to a small business or plant since they look almost new.  This has been a 'learn by doing' project.
 

slave driver
Once again your website has been a great source of information relative to these slave clocks and their histories.  One of the items you have a link to is the Mumford Slave Driver, and I am including a picture of the one I use on my workbench in my garage when testing each AR-2 clock individually.
 
I cannot say enough good things about Bryan Mumford and his attitude.  He and I had been corresponding a lot after my trip to Massachusetts, and he was intrigued by the way the AR-2 slave clock worked, especially with the corrective coil and the 48-volt charge the master supplied each hour on the 60th minute.  Bryan actually created what he called the "fancy slave driver" for me so that I could simulate field conditions when testing the AR-2 slave clocks on my workbench.
 
His timing chip is extremely accurate and he supplies two 24-volt transformers for the purpose of regular impulsing, as well as for the hourly corrective impulse every 60 minutes.  It works great (each impulse is clean) and I would strongly recommend anyone that works on Standard Electric slave clocks to seriously consider contacting Bryan for one of these for their testing purposes.  As you can see from the picture, they are small and run off of four AA batteries.  There is a way to manually impulse both the minute and hourly corrective functions by simply pressing a button. 
 
The great thing about this is you don't need a big clunky old master clock to run a slave clock you may want to test -- you can use this convenient driver anywhere.  Can you imagine if the Standard technicians had this device in the '60s, '70s or '80s?
 
Bryan Mumford was very patient in this process (it took several tries to get it right), and I am hopeful some of the others out there who could use such a convenient and smart piece of equipment will contact him with their inquiries
10-inch AR2
And last but not least, here is that 10" clock you sent me a while back.  It is part of my AR-2A system and hangs in my office downstairs.

3 master clocks
Have you ever seen anything so ridiculous?  :-)
 
The Master on the left is an AR-2A and is one of the ones I obtained on my Massachusetts trip in September; the one in the center is also an AR-2A and is the one currently running my system and the one on the right is a GR-C Master for the GR-C 24v synchronous square clocks that John was getting rid of in Indiana.
 
The GR-C has a number of micro switches and other upgrades on the power supply that the AR-2A doesn't have (micro reset switches, an indicator light that tells when the power is on, etc.) 

expanded test boards




This is what my garage looked like after my trip to Indiana. The GR-C slaves are below the test boards (on the floor).



GRC slaves
The hourly correction works, sort of. Very strange. Gary discovered that the 12-hourly correct micro switch is bad and there are a number of other adjustments that still need to be made before the GR-C Master is where it should be.


bell fingers
I had asked Steve to take a picture of the drop fingers in his master clock so I could compare them to mine. Thought I'd share this picture as well.




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