Sunday, April 10, 2011

Cuckoo Clock: Add Old World Charm To Your Home!

In the latter half of the 20th Century, Cuckoo clocks could be found hanging on walls in homes on every street in North America. These fascinating devices, said to have originated in the black Forest of Germany during the late 1600s, lent a touch of old world charm to the European and North American living rooms and parlors they were displayed in. Craftsmen put hours and hours into the mechanics and housing. Like everything else these days, what was then relatively inexpensive is the opposite now and very difficult to find in excellent condition.

Coincidentally, just last week a colleague and I at work were discussing Cuckoo clocks. He was smitten after losing out on a bid for one on ebay. I told him that I would rather buy a new one if I were looking to make a purchase, rather than get one from an auction-style website such as ebay or half, where the clock might be old and its workings "iffy." It's always a drag when something you buy on one of those sites doesn't live up to expectations!

Still thinking about Cuckoo clocks hours later, remembering the soft sounds of the "tick-tock" and the gentle hourly and half-hourly "call of the cuckoo," I went out on the net and found SINIX, and it was love at first sight:

SINIX World Class Wall ClockIn 1998, the SINIX Corporation was established. The specialized wall clock manufacturer buildt cuckoo clocks, which today are in high demand all round the globe! If you are one of those people who are looking back longingly on simpler times and memories of yesteryear, here's your opportunity to re-connect with something you may have thought you'd never see or hear again!
from WikiPedia: "In 1669 Domenico Martinelli, in his handbook on elementary clocks "Horologi Elementari", suggests using the call of the cuckoo to indicate the hours. Starting at that time the mechanism of the cuckoo clock was known. Any mechanic or clockmaker, who could read Latin or Italian, knew after reading the books that it was feasible to have the cuckoo announce the hours."
SINIX Corp. hasn't limited its product line to high-quality cuckoo clocks: remember those old "Grandfather" clocks, usually holdovers form the early 20th Century? The awesome clocks wer handed down genereation-to-generation, but many were sold when young families exited to the suburbs during the 1960s, many were scrapped, others stripped and sold for parts. SINIX actually builds more than 300 varieties of clocks, ranging from the Grandfather and 15 distinct types of Cuckoo cloks to those of the modern digital variety! (You may have even seen a SINIX high quality water proof wall clock hanging in a sauna or swimming pool!)
SINIX Cuckoo clock mini-faq

Product Functions
- Every hour cuckoo or doll alarms with melody, auto night shut off
- Cuckoo volume control (Off, Low, Hi)
- Quartz movement
- 100% made in Korea
The SINIX facilities build clocks from scratch: design, assembly, packing and shipping are all backed by a quality customer-service policy to ensure your complete satisfaction with any SINIX clock! (SINIX Corp. received a one million dollar export award from Korea International Trade Association in 2005.) SINIX Corp. clocks are exported to Europe, the Middle East, South America, Southeastern Asia and most of the world!

HERE'S MY CHALLENGE TO YOU!

(1) Take a look at the SINIX website and the wide variety of high-quality clocks offered.

(2) Come back here and leave your thoughts in the comments section, along with any anecdote or story you may have about cuckoo clocks, or your experience with clocks in general as a small child.(Contestants must own all rights to works submitted. Stories that have already been published elsewhere are not eligible due to copyright rstrictions: participation in the contest is FREE and open to all.)

(3) If I get a good number of responses with good stories, I'll pick some of the best ones, feature your story along with your blog or website, and even help you purchase a SINIX clock of your choice!

THIS OFFER EXPIRES SATURDAY, MAY 14th 2011

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