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    Spare parts for Crane bells?

    The striker / spring on my Crane bell decided to break off on me recently, and being the cheapskate that I am, I'm hoping to just replace the bit that broke off instead of the whole thing. I've been trying to track down the company that manufactures them, but they don't seem to have a web presence that I can locate. Does anyone know of a website for them, or know of an avenue for ordering spare bits and pieces?

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    Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
    Good luck!
    I take it this is a known "black hole", and not just a simple failure of my Google-Fu?

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    depending on how the original was made(plastic striker on a spring???) you may be able to find someone near you with a 3d printer, or otherwise have a striker made.

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    Pictures of the break? it appears parts are not something you will find except used.
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    Most hardware stores (Ace, TrueValue) have and huge selection of springs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RonH View Post
    Most hardware stores (Ace, TrueValue) have and huge selection of springs.
    The spring seems easy enough to jury-rig, it's the striker that's the unique bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dedhed View Post
    Pictures of the break? it appears parts are not something you will find except used.
    This is just a stock image of the model. The loop on the spring where it attaches to the screw at the middle of the bell broke, with the remainder of the spring and the striker ending up who knows where.

    5ZBkRPt.jpg

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    Hardware store spring and something like this. Unless you know someone with a small lathe to turn you the striker from brass stock. Of course this will probably cost more than a new bell.

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    rivendell sells a "louder spring" for crane bells: Spring for Bell 26

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    Quote Originally Posted by sdinger View Post
    rivendell sells a "louder spring" for crane bells: Spring for Bell 26
    I'll definitely file this away for future reference. I already purchased a replacement for it, but the original broken one is still in my parts box.

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    I actually just fixed mine with a spring from the hardware store and an allen bolt screwed into the spring- just like new!

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