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    In those 100 year old cuckoo clocks with the iron pine cones for weights, how did the bird make the noise?

    What was the sound made with?

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    Off the top of my head I would suspect a pair of bellows operated mechanically by the fall of a weight blowing air across a whistle.
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    It was a real bird wasn't it? That's what my granny said.

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    True story, my grandmother was 90 years old & had a stroke. So my dad would tie her up in a chair so she wouln`t flop all over the place.He sat her under the coco clock Then he pulled the weights up tp rewind the clock. The chain broke & the weight hit grandma on the head & knocked her out cold.

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    Coming from you I believe it. That's a funny picture.

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    Thats a great question Noel!

    I asked Dad and he don't know. Could also be 2 pieces of wood rubbing together like a turkey call.
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    If this is a serious question I will try to explane

    There is a small hollow wooden block inside , like a wooden whistle. One end of the block has a Bellows on it. When the hour is triggered and the bird comes out the bellows are driven by an action on the movement creating the air needed to blow the whistle the proper number of times


    and then on 2 of the 3 I have - The music starts to play- a platform rotates and the dancers on the platform turn as the music plays

    want to know how that works?


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    I through mine away, i got tired of cleaning out the bird ****.

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    Originally posted by ct2
    If this is a serious question I will try to explane

    There is a small hollow wooden block inside , like a wooden whistle. One end of the block has a Bellows on it. When the hour is triggered and the bird comes out the bellows are driven by an action on the movement creating the air needed to blow the whistle the proper number of times


    and then on 2 of the 3 I have - The music starts to play- a platform rotates and the dancers on the platform turn as the music plays

    want to know how that works?


    Is it like a little music box?
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    On the Flinstones, the bird would do his thing and then say to the camara, "It's a living."

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    Yes the music box plays and as it does wheels drive the dancing platform and turn the dancers

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    I went and saw The Curse tonight. The movie was so-so, Christina Ricci was adorable and there was the coolest CooCoo Clock.
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    go to Munich some time and check out the Glockenspiel

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