I have thought long and hard about writing this blog and after consulting with both my webmaster and my mentor in collecting I have decided I must breach this problem, it seems all of us in the ventriloquist world have to deal with, and that is……the time factor that we all must wait when we send off our beloved partners for repairs.
Now I am writing this because I took on this job myself and can say that without question these repairs on mechanics, for the most part, and re painting of a figure even with severe chips and gouges can be done in not a long time frame.
The Ken Spencer figure you all recently saw here on the Ventriloquist Central Blog, was an example of a figure that in the past I would have sent out to get repaired. The cost was not of concern, it was always the time frame waiting for its return that bothered me.
Now the Spencer’s blogs we spaced out over a couple of weeks but I can tell you he arrived to me on a Friday around mid day and I had his complete restoration done on Sunday morning. A true total of about 40 hours.
Now I wasn’t working straight for these 40 hours, there was quite a bit of lag time for the filler to dry, sanding, then primer coats and 3 coats of paint, then detail and blushing. So actual time I truly spent sitting at my bench working, I would guess was 15 hours.
So that being said I think that a repaint or mechanical fix should not be something that we have to wait weeks or months to received back from the pros. Granted they have more than one thing to work on at a time but if you are a pro, you certainly know how many items you have to work on and if you are so backed up why would you take on more that you know you can’t get to for months? This just doesn’t compute for me.
I know this is going to ruffle some feathers but I just had to air my thoughts out and I certainly hope to hear back from everyone both positively or negatively.
Ventriloquist Central is the brainchild of Dan Willinger and Steve Hurst. Dan is a ventriloquism enthusiast and ventriloquist figure collector. He has been collecting for over 25 years. He created the Ventriloquist Central Collection. It now has over 100 ventriloquist figures and over 50 of them are Frank Marshall figures. Steve is a ventriloquist as well as builder of ventriloquist figures. He also has a background in sales, marketing, building websites and computers. Because they both love the art of ventriloquism, the website Ventriloquist Central was born. For more information about the website, go to: http://www.ventriloquistcentral.com
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