Well I guess I may have stirred a bee’s nest because I have had a bunch of emails from those that have figures with direct linkage and how much they like them. OK I will say uncle. Direct linkage is great and if done right I guess it too will last a lifetime. The McElroy mechanics in my three have lasted 70 plus years.
Direct linkage has been done by Cecil Gough, Len Insull, Tim Selberg, Kem Poyner, Brant Gilmer, Greg Claassen, Lee Dunn and Ray Guyll to name a few others beside the McElroy brothers. I will admit I have never had a Ray Guyll figure with direct linkage so I can’t comment on his work first hand but Bill Nelson, who now owns Ray’s creation Kirby has told me that the mechanics are a thing of beauty and work as smooth as silk. I also have never owned a figure by Greg Claassen so I can’t comment on his work either. I do own a Brant Gilmer and his mechanics are very smooth and very quiet.
I purchased Lee Dunn’s first McElroy replica and his mechanics are wonderful and also very very quiet. You can see pictures on my site. Cecil Gough’s mechanics were not very good as far as I was concerned. I found them to be sloppy and noisy. I have had figures by both Tim Selberg and Kem Poyner and I had to have them both repaired to function correctly and found them to be rather noisy and squeaky. I will make an exception to Tim’s figures though, because when the mechanics were done by Greg Crist they were of top notch quality. Tim and Kem PLEASE I am not cutting your work down. I am just telling of the observations I have made on figures by you that I have owned. The Insull are direct linkage inside the heads then attached to strings down to the headstick levers. They are quiet but it does take some getting used to to use the controls.
I guess I still will stick with my first observation and say in my opinion I would rather have the cord controls for the ease of the repair.
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