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Topic: Anyone has a vent figure ?
Message: Posted by: maps (Dec 17, 2010 12:00AM)
Anyone has a vent figure for sale?
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Dec 17, 2010 09:05AM)
There's one on ebay that must have just been listed this morning that I rather like the looks of and would consider buying myself (but I'm not buying any more figures right now). He has raising eyebrows and blinkers.
Message: Posted by: CaptKirk (Dec 17, 2010 09:13AM)
Ebay and Vent Central Classifieds are the way to go IF someone on this forum doesn't come through for you. There are currently about 3 figures on Ebay that would be nice to have and they are all under $500! It depends on what KIND of character you invision for your vent act. One of the figures is a Payes and I have read good and bad things about his creations (more good than bad I may add). IF you are looking for a girl figure, that will be a little harder to find. BEST of luck to you and let us know what happens in your quest. NOTE: you can always contact Clinton Detweiler and see what he has available too:o)
Message: Posted by: maps (Dec 17, 2010 10:29AM)
Thanks guys! I'll go look.I've ordered Mortimer and Groucho from Clinton and Tater from Selberg Studios but the latter will take a loooong time.I've written Tim but not getting any reply so I am getting nervous.
I am wanting them for my museum.
Message: Posted by: Bob Baker (Dec 17, 2010 05:45PM)
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On 2010-12-17 11:29, maps wrote:
.I've written Tim but not getting any reply so I am getting nervous.
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Good things come to those who wait. Tim will come through for you. He often does not answer e-mails for several, even many, days.

B
Message: Posted by: creativemac (Dec 17, 2010 08:49PM)
Or weeks
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Dec 17, 2010 10:08PM)
I don't know how those who have, or have ordered a Selberg (or from other figuremakers that may take some time) do it, it would make me crazy.
All of my figures, except my main one have been figures I found and liked and was able to just buy, my main figure was the only one I "ordered". His figuremaker and I had become good friends before then, and we emailed almost daily, talked on the phone here and there, so when he was making my figure for me, I'm inclined to think it was getting a bit more priority as it only took a few months if I recall correctly, and more importantly, I was getting constant updates in our regular communications. Even then, it was a long few months, so I can't imagine waiting a year or longer, and doing it with not much communication from the maker (but then I will also admit to being somewhat impatient when I want something).
Message: Posted by: Steve at The Dummy Shoppe (Dec 18, 2010 09:34AM)
We understand this problem thoroughly. We try to answer all Email questions within 4 hours, and we try to have no more than a 40 day delivery schedule from the time an order is confirmed. We exist for the Vent world, not the other way around!

Steve
http://www.thedummyshoppe.com
Message: Posted by: CaptKirk (Dec 18, 2010 09:41AM)
When I ordered Cousin Cletus from Albert Alfaros, the wait was terrible BUT Albert finished and had him on his way to me 2 WEEKS AHEAD of schedule and his field manager kept in constant touch with me via emails with constant progress reports. Making these top notch vent figures is a real art and I think the wait is well worth it regardless of who the maker is. IMHO:o)
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Dec 18, 2010 10:25AM)
I agree about the wait being worth it, if I had to wait longer for the one I ordered, no matter how long it was, I would have thought him well worth the wait too once I got him.
But it still would have made me crazy in the meantime...
Message: Posted by: Mr. Pitts (Dec 18, 2010 11:01AM)
I got an Insull figure when I was a kid. I was about 12 when we ordered it, but because of Mr. Insull becoming ill during that time, I had to wait almost two years. Being so young two years was a very, very long time. The wait was agonizing. The ironic thing was, I didn't love that figure after I got him. He was very nice, well made and all, but I never really 'resonated' with him (as Philip put it). I parted with him in my early twenties when I wasn't interested in vent, and although I would like to have him now because of his actual value, I know I still wouldn't be inclined to perform with him.
Message: Posted by: maps (Dec 18, 2010 07:54PM)
I hate waiting but if it's from an established and well known maker/artist,I guess the value is there even if you don't 'resonate' with the figure. The worth is obtaining a masterpiece that will outlast you and in my case will fit well into my mini museum.However an update from the maker/artist on the progress would be a very nice and comforting touch.
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Dec 19, 2010 02:33AM)
A Selberg is worth the wait! :)
Message: Posted by: CaptKirk (Dec 30, 2010 10:49AM)
FYI: there is a Kem Poyner "Bobby" vent figure for sale on Ebay RIGHT NOW for a $700 opening bid and NO reserve and there have been NO bids up to now. Kem's figures rarely come up for sale and I paid MORE than that for mine. I told the seller he should list the figure for at least 7 days longer IF he doesn't sell this time. Good looking figure that I just thought someone might be interested in. I am NOT the seller. My vent family is not for sale:o)
UPDATE: the "Bobby" figure did NOT SELL! If you are interested in him, I'd recommend contacting the seller directly through Ebay (search on "ventriloquist" and the select "completed auctions". I'm pretty sure the seller will relist the figure but who knows??
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Dec 30, 2010 11:35AM)
I'm betting that's the same one that's for sale on Dan's site in the classified section, they had also posted a note on worldvents about it being for sale.
Message: Posted by: maps (Dec 30, 2010 09:56PM)
CaptKirk,I tried searching but can't seems to find it.
The one on Dan's site is double the price?
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Dec 30, 2010 10:09PM)
I found it, it is the same one on Dan's site, he has a link to it in the auction description.
Here's the link to the ebay auction;

http://cgi.ebay.com/Professional-Ventriloquist-Figure-made-Kem-Poyner-/120665533199?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1c1839eb0f
Message: Posted by: maps (Dec 30, 2010 11:19PM)
Thanks! I sent him a message.
I am new to ebay and I still can't seems to get the hang og it yet
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Dec 31, 2010 09:52AM)
Glad to be of help - good luck, I hope you can get him and for a good price.
Message: Posted by: maps (Dec 31, 2010 10:47PM)
So far I've collected a Paynes,two Selbergs (one has to wait for two years,so I heard),a Juro, two upgraded figures from Detweiler(Maher?),a Dan Lavender and a Bighead from Robert McRay(In the process) and one from an unknown maker.
Place my bid for a Steve Barry but still waiting.Supposed to have a Lovik but wasn't successful in getting that.
Now I have to find money!
Anyone wants a marionette or a puppet made?
Message: Posted by: CaptKirk (Jan 1, 2011 10:26AM)
You should consider a figure by Albert Alfaros! Albert's work is incredible and on par with Selberg's, IMHO:o)
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Jan 1, 2011 10:33AM)
He does have a figure I'm interested in. I emailed with a couple questions and for a price - haven't heard anything back from him.
Message: Posted by: daffydoug (Jan 1, 2011 03:37PM)
I'd give anything to know who made Daniel.
Message: Posted by: maps (Jan 1, 2011 05:30PM)
I wrote to Albert Alfara and he did reply.Just wait a little longer as it's the holiday season.Most people will resume work this coming week. I am interested in Chow Tu Wang.(it sounded like smelly king of gamblers in my language).
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Jan 1, 2011 09:00PM)
Actually, I wasn't real worried about it, while I was waiting to hear from him, I bought another used figure which I'm still waiting for. I still like that figure I inquired about, but I wrote for that info before I realized how much figures had skyrocketed in price since the last time I looked a half dozen years ago or so.

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On 2011-01-01 16:37, daffydoug wrote:
I'd give anything to know who made Daniel.[/quote]
No one has been able to identify the maker for you?
Message: Posted by: daffydoug (Jan 3, 2011 09:04AM)
No. I bought him at Abbott's auction and flea market several years ago but the guy who sold him to me had no idea who the creator was. He was dressed as a pirate at the time, but I took away his sword and changed his clothes and made him into the boy he is now. On his control stick is written "O'leary" but I have no clue if that is his creator, his ex owner or his former character name!

It really baffles me and I think about it all the time, but I suppose I will never find the answer. And as for Daniel? He's not talking.
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Jan 3, 2011 11:20AM)
More than likely, if there's a name on the headstick, it's the creator, although I suppose someone who owned him previously could have put their name on it like people do with some of their stuff. I've never heard of anyone writing their character's name on the stick, most of the time, it's the creator's name.

It's hard to tell because I can only go by the small avatar picture, but he almost looks familiar like I should know who made him.
Message: Posted by: daffydoug (Jan 3, 2011 01:11PM)
Dirk the vent over on Youtube seems to think he may be a Lovik figure after watching my vid ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwKRn3d0Ouc )

But maybe if I could e-mail you a larger photo do you think you might possibly be able to venture a guess?
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Jan 3, 2011 03:48PM)
I looked at the vid and Lovik would be my guess too, it's sort of what I was thinking from your avatar, but again, that was a small pic to go by, so the name on the headstick must have been a former owner.
I would like to see a larger pic, but if it is indeed a Lovik as I believe, the man to send a pic to is Clinton Detweiler. Most of the time that Lovik was making figures, it seems he sold mostly through Maher Studios. Clinton could probably tell you what model he was and the years that model was sold.
Message: Posted by: Mr. Pitts (Jan 3, 2011 04:08PM)
I also think he's a Lovik. A photo of the headstick would help in identifying him. Or you could send a photo to Clinton, he'll know for sure.
Message: Posted by: daffydoug (Jan 3, 2011 06:42PM)
Thanks guys! How do I get ahold of Clinton?
Message: Posted by: daffydoug (Jan 3, 2011 06:43PM)
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On 2011-01-03 16:48, blueshawk1 wrote:
I looked at the vid and Lovik would be my guess too, it's sort of what I was thinking from your avatar, but again, that was a small pic to go by, so the name on the headstick must have been a former owner.
I would like to see a larger pic, but if it is indeed a Lovik as I believe, the man to send a pic to is Clinton Detweiler. Most of the time that Lovik was making figures, it seems he sold mostly through Maher Studios. Clinton could probably tell you what model he was and the years that model was sold.
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I could e-mail you a photo.
Message: Posted by: kidshowvent (Jan 3, 2011 08:36PM)
You can reach Clinton Detweiler by emailing him at: mahertalk@aol.com

Hope this helpMark
markwade@kidshowvent.com
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Jan 3, 2011 10:40PM)
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On 2011-01-03 19:43, daffydoug wrote:
I could e-mail you a photo.[/quote]
I sent you my email address in a pm.
Message: Posted by: daffydoug (Jan 3, 2011 11:17PM)
Ok. Got it!
Message: Posted by: daffydoug (Jan 4, 2011 11:28PM)
Blueshawk, I sent the photos to you. Hope the close-ups will give you some good clues!
Message: Posted by: daffydoug (Jan 5, 2011 12:14PM)
OK after some problems with the e-mail failing because it was beyond the size limit, I broke it down into smaller chunks, so hopefully it should go through, now.