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Topic: Vent Family Group Photo
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Jan 24, 2011 12:07AM)
Since I have no plans to purchase any more figures, I wanted to take a group photo of my little "vent family" (just the hard figures) to use as the wallpaper on my computer and to take to the store and print a picture I could put in a frame.
So I thought I'd post a picture here to share. I added names to the one I downsized to post here, and below it, I have a direct link to a different and larger shot of them.
(btw, please notice, the thread does not say "my" vent family group photo - just "vent family group photo", so hopefully others will post some group photos also)

So here they are, "The Dickens Family";

[img]http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q264/blueshawk1/ventriloquism/TGroupNames.jpg[/img]

http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q264/blueshawk1/ventriloquism/TNewGroup0488.jpg
Message: Posted by: Vegasvent (Jan 24, 2011 01:12AM)
Very nice Grouping!
Message: Posted by: Steve at The Dummy Shoppe (Jan 24, 2011 02:40AM)
Would you mind taking a minute and redoing the shot and listing each makers name with each figure? I would be interested in seeing "Who da Pappa" for each. Thanks.

Steve
http://www.thedummyshoppe.com
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Jan 24, 2011 03:53AM)
[quote]
On 2011-01-24 02:12, ventriloguy wrote:
Very nice Grouping![/quote]
Thank you!
I should have used the couch instead of the loveseat, it was tricky getting them all arranged.

Easy request Steve, here you go;

[img]http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q264/blueshawk1/ventriloquism/TGroupFiguremalers.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: maps (Jan 24, 2011 08:51AM)
Freat Pics! Thanks for sharing.I like Donhi and Dagwood
Message: Posted by: Howie Diddot (Jan 24, 2011 09:40AM)
Name your practice figure; he looks sad with no name and he can’t even look at the camera.

This may have to be reported to the county Ventriloquist figure care services

It is a nice photo; you do have a very nice Dickens family of figures
Message: Posted by: CaptKirk (Jan 24, 2011 09:43AM)
Great picture and family you have there!!! Maybe you will inspire more of us to post our "family" pics too! I think your "un-named practice figure" looks like a "Rudy" to me:o) Maybe you should have a "name my figure" contest here on the forum(?). Would be fun unless you prefer to name your figures yourself which is more than understandable:o)
Message: Posted by: CaptKirk (Jan 24, 2011 09:49AM)
Great picture and family you have there!!! Maybe you will inspire more of us to post our "family" pics too! I think your "un-named practice figure" looks like a "Rudy" to me:o) Maybe you should have a "name my figure" contest here on the forum(?). Would be fun unless you prefer to name your figures yourself which is more than understandable:o)
Message: Posted by: CaptKirk (Jan 24, 2011 09:49AM)
Great picture and family you have there!!! Maybe you will inspire more of us to post our "family" pics too! I think your "un-named practice figure" looks like a "Rudy" to me:o) Maybe you should have a "name my figure" contest here on the forum(?). Would be fun unless you prefer to name your figures yourself which is more than understandable:o)
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Jan 24, 2011 10:29AM)
[quote]On 2011-01-24 10:40, Buzz Lawrence wrote:
Name your practice figure; he looks sad with no name and he can’t even look at the camera.
This may have to be reported to the county Ventriloquist figure care services[/quote]
I know, I should be ashamed... 8^(

[quote]On 2011-01-24 10:49, CaptKirk wrote:
Maybe you will inspire more of us to post our "family" pics too!
I think your "un-named practice figure" looks like a "Rudy" to me:o) Maybe you should have a "name my figure" contest here on the forum(?). Would be fun unless you prefer to name your figures yourself which is more than understandable:o)[/quote]
I hope it will inspire others to post pictures, I love to look a vent figures.
I already have a Rudy, the little guy over on the left that I made.
He may end up with a name at some point soon as I've been thinking of doing some work on him and turning him into another character I've been thinking about - then he will have to have a name.
Message: Posted by: daffydoug (Jan 24, 2011 10:37AM)
[quote]
On 2011-01-24 10:40, Buzz Lawrence wrote:
Name your practice figure; he looks sad with no name and he can’t even look at the camera.

This may have to be reported to the county Ventriloquist figure care services

It is a nice photo; you do have a very nice Dickens family of figures
[/quote]

Maybe we ought to have a little contest here in this thread and submit names!
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Jan 24, 2011 10:59AM)
Okay, Capt. Kirk and daffydoug, go for it, but you will have to come up with two names.
The character I want to turn him into is a goofy superhero type character. The tricky part will be coming up with material different than Dunham uses for Melvin, not that I'd ever be any competition, but I wouldn't want someone seeing me use him and have them saying "that's just like.....", if I can't come up with something different, I'll have to scrap the whole idea.
If I can come up with something different, then I was thinking of naming him "Clark" (ala Superman, except his last name would naturally be "Dickens"), and he would be like the Superman comics, for those who read those, there were different Supermen along the way that came from different places like the Bizzaro one. He would be from a different place, maybe a little known place called Earth. Haven't really scoped out the possibilities, it's just and idea that recently started to form for a novelty character.
Message: Posted by: Steve at The Dummy Shoppe (Jan 24, 2011 12:34PM)
Blueshawk,

Thanks for posting the makers names. Most were as expected, but a couple of surprises.


Steve
http://www.thedummyshoppe.com
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Jan 24, 2011 12:44PM)
Which ones surprised you?
Message: Posted by: Howie Diddot (Jan 24, 2011 01:46PM)
CaptKirk and I share the same double post problem
Why does that happen?
Message: Posted by: marshalldoll (Jan 24, 2011 01:57PM)
Dave that's a great shot of your figure family!!
Dan
http://www.ventriloquistcentral.com
Message: Posted by: Steve at The Dummy Shoppe (Jan 24, 2011 02:06PM)
The ones that threw me were "Hannibal" (I have not seen that much of Ricks work and it almost looks a bit like a Selburg)and Mr. NoName. His large round cheeks threw me. A bit out of character for a Lovik.

Steve
http://www.thedummyshoppe.com
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Jan 24, 2011 04:11PM)
Thank you Dan and everyone who liked the shots (and thank you for taking the time to look at them).

Oooo, Rick's looks almost like a Selberg? - that has to be my crappy photography skills (personally speaking, I'm not a fan of the Selberg look).
The Lovik with the big cheeks was part of one of his last lines of lower priced figures called Sidekicks (I think that's what they were called). The eyes are actually stickers, and there's plastic across the eye openings, which serves to protect those paper eyes and it has worked. One of the things I want to do with him is get rid of the plastic across the eye openings and replace those eyes with regular figure eyes.
Message: Posted by: Ony Carcamo (Jan 24, 2011 04:59PM)
Wonderful collection, Dave! Congrats!
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Jan 25, 2011 01:16AM)
Thank you!
Message: Posted by: Mr. Pitts (Jan 25, 2011 01:39AM)
Great collection. I love the Hartz,I'm a big fan of Conrad's work, and this one's a classic. Which one's your favorite?
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Jan 25, 2011 04:28AM)
Thank you. Ditto on Conrad's figures, I love mine. I had another one but sold him because I just could not get him to work for me, a character that is, but I still had a hard time parting with him.

Favorite? That's tough.
Like I said, I love the Hartz.
Scotty, he has a special place for me because he was the first in this "collection", (not my first pro figure, but that's another story), and the first of them I got to perform with.
My little Rudy there, again, very special because he was the first vent figure I created.
But Hannibal would have to stand out as number 1 because he is what I call my "dream figure". I had his character, his voice, everything, fully developed first, then I had someone make a figure to fit that character, and for icing on the cake, he was made for me by someone who was a very good friend (who unfortunately is no longer with us, so that adds a little more "specialness to the figure, something to hold on to from my friend).

So while I have no plans to part with any of them, if for some reason I had to, those four would not even be considered, I will have them until my time is up.
That's the closest I can come to picking a favorite.
Message: Posted by: Howie Diddot (Jan 25, 2011 07:59AM)
[quote]
On 2011-01-24 04:53, blueshawk1 wrote:
[quote]
I should have used the couch instead of the loveseat, it was tricky getting them all arranged.
[/quote]

I think the photo on the loveseat is better than a couch; using a couch would spread out the figures and widen the shot; the faces and body would be smaller; also widening the shot makes more of the background visible, taking away from the focus.

I think the photo is very nice as is.

IMHO
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Jan 25, 2011 01:31PM)
Thank you, and I think you're right, the couch would have had them too spread out, and I did know I wanted a tight grouping so that the picture would be filled with just them as much as possible.
It's working great as a wallpaper on my computer.
Message: Posted by: creativemac (Jan 25, 2011 01:40PM)
Steve,
boy are you quick. I was going to ask the same thing about listing the figure makers and was going to test myself to see how many I got correct. I did get 7 of the 10 correct before I saw the answer.
Message: Posted by: creativemac (Jan 25, 2011 02:22PM)
Here's some of my family;

[img]http://img684.imageshack.us/img684/6184/hartz.jpg[/img]

[img]http://img137.imageshack.us/img137/1146/familyni.jpg[/img]

[img]http://img140.imageshack.us/img140/8540/selberg.jpg[/img]

[img]http://img16.imageshack.us/img16/4646/softud.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: ColinDymond (Jan 25, 2011 02:43PM)
WOW Donald. that's a great collection.
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Jan 25, 2011 03:34PM)
Yay! Someone else posted their family pics!

They are a great looking group Donald!
Who made the one in the first pic, the one in the back with the denim vest on? From what I can see of the hands, they look Hartz-ish.
Message: Posted by: creativemac (Jan 25, 2011 04:12PM)
You got it Dave, it's from the Hartz-man. The group is the first pix, are Hartz work.
Message: Posted by: ColinDymond (Jan 25, 2011 05:39PM)
I love the Hartz guy with the check shirt! and the Selberg old coot!
Message: Posted by: Steve at The Dummy Shoppe (Jan 25, 2011 07:00PM)
OK Donald,

Now its your turn to put up all the makers with their respective figures/puppets. If it is easier to do, you can just reload a pic and then give it a Left to Right, Top to Bottom call out.

Steve
http://www.thedummyshoppe.com
Message: Posted by: creativemac (Jan 25, 2011 09:20PM)
Here's their makers;

[img]http://img577.imageshack.us/img577/3869/ventfamilycopy.jpg[/img]

[img]http://img46.imageshack.us/img46/7333/selberggangcopy.jpg[/img]

[img]http://img291.imageshack.us/img291/8167/softgangcopy.jpg[/img]

[img]http://img69.imageshack.us/img69/8126/hartzgangcopy.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: Steve at The Dummy Shoppe (Jan 25, 2011 10:07PM)
Wow Woody,

If you could have all that money at one time, you could buy an island in the south pacific and lay on the beach all day drinking your favorite (soft drinks) with little umbrellas all day long. This is impressive. My next question is: Did you remember to have them all appraised and have a rider on your homeowners policy? It would be a disaster if something happened without one.

Steve
http://www.thedummyshoppe.com
Message: Posted by: Howie Diddot (Jan 25, 2011 11:10PM)
[quote]
On 2011-01-25 14:31, blueshawk1 wrote:
Thank you, and I think you're right,.
[/quote]

Your quite welcome, you made a VERY NICE photo
Message: Posted by: Steve at The Dummy Shoppe (Jan 26, 2011 08:48AM)
Who is next? I like these group photos. Keep em coming.

Steve
http://www.thedummyshoppe.com
Message: Posted by: Bob Baker (Jan 26, 2011 08:55AM)
I've taken my picture. Just have to label it, and will post. But Donald, your family is a hard act to follow!

B
Message: Posted by: creativemac (Jan 26, 2011 09:42AM)
Hard act to follow, just try keeping them inline.
:)
Message: Posted by: marshalldoll (Jan 26, 2011 12:14PM)
Sorry too many to post here. For mine you have to go to the web site!! LOL
Dan
http://www.ventriloquistcentral.com
Message: Posted by: Decomposed (Jan 26, 2011 12:38PM)
[quote]
On 2011-01-24 11:37, daffydoug wrote:
[quote]
On 2011-01-24 10:40, Buzz Lawrence wrote:
Name your practice figure; he looks sad with no name and he can’t even look at the camera.

This may have to be reported to the county Ventriloquist figure care services

It is a nice photo; you do have a very nice Dickens family of figures
[/quote]

Great idea! I just took my vent figure to my office and put him on a ledge.

Maybe we ought to have a little contest here in this thread and submit names!
[/quote]
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Jan 26, 2011 01:09PM)
[quote]
On 2011-01-26 09:48, Steve at The Dummy Shoppe wrote:
Who is next? I like these group photos. Keep em coming.[/quote]
That's what I'm hoping will happen, what I was hoping when I started this thread, that they'll keep coming.
[quote]
On 2011-01-26 13:14, marshalldoll wrote:
Sorry too many to post here. For mine you have to go to the web site!! LOL
Dan[/quote]
Hahaa, yes, I guess it would take more than one or two pics to get yours all in.
Message: Posted by: Steve at The Dummy Shoppe (Jan 26, 2011 03:01PM)
Warning to Blueshawk & Donald,

You should have sent the photos out on PM's to everyone but Dan. Now he will be staying awake nights to try and figure out how to talk you into selling your figures to him so he can add them to the Ventriloquist Central collection. - lol

Steve
http://www.thedummyshoppe.com
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Jan 26, 2011 03:24PM)
I think I'm safe, nothing really special about mine other than being special to me.
Message: Posted by: creativemac (Jan 26, 2011 03:33PM)
I'm safe, Dan doesn't know where I live.
:)
Message: Posted by: Howie Diddot (Jan 26, 2011 06:09PM)
[quote]
On 2011-01-24 01:07, blueshawk1 wrote:
Since I have no plans to purchase any more figures,
(btw, please notice, the thread does not say "my" vent family group photo - just "vent family group photo", so hopefully others will post some group photos also)

So here they are, "The Dickens Family";
[/quote]

You may not be planning to purchase more figures, at least buy Dagwood a pair of shoes LOL.

I looked at my Vent room and I think I have enough to take a family picture

So stay tuned for a photo
Message: Posted by: Eddie Garland (Jan 26, 2011 06:37PM)
This IS so fun! I love seeing all these figures in group photos.

Dan should maybe publish a calendar.
Message: Posted by: marshalldoll (Jan 26, 2011 06:48PM)
I have thought about doing a calendar. I just don't know who would print and spiral bind it for me to be able to make it cost effective. I wouldn't want to have to charge a lot for it.
Dan
http://www.ventriloquistcentral.com
Message: Posted by: Howie Diddot (Jan 26, 2011 07:13PM)
[quote]
On 2011-01-26 19:48, marshalldoll wrote:
I have thought about doing a calendar. I just don't know who would print and spiral bind it for me to be able to make it cost effective. I wouldn't want to have to charge a lot for it.
Dan
http://www.ventriloquistcentral.com
[/quote]

Dan, you can purchase a spiral, or comb binding machine

Take a number of photos of your figures, as many as you want.

Number them in catalog format

Advertise it as a personal calendar, you can offer your catalog numbered photos, or have monthly templates and drag customer’s photo into template

And assemble it to the customer’s specifications

Then print out on a color lazer printer; 6 pages 2 sided, equal 12 pages.

Reserve 1 page cover for buyer’s name and photo

Back cover blank

Bind it ship it

So easy, even a Ventriloquist can do it
Message: Posted by: Steve at The Dummy Shoppe (Jan 26, 2011 09:35PM)
Dan,

I have a binding/comb machine. They are only about $100.00 and the combs are about $.30 ea. Office Depot or Staples either one will stock them. They are known as a "pun-bin" machine or punch/bind.

Steve
http://www.thedummyshoppe.com
Message: Posted by: Bob Baker (Jan 26, 2011 09:37PM)
Here's my crew. The Hartz is unnamed because he became available, and I grabbed him. Don't know how/if I'll use him in performance except as a back-up for Oscar. "Old Bob" has an interesting back story. I wanted to do a performance piece in which my current self would be talking to my older self 25 years from now. So I sent Bill Nelson a photo of myself. First he aged me in a drawing, and then he created the figure around the drawing. Interestingly, he's the most life-like of all the characters, I think. Oscar was originally and "Ole" from the Finis & Co. catalogue. He is over 40 years old. About 5 years ago, he needed some repair work. I sent him to Ray Guyll, who did an incredible make-over on him. Archie, a besotted Cockney, is the character I'm currently developing. I got dialect training so I could do a proper Cockney accent (not like Dick Van Dyke in "Mary Poppins"!!), and audiences really seem to like him. Bill Nelson told me that Archie is, to date, the favorite of all the figures he's created. (Maybe he says that to all the vents?)

OK, you other guys get your families up there!

Bob
Message: Posted by: Bob Baker (Jan 26, 2011 09:39PM)
OK. How did you guys get the photos into the body of your posts, not as an "attached image?"
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Message: Posted by: Steve at The Dummy Shoppe (Jan 26, 2011 09:40PM)
Good looking bunch Bob. Thanks for sharing. BTW lets find a way to meet in July. Would love to talk.

Steve
www.thedummyshoppe
Message: Posted by: Howie Diddot (Jan 26, 2011 09:49PM)
[quote]
On 2011-01-26 22:39, Bob Baker wrote:
OK. How did you guys get the photos into the body of your posts, not as an "attached image?"
""
[/quote]

Bob;

To find out how to insert the photo into the post…

It’s like a magic trick, you need to take the oath of secrecy, then purchase the trick and get the DVD
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Jan 26, 2011 11:39PM)
Getting pictures in the post is easy.
I use Photobucket, once I upload the pictures there, there are boxes underneath, one with the direct link for the picture, one with html code, and one with the img code - I just copy and paste the img code in my post and wah-lah - there's a picture in my post.
Message: Posted by: Matt_24 (Jan 27, 2011 06:06AM)
Great collections everyone!

Don, you're going to have as many as Willinger if you keep it up.

Bob - love your collection! I'm a big NELSON fan....so those are right up my alley.

Great thread!!
Message: Posted by: Bob Baker (Jan 27, 2011 08:15AM)
Thanks, Dave. Let's see if this works:

[img]http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb450/rwbakermd7/PuppetFamily1Copy.jpg[/img]

I guess it did!
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Jan 27, 2011 08:28AM)
Ha! Success!

BTW, I was so busty posting the instructions, I forgot to mention - great photo (especially now that it's bigger).
But you know, I think that Hartz looks kind of out of place with those older figures, I think he should come stay and keep my Hartz company. 8^)
Message: Posted by: tacrowl (Jan 27, 2011 09:27AM)
Bob, my mouth dropped on the Old Bob mention. I had Mary Ann do a baby puppet for me and he didn't work out exactly as envisioned. I toyed with the idea of "If I could go back in time and give myself advice..." and was going to make the baby - me. The material revolved around the baby then wanting to commit suicide after seeing how life would turn out. I think I will shelve that now.
Message: Posted by: Bob Baker (Jan 27, 2011 11:46AM)
That's very funny, Tom. We had similar, if opposite ideas. The ideas for this figure have come slowly. The first joke was easy. Bill made him without teeth, so I would ask him, "What happened to your teeth?" His response: "Start flossing." Also some jokes about my 7 kids. But I want it to be both funny and wistful. Getting the tone right is as important as the jokes. Taking him out of his case for the photo has inspired me to try writing for him again.

Bob
Message: Posted by: ColinDymond (Jan 27, 2011 12:32PM)
The Bill Nelson figures look great. Are they as good to work with?
Message: Posted by: Bob Baker (Jan 27, 2011 12:43PM)
The Nelson/Lavender figures (Bill Nelson sculpts, paints; Dan Lavender does the mechanics) are terrific. Honestly, the "Old Bob" figure on which Bill did both does not have as good mechanics. OK, but not stellar. Dan's are stellar. You can see simples of his work at his website http://dlavender.com/. I'm proud that he features 2 of my figures.

Bob
Message: Posted by: Matt_24 (Jan 27, 2011 01:29PM)
Yes, I have a one of one Bill Nelson that was never used and the mouth has broken. This was a one time team up between him and another gentleman who I will not name. Bill fulfilled his end of the bargain superbly. The other person did horrific work.

Maybe you could send OLD BOB to Lavendar for a mechanical re-work. That sculpture is amazing!!
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Jan 27, 2011 04:43PM)
[quote]
On 2011-01-27 12:46, Bob Baker wrote:
Taking him out of his case for the photo has inspired me to try writing for him again.[/quote]
That is one of the pluses of doing something like these group photos if you have multiple figures. If you get focusing on using a couple, and some others don't get used for a while, it can be easy to forget they had "something", and make you want to get them out again and work with them some more.
Message: Posted by: marshalldoll (Jan 27, 2011 05:24PM)
Bob I also must say your group of figures is outstanding. Quality not quantity. Great collection.
Dan
http://www.ventriloquistcentral.com
Message: Posted by: ColinDymond (Jan 27, 2011 05:33PM)
So I should keep my eyes open for a Nelson?lavender figure!
One of the problems about living in the UK (apart from the weather) is that I don't get to see many figures. I f I get anything from the states by the time I have paid postage and import duty and then sales tax it puts about 50% on the price!
I hope to get something at vent haven. Does anyone sell second hand figure there?
Message: Posted by: ColinDymond (Jan 27, 2011 06:09PM)
So I should keep my eyes open for a Nelson?lavender figure!
One of the problems about living in the UK (apart from the weather) is that I don't get to see many figures. I f I get anything from the states by the time I have paid postage and import duty and then sales tax it puts about 50% on the price!
I hope to get something at vent haven. Does anyone sell second hand figure there?
Message: Posted by: Steve at The Dummy Shoppe (Jan 27, 2011 07:20PM)
Colin,

There will be some second hand items at the ConVENTion. However, if you bring something home in a suitcase. . .

Steve
http://www.thedummyshoppe.com
Message: Posted by: tacrowl (Jan 27, 2011 09:34PM)
I'm planning on bringing a couple of my puppets and at least one figure - just have to find someone who will put them on the table! (Commissioned of course!)
Message: Posted by: ColinDymond (Jan 28, 2011 02:39AM)
I'm bringing a large suitcase!
Message: Posted by: Matt_24 (Jan 28, 2011 04:42PM)
Bob - I was just looking at your FINIS/GUYLL. Wow...what all did Guyll do to your figure? That is perhaps the best FINIS figure, ever. It looks fantastic.
Message: Posted by: Bob Baker (Jan 28, 2011 05:59PM)
[quote]
On 2011-01-28 17:42, Matt_24 wrote:
Bob - I was just looking at your FINIS/GUYLL. Wow...what all did Guyll do to your figure? That is perhaps the best FINIS figure, ever. It looks fantastic.
[/quote]
Hey, Matt:

I originally sent Oscar to Ray Guyll to have one slow winker repaired. But when Ray got inside the head, it was filled with the greasy lubricating gunk that Finis was famous for. So Ray had to remove all the mechanics to clean them. He then re-installed everything in fantastic working order. In the meantime, I mentioned to Ray that Oscar's paint could use some touching up. Ray suggested that he re-paint him from scratch, and he did. I asked that Ray use the original Finis & Co. wig, as the wild blond hair is part of Oscar's character.

This whole process took well over a year and was worth every second of wait and every penny of the ridiculously low amount that Ray charged me. When I finally got Oscar back, I was amazed at how fabulously he turned out.

I can highly recommend Ray Guyll to anyone for figure repair/restoration. He is the Stradivarius of figure makers. (Bill Nelson is the Guarnieri.)

Thanks for asking.

Bob
Message: Posted by: Howie Diddot (Jan 28, 2011 11:36PM)
This is my first vent figure Dan sitting on his new table waiting for the rest of the relatives to arrive for his first family picture.

I have other figures that are not vent figures.

The family picture will be in the next photo I post here.

[img]http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee369/Buzz-Lawrence/Dan.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Jan 29, 2011 04:26AM)
Nice shot.
I had one of Dan's figures early in his figuremaking pursuits, he was a good figure.
Message: Posted by: Bob Baker (Jan 29, 2011 05:48AM)
Man, that kid's got attitude. I'll be eager to see some video of you with him.

Bob
Message: Posted by: Howie Diddot (Jan 29, 2011 09:52AM)
[quote]
On 2011-01-29 05:26, blueshawk1 wrote:
Nice shot.
I had one of Dan's figures early in his figuremaking pursuits, he was a good figure.
[/quote]

Thanks, I like him as my first figure,
Message: Posted by: Howie Diddot (Jan 29, 2011 10:02AM)
[quote]
On 2011-01-29 06:48, Bob Baker wrote:
Man, that kid's got attitude. I'll be eager to see some video of you with him.

Bob
[/quote]

You mean use him?

Like move his jaw up and down and move his head from side to side?

And video myself in front of a camera?

And post it were everyone can see?

YIKES!!!

Let me look in my book “learn to be ventriloquist! Maher 30 lesson course” and read the chapter “stage fright” to see what it says about your suggestion”
Message: Posted by: Chatterbox41 (Jan 29, 2011 10:06AM)
Love all the photos! Need to get my figures out for a family photo as well!
Message: Posted by: CaptKirk (Jan 29, 2011 01:03PM)
OK, I'm gonna try this to post my vent family - "Barney's Clan"

[img]http://i1199.photobucket.com/albums/aa462/Popeye07/VentFigures001.jpg[/img]


Left to right (clockwise) - Uncle Buckley (Alfaros); Nephew Bobby (Poyner); Cousin Cletus L.C. Jones (Alfaros); Grampa B (Alfaros)

To the rear you can see on the wall my practice mirror and the video camera by the TV for recording practices:o)
Message: Posted by: Howie Diddot (Jan 29, 2011 01:32PM)
[quote]
On 2011-01-29 11:02, Buzz Lawrence wrote:
[quote]
On 2011-01-29 06:48, Bob Baker wrote:
Man, that kid's got attitude. I'll be eager to see some video of you with him.

Bob
[/quote]

You mean use him?

Like move his jaw up and down and move his head from side to side?

And video myself in front of a camera?

And post it were everyone can see?

YIKES!!!

Let me look in my book “learn to be ventriloquist! Maher 30 lesson course” and read the chapter “stage fright” to see what it says about your suggestion”
[/quote]

I looked at the Maher 30 lesson course and it said I should do it.

So boys and girls in the peanut gallery, stay tune for the new performer from San Francisco the Amazing, Incredible, Miraculous Phenomenal, Buzz and his partner Dan perform his new routine for the first time in the USA.
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Jan 29, 2011 02:28PM)
Nice pic CaptKirk - but who won the chess game?
Message: Posted by: Steve at The Dummy Shoppe (Jan 29, 2011 07:21PM)
Great Pic Capt. Kirk, however that group of guys looks like they should be playing 5 card stud unstead of chess!! - lol

Steve
www.thedummyshoppe
Message: Posted by: creativemac (Jan 29, 2011 08:28PM)
Updated Hartz gang. A new member arrived Thursday.

[img]http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/9646/79054991.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Jan 29, 2011 10:02PM)
I had to go back and look to see which one was new, so apparently you found the goof figure you were looking for - he looks great!
Message: Posted by: Vegasvent (Jan 30, 2011 01:07AM)
Great photo. Really shows the talent and versatility that a man such as Conrad has. Amazing what he can carve with a block of basswood and a chisel!!
Message: Posted by: Ony Carcamo (Jan 30, 2011 04:22AM)
Conrad Hartz has got to be one of the best figuremakers in vent history. Aside from the fantastic looks of his figures, the controls are suuuuuuuper quiet and smooth. Great collection, Donald!

Can't resist to say I'm proud that one of my main figs, named Nonoy, is a 1980s Hartz.
Message: Posted by: Servante (Jan 30, 2011 09:53AM)
Louie's controls are so easy and so smooth that the first time I operated him, I had to look to make sure the small effort I was putting forth was actually doing anything. Hartz is amazing.

-Philip
Message: Posted by: CaptKirk (Jan 30, 2011 10:35AM)
Creativemac: WOW, your Hartz vent family is AWESOME!! Great looking bunch! Conrad truely is a master craftsman! Love 'em all!!
Message: Posted by: CaptKirk (Jan 30, 2011 10:40AM)
Blueshawk1: thanks for the compliment!!! Buckley and Cletus prefer a good game of checkers and Bobby is too much of a "smart alec" to sit quietly and play a mental game like chess. Now Grampa B is a whole different story. I haven't been able to beat him yet!:o)
Message: Posted by: Bob Baker (Jan 30, 2011 12:28PM)
Captain C.: a fine family you have there, and so intellectual! Though I don't have any Alfaros, I admire his work.

Donald: your Hartz gang is terrific. Old fashioned craftsmanship and artistry.

I think we all have to admit that we are lucky to have so many great artists creating figures today.
Message: Posted by: Howie Diddot (Feb 3, 2011 08:48AM)
Here is my family photograph

Dan you know as you have been introduced to him in an earlier post.

I purchased Walter as a part of my future act; he has pre recorded statements; unfortunately, I can’t use him in my routine, as his statements are R rated.

The farmer and the chicken are not true Vent figures,; they work with an MP3 voice over; the head of the farmer moves and both the chicken and the farmer have mouth movements.

I plan to use the farmer and the chicken as a pre show attraction.

[img]http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee369/Buzz-Lawrence/IMG_3296.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: Howie Diddot (Feb 3, 2011 08:57AM)
Here is a link to watch the farmer and the chicken’s routine

http://www.charactersunlimitedinc.com/movies/farmer1.swf
Message: Posted by: Matt Thompson (Feb 4, 2011 04:54PM)
Wow, what can I say? I'm truly jealous of all of you. :)
Message: Posted by: creativemac (Feb 4, 2011 05:08PM)
Don't be jealous, just catch up
Message: Posted by: Howie Diddot (Feb 4, 2011 05:57PM)
[quote]
On 2011-02-04 17:54, Matt Thompson wrote:
Wow, what can I say? I'm truly jealous of all of you. :)
[/quote]

Matt, I thought you posted that you didn’t have a figure and you were looking to purchase your first one.

The figure in your picture with you looks great, almost lifelike.

From the photo, it looks like the figure has self centering eyes that moves from side to side, sneer, blink a single eye and both eyes together and has flapping ears. What else can she do?

I’m the one that’s jealous
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Feb 4, 2011 07:34PM)
Admin wont allow me to post pictures :)
Message: Posted by: creativemac (Mar 24, 2011 12:08AM)
Here's the latest

[img]http://img577.imageshack.us/img577/9316/dsc0167j.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: creativemac (Mar 24, 2011 12:14AM)
The gang he joined;

[img]http://img834.imageshack.us/img834/6606/hartzgang.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: James "Jimmy" Eisenberg (Mar 24, 2011 03:39AM)
Very handsome group, Donald.

Jimmy
Message: Posted by: CaptKirk (Mar 24, 2011 06:40AM)
Donald: FANTASTIC looking vent family you have there!!!
Message: Posted by: KeithS (Mar 24, 2011 08:11AM)
Outstanding, Donald! You know how much I love Conrad's work. I'd still like to visit your gang soon!
Message: Posted by: tacrowl (Mar 24, 2011 09:19AM)
Keith - if you get the chance, do it! Donald, thanks again for the hospitality on my visit earlier this month! Congrats on the new addition.
Tom
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Mar 24, 2011 09:46AM)
Very Nice addition to the family Donald!
Enjoy!!
Message: Posted by: creativemac (Mar 24, 2011 11:17AM)
Thanks all, can you tell, I love me, some Hartz figures.
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Mar 24, 2011 11:19AM)
I would never have guessed!
Message: Posted by: creativemac (Mar 24, 2011 11:20AM)
Tom,
I will never forget, the warm and overwhelming welcome I got from ventriloquists when my wife and I attended our first VentHaven convention. As such, I've always endeavor to return such to others when I get the opportunity. Past through my neck of the woods and I will extend an invitation to you. Thank you for the great time we spent together.
Message: Posted by: creativemac (Mar 24, 2011 11:21AM)
Dave,
when is the move south?
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Mar 24, 2011 11:52AM)
[quote]
On 2011-03-24 12:20, creativemac wrote:
I will never forget, the warm and overwhelming welcome I got from ventriloquists when my wife and I attended our first VentHaven convention.
[/quote]

I can "ditto" this from my first, and so far only time attending a convention.

[quote]
On 2011-03-24 12:21, creativemac wrote:
Dave,
when is the move south?
[/quote]

We're planning for the first full week in June - if it's later than that, it won't be by much.
Message: Posted by: Bob Baker (Mar 24, 2011 12:25PM)
Donald:

Your new title: "The King of Hartz!"

Bob
Message: Posted by: ColinDymond (Mar 24, 2011 01:34PM)
I love the new one. Do you use all of them?
Message: Posted by: creativemac (Mar 24, 2011 02:41PM)
Your new title: "The King of Hartz!"

Bob,
the only thing I can say to that is, I have a "Full House."
Message: Posted by: creativemac (Mar 24, 2011 02:42PM)
Colin,
most of them are for my collection, don't have that many voices.
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Mar 24, 2011 10:06PM)
I know what you mean Donald, can only come up with so many voices. I know some of mine are for my "collection" and if a couple don't get used often, they may share the same voice, or if a figure gets "retired", his voice may get transferred to a figure that's moved to a primary position, if it fits of course.
Message: Posted by: creativemac (Apr 2, 2011 10:10PM)
Newest friend;

[img]http://img96.imageshack.us/img96/8202/nelsond.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: tacrowl (Apr 3, 2011 09:28AM)
Wow, he has some eczema issues... :)
Message: Posted by: James "Jimmy" Eisenberg (Apr 3, 2011 09:32AM)
Its Definitely a Bill Nelson Figure.

Jimmy
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Apr 3, 2011 12:40PM)
Yes, there's never any mistaking a Nelson figure.
Message: Posted by: creativemac (Apr 3, 2011 07:22PM)
Wait till I post some hints
Message: Posted by: creativemac (Apr 3, 2011 07:23PM)
Wait till I post some hints
Message: Posted by: Bob Baker (Apr 3, 2011 07:23PM)
I'm curious. Is he an early Nelson? Bill's more recent figures look quite different.

Bob
Message: Posted by: creativemac (Apr 4, 2011 11:28AM)
Bob,

I'm awaiting a reply from Bill with more information about the figure.
Message: Posted by: marshalldoll (Apr 5, 2011 01:31PM)
I beleive that before Bill reworked that figure it was a Bill Anderson. Donald the tell tale is the head stick. If I am not mistaken it is a square shape which is the dead give away!!
Dan
http://www.ventriloquistcentral.com
Message: Posted by: creativemac (Apr 5, 2011 06:55PM)
Dan,
you hit the nail right on the head. Was told that by another vent, that is a Anderson head. When you're use to the smooth controls of Hartz, Selberg, Lavendar and Dummmyworks (yes, there's others), this is a step DOWN!!!! Looked thru my picture file and found one dated 2005, which is when is was mostly done.
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Apr 5, 2011 10:08PM)
It may be a Bill Anderson head in the inside, but it's definitely a Bill Nelson head on the outside now.

While Bill Anderson's controls may not have had the "polish" of the others you mentioned, I thought his heads were a great thing to be available.
If someone couldn't afford to buy a regular completed figure, or wanted something different but couldn't afford to order something custom from a figuremaker, those heads were available rather cheaply from Bill. The person buying one could end up with a great looking head with just some work on their own, but the basics were done for them.
He also sold hands that you just had to sand and paint, and bodies (collapsible ones even) - basically, Bill was offering "kit" figures long before the current flood of people offering them.

I bought two of those heads from Bill back when, finished the first one, started the second, but never finished it, I didn't like working with the plastic wood that much, aside from the obnoxious fumes, sanding was a real pain because plastic wood really loads up sandpaper quickly. But on the one I completed, I didn't find his square headstick uncomfortable to use, and his controls really held up well.
I just realized recently that I still have one of his bodies in my shop, I thought I had sold it off when I sold off the first head I completed and the second head some years ago when I was thinning out some of my vent stuff.
Message: Posted by: creativemac (Oct 24, 2011 07:38PM)
Here's an updated photo

[img]http://img26.imageshack.us/img26/901/ventcollection.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: Kingman (Oct 24, 2011 08:22PM)
Some of my family:

FIrst a series with Clyde the Kissing Orangutan
[img]http://i1121.photobucket.com/albums/l508/MagicOfKingman/Vent/clyde1.jpg[/img][img]http://i1121.photobucket.com/albums/l508/MagicOfKingman/Vent/clyde2.jpg[/img] [img]http://i1121.photobucket.com/albums/l508/MagicOfKingman/Vent/clyde3.jpg[/img]

Kingman
Message: Posted by: Kingman (Oct 24, 2011 08:25PM)
And now the family:

[img]http://i1121.photobucket.com/albums/l508/MagicOfKingman/Vent/completeGang.jpg[/img]

Kingman
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Oct 25, 2011 03:18AM)
Love the family photos - keep 'em coming!
Message: Posted by: manal (Oct 25, 2011 02:54PM)
Nice group Donald. Some great Hartz Figures. The worried guy is particularly wonderfull!


Jim
Message: Posted by: creativemac (Oct 25, 2011 08:08PM)
Could be that he has that worried look, as he had to go through at least 3 owners before arriving in his permanent home.