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Gideon Sylvan
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Do you guys use special cases for your ventriloquist dolls when performing? If so what do you use, and where could I find them?

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Gideon
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olivertwist
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I have a special case for my hard figure, dodger. The soft figures usually go in my prop trunk or the special case if I'm not using Dodger. The case is from Maher Studios and costs $150. You could make one yourself cheaper but for me the time and labor are not worth it.
alson
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Gideon,
Many years ago I had a book which show you how to make your own case out of a foot locker that Kmart,or about any store sell. You line it with foam rubber at any thicken you want. You can make kind of strap out of foam and this can go over your figure head as you lock his feet in place ,therefore holing the head in place.
I have had the same case for 25 years and the same figure in it and he still look like new.
Alson
Dickens & Dave
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I bought one of the Maher cases for my first figure, I bought it unlined, and lined it myself. And somewhere along the way, I had bought another figure that came with one of those. I do like those best because they are just the right size and are lightweight. But I personally found them to be a bit much price wise.
So I searched all over trying to find someone who made something similar in the right sizes, and it was not happening, I could not find any anywhere, either trunks like those, or suitcases that were close enough to the right size..

At some point, someone sent me instructions on how to make a Maher style case, which I never tried, and as I recall, I wasn't even sure the instructions were complete.

I did try making my own case out of wood, the inside was cushioned all around with two inches of foam rubber, and then lined with soft glove leather, brass corners, hinges, handles and clasp for the outside. On the lid, I woodburned a picture of myself and Scotty, (my main figure before I got Hannibal), in fact, the picture I'm using as my avatar here is the one I burned on the trunk.
I was very pleased with myself, it was the perfect size, super protective and it looked great, here's a small pic that doesn't do it justice;
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There was just one little drawback - it was too stinkin' heavy! It was such a tank to carry, I ended up getting a folding handcart for it.
Needless to say, that didn't last.
I keep my Hartz figure in there now, and if I want to take him someplace, I swap him with one of the other figures and use their case for the trip.
Oh well....

I tried the thing of using one of those dept store footlockers, but those really are way, way too big and bulky.
After that, I just started hunting for older suitcases at garage sales, etc., I found there are a lot of older ones that seem to be the perfect size or close enough to it, but it does take some searching.
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