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I have an eighty year old dummy which I belonged to my grandfather. Charlie is a trad wooden dummy with beautiful rubber lips that can both be controlled. He smokes cigarettes, cries, spits, wiggles his ears and even has a hair piece that flips ups.

Whilst we've never had him valued I am sure he is worth a small fortune. However, he has a small chip on his right cheek about 1.5cm diameter. It is just in the paint but since he is my uncle (my dad was an only child), I'd like to be able to look after him in his old age.

What sort of person would I need to seek to repair him?
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Alan Semok, the Dummy Doctor.
That may be a very valuable figure. Definitely have it checked out by someone who knows what he's doing.
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Alan is excellent, but probably the world's foremost figure restorer is Ray Guyll. He took care of Paul Winchell's puppets and still does Jimmy Nelson's. He built the stage "Walter" that Jeff Dunham uses. Ray restored my Finis & Company and made him magnificent. Ray takes his time and is not cheap. It is worth every minute and every penny.

Bob
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Bob,
I have to agree. You couldn't go wrong with Ray Guyll.

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Here I go digging up another old thread.
And I'm sure the original poster has long since taken care of the figure that needed redoing, but for future reference....
About a month or so ago, I bought a figure off of ebay, and the seller mentioned having had the figure redone by Clinton Detweiler, and they described what it looked like when they got it. So I went to Clinton's blog page and found before and after pictures of the figure.

Here's what they sent him to fix;

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And here's what it looks like after Clinton "brought it back to life";

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I was impressed, I don't know if I would have thought the figure worth fixing if I saw it in the original condition it was in.
And from other repairs I've seen on his site, Clinton is definitely another good one to add to the list for figure repairs.
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I always include Clinton in my list of restorers and also his son Kevin does a good job as well.
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Wonder how that 2007 restoration came out...and curious about the history of the figure. Anybody know? Anybody? Bueller? Bueller?

-Philip
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Do these guys restore only, or can they also add new features?
The difficult must become easy, the easy beautiful and the beautiful magical.
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They can add new features.
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I would also advise you to use Clinton Detweiller. He does a very nice job, and a quick turnaround time.
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True. Over at his place he's showing us new features being added to figures on almost a daily basis. Here's the kicker...he RETIRED a few years back. His definition of "retire" is somewhat different from yours and mine.
The vent community is grateful that this is so, too.

-Philip
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Clinton is the hardest working man in the vent business....and his success is proof of his work ethic.
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I agree..Clinton does an excellent job with the restorations and he does it in a timely fashion. You don't have to constantly badger him to get the work done or wait until you're retired to get your puppet back. That's not taking anything away from Alan Semok (he's done work for me..great stuff), or Ray Guyll.

Happy New year to you all!

Mark

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Happy New Year right back atcha, Mark...with brass knobs, pinstriping and extra chrome on it!

-Philip
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