Rather then start a new thread about taking to locksmiths I thought I'd share my experience on this thread.
I've had better responses from locksmiths in hardware stores then locksmiths in locksmith shops
There is another thread around here some where that talks about the arrogance some lockies seem to have. I don't want to get any lockies mad at me, or judge a whole industry from the few lockies I've talked to.
I was not received very well in locksmith shops, even when there was no customers in the store!
I looked in the yellow pages to find some locksmith shops to visit. I ran across one ad that claimed they were the biggest in the area. I called them and spoke to the guy briefly. Told him I'm practicing picking and will be taking a course for locksmith. He couldn't have been less interested or unsocial. I asked him if he does any bumping. He said what is that. I said using bump keys to bypass the lock instead of picking, it's faster. He said he has been a locksmith for 15 years and has never heard of that before.
Any way that was about a month ago. I finally got around to vising "the largest locksmith" in our area today. What a joke! It was a very small shop, and all they had on display was kwikset locks. They did have a couple schlage, but about 20 kwikset demos! The parking lot was empty and there was no one in the store.
I started talking to him and he was the same guy I spoke to on the phone. He looked like he was about 30 years old, so I guess he started being a locksmith around 15.
I asked him what would be good locks to practice on, Guess what he said?
I said come on your joking right? He wasn't, I could tell by the dump blank expression on his face. He said they can take a few minutes and some times a hour to pick, you never know. Next he showed me all the Master padlocks they had on the shelf. It was very hard for me to keep from laughing but I managed to keep a straight face.
I told him I was having some trouble with a schlage light duty. I can pick it, but not constantly, and asked him if schlage light duty had security pins. He said, some do, some don't, you never know.
Here is the real kicker. He is located in the vicinity of a high crime area in this city. All he stocks is kwiksets. Scary!
My guess is this guy is not a locksmith! May be he knows a little, but I'll bet he is the owner's son or son in law and just works the counter. At least I would hope so! That still does not justify being so over stocked with kwiksets!
I will keep you folks posted as I visit other locksmith shops in my area.
I hope to find that this shop was not typical!