I still haven't gotten those two 4-pin cylinders I mentioned in an earlier post, but I made up another 4 pin cylinder using the same key pattern. This one has been much easier. I still need to tackle those tough ones of course, but one step at a time.
So there's a tip for a beginner. If one lock gives you more grief than you think it should, consider setting it aside for awhile and try another similar lock.
And just a few minutes ago I opened a full 5 pin Schlage cylinder from a typical deadbolt for the first time. Woo-hoo! I know, don't get a swelled head, it's not that big a deal. But it's progress, and one of my goals met. (No security pins in either of these locks. I'm pretending they don't exist for awhile yet. )
On the topic of lock cylinders though, I've been talking with a locksmith here in town that has no troubles with hobby lockpicking. I wanted to pick up a few more standard cylinders to work with, and was hoping he could help me out. He wanted $50 US for a used run of the mill Schlage cylinder. Said that was list price for them, but he had some used Schlage style cylinders he could sell me for $10 US.
Now $50 is way higher than I've seen for online prices for a new cylinder from suppliers, and on eBay they can be had used for just a few $$$ apiece if you are patient.
I know that list prices aren't necessarily close to market prices though, and I am curious about what he said. Is he correct that the list price is really that high?
He doesn't seem like the type to stretch the truth to make a buck. But I'm sure he isn't all that crazy about taking time away from larger projects to sell a few bucks of used parts to a hobbiest either - he's got a business to run and a payroll to meet. So maybe that's his way of discouraging me from botherhing him. Wish he'd just say so if that's the case though.