Just got done reading this whole post.....lot of stuff and thoughts. One person posted here in hard baits that they are here to start sharing everything that they have learned from the FB sites. Please start doing so sir. I am ready to learn.
The Japanese did kick painting up a notch as far as looks. The lures are definitely pretty. It's just too bad that the paint doesn't stay on on the bait for long. I have baits that Tally and Coley made 9 years ago and they are stll holding up and look great.
Many folks are here to help. I know that for a fact, because many have helped me. A lot of work goes into what they have suceeded and failed on. Personally, I feel if folks want to be a true craftsman they need to do the work too. I am always glad to help folks get over a hump or help with thoughts to get around a sticky problem, just not always give it away. It's just business. There are a few on this site that shoot more paint in a week than the rest of us do in a year. Many here have worked 60 hour weeks and still put the time in their shops to figure out how to make something work. I guess an old saying says it best.... "How bad do you want it?"