Seriously, what gives? I find when I need a job quoted I need to contact at least twice as many tradies as I actually want a quote from. Many either don't show or never get back to me with an actual quote, despite follow ups. I hear this from loads of people in Oz. Is it just that there are that many jobs out there that you're at their whim?!
When I do get someone good I make sure I pass the recommendation on to others any chance I get!