Let me start this review by saying I hold no basis or favoritism toward any call manufacture. I do not believe the hype around any call manufacture. I recently moved to Ohio and had the opportunity to take a tour of Zink Calls. It is a cool experience for anyone who enjoys waterfowl hunting. The Zink calls staff is very friendly and accommodating. After taking the tour I had the opportunity to run every many of their calls. After testing every duck call I purchased the NBG. The rest of their call lineup was excellent however; you can quickly empty your wallet buying calls.
Amazing low end
Looks cool (Looks did not contribute to my purchase nor have they ever)
Fit and Finish
Tone Board design
Can stick (seldom)
Size (Personal Preference)
Low End A+
High End A-
Ease of Use A-
Over All A-
The NGB call is an amazing call. It has a tone board that is anything but normal. The tone board has multiple cuts made in the sides and in the front. This is not a new idea. Big Guys best calls have spit grooves in their tone boards and other manufactures have attempted similar alterations. There has yet to be any hard evidence proving that tone board manipulation will decrease sticking. I have managed to get the NGB call to stick. It does not stick often but, it can stick like 99% of calls out there. There are many call manufactures that would have you belief that pouring water into a call and then blowing it somehow shows that it is un-stick able. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUOvi5oOQbU
Go to 4:26) There are other call makers that have shown this test and it is complete bull. Human saliva and water do not have similar viscosity.
The overall length of the NGB is normal. The call feels small in your hands. This is my personal opinion as I have large hands. The NGB has good volume. It has one of the best low ends of any call I have ever had the opportunity to run. On the high end it performs well but, lacks the volume of similar calls. The price on the NBG is $140 USD. After touring the Zink facility I have a better understanding of why this particular call cost so much. The NGB and the ATM both are constructed of acrylic with a metal flake look. This particular type of acrylic does not flame polish well. It must be polished by hand to achieve the desired finish. Opposite of calls with plain acrylic or transparent acrylic which can be flame polished in a fraction of the time. In addition to this the NGB has a considerable amount of engraving on the mouthpiece and the insert. When you add up the hand polishing, tone board complexity, and the engraving it equals more chances of screwing up a call. It also translates into many man hours to produce one call. I added a picture of my Echo Meat hanger next to the NGB to illustrate the difference in look and size.
The NGB and most Zink calls come with a call hard case, mini instructional DVD, Zink tarsus band, and call soft case. I believe Zink calls missed the mark with “Extras”. If the call would come with only a soft case, it would eliminate the cost of the hard case and all that comes with it. This would allow the call to be sold at a lower price. I do not for see myself putting the tarsus band on anything, using the hard case or watching the DVD. That is just my opinion and I am sure other will have an opinion on the matter. If the purchaser of the call were given the choice to pay more money for “extras” vs. less money for just the call, many of us would choose just the call.
As with everything there is a matter of opinion. So ……… NBG Call-Worth it Zink Calls-Remarkable company Ducks- Taste good