I don't know about the rest of you guys, but I've acted on my wish!
I'll have a Zink Power Hen tomorrow...
I traded for a Zink XR-2 a couple of weeks ago and it has prompted me to get off the fence and buy the Power Hen. The XR-2 blows unlike ANY other double-reed call I have ever used. It sort of takes you by surprise the first time you blow it, but soon you realize just how much like a duck it sounds. It isn't a finesse call, and you aren't going to get too many 'sound effects' out of it, so some might not like it. But if you want to sound JUST LIKE a mallard hen, it is one heck of a call.
I've got a Zink SR-1 goose call and, for me, it was just different than every other short reed call I'd ever used. The XR-2 was different too. Now, after pumping some people for info on the Power Hen, I'm satisfied that I will once again be tickled pink with a Zink call. If you look at the calls Zink puts on the market, and the way he talks about and blows his calls, you can't help but notice that he is all about REALISM. No hype, no gimmicks, no contest stuff, just about sounding like the real thing. I'll let you know what I think about the Power Hen, but from what I've learned I think I'll once again be impressed.
"I'll start spending less time with my dog and more with my wife when she starts fetching ducks for me"