I am returning to duck hunting after a many year hiatus and am wondering what I am missing in not buying new calls. When I was young I was fortunate to be introduced to duck hunting in some fantastic northern California riparian land. At the time, I had hand me down calls from uncles and my grandfather, to this day I call on what I believe to be an old (15-20 years old) JJ Lares call (it looks nothing like the Lares calls of today, but I was told my uncle won it at a DU raffle at some point, it is black acrylic). My uncle swore by his Lohman, which I believe now to be a # 103. To this day, my brother still swears by this call. He admits that he cannot hit loud hail calls with it, but loves everything else about it.
At the time, being quite young (ages 8-14 maybe?) I had a hard enough time learning to run a duck call, let alone having any opinion as to what was good or not. Now getting back into calling, I am becoming a proficient field caller through practice (still working on a good feed call) and am wondering what if anything I am missing in 20 years of calling "technology". I have heard great things about the Lares hybrid, and the RNT daisy cutter (among other RNT). So what am I missing for $100+ of my hard earned? I know many of you are collectors, or want the latest and greatest, but really I am mostly interested in making ducks cup their wings in my general direction.
Any help is greatly appreciated!