side-slippin wrote:hey serg,
out west we dont get all the smaller sub-species of canadas that they do in the bread basket. majority of the canadas that are shot out here, or at least that i see and shoot are greaters. so a deeper call is what i prefer, i run the MM and SR-1 and absolutely love them
Blackfoot down wrote:You are getting screwed if you pay 83 dollars for a PC-1. They are all over the place for around 25-30 buck and around 40 with the DVD combo! Check out Mack's, Cabela's, Rogers, Bass Pro...
Since you don't hunt much. Why spend more than you have to? A PC-1 is a good beginners call. The DVD is good, but I think the Bad Grammar DVD is a little better and it tells you when to blow the call, not just how to blow it. I responded to another guy asking a similar question to you about a good call for under a 100 bucks.
I told him that a 30 dollar call blown right sounds better than a 180 call blown wrong! I don't think anyone on the forum would disagree with that. Once you get good enough, you will know when to move up in quality (price, too).
R. Toker wrote:A buddy of mine has the NOS or Nightmare On Stage from Zink and it is a really, really nice call. I run Gander VAlley goose and duck calls and I have to admit the NOS seems to blow a lot easier than my Gander Valley calls. I still think the Gander Valley call is a better call and for $110.00 for acrylic tough to beat but the Zink is a nice call as well.
tripleb wrote:R. Toker wrote:A buddy of mine has the NOS or Nightmare On Stage from Zink and it is a really, really nice call. I run Gander VAlley goose and duck calls and I have to admit the NOS seems to blow a lot easier than my Gander Valley calls. I still think the Gander Valley call is a better call and for $110.00 for acrylic tough to beat but the Zink is a nice call as well.
You might ask Gander Valley's owner to adjust your call if it's a little harder to blow than you'd like. Using a shaved reed can make it easier to run. Bending the reed tip up a little bit can make it easier to run. There are differences between the same calls which use the same guts and some adjustments can be made. For example ....... I have two GVCC Triple X's, one in acrylic and the other in hedge. Both of them have an E4 reed (wide end) installed rather than the original GVCC reed. The hedge is very easy to run, but the acrylic required more air to operate even when the reed exposure was the same. I also run an acrylic C&S Apostle, which is very easy to run with the WEBFoot Custom Calls SR03 or Edge guts, about like the hedge Triple X. I wanted the acrylic Triple X to run like the other two calls as I tended to over power the Apostle (blow too much air into it) when I ran it after using the acrylic Triple X. So, I sanded .003" off the top of the tone board starting at the tuning groove, blending into nothing at the exhaust end of the tone board. This change lowered the reed a little closer to the tone board at the mouth end of the tone board and made it easier to run.
Now all three calls (acrylic Apostle and Triple X and hedge Triple X) run close to the same in terms of the amount of air used to run them, while retaining the unique tonal qualities each design and material brings to the respective call. That makes switching back and forth between them much easier. The process took about five minutes, including time to disassemble and reassemble the call. GVCC's call maker can do the same tuning adjustments, reed shaving, tip bending, or tone board sanding, if you want it done. Tone board sanding may require a thicker wedge or the use of a shim to keep the guts tight in the insert tenon.
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