Jake Steppe wrote:smaller calls are typically associated with being responsive and higher pitched and are focused on smaller geese and migrators. being that they're so much shorter, there is less air to be presented which makes a call respond to different tonal and inflection changes faster than a call with a longer barrel. you are sacrificing an overall deeper sound for the responsiveness and your low end feeding sounds will require much more control of the all itself.
this being said, a just because its a small call, doesnt mean that you cannot get deep sounds or fancy low feeding sounds out it of it. in the right hands they can be made to do it all.
garza7585 wrote:Sounds like in the hands of a good caller, a smaller call has some advantages over the larger ones. I'm sure each has their place. I'll get one of the above mentioned calls to hang on the lanyard and practice a bunch before September.
Thanks for the feedback.
garza7585 wrote:I snagged a Banded Wrecking Ball for 40% off at Cabela's in Dundee... Somewhat of an impulse buy, but I'm really enjoying it as of right now.
I've been running a few other calls and one thing i'm starting to notice is the amount of range some calls may/may not have. As of right now, i've been tinkering with the Wrecking Ball and maybe it's just me but I can't get super low with it like I can on some other calls that i've ran.
With that being said though, the more I blow the call, the better it sounds and the smoother it gets. I think this is a product of practice and the reed/toneboard breaking in as i've already started some grooves. So i'm going to keep running the call for now.
I plan on heading on down to see the guys at LMC whenever I get an open slot on my schedule. I've been swamped. I really want to run a Reaper and/or an X-Factor. I ran some of the bigger LMC calls recently and liked them so that makes me wanna try running some of the little guys.
If I come accross a GVCC XXX i'll give it a run as well.
My name is Jose... and i'm addicted to duck/goose calling.
garza7585 wrote:See, that kinda fascinates me... I guess its just my personality. I like to tinker with stuff and try different things out. But I think it's super cool to be able to "customize" the tuning on these things.
I've thrown some Edge guts with the narrow end and I think the call sounds cleaner and much easier to blow. I've taken them out though and have continued to break-in the X-Factors to see if I get better with it.
I've also ordered another set of Edge guts and the full line of LMC's guts to tinker with. I may have a hedge X-Factor on the way I think and I may tinker with the light blue guts in that call to have a mellow sounding call as well.
Overall, I appreciate your feedback and i'll continue to tinker and learn as I go.
Also, one more thing. I hear ya on what the birds like. The other day at one of the refuges here in Michigan, I went for a walk and I was trying out this Wrecking Ball for the first time and I managed to turn a few flocks of geese. Some flocks, would make a complete U-Turn and circle a couple times before realizing i'm not a goose. Now, I still don't have a clue if i'm doing half this stuff right, but that did make me feel like i'm heading in the right direction.
You touched on a very important part right there and by the sounds of itm you already have the hange of it. Knowing how to tune a call corectly plays a major roll of how you call is goin to respond. deep, high, fast, slower. And i feel the most over looked thing in a callers repitiure is his/her hands. I think you get the most sound change from using your hands. Sure calls have range from A to B but the hands enhance that sound even more...I also praise you for wanting to support your local call makers, A+ for that!
My next challenge overall, is putting together a decent string of notes.
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