alex is a DUCK hunter wrote:I blow a hedge real thang, i like wood calls better but each has its place. But its hard to find a true wood call because everyone puts those acrylic sleeves in the inserts. I think doing that defeats the purpose of having a wood call to begin with. Just my two cents though.
the inserts in wood calls are almost mandatory to keep the toneboard in place, because wood expands and contracts according to temperature and humidity. On one of my early calls, with no insert, I blew the toneboard out of the call on a very warm day! These inserts or sleeves can be of acrylic, PVC, or metal. And in spite of the material differences, I do believe that the interference of sound transfer to the wood is minimal, and that the resonance comes from the last material the sound went through, i.e. the barrel of the call and the air coming out the end (and partly your own head). The other thing to keep in mind with wood calls is maintenance. Keep them dry as possible, and a little oil or wax can keep them going a long time. Probably why acrylic is popular is just that it needs almost no maintenance. My2cents