Twisp wrote:Joe Lares is a legendary callmaker. At 85 he is still at the top of his game, and a finer gentleman you will not find.
He brings his engineering expertise to call making. His calls are so precisely machined that parts are interchangeable within models. He's an innovator as well, and his tuning design is ingenious, using a plastic wedge to anchor reeds of various lengths and shapes to get the desired sound. He has 3 basic duck calls--A-5 (open water), Hybrid, and Timber-1. Each model has its devotees, but I believe the hybrid is most popular owing to its versatility. Don't sell the T-! short, though, cuz it's a little mighty mouse that is pretty versatile too. I don't have the A-5, but it is next on my list.
The material Joe uses is unreal. Acrylic is his standard, but his vast array of exhibition wood is stunning. He also will build you an all metal call in aluminum or stainless steel. Micarta is one of his most sought after materials. On request, he will sleeve wood barrels with acrylic to keep moisture off the wood, and the black acrylic end cap is very sharp looking. He will also use your material if you wish. Not only is his fit and finish out of this world, the shape of his calls are among the most comely. In fact, to my eyes his checkered A-5 is the most handsome call on the market.
Lares calls have a nationwide following, and hold their value well. When they appear on ebay or the classifieds one must trigger quickly to beat the demand.
If you are a goose hunter Joe makes great goose calls too. One of the great mysteries to me is why they haven't achieve the renown of his duck calls. He has a new goose call out which I don't have yet, but I do have a honker and a lesser call that are among my favorites.
Twisp wrote:Yeah, LA, I remember your preference for Hybrids, which has me wondering why you hang on to those two old style checkered A-5s that must be way too loud down there in those LA jungle swamps. I'm certain I know a guy who would give one of them a good home and a good time in some enormous WA wheat fields, where just loud is seldom enough.
RefugeRat4Life wrote:I just ordered my first Lares Hybrid and I can't wait to use it. I currently run a DC Diablo and hate that it gets to sticking after a few hail calls and hurry ups. I hope the Hybrid lives up to its no stick name. All in all I am excited none the less!
mayhem96 wrote:RefugeRat4Life wrote:I just ordered my first Lares Hybrid and I can't wait to use it. I currently run a DC Diablo and hate that it gets to sticking after a few hail calls and hurry ups. I hope the Hybrid lives up to its no stick name. All in all I am excited none the less!
They are very good calls! You will love your Hybrid! I just ordered a T-1 and it should be here in the next two days!
They ARE THE HARDEST to stick IMHO
Make sure to post up a photo when you get it
Oh...and to Lares Land!
Labs4Mallard wrote: Joe's calls are consistent in sound.
mayhem96 wrote:Ordered a T-1 last Thursday and it got here today...I live in NC. But, when you get that package in the mail, it is exciting
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