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Best RNT?

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I don't currently own any RNT's, much less any single reed call. I am looking to buy and RNT but am wondering what people recommend?
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Any of them. Cutter. Short barrel. MVP.
Hard to go wrong with a Daisy Cutter,field or water,timber or open fields it will get it done.
I have too many Rnt calls

MVP my favorite
Daisy Slayer and Mondo next
Original Dc Diablo are good also

short barrel is my least but it's only because others suit me better
Stickered coco short barrel is the best RNT I've ever owned. Shouldn't have sold it.

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i only used to run few of them...NOS,SB,Original and MVP + some of the quackhead line up and the MVP is so far my favorite one. also still got the quackhead j-frame which was my first call,its a poly version of original,that thing sounds better then Original (at last one i used to run). pure duck all the way from the bottom to the top and was noticeable louder then Original and had more duck in it :beer:
"Best" is going to vary with individual purposes and tastes, but for me it's the MVP. When I got mine, nine or ten seasons ago, I thought a "stage call" would be more difficult than most to run but might be a good specialty tool for extra high birds and super windy days. Turned out it's among, if not, the easiest, and most fun, of the calls I've run, and I probably use it for over 90% of my calling.

Also own, or have owned, most all of the other RNTs (including the older, I thought better, DC and SB) except the Daisy Slayer and Timber Hawg. Of those, the original version Microhen, which runs much like the MVP, has proven the most useful inherently quieter call, though I'll be giving the current smaller-bored/quieter Microhen, which is also readily interchangeable with the MVP, its chance this season.

Again, "best" for me may not be best for you. And whatever single reed you decide to begin with, even if you decide it's absolute crap, I strongly suggest you hang onto it until you've mastered single reed calling. May well turn out to be just the ticket after all. Best of luck with it.
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Does one really master it though?
Some certainly come a whooole lot closer to it than others. Perhaps should have substituted "have a good handle on" for "mastered," but you know where that would lead in this crowd...
Right. I consider myself quite proficient at running a call and often times find myself saying that sounded like crap. Maybe it's the perfectionist in me?
^^^ This is so true...^^^ :yes:
Go to a place that stocks several Rich-n-Tone calls. Try all of them. Then it will be your call. That's the best way to choose an RNT. I went into their shop in Stuttgart, AR and tried every call they had on display up front and found my call a new style Daisy Cutter. You must have control of your air to finish the notes on it. An Original or an Old Style are easy to run. Get the acrylic. They are a lot better in very cold weather.
Thinking on it, since you're new to single reeds in general, you'd likely be best off starting with small-bored call that's probably going to be easier to learn on than something bigger-bored. Know the guys used to say the now discontinued in acrylic or wood 1/4" Timbre seemed the easiest single for double reed guys to get something out of at shows. And it was certainly one of the easiest for me to run well when I was making the switch.

The molded polycarbonate version of that call is still available as an inexpensive Quackhead Timber, which should prove a cheap and easy way to learn to run single reeds before making a bigger investment.
I would buy an original or old style or a microhen in wood. Just keep the insert separated when it's not in use. I have a box full of quack head calls and we use them for target practice. They are worth teets on a boar hog IMHO.
Hugatree said:
I have a box full of quack head calls and we use them for target practice. They are worth teets on a boar hog IMHO.
Interesting. My Quackhead Timber was nearly indistinguishable from my coco Timbre, which is, of course, a call with something of a cult following. In fact, I let the wood one go first. "Different strokes..."

(I, for instance, wouldn't have a box full of calls I didn't care for.)

The Quack Heads sound good out of the box but in my experience they don't continue to sound good. The other thing is I have noted they are not consistent call to call.

Drop me out of an air plane with parachute of course into any duck area with nothing but am Amex card and I guarantee you I can walk in any store and buy an original off the shelf and do well with joy of there are ducks and they're not pressured to point where nothing works with them.

As far as old calls----it was a part of the great journey we are on. I use those calls in that card board box as some thing to help others who are new to Water Fowling.

Work with me------I've come a long way from from my Mr.TopH2U aka Waxed Canvas aka Gibbs days where the Cut Down Olt was the be all; end all solution. I am letting my progeny fight the Olt battle----scrounging for reeds, bidding wars on eBay and ruining five inserts to every one they get right. I don't have that stress anymore. John' Stephens and crew have taken that worry off of me.
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Hugatree said:

The Quack Heads sound good out of the box but in my experience they don't continue to sound good. The other thing is I have noted they are not consistent call to call.
Been my experience that all calls vary some within their models, even CNCed, and the "best" thing may be to do as you did and go through a box of them for "fit". Particularly if one's not comfortable tuning his own to suit. Couldn't expect molded polys to differ, but am surprised you find them to change over time - unless it's from their corks losing elasticity and needing replaced.

Figured, btw, that you were you when you spoke of Olts and NOSs in the same sentence. That's a combination of preferences, I don't recall seeing elsewhere. Been a while, hope all's been well with you and yours.
We know all calls need tuning and adjustment. QH's seem to need it sooner IMHO.

As far as the OP, I think he will one day say to himself: " why didn't I start running single reeds earlier?" I think sr's are easy once you get over the hump.

Finally on Olts Rick----- I have this theory that over in E AR where I hunt, ducks get wise to hearing the same call over and over again. Everyone and his uncle is running an Olt or an Okt variant. Ducks are so pressured in Bayou Meto all I am doing is running a spinner and a swimmer with very little calling.
Thanks for all the helpful feedback fellas!!
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