Rick Hall said:
so....here you are talking about their reed system...but yet fail to use it to your advantage....(shorter straight cuts...instead of dogears)...and the fact that Lares has taken corks out of the equation ....??....what are you using now?...
Yep, there I was trying to be helpful...and here you are seemingly getting huffy and wrongly assuming I hadn't tried tuning my Lares calls to better suit me using their tune by numbers system, as well as my own reed cuts.
As noted in my initial post, our physiologies, methodologies and tone preferences are all apt to differ some. And of the however-many dozen calls I've experimented with over the years, there's been but one I can remember not being able to improve the shop tuning of for me
. Which is why I went to the trouble of suggesting that you experiment with it yourself and offering a link to Lare's easy, pre-cut way of doing so.
The guys preferring longer than stock Lares reeds little doubt habitually put more air through a call and/or like a coarser tone than those preferring stock, or shorter, reeds. Where you fall on that scale only you can know or find out.
Re: where I
am at, I prefer cleaner, more nimble calls than I've found any of the Lares I've spent time with. (The two mentioned earlier plus a friend's Hybrid and ACH.) It's much easier for me to dirty a call than clean one up, so I find greater versatility in the relatively clean, crisp ones. And my experience (every open duck day since '84) has me believing clean and crisp tones offer more real leverage than the rattle and rasp that what appears the great majority of hunters prefer.
Consequently, my most used call has long been a MVP I didn't expect to like in the field, and my second most used is a Daisy Cutter tuned much, much lighter than most would want. For really
tall birds on really
windy days I find I can get leverage farther downrange with the louder but no longer produced Stanley Deceiver, another inherently clean, crisp call, though not as nimble, at least in my hands, as the MVP.
The later of which is "neither here nor there". What matters is your
best fit. Good luck with it.