|Posted by Lonehowl on May 2, 2016 at 6:30 PM|
A short note about my crow calls...particularly my standard call with the injection molded mouthpieces.
The mouthpieces that I use are an older, discontinued type, that has an MT2 (morse taper #2) shank that fits into a reamed hole of the same taper. Its the same taper that you will see on most popular lathe, or other woodworking equipment attachments.
The reason I like this style is because if the reed stops working or the call is full of moisture, frozen, or whatever, you can easily pop the mouthpiece out and clean the call. It takes only a few seconds to do, once you are used to it. Old school design that has stood the test of time. It also makes the call easy to tune quickly as well. You will see this type on many crow calls from the 1930's on up.
So...my main point...
I usually do not use premade parts in my calls, with the exception of JC Products reeds in my enclosed reed predator calls, the industry standard. I have learned however, over the years that most guys do like and except a premade part or two in a custom call, if its good. It sort of goes against my grain though. I believe a guy should learn to make any part of a call that he is going to call "custom" or "handcrafted"...especially the part that makes the noise, the heart of the call By sticking premade toneboards/reeds etc. into a barrel, you are generally considered a "barrelmaker"...not a custom callmaker. Having said that, I have taught myself to build small reed assemblys for predator calls, and I can also build custom wood mouthpieces for crow calls...so I know I can do it, and have sold them here and there, posted them up on the forums etc., so others know I can do it as well.
So...long story short, these premade mouthpieces that I use for my crow calls are generally regarded as very good , if not the best, among hard core crow callers...so I have no problem using them. They take some work to get them tuned up right for use in a custom call, (sometimes culling pieces that dont make the cut) but they are worth it, they sound great, theyre tough and also economical.
Ive had many of the really good wooden mouthpiece crow calls out there today, and I have also tried most all of the plastic mouthpieces available, and I still like the set that I use the best. Just my humble opinion.