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#5842282 - 07/21/15 11:09 PM Duck calls
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I thought I would give making duck calls a try. All inserts are Arkansas style up swept double reed acrylic I have some acrylic calls and some high quality hard wood. I have been making Damascus Knives and varmint calls. I would appreciate any and all comments. The list can be found at www.mwcustomknives.com






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#5842447 - 07/22/15 07:34 AM Re: Duck calls [Re: Down Range]
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You should change the shape of your insert.

They look almost identical to echo inserts.

People might accuse you of being a barrel stuffer.
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#5842640 - 07/22/15 09:11 AM Re: Duck calls [Re: #Hayraker]
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Originally Posted By: #Hayraker
You should change the shape of your insert.

They look almost identical to echo inserts.

People might accuse you of being a barrel stuffer.


Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe Echo only sells poly inserts separately. His inserts are acrylic, so anyone trying to accuse him of using Echo inserts would obviously be off base. They look different enough to tell they aren't Echo anyway.
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#5842645 - 07/22/15 09:14 AM Re: Duck calls [Re: Down Range]
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Those look great, and $40 is a steal if they sound as good they look. Love the look of the burl you used on some of them!
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#5842683 - 07/22/15 09:27 AM Re: Duck calls [Re: TTUhunter4]
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Originally Posted By: TTUhunter4
Originally Posted By: #Hayraker
You should change the shape of your insert.

They look almost identical to echo inserts.

People might accuse you of being a barrel stuffer.


Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe Echo only sells poly inserts separately. His inserts are acrylic, so anyone trying to accuse him of using Echo inserts would obviously be off base. They look different enough to tell they aren't Echo anyway.


TTUhunter4 is offended by the lack of respect for barrel stuffers
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#5842730 - 07/22/15 09:44 AM Re: Duck calls [Re: Down Range]
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Down Range, do you make your own tone board and tune your own calls?
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#5842734 - 07/22/15 09:45 AM Re: Duck calls [Re: Down Range]
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Asking for TTUhunter
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#5842768 - 07/22/15 10:03 AM Re: Duck calls [Re: Down Range]
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Nice looking barrels
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#5842779 - 07/22/15 10:05 AM Re: Duck calls [Re: Down Range]
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I like them. Take it from someone else making calls when time allows. Some will like them, some will not like them. Some will tell you they like them when they don't. A better way to put it, make them to your liking and be happy with that. If you chase what other people like you will be chasing forever.

I learned that duck calls are governed just like anything else, marketing. You can make a call to sound just like any other call out there. There is no magic touch, no hidden abilities. The sound I like is different than the sound you and everyone else likes. I didn't put all that together until I was bound for being a duck call maker. I went to a marketing firm and the first thing he stated is "How much money you spend on marketing is directly related to how much you're going to make". He had already researched Youtube first and had a game plan of "Lets go kill a whole lot of birds on camera and we will edit in the calling later in the studio. It is all a smoke and mirror horse crap game where the truth is rarely told. It is the same reason I don't watch the outdoor commericials, I mean the outdoor channel. Something has to die by the third commercial series in the program and I have never listened to cheap arse loud crescendo of rock n roll music while shooting a deer out of a box blind.

Something was completely wrong baout all of it. I stepped of that train and make a few calls here and there. Not for the money but for the love of the art and the sport. So don't rely on what is said here to govern your path. Make your calls with love of the game and be damned the marketing end of it all.
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#5842799 - 07/22/15 10:16 AM Re: Duck calls [Re: Down Range]
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Point being the end of the duck call that makes the sound is something a bunch of today's call sellers have no idea how to create yet they call themselves call makers. It's dishonest.

Down range may make his own though and just chooses to set them all up as double reed and use material that doesn't match his barrels.
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#5842829 - 07/22/15 10:29 AM Re: Duck calls [Re: TTUhunter4]
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on the inserts the red one is an echo insert I needed a red one and I did not have one and wanted to try the echo brand I have heard they make a good sounding insert so I wanted to try one, and they do sell inserts for people that don't want to go to the trouble to make them. So that's the deal on the inserts.

Thanks for the feed back

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#5842896 - 07/22/15 11:09 AM Re: Duck calls [Re: Down Range]
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so only the red one is an Echo? You have any sound files of your tone boards?
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#5842954 - 07/22/15 11:44 AM Re: Duck calls [Re: garrett]
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I don't have any sound files but I can work on this week and show the difference between mine and Echo.

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#5842960 - 07/22/15 11:47 AM Re: Duck calls [Re: Down Range]
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I would like to tell everyone I am retired and this is a hobby, I have no intent to miss lead anyone I have invested a lot of money in this hobby I don't care if I make any money, I am not in it for the money it is the joy of making something that works and keeps me out of the house. Thanks for the commits good or bad but don't criticize my for trying.

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#5842973 - 07/22/15 11:58 AM Re: Duck calls [Re: Down Range]
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Do you have your acrylic inserts poured or are they turned?
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