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Outstanding diaphragm calls?

Post by TN-TurkeyTickler » February 12th, 2018, 8:32 pm

I dont really have any issues talking dirty with the commercial calls but I am interested in trying some custom diaphragms. Still in college so I dont have the cash to buy and try one of each. So I figured I would ask here to help narrow my search. Let me know whats good!

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Re: Outstanding diaphragm calls?

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Re: Outstanding diaphragm calls?

Post by hoobilly » February 12th, 2018, 9:43 pm

VAturkey rocks Dels calls..

I like several. Hooks Executioners, Warbird Boneyard ridge, and the Red Wasp, but I aint paying no $15 bucks for a Redwasp, even tho it is good

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Re: Outstanding diaphragm calls?

Post by Fl strutter » February 12th, 2018, 9:46 pm

I love gooserbats mouth calls. The new g2 series Tom swatter and big gobbler special are awesome.

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Post by dsunday » February 12th, 2018, 9:53 pm

Sadler McGraw's lineup. Love the 2.5 ghost and pro combo 3 reed
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Re: Outstanding diaphragm calls?

Post by ICDEDTURKES » February 12th, 2018, 10:07 pm

It's a really personal question... Dab gum I really could write a novel on this subject as could other's.
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Re: Outstanding diaphragm calls?

Post by hobbes » February 12th, 2018, 10:23 pm

Ive used Hooks, XT, and Motherlode. Ive not had an XT in a while and have used Motherlodes the most lately. Ive had calls that I really liked from each and calls that I didnt care for from each, but its been a personal preference. With Hooks i think that I typically asked for the wider tape because they cut narrower than I like.

With mouth calls, one man's favorite call is junk to the next guy. Ive tried a few because a lot of folks on the forums swore by them. Turns out that I did not care for them at all. Some guys like so much rasp that the call sounds flat to my ears, but maybe that's just me. Its probably because Im not a world class caller.

Id start with your favorite cut then expand from there if you like what you get. Ive learned that I prefer a combo cut from most call makers, so I usually start there and then try a few from there if I like them.

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Re: Outstanding diaphragm calls?

Post by makeumgobble » February 13th, 2018, 7:55 am

houndstooth tom bomb, legacy prised possesion and fatal attraction, and for smaller palletes the legacy tom boy has called in many birds for me, actually bought it for the wife years ago and was showing her how to run it and fell in love with the call, but to me inconsistency in diaphrams is the only thing consistent, if you know what u like u can call thad bright up at featheridge and he makes very fine calls aswell

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Re: Outstanding diaphragm calls?

Post by GobbleNut » February 13th, 2018, 8:15 am

Having made hundreds of calls and experimented with the construction of the calls and call/cut designs over the years, here is the best advice I can give anyone. To me, pretty much every call has a turkey in there somewhere. The trick is learning how to tune your mouth calls to find it. Make five calls to as close to the same specs as you can,...and each one is likely to sound better with a different cut than the others.

To me, the best thing any mouth call user can do is order your calls without any cuts in them and then learn to go through a simple "cut progression" with each call to find that turkey in it. Here's the cut progression: (try the call after each cut)
Single angle cut (half of a center V cut)
V cut
(at this point, you have to choose between going with a combo cut or a ghost cut)
Combo cut (left or right)
Bat wing cut

Of course there are also the endless variations of adding "viper" cuts (additional V-cuts), or cutting off ends of tabs, off-sets on cuts towards the outer edges of the call, shaving off the long edge of the primary reed,...and on and on. You would be surprised at how doing a simple modification to a mouth call will change the sound.

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Re: Outstanding diaphragm calls?

Post by timbrhuntr » February 13th, 2018, 9:29 am

I would follow what gobblenut says. When I was messing with mouth calls I hunted with him in New Mexico.I thought I was ok with the mouth call and had even called in several birds. He made me call in front of him even though I was call shy. He then had me try a couple different calls and made suggestions. Ever since that hunt I have gotten better at calling but would have probably just stayed the same if he hadn't listened to my calling and given suggestions.

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Re: Outstanding diaphragm calls?

Post by Roy » February 13th, 2018, 9:51 am

IMO I think most calls are the same. Same cuts, a lot of same stretches. Everyone uses same latex. So, I think it's kinda all the same. Everyone uses same type press
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Re: Outstanding diaphragm calls?

Post by Fatmo » February 13th, 2018, 10:06 am

I've tried several hundred calls over the years with several being at the top of the pile. You name it, I've probably tried it! For several years now I've been running Del Crow's calls. His call's fit the way I run a call! His service and quality are second to none and the price is hard to beat. Outstanding guy to work with ! DC custom Calls https://www.facebook.com/21865234203461 ... 44/?type=3

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Re: Outstanding diaphragm calls?

Post by PALongspur » February 13th, 2018, 10:50 am

Anything from Denny Gulvas.

No cuts or notches in the reeds, 'cuz you don't need 'em!

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Re: Outstanding diaphragm calls?

Post by paboxcall » February 13th, 2018, 8:55 pm

Roy wrote:
February 13th, 2018, 9:51 am
IMO I think most calls are the same. Same cuts, a lot of same stretches. Everyone uses same latex. So, I think it's kinda all the same. Everyone uses same type press
I agree with Roy, and add the differences between callmakers for me personally is twofold - first is comfort and second is consistency. For these two points I stick with Gooserbat and Gulvas.

I don't get hung up on mouth calls, they cost a few bucks a piece - I try to keep them sanitary and clean using 50% / 50% blend of Listerine and water at the end of each day, and after a week I pitch them and put a new one in the rotation. Keeping a $5 or $10 mouth call for six or seven weeks, or even keeping them in the fridge or years is not worth strep throat. My insurance copay to get in the walk-in clinic is a lot more money than a couple of mouth calls each season. And as far as keeping one because 'its got the right sound' then go back to my two points - comfort and consistency. If its a good callmaker they all will run similarly. Just my two cents.
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Re: Outstanding diaphragm calls?

Post by turkeyinstrut » February 13th, 2018, 9:53 pm

I PM'd Iced Turkeys about a week ago inquiring about Hook's diaphragm calls, heard a lot of good things about them and just wanted to try em' for myself. I have used Preston Pittman's Black Diamond diaphragm's for years and have had fantastic luck with them and as far as keeping diaphragm calls for weeks on end, I have 2 or 3 that I have had for close to 30 years, no joke. I ordered a small assortment of the Hook's calls today and for the price you can't beat em' but I'll give em' a try and if there is any that I am fond of, I will place another order.

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Re: Outstanding diaphragm calls?

Post by hoobilly » February 13th, 2018, 10:56 pm

timbrhuntr wrote:
February 13th, 2018, 9:29 am
I would follow what gobblenut says. When I was messing with mouth calls I hunted with him in New Mexico.I thought I was ok with the mouth call and had even called in several birds. He made me call in front of him even though I was call shy. He then had me try a couple different calls and made suggestions. Ever since that hunt I have gotten better at calling but would have probably just stayed the same if he hadn't listened to my calling and given suggestions.
now thats awesome! :thumbup:

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Re: Outstanding diaphragm calls?

Post by TN-TurkeyTickler » February 14th, 2018, 9:44 am

Thanks for all of your input!

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Re: Outstanding diaphragm calls?

Post by GobbleNut » February 14th, 2018, 11:07 am

hoobilly wrote:
February 13th, 2018, 10:56 pm
timbrhuntr wrote:
February 13th, 2018, 9:29 am
I would follow what gobblenut says. When I was messing with mouth calls I hunted with him in New Mexico.I thought I was ok with the mouth call and had even called in several birds. He made me call in front of him even though I was call shy. He then had me try a couple different calls and made suggestions. Ever since that hunt I have gotten better at calling but would have probably just stayed the same if he hadn't listened to my calling and given suggestions.
now thats awesome! :thumbup:
That is awesome, Tim! It's great to know that, after all these years, there is someone out there that I gave GOOD advice to. :D

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