Unless specified otherwise, each of the playing surfaces shown below (except slate!) are mounted over slate. The combination of the two over a hollow pot creates the unique sound. The slate playing surface is generally mounted over glass. Sometimes John replaces the slate with glass on calls to adjust the pitch slightly... at the request of the customer.
Titanium provides a clean, higher pitched yelp, with a subtle rasp at the back end. Titanium is very easy to play and the surface grips the striker nicely. You can easily cluck and purr with this surface, as well as cut through a stiff wind. Titanium can reach out and grab a gobbler's attention if needed! It can be played higher or lower, and even have *more* rasp depending on the striker!
I highly recommend the TITANIUM playing surface, it is my Signature Call. I spent many, many hours perfecting the sound of the titanium call. It is extremely easy to use and can create EVERY sound from subtle clucks and purrs to long range yelps. The sound varies with how you hold the call and how you hold the striker… practice, practice, practice!
Titanium can provide higher pitched raspy yelps, purrs, and roll over. Those public land birds have heard all the regular playing surfaces, close the deal with something they have not heard!
Brass is one of my most popular selling surfaces.
Brass provides a hollow and raspy yelp. Even the clucks have some rasp to them. It is truly a unique sound that drives Toms crazy (hens too!). It can be played loud or soft, and can get very raspy with different strikers.
Copper sounds best in the 3" and 3.25" pots.
Copper offers a deeper natural yelp with a good amount of raspyness. Copper is a soft surface and plays very easily. It is capable of making higher pitched kee-kee's and soft deep clucks and purrs all with ease.
PA Slate and Vermont Green and Red Slate
NEW FOR 2018, Vermont Green and Red Slate!
Vermont green slate is much harder than traditional Grey PA slate. Vermont green slate is a happy medium between PA Slate and Crystal. It has a ton of rasp and has been a favorite in 2018. Please request if you want a Waterproof Slate Call!! Yes, a slate call that can be played wet and sound as good as one played dry. Everyone loves the nostalgia and traditional sound of a slate call... but experience has shown us, it won't run on a damp spring morning. Now, by using a waterproof striker, this call can be run damp or wet and still sound great! Please view my video for a demonstration. And **this is very important** don't forget to add one of my 2-piece carbon-tipped waterproof strikers to your shopping cart!!
Slate is generally mounted over glass... although sometimes I also mount over another piece of slate to adjust the sound quality and pitch. A Slate over Slate call provides a more mellow sound... and a Slate over Glass call provides a slightly louder and higher pitch sound.