Well Doug, we kind of have to blame JJ for letting the cat out of the bag, so to speak
. They've been around a while and have managed to sneak under the noses of most turkey hunters. A lot of builders knew about them but never paid much attention to them, or had tried building them and couldn't make it worth their wild to keep producing them, because nobody knew much about them and wouldn't buy one. They have always been kind of the hush hush call to the public, and any hunter that learned the different ways on how to run them kept it pretty quiet.
But they came on the hunting sene in the late 1960's from an Ohio builder named George Huffman. George built his calls and sold them through the Fur-Fish and Game magazines in 1983 for $12.50, up until his health got bad enough to build them anymore. He's now in his mid 80's in a retirement home. George Huffman Jr. used to help George build the tongue calls. The call was named, Huffman's Turkey Instrument with Vibrating Tongue. The first calls George built had a handle on them, like a handle on a boat paddle long box had, as in the later years the handle was removed. There are a few other call builders building them, Jim Hemm from Piqua Ohio, and Flatt Creek Custom Calls build them also, as does pappy (Jack Lewis), so there are a few of these calls out there, but they've been kept pretty quiet.