Excellent topic for discussion, Steve. Being a mouth call user from way back, I have witnessed the progression of the development of these calls firsthand. It seems in just the last few years, there are so many new variations of cuts, it'll make an avid mouth-call users head spin. I have given up trying to keep up with all of the new fads, and hence, I don't know whether I'm missing out on a new design that really is easier to use and makes more realistic turkey sounds, or if all these new cuts are just gimmicks to make us gullible turkey hunters buy more calls.
Oh, yeah, I've tried a number of the newer designs....the ghost cuts, the bat cuts, the modified cutters, et.al.....but I always seem to go back to the center V-cut design in it's various forms, or the standard cutter designs. Although I have done a little bit of experimenting in making mouth calls...got one of those little rinky-dink kits a few years ago....I still get most of my calls either off the shelf or from an acquaintance that makes calls.
The bottom line is that I would be interested to know what you mouth call makers on here think about the various cuts and which you recommend for the various turkey sounds. Do you really think that some of these newer cuts are superior to the old reliable V-cut and cutter designs, and if so, which would you recommend to both the experienced mouth call user and the beginner?