Both of you guys are very close to understaning the point I'm pushing for. Your headed down the right track but you only have 3 of your four wheels on the track
. Yes the weight of the striker is what makes a call sound good and play easy, you have to have a striker that is balanced between the weighed end and the peg end. Lets say you have two strikers as you can see in the pic, a walnut top/purpleheart peg on one and a turned purpleheart striker. In order for those two strikers to play and sound the same on any given surface, the weight of those two has to be the same. These both have 4", 5/16 diameter pegs, but as you can see there is a huge difference in the diameter of the weighted ends, because the purpleheart wood weighs almost twice as much as the walnut. They both play and sound exactly the same on any call because the weight of these two are exactly the same. It's the same with two piece strikers, you may have a walnut/hickory striker, and a birch/hickory, one may sound great and the other doesn't, it's because of the weight difference between the walnut and the birch even though your playing a hickory peg in both strikers, the weighted end is different and that's what causes that striker to play good or crummy. It goes back to which weighs more a pound of lead or a pound of feathers? They both weigh the same, but the pile is different
Yes Bryan, if you had a 4" hickory peg and a walnut top, and a 1" hickory peg and a walnut top, as long as they weighed the same they would play the same, but you'd get a difference in sound, because on the 4" hickory peg you be holding the peg, but on the 1" peg you'd be holding the walnut top. It's the same as to how you hold your striker, if your holding it in the center of the peg you get a different sound than you would if you where hold close to the tip, because you thowing the balance off and changing the weighted end that striker.
That's why if a call maker is turning strikers, if they turn all their strikers exactly the same, some will sound good and the other just so so, because of the weight difference between the woods, so you'd need to adjust that to make it play as good. That's a real problem with a fancy turned striker styles, you'd need a cad system on your computer to make the adjustments to your striker style
to give you the diamentions of the different woods you were tuning.
Yes Steve, more mass does deaden the sound of a striker, but if you had a 5/16 diameter shaft, your end weight would have to be the same no matter if you used ebony or balsa wood.
Just like if I turned that purpleheart striker to the same size and shape of that walnut striker, so they both looked exactly the same. That purpleheart striker would sound like crap because it would weigh twice as much as the walnut/purpleheart striker does.