> Neither group deserves insults...Just seems rather unproductive to me. <
Our twin resident perrenial naysayers specialize in unproductive, they never have a positive word to say about anything on this forum. Duly noted though.
As for the calls, very interesting what the human ear perceives. I listened to the entire set of clips three times without adjusting the volume. Perhaps not coincidentally, clips 5 and 7, the highest ranking calls, are easily the two loudest clips. I suspect they were the glass and aluminum calls if all other recording aspects were controlled.
When a turkey call is played or heard louder, the intensity increases and the "presence" jumps. It's not surprising to me that these two calls garnered the most votes. Interesting as well that louder is not always better in the turkey woods and often the calls that often sound best to human ears send birds the other way in the wild.
More food for thought- I have played professionally in blues bands for nearly 20 years. Over this time I have participated in dozens of judged band competitions, typically with 7 or 8 bands playing. Also as interesting, about 99% of the time the winning band is usually one of the last two that played. You can imagine the reasons, even though the first band might have been the most polished and the tightest, the judges are firm at the outset and the crowd, if there is one at noon, has not warmed up. By the eighth band, at 8 p.m., judging criteria goes out the window when influenced by an enthusiastic crowd that is warmed up and lubricated.
Paralleling this observation and also at play, the power of memory over the senses. The mind will almost always judge a more recent sense over a previous one if the experiences are comparable. The voting bears this out as well, with 5 & 7 not only being the loudest but among the last sampled.
Lastly, I'll echo the sentiments about the Primos Box Cutter. It is easily the best off shelf production box call available and deadly in the turkey woods.
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