Keats Custom Calls
musical instrument quality Duck and Goose calls that Greg Keats
produces are handmade and hand tuned from only the finest natural
materials on a limited production basis only. These materials are
chosen for their fine tonal qualities and appearance. Gregs
calls will deliver a superlative note as well as the range needed
to speak Goose and Duck fluently, and be EASY to use as well. The
exclusive use of musical grade wood and other natural materials
such as horn and bone, guarantees that you have the finest handmade
product - made one at a time by Greg (just remember that inherent
flaws in mass produced calls are mass reproduced).
The call making process is somewhat straightforward
and most of Greg's calls are made using the following processes.
First an appropriate material is chosen for the call and rough cut
into blanks. The selection of material is vast and diverse, but
through careful manipulation, Greg feels that all of the desirable
tonal qualities for a call can be brought to almost any natural
material. The blanks are then bored to precision tolerances and
allowed to rest, this ensures that any internal stresses have been
relieved, thus helping to prevent movement in service. After the
rest period, the blanks are checked for movement and unsatisfactory
blanks are rejected and bandsawed apart to prevent their inadvertent
use. Greg then turns and sands the barrel and stopper by hand, one
at a time, as with all handmade products, no two are exactly the
same. The parts come right off the lathe and are placed into the
stabilization tank. The stabilization is a proprietary process,
used to preserve the integrity of the wood and enhance it's grain
Greg has determined that the wood is thoroughly saturated with the
stabilizing materials, by destructive testing, it is removed to
dry and harden. At this point the call is finish sanded and the
finishing treatments applied.
Recently, Greg's use of Acrylic monomer preservation
has yielded 100% stable woods that have superlative tonal qualities.
The woods used in this process are of the highest quality, exhibition
grade, and make the most beautiful and realistic sounding call.
Unfortunately the fancy wood and extreme expense of this acrylic
stabilization makes the call very expensive to produce. On the positive
side, there is no finer material for making a call available today,
and the finished product will truly last "forever".
The tone boards/inserts are made on precision
tooling, from Rosewoods or stabilized hardwoods. This prevents absorption
of moisture during use and the subsequent tonal changes and reed
"sticking". The reeds are made of medical grade petrochemical
polymer materials, hand cut and tuned to the user's specifications
or the tonal qualities of the barrel/stopper combination.
September 19, 1997, Greg participated in the International Callmakers
Contest & Exhibit. This was not a calling contest where competitors
are judged on their calling ability, it is a call makers contest
where one professional caller blows all of the calls. Over 140 calls
were are judged on the basis of sound and appearance. Gregs
calls won 1st place in Goose Calls and 2nd place in Duck Calls.
What better way to determine a calls ability, than to judge
it against others in this manner - not against another person but
against other calls.
You will find that Gregs calls are very
easy to master, make a complete range of notes, and are amazingly
realistic sounding. If you consider yourself a beginner, Gregs
calls will make learning much easier, and if you are a good caller,
these calls will make you sound like a pro.
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