I really enjoyed reading this thread as we have all been where this guy is at one point . My suggestion is to try as many of your buddies calls as you can . Continually trade calls that might not be right for you . Try every call at every outdoor show you go to . Learn to tune your own call . Cutting different size reeds and changing corks. Practice, practice , practice ! Listen to instructional dvds , learn to read ducks and enjoy each and every minute of it !