Theres so many great calls now. I have have quite a few that I have used over the last decade or so. Some expensive some super cheap. You can go high end custom and get beautiful wood or acrylic or whatever with a tone board and tune that’s set loose or tight according to your desire if you are a connesuir. Custom is pretty dang cool. I know folks that have done that and all of them seem quite happy about the results. It’s taken me a lot longer than I ever thought it would to be what I would say is proficient with a call. Some calls have so much range it’s ridiculous. These calls are super fun to use. After lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of practice you can find great variety in tone/rasp within some of these masterpieces. The problem for me with range is that I can get two different ducks in one greeting at times. I am not and will never be truly expert. So too loose is fun but for hunting nah. What TRULY makes a good call for me is one whose range is less and whose tune is setup to my air which I always end up doing myself. It needs to run smooth through it’s available range while never squeaking or locking or putting out a bad note whether it’s getting hammered on or coming down soft. I have found in buying mass produced higher end calls that often they come tuned on a ragged edge to show off maximum tonal range, but they require (many not all) user proficiency with the air that can be challenging for me to rub proficiently. Almost like, guys better than me tuned em up haha. This is also true on some of the mid level calls I have bought as well. Generally what I have done for hunting is put the stock reed or reeds aside in the box and set em up myself. With LA style, people often have trouble if they disassemble. I really like this design though now that I can tune em for me. The bottom line to me is that in today’s world it’s very rarely the calls fault if one is having trouble. Yes, some calls are better than others, but almost any call can be made functional for a person who has reasonable ability based on its setup. I’ve found a few of what would be called low end to mid in terms of price that out of the box were setup poorly period. Put a tune on em for me though and they make great hunting calls. So to me a good call is one that you can run in your style that’s setup so that there’s no fear of creating goofy sounds through its range. That’s it. Call setup matching the user is the most important thing to me. I’ve come full circle on this. I used to look down on cheap calls, but it was never the calls fault. If you don’t wanna bother about tuning, it seems like a strong argument also for going custom IF you are truly honest about your ability when you order. Not all of us can drive formula one cars, but most of us can drive. Thoughts?