Anybody who has hunted with an accomplished short reed caller has realized the decided advantage they have in a less than desirable location. These calls have changed my way of thinking completely. I used to not even dream of calling the traffic geese that were going from point A to point B. If flagging did not get the initial interest, we let them pass. I have not been blessed by the goose gods to have the X. At least, not often enough, but I've witnessed traffic geese come in to some very good calling with a short reed. I'm not disputing that flutes or any other calls are not good calls, just that I have not seen high flying traffic geese come in, when you are NOT on the X. This has given me a renewed and revitalized interest to improve my calling. Short reeds are not easy, in fact, if not used properly, are better not used. Unfortunately, I have discovered this firsthand, and it has been embarrassing, yet enlightening at the same time. I won't give up and put the short reeds away, I am just determined now to stick it out and make it happen. By the way, having someone to help you in person, seem to be the difference. The tapes only go so far.