Alright... So a few weeks ago, in the Duck Calling Basics thread, I posted the following in response to bthompson's question about whether I prefer a single or double reed call...
I have been blowing double reeds pretty much my entire waterfowling career. I don't know what kept me away from the singles, except maybe just an "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" attitude.
Here's what I now know/believe in regards to these two different calls... (some of it may be contrary to what I originally posted in the other thread)... Double reeds take more air pressure to operate than single reeds, but they have more raspiness "built-in" to them. This results in a very user-friendly call because it basically runs itself. Single reeds take less air pressure to operate (how much less depends on how it's tuned), but don't have as much as that raspiness "built-in" to them. To get the rasp, you have to add inflection, or "voice," into the call. It takes more effort to learn, but once you figure it out the range you are capable of is unbelievable. If it's tuned right you can get the high-pitched squeals and the low raspy old hen out of the same call. It's about as versatile as it gets. And as far as volume goes... If the call is tuned properly, you can get nice and quiet on a single reed just as well as on a double reed.
I'm sure a lot of this is common knowledge but I'm just happy as hell about it. Kind of pissed off at the same time, though, that it took me so long to have this revalation. Not sure I'll buy another double reed ever again.
What's the takeaway from this? I would say if you're a beginning duck caller, a double reed might be your best option to start with. As you develop your skills on the call, a single reed could really take you to that next level.