Box calls, like automobiles, need regular tune-ups. Even new boxes might need some service.
Glazing of striking surfaces, a change in tension of the lid, or possibly dirt or moisture on the striker can cause sour notes.
A turn of the screw, a light sanding, or a few rubs of chalk can put you back in the driver’s seat.
Try These Tips.
- Using fine sandpaper, sand the box’s feathered edges on top of the lip, Lightly sand along the whole length of the curve.
- Turn the box upside down and sand the underside (curved) part of the lid. Use medium or rough sandpaper, sanding across the grain.
- Chalk the lid thoroughly, using a soft, talc chalk (greaseless)
- With a screwdriver adjust the screw on the lid of the box so that the handle end is slanted slightly downward.
- Test the call for sound until satisfied. Pitch is an important factor to consider when tuning. Listen to a recording of wild turkeys to get it right.