If you haven’t read parts 1 and 2 of this series, you can check them out here (Part 1 and Part 2). To speed things up a bit, the very next spring, I called in and killed my first bird using a mouth call on Scott’s family farm in Tennessee. I have a picture of it from somewhere and will post it when I find it. Anyway, I was hot to trot on some Barry Springfield calls. I made it a point to go to shows hoping to find Barry and when I did, I loaded up. Unfortunately, that only lasted one year. After about my 3rd order, Barry told me, he was selling his call business and retiring. I was devastated. I could not find a call anywhere that I liked as much as his. He gave me the name (Hill Harper) of the guy that bought his business and told me to hit him up.
Hill and I hit it off from the first time that we talked on the phone. I explained to him what I liked and didn’t like and ran calls for him over the phone and he sent me calls he thought I would like and we had a grand ole time. Year after year, I got better with mouth calling, adding new calls to my skill set with Hill’s help. Then one day, I asked Hill for a modification to his 3 reed split-V that I loved. I wanted a little more rasp on the end. It was producing a great clear (with a tiny bit of rasp) yelp for me, but I wanted more. All the competition guys that I was hearing were producing nasty raspy yelps and I wanted to follow. So he took one of his 3 reed split Vs and made a couple extra cuts very similar to the cuts on the edges of Barry’s half reed fast yelper. He sent it to me and with the very first “keeeeyawwwk” I was in love with a mouth call and the MT Special was born. Since that day, Hill and I have worked to refine the specific latex and how deep the cuts are to get it just right. Now, we are offering it to our TBCalls customers. I’ll be signing and numbering each one of the first 18 that we have made. At least I will sign and number the packages, not the mouth call itself. So get em while they last! Send me a message if you want yours to say something special.