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Click on the strutting turkey icons below to activate a .mp3 sound file for each call listed.  Pix of each call that was "played" and recorded.  As an additional feature, a few calls were selected to show the frequency response (analysis) of a single isolated yelp for comparison.  I have added several of Neil Cost short box calls as a bench mark or standard, however a calls response can be enhanced or degraded to a certain degree by the users ability to play the call, nonetheless a good representation is displayed in graph form.     

   

Sassafras wood "dual hens" field grade call with cedar lid.

Cedar wood "dual hens" field grade call with cedar lid.  Some asked why right side of call showing only on this pix.  I wanted to show the beauty of the knots.   David Stewart of Ellerbe, NC harvested this wood himself and air dried it for about 10 years.  I carved a couple one piece call body calls from his wood for him. 

Below is a screen capture of a single yelp with an analysis of the frequency and harmonic levels. Sounds were recorded in mono but changed to stereo for analysis purposes.

Click on pix for a full screen view.  Notice how the harmonic overtones have a very clean and  linear taper.  You hear the major sounds only at a distance because of the fast decibel (db) decrease of unwanted sounds!  This is what increases the timbre or sweetness of the tone of a call whether it is raspy, clear, etc.  Please read in the About Us page for more detail about timbre of a call.

Mahogany wood "dual hens" field grade call with cedar lid.

Sassafras call in the rough not final tuned with Bill Porter making a sound file for testing purposes...some "chit chatter" introduction...grin if you must!

Walnut custom deluxe North Carolina "limited edition" call with cedar lid.

Butternut wood "dual hens" field grade call with cedar lid.

Mahogany wood "dual hens" field grade call with walnut lid. See pix of turkey harvested using this call. This call presented to Randy Steele of Cason's Oldfield, NC on 04-17-09 as a host gift from Bill Porter.

NEIL COST BOX CALLS

Below displayed calls were offered for sale on Ebay by their current owners in the month of September 2008 and were contacted of which they graciously provided me with a sound file of the call.  Neil Cost calls are a part of our call making history and many have not had the opportunity to own or even hear one of those great box calls.  I hope you enjoy the call sounds and pictures and personal history of each call.  Bill Porter 09-14-08.


30 CHECK PATTERN. MADE FROM MAHOGANY FROM HONDURAS, THE INLAYED WALNUT IS FROM NATURAL BRIDGE, VA.  MADE FOR JACK BURGER, BUNNELL, FLORIDA, MARCH 1979 #106 AND SIGNED BY NEIL COST.  THE PICTURES DO NOT CAPTURE THE FULL GRAINING OF THE WOOD THAT BOUNCES OUT WITH DARK BROWN AND RED HUES. THIS BOX HAS A TRUE SOUND THAT CARRIES. IT HAS NOT BEEN HUNTED,  JUST YELPED A FEW TIMES AROUND THE HOUSE AND KEPT IN THE SAFE. IT WAS GIVEN TO MY HUSBAND BY THE EDITOR OF FIELD AND STREAM MAGAZINE DURING AN OSCEOLA TURKEY HUNT. SOME CHALK ON THE BOX BUT NEW CONDITION, NO SCRATCHES OR DENTS.  Note:  Call sold for 2000 dollars.

Below is a .mp3 sound file and pix of a Neil Cost short box offered by Julie Burger on Ebay and played by her husband.  Click on the strutting turkey icon to download/open the sound file. 

 

Below is a screen capture of a single yelp with an analysis of the frequency and harmonic levels. Sounds were recorded in mono but changed to stereo for analysis purposes.  

 
Click on pix for full screen view.

 

A turkey call made by the master craftsman Neil Cost. Turkey call is in a padded camo pouch with loop for your belt and string ties. Inscription on back reads "Red cedar cut on the Groten Plantation near Estill, South Carolina 1947. Walnut is from the Current River Area of S.E. Missouri and the deep affection is from Cindy on his birthday 1983.  Made as an "old hen" for Dean Odom Donathan, MO". Signed by Neil Cost and has a inked turkey print. This call is offered on Ebay.  Note:  Call sold for 900 dollars.

 Click on the strutting turkey icon to download/open an .mp3 sound file.

 

Below is a screen capture of a single yelp with an analysis of the frequency and harmonic levels. Sounds were recorded in .wav mono but changed to stereo .mp3 for analysis purposes.   This call has a much higher frequency or pitch than the call above and harmonic overtones drop off quickly.

 
Click on pix for full screen view.

 

The call pix below offered for sale on Ebay is a walnut and cedar match grade call made by Neil Cost in 1983. I purchased this call about a year ago from the original owner and recently decided to sell it as well as a few other calls in my collection. The call shows some visible signs of discoloration which appear to be darkening of the wood in a few places such as the lid handle caused by oil from a hunters hands. The call is otherwise in very good condition and produces nice raspy yelps; by Todd Haverkost.  Note: Call sold for 1000 dollars.

Below is a .mp3 sound file and pixs of a Neil Cost short box offered by Todd Haverkost on Ebay and played by Todd.  Click on the strutting turkey icon to download/open the sound file. 

Below is a screen capture of a single yelp with an analysis of the frequency and harmonic levels. This file was recorded in mono wave file by Todd on a laptop.  I reduced the amplitude about 3db since it was pegging the meter.  The file has clipped amplitude wise but did not affect the analysis of the frequency, etc. This call has a lower frequency or pitch than the call above and harmonic overtones drop off quickly.  Sound file converted to .mp3 stereo and screen captured only 1 channel for the graph.

  Click on pix for full screen view.

 

The NC CONVENTION CALL made by Neil Cost below is currently offered on EBay for bid with a description as follows:

You are bidding on a superb original Neil Cost cedar match grade regular length wild turkey box call in New condition. This is the type call that Neil made the most of and the one that made him the Greatest Wild Turkey Call Maker.

This particular call comes from a select cedar blank cut on the curl. The wood was originally harvested in Mar. 1973 (35 years ago) and has aged wonderfully during that time. Because of the natural oil in eastern red cedar it often takes several years more to mature than with most other woods.

The description Neil wrote on the call is, “Red Cedar cut on the Waterhorn area Eastern South Carolina Mar. 1973 Walnut is from Near Glen Allen Missouri. Made as a Special ‘Match Grade’ for NCWTF Convention 1985 One Only Dec. 1984 (signed) Neil D. Cost and has the customary turkey track logo.

I will post a audio file for this great call on 2hunt.com menu item "NC Convention Call" by Friday 1-16-08.

Quoted shipping price is for Priority Mail service and includes insurance.

Paypal required for immediate shipment.

Below is a .mp3 file of the call played and narrated by the current owner.  Click on the strutting turkey icon below to open and/or download the file. 


  

Below is a screen capture of a series of yelps with one yelp isolated

This is a great sounding call and a part of call making history!

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