I was just reading a few chapters in - Turkey Calls-- An Enduring American Folk Art by Howard Harlan as well as the chapter on calls in the book-- The American Wild Turkey by Henry Edwards Davis. I was looking into the History of the Custom Box that, I purchased from Callmaker Albert Paul in 2006 for, I believe it was 200 Bucks. The Box is a Henry Edwards Davis Series and is made from a Aged Holly Box and a Ebony Paddle. Now Henry Edwards Davis had a good Friend-- Lee Howard who owned an original Gipson Box and used it exclusively in his Turkey Hunting career. Now many have tried to copy the original Gipson Box which also had a Patent. Henry Edwards Davis tried to copy it but could never duplicate the unmatched Tones in the Gipson Box as the wood was hard to identify. Possibly aged Apple. What Davis finally came up with is a Box made of aged Holly and at the suggestion of Tom Turpin- a Ebony Paddle fit loosely so the Paddle could also be Tilted. When this Box was shown to Lee Howard and his close friends- all Die hard Turkey Hunters-- they all said that the combination of Aged Holly with a Ebony Paddle equaled the unmatched Tones of the Original Gipson Box owned by Lee Howard which enabled him to take Scores of Old Gobblers. And that is what Albert Paul duplicated in his Henry Edwards Davis Series. I have hesitated to take it out as it is a True Custom Box. But come Mid April, I will. The Tone of the Yelp can best be described as Very Raspy as well as Rakey at the same time if that makes sense . Hope a few members and Guests enjoyed the somewhat Dry reading regarding some History.