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Why Is a Liberty Bugle Different?

The answer is simple: we don’t use low-density, low-quality, resonant plastic in our bugles! Liberty Game Calls use high-quality, high-density materials that are non-resonant. An example to compare the difference would be the sound difference between a high-quality speaker vs a low-quality speaker. The parts that make up the high-quality speaker are dense and are non-resonant.
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The parts in the cheap speaker are light and resonant — you can hear the difference! Those cheap speakers distort the true sound, and you can hear the plastic, resonant vibration in the music. We all like to hear music from a high-quality speaker, which offers the most realistic sound. That’s what we want you to sound like when bugling with our elk calls. We want minimal sound distortion, so you get the most realistic elk sounds possible!
When Damian and I founded Liberty Game Calls, we wanted to be the first game call company to think about sound quality. The team at Liberty Game Calls didn’t like the echoing, vibrating sound of the plastic bugles or the loud drum-like sound they make in the field when you bump them. We wanted a quiet bugle in the field, a bugle that produced a true sound with minimal distortion and for that sound to travel far enough for elk to hear. We knew a high-density material like rubber or a high-density composite would be the solution to our problem. That is why we decided to sell bugles that took three years to engineer from these high-quality, high-density, non-resonant materials:
• Rubber (Revolution and Ridgeback)
• Composite (Lil’ Big Horn)
These types of materials produced the best, most realistic sound that will travel farther and wider than bugles made from plastic or aluminum, with minimal distortion. The sound that is produced with our elk bugles will also penetrate deeper into thick timber and brushy draws. As a hunter, especially when trying to locate bulls, you want to be able to create a sound that can reach out across drainage, down into a canyon, or penetrate thick timber. Our bugles will give you this advantage.

It’s all about the materials used and the type of sound wave that you create when you use the right medium to produce sound. When you choose to buy a Liberty Bugle you are buying the best-engineered bugle made from high-quality materials that will give you the ability to produce the best elk vocals possible. Not to mention, these bugles are quiet in the field and much easier to use than plastic bugles.

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Low-Frequency Sound Waves Vs High-Frequency Sound Waves

All sound waves, regardless of their pitch, travel at the same rate of speed through a particular medium, low tones mushroom out in a broad trajectory while high tones move in straight paths. In general, our elk bugles produce low-frequency sound waves that will travel further and wider than high-frequency sound waves made by plastic and aluminum bugles because there is less energy transferred to the medium. Low frequencies sound waves are not absorbed as well. This means low frequencies sound waves will travel farther and wider than high frequencies. High-frequency sounds are better reflected whereas low frequencies can pass through barriers.

Why Non-Resonant Materials Make The Best Bugles

Wood, rubber, and even dense composite have naturally acoustically helpful properties. They are naturally non-resonant, so the sound created with these types of materials will have a better sound quality and the sound wave created will maintain its energy as its leaves the end of the bugle. When we can harness and not lose sound energy by using these typed of materials, we can create a sound wave that has more energy than sound waves created by a low-density material, like plastic or aluminum, where a lot of energy is lost. That is why we use these high-density materials in our elk bugles so that we can keep all that sound energy pushing further, wider, and over obstacles so that the elk can hear the sound.

What Makes The Best Medium For Sound?

1. Dense (or heavy) – this is so that any vibrations or mechanical pressures are simply absorbed, and do not result in additional sounds, or losses of energy at certain frequencies.

2. Non-resonant – something that if you knock it, sounds ‘dead’. The opposite would be metal (which is why they make tuning forks from it!) and Plastic. The ringing sounds from these materials mean distortion for your elk vocals.

Why Avoid Plastic Bugles?

Plastic is not a naturally good material for making a quality sound. Many companies use plastic in their calls because it’s cheap, easy to mold into any shape, light, and durable. However, think about the sound when you knock or tap on plastic. The sound is drum-like, has terrible resonance, and sounds like plastic.

Why Avoid Metals and Aluminum Bugles?

Metal seems like a good choice, but metals have all sorts of acoustic problems due to the springiness of the metal/aluminum causing vibrations and distortions. Also, the very hard surface causes internal reflections (echoes) which come out as distortion. Not what you want when you’re trying to sound like an elk. Check out our bugle options today!

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