Help me fix my slate call please

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  1. SWMbruiser

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    So I bought this slate call when I was young and don't know a lot about them. It has been a great call throughout the years but the past few I seem to struggle getting volume and the sweet spot gets smaller and smaller. It got wet once and I have several times tried to clean it and it almost makes it worse. I seem to not get friction very well. Is it the slate? The striker? Did I ruin it cleaning it? Is there any way to bring it back to life? Any input appreciated.

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  2. DEDGOOSE

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    Few things.
    A inspect for cracks in pot or glass
    B go to hardware get a med sharpening stone go right to left. Not in circles.. Sandpaper will not cut it at times, need something gonna bite in glass better Alot a folks say clean a pot, they use a green 3m pad, that actually polishes glass or crystal making it harder to run, but it is good on true slate.
    C take striker spin like your making a fire on sandpaper
    D Something wrong with toneboard
     
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  3. Scottygvsu

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    Pick a 2" spot and rub it with fine grain sandpaper. I've used my coat zipper in a pinch.
     
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    I like drywall screen for glass. Straight across the surface in one direction. Not back and forth, and not in circles.

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    Looks like it may have been sanded in several directions I would go with sound board also.Not sure if they were making glass over slate calls but if it did get wet /how wet/ this could ruin the sound.
     
  6. michael marrs

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    all good advice, I would go with dedgooses's first
     
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  7. michael marrs

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    very worst case scenario, if you have any turkey mounts, fans, or the like do a window box, or something to display it
     
  8. Firefighter

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    If you're over in SE MI ever let me know. I'll show you how to condition both the call surface and striker properly.
     
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    This.

    There’s no science to it.

    I also agree with what Dedgoose said about cracks. Those can ruin a glass real fast. One of, if not THE, best sounding pot call I ever owned was a Lohman Thunderdome and I let it get a crack in it. Ruined it.

    I did, however, sell it to someone on eBay for $60
     
  11. SWMbruiser

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    Ran some drywall screen over it and sounded great again. I had been previously doing circles. That seemed to be the problem. Thanks for the input gents!

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