Homey? really? Just the same old stuff Aaron. What's up with you old chap?
Glad you like the videos. I make the mandrel myself from a shape I came up with that works. You can make one yourself or buy one from me. I've never measured one!
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You should give it a good blow and let it take on some moisture. Also check to ensure the mouth size is correct. Then adjust if necessary. My 'Complete guide to bagpipe reeds' will help a lot with this.