Topic: Reed Tube Leaks
So, a question. Most of my reeds leak a bit from the butt when it's on the bocal. Not usually air, but usually water leaks out the end of the reed and down the bocal a bit. I form my reeds with a pretty big tube and usually if it's not quite big enough to fit comfortably on the bocal I ream them a bit. So, I'm wondering what could be the culprit. Sometimes it's very obviously caused by beveling a bit too much. Other times it seems to be something else. Is there any chance it's because I use flattened tip forming mandrels? Maybe because the bocal doesn't flatten out at the tip as the reed is formed on it can't go on as far, causing the leak/space? Any idea?