Usually got mine pre-made. It’s a bit peculiar, but I discovered that, if a double reed could be made to squawk, I could make it squawk musically. I’m probably the least fussy double reed player I know.
I found that out rather early - a friend handed me a bagpipe chanter in my late teens to accompany him while he played his 12-string. Now, bagpipe chanters generally sound a half-tone off C scale, the temperament is not equal by any stretch, they don’t cross-finger worth beans (so you are stuck with its diatonic scale), and my friend wasn’t moving off the guitar’s preferred keys, so I was in a bind. I ended up removing the reed cap, and lipping the chanter into tune… on a badly chipped reed.