We went out for a few hours on the boat.
I don't do IM'ing.
I have never ever seen a reed valve actually cause a "won't run" problem .. and there's almost never anything wrong with the reed valves.
.. seen lots and lots of people say.. "it must be the reeds" .. they buy new ones .. oops .. same problem as before.
You can take a look at them though .. hold the reed 'block' up to your mouth .. if you can breath air out .. but can't suck air back in... then the reeds are fine.
... if it runs with the choke on .. and won't run with the choke off ... it is not getting enough fuel ... it's STILL a dirty clogged carb passage.
... thats why 'the guide' says the best way is to buy a 'dunk-can' of carb cleaner and let it soak for a day or two ... THEN carefully blow it out with high pressure air.
orrrr ... take the carb to a motorcycle dealer and pay them to "boil" the carb ... they don't actually boil it ... but they put in their carb cleaner solvent tank for a while .. prob $5 or $10
your air filter element is still in though isn't it ?
(the little black cartridge with the foam insert .. accessible under the belt cover)
PA's won't run right with it removed.
(and will need the choke)