The Ostrava oboe reed is based on the European W-scrape (which itself is a modified and less extreme version of the American W-scrape). It has a slightly longer scrape than a standard U-scrape oboe reed and a more pronounced spine with thinner "windows" either side of the spine, and a longer tip than the U-scrape. This gives a more free-blowing oboe reed than a U-scrape.
The medium width shape and medium gouge thickness of the Ostrava give a medium brilliance with a medium responsiveness.
Overall these features combine to create a responsive oboe reed with a fairly broad tone and medium-brilliance.
Recanes - what are they?
Recanes are made by using your old reeds - we strip back the cane and binding to leave just the staple (cork and metal base) and be bind on a new piece of cane. They play like new reeds and last just as long. NOTE: when you order Recanes you will need to post the correct number of old reeds to us. Please make sure the corks are not broken or marked in ink. First place your order through this website, and then pack up your old reeds with a note mentioning your order number and name, and post them to: Regency Reeds, P.O.Box 1192, St.Albans AL1 9AH
All our reeds can be returned, after testing, within 1 month for exchange or refund (please note we cannot accept reeds which have been extensively used).