Continental style. The Regal is designed to produce the dark, covered sound favoured in contemporary European Conservatories and concert halls. Combining a homogeneous timbre throughout the range, the Regal offers a stability of pitch without limiting flexibility or colour of sound.
The Regal is currently only offered in semi-automatic configuration. Gold plated key work is available on request.
AW Regal oboe features:
- Full Gillet Conservatory system with 3rd octave key i.e. FULL PROFESSIONAL CONSERVATOIRE SYSTEM with semi-automatic octave keys. Plus: Double resonance key on bell, adjustable thumb rest
- Body in seasoned Grenadilla wood
- Metal tenon socket linings and tenon protectors
- Robust nickel silver keys with thick silver plating
- Undercut tone holes
- Narrower bore than Imperial model for a ‘dark’ Continental sound
- Supplied in classic style wood/leather case with synthetic case cover
- Sharper low register than Imperial model
- Excellent stability and ease of playing in an orchestral setting
- 1 year warranty
What is the difference between the Imperial and Regal?
- The tone holes for low D and low C are positioned higher on the bottom joint
- The bell has a special key with 2 adjusting screws. There is a link from the low B key to the bell key to open the bell vent pad ( the lowest pad on the oboe bell) for low B as well as low Bb. Most oboes only open the bell vent for low Bb. ( like the Imperial). Please note: this is the same as Marigaux oboes and Josef (Japan) oboes.
- The Regal has an adjustable thumb rest
- The Regal has a more expensive looking case (snakeskin pattern leather)
- The Regal has narrow undercutting of the tone holes
- The Regal has a narrow bore
- The imperial is a full professional model oboe like the Regal, except it has a standard bell key
- The key work system is a full Conservatoire system (like the Regal)
- The bore is a fraction wider than the Regal
- The undercutting of the tone holes is steeper (wider) than the Regal
- Both oboes are made of the same sourced African blackwood (from German supplier)
- Both oboes have keys made from the same materials and the same silver plate