My German oboe buddy's reed arrived in the mail yesterday.
Here, it crows a slightly flat C (when it left Germany, it was crowing a slightly sharp B, but there was the whole overseas mailing bit, and it's still about 85 and summery here), and when I play it the pitch can vary wildly between quite flat (especially in the high register- my high D, which gets up to 20 cents sharp if I'm not careful, was around 20 cents flat) and quite sharp (everywhere else). The thing is, I don't actually know what a German embouchure is like. I think a lot more of the reed may go in the mouth than the way I'm used to playing, but when I tried that, it just made the reed harder to play. (The reason I suspect this is that the white wrapping is apparently to protect your lower lip from the reed. But the reed wouldn't go nearly that far into my mouth using my regular embouchure.)
The reed is quite hard for me, and as I said, the pitch fluctuates a lot. It has a gorgeous crow, though. Very dark. Also, it's wonderful to tongue on- a lot easier for me than many of my reeds. I did sand the tip a tiny bit, which made the reed a little easier to blow, but I was afraid to do a lot to it, so it's still very hard.
My lovely oboe buddy also sent me a diagram showing the thicknesses of the various parts of the reed, what the wire is for, and what it was playing like for her. It's very interesting. The image is cut off a bit because my scanner doesn't like A4 paper.