I play in medium to large groups, usually the deepest instrument in the group. Usually Renaissance, Baroque, sometimes Modern music or Jazz. This is a beautiful instrument, tone excellent. Response flexible, can play fast runs easily. Jumps down to lower notes sound very well. The direct blow allows a great deal of control, and the delay between starting to blow and the note sounding is reasonably short, and very predictable. I find the instrument needs a quite a lot of air, need to play in short phrases, but this can work well for running bass parts. Lower tones beautiful, rich and easy to sound. Upper tones clear and easy to sound, except that I find the second octave "a" can be hard to sound, while "b flat" is easy and clear, "b" and "c" adequate. Have not attempted to play this as a more than two octave instrument.
I have added the end pin and play standing up, more room for the rib cage to expand for more air.
I fell in love with a friend's instrument about 5 years ago and saved up!
Good strong case, well cushioned.