I bought this piccolo as a flute doubler. I needed a piccolo that would be suitable for playing indoors and outdoors in all different sorts of weather conditions. I researched piccolos for a long while, and then decided this was the best option for me. When it arrived I was blown away with the sound quality, the responsiveness, the tuning quality and when I played it with my marching band I was so impressed. Having made the switch from just playing flute to playing piccolo as well, I was expecting it to be difficult at first, but I had no problems at all with getting a sound. The top B and C are still a little bit difficult to play, however, this is just me needing to tighten my embouchure a little more. Overall, I am so impressed with this piccolo and would recommend it highly.