For this price, I didn't expect each note to sound perfectly in tune. Altough it imitates the sound of a wooden recorder, those who know the difference will definitely hear an edge of plasticness. Just like most cheap recorders, I find it a bit harder to correctly seal the sound holes to prevent leaking air. That is not what you want to fight against when you start out, which is why I do not recommend this recorder to beginners. However, it is a nice recorder to use at places that could potentially damage your expensive wooden recorder, and if you don't want to worry about being carefull.