When I first opened the opened the case I sat back in awe of the craftsmanship, what a work of art! The recorder is beautiful as well as being perfect to the touch. The sound quality is without question excellent and the tone is very even throughout the range. The quality of the workmanship is almost breath taking and the finished item is so lovely to handle. This little gem seems to have a life of its own and your fingers dance so much better over the tones holes, it seems like you can play faster and more precisely than ever before. This was such a great purchase, I'm one happy piper!