This is a great Bass Clarinet but it is WAY to overpriced. Not because of quality it is just the fact that Yamaha marks prices up to much but this is a very solid and very consistent instrument and that overshadows the pricing. If you can afford it definitely get it if not still save up for it. I use it in my city orchestra when I double on it. I am the first chair clarinetist. I only use it however when the main bass clarinetist can not fill or the conductor asks me to be on it rather than sticking to normal "rules". A great bass clarinet, overpriced, great quality, so I still give it five stars.