Bought this for my son who has been playing for about 3 years now. He is so happy with this clarinet and says it is much smoother than his Yamaha. This comes with a really nice case as well. The only negative thing that he would say about this clarinet is the mouth piece that came with it. He could not play with it at all. But not a show stopper by any means. I would definitely buy this brand again when he grows out of this one.