This is a BIG djembe with a beautiful tone. I was tempted by the 18" model for more bass, but went with the 16" and am very happy with how good the bass tones are. I also really like how it has standard tuning lugs rather than the traditional rope-tightened head. It will be much easier to keep the right tension on the head. It is also a beautiful instrument. I went with the kintekloth finish and I really like it. The finish has a nice texture - it is not just a print. I'm really happy with this purchase. I also like the Remo Dual Slider Percussion Strap for holding the djembe.