the stool once assembled i rate as a five. it's awesome. assembly i rate at 3 stars because it was very challenging and required 2 people with some amount of muscle to force the legs to bend in order to attach the foot ring and the holes were somewhat misaligned. we thought we would have to return it, but we persevered! once out together, it's really great and solid. the seat cushion is well made and comfortable. just the right height for practicing. aside from assembly challenges, i highly recommend.