I have heard other people play this saxophone and I've gotta tell you I've been in the music industry over 40 years and this is far from being a student saxophone. the saxophone can be used as an intermediate or a semi pro. could be used on stage at any given time. It has got a good sound balance, got good high end, plays altissimo, all around good quality. I enjoy it very much and I recommend that you look into it. just overlook the student part because it is much better than that.