Playing a lot of folk-ish acousric sessions with friends and family has been ridiculously fun with this cajon. I would consider the tone to be very vibrant, and a fantastic headstart for people interested in percussive instruments without having to agitate their neighbors. I have also utilized it as a foot stool or guest chair alternatively, and by that logic, if's more than an instrument! All-in-all this has helped me a great deal in practicing the rhythmic aspects of music. Definitely worth it!