This is a beautiful drum. It is lightweight. Look wise, I can hardly believe it has a goatskin head. It does play more like a a goatskin head though than a synthetic one. It has an overall light sound but a nice resonant bass. The tone and slap are strong and distinguishable, and there is a slight ring that can be toned down with some dampening pads or tape. This is a nice drum to travel with, and will present nicely at gig.