I've had this tambourine for over two years. Thus far, the Meinl CTA2S-BK has proven to be an affordable, pro grade, lightweight instrument that plays fast and sounds great. In giving consideration to a number of different tambourines, I opted for this one on the basis of the following: wood frame for a natural sound; nickel-plated steel jingles for their tone and to cut through the mix; 8-inch frame to accommodate fast rhythmic patterns/rudiments with less fatigue to hand and wrist compared to say, a 10-inch frame; low cost. Meinl has posted professional quality demos of each of its four models of 8-inch compact wood tambourines. I can attest to the sound of the CTA2S-BK (nickel-plated steel jingles) and CTA2M-BK (alternating nickel-plated steel and brass jingles) corresponding to that of the demos and sounding even better in person. If you're wanting a simple, cut-through-the-mix, natural, easy to handle, fast action compact tambourine, you might consider this one. If you think you might prefer something a bit more subtle and with some added color, consider the CTA2M-BK with the same nickel-plated steel jingles but alternating with brass jingles having a high pitched, rather finger cymbal-like quality about them. The latter is just a bit heavier and costs a bit more, but renders beautiful sounds and with minimal fatigue to hand and wrist. Search for the demos to get an idea for yourself.