Very soft unless you wail on the bottom (which does produce some nice sound). The neck has the tonal qualities of a 2x4. The rawhide head is nice as an accent, but the sound doesn't fit well with the rest of the instrument. Worse, I had it in my apartment 24 hours before the rawhide head loosened to the point of making the entire instrument sound awful. Playing bass tones made the head slap. I tried wetting the head and letting it dry to tighten it again, which worked, by 24 hours later it was loose again. Giving up and returning it for a nice ceramic.