I purchased my RBE 665 14 years ago and have never regretted it. I had it adjusted once, just because I was used to having a flute that needed it every summer. HUGE mistake! It didn't really need it and once I had someone who knew about Pearl flutes and the pinless system correct what the other repairman had done I've never had it looked at since. The pads have held up beautifully. I played daily for 2-3 hours through all 5 years of college and have played off and on since then and am now getting back into playing it more seriously. I have had many other knowledgeable flutists comment on the beautiful timbre of my flute and ask what it was. If I ever had to replace this flute (which I highly doubt will happen) I would without hesitation get another Pearl. It's also what I recommend to my flute students.