Yamaha has been one of the leaders in wind instruments since WWII. The soprano recorder is no exception. With excellent warm tone, easy playability, and easily cleanable, you can't go wrong. When thinking about a downside to this instrument, the only thing you could point out is that it is not wooden, like most top of the line recorders. Although this slightly brightens the tone, it makes it that much more durable for younger student still learning. Overall, 10/10, great recorder!