Bought this for some early music projects I'm working on at the moment. Has a lovely tone to it, projects well, and the brass (I assume they are brass) rings are very characterful and loud, good for cutting through an ensemble. Also, it's great fun to play once you get used to holding it. Perhaps the 10" size doesn't justify it, but it would benefit from a small thumb dip in the frame to allow for easier holding. I may end up doing this myself to make it more comfortable to hold, and I assume drummers of the past may have done the same. Otherwise, hard to fault it for the price. Lovely instrument.