After owning a few high end saxes (Selmer Mark 6 and 7s mostly) and testing many other lower-end ones, this one honestly surprised me for the one reason. Smooth and dark sound quality. There were a couple sticky pads to begin with that I had to take care of, but it has been not bad since then. The c note appears a bit flat in comparison and a couple other notes are a slight lip up or down, but overall the pitch is decent for the price. I was expecting much worse quality, but was pleasantly surprised.