Highly recomended! Before spending huge money on some "big names",try playing somewhere an Yamaha TRB JP,a.k.a. "John Pattitucci Signature".It's astonishing in every respect,and won't let you down in any situation! I don't know any detail about the collaboration between Yamaha and Pattitucci regarding the buld-up of this instrument,but,waching the results,Pattitucci knows damn well what he wants! Greetings from Osijek,Croatia!