I chose this model bongo for a first quality instrument properly before starting an internship in my neighborhood. I had to meet my budget then (around 100/115 euros). In this perspective it is a relatively good choice for a serious beginner. However I have heard for models whose sound is softer, particularly the series of Meinl above (but closer to 200 euros). It is therefore a matter of priority and ambition for me if I'm progressing well I'll watch a better instrument in particular at the velvety skin. That said the wooden structure is well made and perfect aesthetics!