Their construction is top notch and they have the ability to play great. I ordered one right around 2000 and it was absolutely beautiful. It had 6 points (high/low) of snakewood with black and natural veneers going into some of the most ridiculous curly maple I've ever seen. The butt sleeve was the same setup but going in reverse. I did end up having the ferrule changed from LBM to ivory and the tip changed to a Kamui medium from Sumo though. Its original hit was extremely hard and it made what I felt like was a jarring PING whenever I hit anything other than center ball. The tip and ferrule change toned down the sound considerably while maintaining great feedback.