The Mallettech Imperial Grand Marimba is a king's instrument. The quality of rosewood selected for these boards is only rivaled by a few companies. Leigh Stevens himself being one of the designers never hurts as well. This marimba really speaks incredibly well in all ranges, the need for hard-ultrahard mallets very quickly can be eliminated unless it is a musical choice specifically. The only big note to make about this lovely instrument is that the low end has incredibly wide bars, all players should be aware of the differences in the low end design of all marimba brands so they can be comfortable with their decision for life!