Description from Amazon USA : The Allora AABN-141 bassoon is an unprecedented value in the world of student bassoons. The design has taken to heart the wants and needs of teachers and students alike. It is very easy for beginners to produce a solid tone. However, these bassoons are also made to stand up to the rigors that a beginner will put them through. The ABS body resists changes in temperature and humidity and will not crack. The nickel keys are strong and will stay in adjustment longer. All of this at a price that can't be beat!