Buffet has long been known for their high level wooden instruments. This flute has a wonderful tone for both chamber music and larger ensemble playing. The mechanisms are moving quickly and evenly. The keys are silver plated. This instrument does need quite a bit of repair. There are a couple of cracks in the head joint and in the foot joint and this instrument could use at least a repad to get it playing to the best of it's ability.Even with that being said, this instrument is beautiful and could provide an entirely different sonic experience to performing in any musical environment.