I had never played djembe before, a drumkit is not an option but I needed something to channel my rhythm through and to keep my timing consistent. This ticks all the boxes. I recommend this for someone who's not going to take djembe-ing seriously but even still, I would research thoroughly before purchasing a djembe. If you're seeking good sound while maintaining affordability then maybe spend the little extra on a factory made djembe. I find this one lacks in the clean, crisp, high sound quality but is all there when it comes to the feel and size as it's 100% handmade and true to African tradition. To get an amazing sounding, hand crafted djembe is pricey. If that's what you want and your goal is to feature djembe on recordings then I'd say keep saving and go for a higher quality djembe with a cow hide skin, this one ships with a goat skin.