If it's the new Yamaha 221 II, it's the best plastic bass clarinet you can buy, in my opinion. You would have to pay several times as much for an instrument that's noticeably better. Any instrument that goes through the mail is going to need some adjustment on arrival. The delivery companies seem to take a "fragile" sticker as a challenge to abuse a parcel, and new instruments from the big internet vendors aren't generally packed very well. Compare prices, but also try to find reviews of the vendor you're considering. We just went through the same process in buying my wife's english horn. There were none of that model available within 2000 miles, so we had to order online and hope for the best. It worked out for us, and I think you'll do OK, too.