Been playing the Durga for about 4 or 5 months. No complaints at all. Plays as well as I play it. At the end of the night, I unscrew the built in ligature and try to take the reed off. I have to pull up hard on the back of the reed to get it off, like really hard. Much more so than any other piece I've played. What a great problem to have, knowing that the reed is sealing so well. Not sure if it's a function of the ligature pressing on it so tightly for four hours or the the table is just that flat. Either way, I'll take it!