Stunningly beautiful sax. Great engraving all the way up sax. Intotation spot on. Response is wonderful. My 11 going on 12 year old,who mostly plays tenor(alto on occaision),summed it up best. It is not a easy sax to play but it is on the other hand not too hard to play;it is a sax you must work at. Kudos to R&C for making a nino that 11 year old w/ 3 years experience can play. The 9 going on 10 year old did a bit better but she's been playinhg since age 6 and has a lot of soprano playing under her belt. Mind you the girls' tone left alot to be desired but what they played sounded like a tune.I only mentioned my daughters playing cause I thought it would be bad w/ intonation all over the place and/or some really horrid sounds coming out. When Mathew Aaron said the R&C ninos are easy to play and have great intonation on his Saxforte site;he wasn't kidding!!!! I can get it to sing a little but I need work. I feel it is great sax to break in your nino chops on. With practice I will be able to make gorgeous music high in the stratosphere. The tone is quite warm for a high piched sax;no doubt due to the big R&C bore. The case is the best case that came w/ a sax I have ever saw!!!!No formed nest. A very very plush well padded case. Case even has a strap to carry sax over the shoulder like a purse.