Received my bowl today, and I love it! Bought 3 in all, one for me the others are gifts. This is a great starter piece, and very easy to use, I have no problems getting it to work. For a smaller bowl it has a great sound, and I look forward to learning more! I feel very confident giving this as a gift beings that I got my own to try it first. Great product and great price, sturdy and well made! The wooden stick is well made.