My PPT bari piece arrived this week I have had a few minutes with it. First impressions: Loud when pushed. Easy-blowing. Easy subtone. Plenty of growl ('bucket of gravel') when pushed - exactly what I was looking for. Easy to play soft too. Generally, very friendly and I reckon will be easier to live with on a long gig than the '60s Berg Larsen HR 110 sms2 I generally use which is qite a hard blow over an evening. I did find my reeds felt rather soft on this - La Voz Medium and Rico 2.5 were what I had to hand and they tended to shut off when I tried to play altissimo on it. Possibly, the reed is too soft, maybe the ligature is the problem as I haven't really got anything in the house that fits really well; I have had this sensation on other set-ups before and I think it's just a case of finding the reed and ligature that work on it for me. There is also the need to play something for a while and wait while it 'comes into focus'. But, so far, it's great! The material has a pleasing weight to it and it feels nice in the mouth, although I always prefer a patch on anything I play. Very promising so far.