This one is a little more tight, giving it full power and great backpressure! Very much a yidaki feeling to it. Bassy and fast, with a nice soft and easy to reach toot. It's a real pleasure playing this stick, for any player, beginners will find it so easy to play without effort, drone and toot just pops out. Mouthpiece is relatively small, so big mouthpiece lovers could find it tight at first... but a stick like this asks for such a mouthpiece. Killer stick!