The Yamaha Xeno 882G is an excellent trombone for advanced players. I first played the Xeno at a local music retailer, and immediately I was impressed at how smoothly it played. It yields very little back pressure, allowing very easy access to all ranges of dynamics. Unlike most other horns, it is very easy to play with highly contrasting styles of sound. It produces an extraordinarily dark and symphonic sound, but just the opposite, it can produce a bright and thunderous tone for jazz playing. I may not be the most experienced trombone player in the world, but I can confidently say that this horn is a supreme choice for the college or professional level player. It is not, however, a prime selection for a younger musician. The horn itsself is particularly heavyweight, comparable even to some bass trombones simply in its size and bulk. It takes a constant and very highly supported air stream to produce sound, something beginning players do not typically produce. I would say that this is a quality horn for the serious trombone player.