this 1963 Conn Shooting Stars is completely overhauled and in a superb condition. The sound is full and warm, the intonation is very easy. The mechanics are like new, no play between the rods, nowhere friction. These instruments are very solid. (that really changes when the production is moved to Mexico in 1970) This one is perfect for a starter or intermediate player and can be played the next 50 years or so.