Unlike the 147, you are assured of a good instrument if you buy this model. This clarinet is manufactured in China, but Tom Ridenour puts important final hand finishing into it. The result is professional level instrument at a student clarinet price. Because of higher quality standards, this clarinet is way better than any I have found in the Chinese clarinet division listed at this site. See the full review here. If purchasing, be sure you get the discount mentioned on the Shopping page.