Pictures really don't do justice to this amazingly beautiful instrument. Selected as a superior example of the Prelude it is a really great instrument. The Prelude Superior is a hand made cello with all solid wood construction. Their wood selections are stunning: very select carved spruce top and beautiful pronounced flame on sides and carved back. Ebony pegs and fingerboard. Comes with heavy bag and octagonal Brazilwood bow. Superior sound and touch - the absolute best value I've seen anywhere close to this price. Strung with Heilcore treble and Prelude bass strings. A truly outstanding step-up quality instrument. Add $179 for optional featherlite case.