Hi Daren, yes it’s playable, (2) of the reeds need proper gapping as the volume is a little muted. there is a small rattle that I have not figured out yet, just to many projects on the bench, this one only made it to the pile next to the bench lol. I will get to it sometime in the next few months. The tone is OK, nothing out of this world just an interesting design, not quite as chunky as a base melodica but close. As Alan mentioned it has a wood interior with hard plastic and tin covers. This one even had nails, not sure if they were original to the design but they were on there solid.