I was practicing on a lesser quality instrument and really struggling to make all of the sounds. I really wanted to buy a new, professional quality riq but I could see spending $700 on an instrument I was not sure I could actually play. I bought a used Cooperman riq for $100 with the hopes that I had found a quality instrument.
I am not sure of all of the specifics of this instruments. Honestly, I'm not even sure which model of riq I bought. I believe it is an older model
The brass jingles are fine but I think I will invest in a slightly larger, hammered set of brass jingles. The jingles feel a little bit tight and I would like them to have a little more flex. I think swapping out the jingles for larger ones will help with this. I believe Cooperman has at least 3 options of jingles for this instrument. I will call Cooperman for more information when I get a little money together.
I have used the instrument in small rooms and it sounded great. Next week, I will be using it in a much larger hall. I'm a little worried that it will not be loud enough. I'll keep you up to date.