I bought this for my father in law because it just looked too cool. Did not play it myself but listened to him play. I consider this more of a showpiece. Looks great, comes in a nice wooden case. Sound is not terribly distinctive to my ears. Your average experienced player could get a better tone from a stock Oskar or Hohner. Still, its a great looker and great addition to any collection.
You would be very fortunate to get your hands on one of these. I've been looking for one on line and in stores since October. Finally, I found it here in December. It has a powerful and distinctive sound. The sound does come out of the bells. Very facinating and cool instrument.