Being made of Bamboo it doesn't have the lovely wood smell when you sniff inside the sound hole; if fact it smells quite unpleasant. Also, with all of the gluing needed to put the strips together, I worry about cracking, but at the moment its all solid, has a very good tone and is very nice to play, (if you don't mind the smell!).
A year on and the smell has almost gone, (it was so impressively bad I'm not sure if I'm sad about this?) There are no structural problems and it still plays very nicely