For most of a grass jam at a friend of mine, I played my Octar. It played much like a guitar would as far as the role, but was louder than any guitar there. It had more of a bassy sound than the guitars around me. The only problem I had was with fast instrumentals with a lot of quick chord changes (ie. Whiskey for Breakfast). My chording was not well developed enough to handle the situation. There were some high powered banjo players that kept the pace at rocket speed. Overall, I was pleased how well it fit in, both backup and leads. It has a dintinctive sound. The group was very receptive. One very special moment was Don Wayne Reno playing the Octar. Even though not a mando player, he sure put it through the paces and made that baby sing.