I spent many months researching a grandfather clock and finally decided on this model. I LOVE it! The cabinet is just stunning and substantial but not over-done, while the face is just ever so slightly antiqued. It sits impressively in the room without being too over the top huge. You notice it first thing as you enter my home. My family has always owned a grandfather's clock and I was tired of all the 'fussy' ornate models. This clock has a clean and crisp look, but yet is a conversation piece in my home. The chime 'Ave Maria' is absolutely beautiful in person. Sounds like a wonderful church bell (has volume control and night-time off settings). I get tons of compliments and you won't be disappointed. I just love to sit with a cup of coffee and look at this clock in my formal living room. Price is great on this model also (ranks with the pricer Howard Miller's in cabinet quality) What is great about the distressed black is that it isn't trendy and if you change your furniture, it will fit many decor choices, enjoy!