it's not too pickey, but i wouldnt use a $40 case in it
thsi barrel kit is awsome. I love it, but i wish it was a little cheaper. now that you can get a freak for $150 in some places, i kinda wish i got that, but i am still satisfied with the empire. It is a little loud, but i dont really care about that, and neither should you.
It gets an 8 because it is a great kit, but i would get a freak for around the same price.