The hardware is very good including all that is necessary to make a 15 string instrument in the shape of an animal. The plans can be downloaded at no expense and provide the instructions on the use of the hardware. The animal shapes can be modified allowing for other animal shapes to be used and the hardware easily used. The zither pins are of excellent quality and the drill bit included in the kit provides the necessary accuracy in the proper hole size for the pins. The 'kit' also included music sheets of several easy songs and a blank sheet which could be cut and placed between the body and the strings to help learn how to play. I highly recommend the hardware.