I actually ordered a stethoscope from allheart.com today as they are having a sale on the Litman scopes which are normally 100.00 but on sale for 69.00. I read the reviews and people really seem to like this one. It seems like a good one for school and for practice. It also comes in a bunch of delightful colors (lol) and there is the option for engraving so you won't lose your scope as easily if this is an issue for you. As for the black ballpoint pen - that's going to be an issue - lol.