Bottomline: Yes, would recommend to a friend.
We added this globe as a finishing touch in our billiards room. It is of a very nice quality and quite sturdy. We have received a lot of positive comments on it from our friends. Very glad that we bought it! Only semi-negitive is that upon assembling, at first it appeared that we were missing some pieces. It took a few moments to realize that some parts were pre-assembled and all was complete. After that, quite easy to assemble.