As I'm a singer in a band I do have a tambourine on stage but for the more acoustic songs I felt the tambourine was too loud, so I start using shakers.
I first bought the blue twist shaker and as nice as it sounded I noticed it was very hard to hear out front, so I bought the loudest of the three and this one seems to power trough a bit better although I do love the softer sounding shakers that sound like they are filled with sand, this one sounds like its filled with rice if that makes sense?
This one is the one I would go with in a full band set up.
Yes it is a loud shaker. Used it so far in two live performance, one unplugged and one in live plugged event. For the former, the shaker was audible even at the back of a small-to-medium sized hall. For the latter, the shaker simply reverberated througout the hall... Warm tone.
And yes, love the solid built! Very durable. I'm quite poor in handling shakers and have destroyed a few shakers before (some from other brands, some even from LP but other models) but this one likely to last for many years to come :)
Latin Percussion LP485 Hi-Hat Shaker - mounts to any standard Hi-Hat pull rod, durable fibreglass shell has a unique flattened-sphere shape without the traditional "throat" of a gourd-style shaker....