If you're looking for and original and unique percussion sound, you may consider giving this a try. It's something like a metallic castanet with a metal ball inside, which changes it's pitch while squeezing it as you shake it. It's not as loud as a regular shaker, but it has a bright sound.
Shaker From the Meinl "Bill Saragosa" line, Set with 2 steel shackles, High pitch and low pitch, Variable stroke dynamics allows different combinations, Finish: Black Nickel
Shaker Large Silver, Material: Aluminium, Meinl's round aluminium shaker was designed to "cut through" especially in loud music styles, Has an enormous, tonal and voluminous range