Whilst this shaker is good for a reasonably loud sound, I found its size a little too big and would have preferred a smaller one. Personally, I find that to get a good rhythm, I need to used both hands and I wanted to use just one. When you use just one hand, the 'beads' or 'rice' tend to go to one side or the other and weigh down the shaker at that end so it is quite difficult to get more improvised percussion. However, it does have a good sound when you use both hands, and would probably be good for a band - we are a duo.
Ive been through a lot of shakers but ive never had something that will really cut through a big band without a mic. This shaker is made out of metal so the sound carries really well. Its also really sturdy. I have dropped it a couple of times and it does't even dent. Worth every penny.
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