I bought a pair of these for use with my snare cajon in my custom cajon drum kit. They do what it is said they do. They are quite precise and there is no sound when you raise your hand back, they speak only on your down stroke. This is truly great! But, the sound character is where I'm still trying somehow to like them. This is not your soft, mellow, white-noisy shaker that simply fills the beat, but they come with a character that sometimes works and sometimes it doesn't. It's a metallic, almost a tiny tambourine sound, a bit on the aggressive side. It's great for louder playing, but in softer settings they don't work too well for my taste. I'm already thinking of opening them up and replacing the material with something that would give a softer sound.
I bought these after seeing a friend play with them on a calabash, which is a type of gourd. I purchased two of them and they really add another level of depth to my percussion playing. They have a good high and tight sound, and only one active striking surface so when you're playing wearing them, they have a very nice rhythmic capacity. They can really accompany any kind of percussion, I use them with my African ashiko drum, my handpan, and I have even tried them on my guitar, which seems to be kind of difficult but an interesting expirement. They have held up well, seem to be well made, and are affordable and small so they fit in a side pouch or pocket easily.
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....
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