I love this guiro/shaker . It is such a handy little thing to have around the studio and on stage also. It is fun to play either as a shaker or a guiro and the included beater is really useful. The one problem I have with this item is that it is quite small. It is hard, at times, to get a nice full guiro sound because there is simply not enough room to scratch with the beater. It works better as a shaker in my opinion. That being said, I have recorded this in both capacities and the sound is really good, nice and crisp without being too harsh. If you are someone who would like to add to there percussion collection with something small and versatile, this is a good choice!