This is a very versatile piece of percussion. One can achieve a variety of sounds using different strikers, holds, speeds, and scrape or beating techniques. The instrument itself is hardy and has a nice "feel" to it. It is not the best shaker, being a bit feeble in that department, but it is a great guiro.
If like me you are no musician but like to join in. And keep in tune easily and variably buy it. It never sounds out of place with Beethoven, James Last,Guy Michell, you must experiments like it says it's percussion plus.