I recently got a hold of a Gon Bops Shekere as I was traveling and needed something very durable to withstand the rigors of my lifestyle. I would like to note that I also make Shekeres myself, but I always use hard shell gourds. The problem is that for me, gourds and traveling about do not mix well. This is because gourds crack and break easily. If you toss one in the air (a move advanced players use a lot) or hit it with your knee (another move) and miss the correct part of the gourd you can crack your gourd so to speak.