The broken glass cobbler shaker already sold--would've been a great addition to @Huntsman's mixing and coupe glass. What don't you like about the Hampton Boston shaker? Is it that you prefer tin/tin combos or are there tin/glass combos that you prefer visually over the Hampton (link?)? I like the simplicity of it, plus the Carl Mertens stuff is sturdy and well-finished.
Until about two months ago, I had one of those crackled glass WMF shakers, until a guest broke it. I have matching rocks glasses that I absolutely love that my father gave me years ago. Sooo, I really have to replace that shaker once I am no longer poor. I started collecting some vintage shakers, but had to put that on hold.
I was at Violet Hour two weeks ago for the second time. It's ok. The bartenders are great, and we had some great discussions and I got to sample some cool stuff. So I had a really fun time, but only 1/3 drinks really 'sung' for me. The others were meh.
Yeah, there's always a sweeet spot with Boston shakers. That sweeet spot is easy to find when you employ the banana technique. However, the banana technique is not available when using Cobbler or Parisian shakers. My old, cheap cobbler shaker can be a bit of a pita to open. Spillage is possible. Not sure how better cobbler shakers behave.
The banana is awesome. I far prefer the Boston to any other type of shaker, but find that there is a vast difference in their quality (which rather surprises me). My Rosle shakers were the epitome, sadly, they no longer make decent barware. The Rosles never leak, and always break well -- unlike some others that I have tried.