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Meinl String Cajon with Bag
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Provides a great feel and rhythmic foundation to any musical situation.

The Meinl String Cajon features built-in adjustable strings which offer a sizzle effect. The strings touch the frontplate on the inside and span from top to bottom. They deliver a sensitive rattle that can be adjusted to fit various musical applications. The patented integrated string mute system controls the tension of the strings and ensures a dry and crisp sizzle effect. The drum also comes with the Professional Cajon Bag to keep it protected.

Its top corners are adjustable with screws, which lets you control the crash or "slap" effect. Loosen them for a strong effect, or close them down for a milder response.

The cajon is an authentic Afro-Cuban wooden box percussion instrument. Meinl cajons are completely handmade from start to finish. They work perfectly for flamenco or world music and deliver a wide range of sounds, from loud, deep bass tones to cutting high overtones. Drummers and percussionists appreciate the cajon for its diversity of sound. They're also perfect for unplugged gigs or sessions.

The cajon is one of today's most popular percussion instruments because it's very easy to play, and provides a great feel and rhythmic foundation to any musical situation. It is fun to experiment with and is popular in literally every musical genre as it is often used during unplugged gigs or softer songs to replace an entire drum kit.

After just a little practice, basic beats and grooves can be achieved. It can be used by drummers as a substitute for their throne, playing on it with one hand, while the other hand keeps time on the ride or the hi-hat.

Many drummers also use the cajon during unplugged gigs, certain songs, or spontaneous sessions as its ability to emulate many sounds serves as an excellent substitute for a complete drum set.

Traditionally, cajons are played by sitting on the padded top of the box while slightly leaning backwards. The frontplate is struck with the bare hands. Various playing techniques help to create different sounds ranging from deep bass tones to cutting highs and slaps.

A nice effect can be achieved by sliding the foot up and down the frontplate when playing the cajon, changing the pitch of its tone.

A unique and inspiring sound is achieved when playing the cajon's frontplate with a pair of brushes or rods.

The history of the cajon
The cajon, which is the Spanish word for box, has been part of Afro-Peruvian music since the 19th century. The instrument originated in colonial Peru, when the slaves, whose African drums had been forbidden by their masters, used wooden boxes intended to hold fruits or overturned drawers to play their rhythms on. Later the cajon was officially added to the instrumentation of the vals criollo, or "creole waltz." It is now a national emblem for Peruvians, and an indispensable part of any ensemble that performs the traditional folk music of Peru.

The cajon's later development can be clearly traced back to one man, the flamenco guitar player Paco de Lucia. In the early 1970s, the Spanish embassy in Lima, Peru hosted a party for Paco de Lucia, where they had a traditional Peruvian band perform utilizing the cajon. Flamenco music comprises many different rhythms which are normally played by the guitar player striking the body of the guitar. At that party, Paco de Lucia asked his former percussionist Ruben Danta to play the "Buleria" on the cajon, which is one of the rhythms used in flamenco. Consequently, Paco de Lucia took the cajon with him back to Spain. The short staccato sounds that can be played on the cajon make it perfect for flamenco music, because that sound naturally relates to the footwork and hand-claps ("palmas") used in Flamenco. Since the cajon's historic migration from Peru to Spain, its use has spread worldwide.

Meinl String Cajon with Bag Features:

  • Adjustable top corners
    Adjustble sizzle effect, Integrated string mute system
    Padded sitting surface
    Wide sound options

    Includes:
    Professional Cajon Bag made out of heavy duty padded nylon
    Allen wrench


Meinl String Cajon with Bag Specifications:

  • 19-3/8" H x 11-1/2" L x 11-3/4" D


Meinl String Cajon with Bag

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  • Makah Burl Cajon

    As reviewed by Phil on 6/11/2010

    I've played a few cajons and this has been my favorite. It had some great low sounds and amazing slaps with the strings as well. With some minor adjustments you could get your sounds perfect. I'm 5'10" and this cajon is the perfect size for me as well. I have found that some are far too short or wide. It is a very light piece but the construction is very sound, I have no worries about keeping it in my trunk just in case I find someone that needs an accompaniment.

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  • Great drum for the price

    As reviewed by Tom on 5/14/2010

    This cajon has a great sound, and is super playable. It took me a little while to learn how to coax out all of the different tones from the instrument, but that had more to do with my relative inexperience with cajons in general than it did with the instrument itself. I tried a few different makes and models, but I liked the tone of the Makah Burl wood plate the best, for its rich deep bass tones but still able to get a nice crisp snare slap. For me, I was able to get all of the sounds I was looking for out of the Meinl, easier than I could from the LP's, or some of the other entry level cajons on the market. Also the bag that is included is fantastic. Strong and highly cushioned. Highly recommended.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful.
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