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Meinl Chain Drive Cajon Pedal with Soft Beater and Adjustable Spring Tension  

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This Cajon Pedal from Meinl leaves your hands unrestricted to play patterns while keeping steady kick drum rhythms beneath. The soft beater, smooth horizontal cable, and cradle-like mount combined wit... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

This Cajon Pedal from Meinl leaves your hands unrestricted to play patterns while keeping steady kick drum rhythms beneath. The soft beater, smooth horizontal cable, and cradle-like mount combined with dual adjustable spring tension gives you a natural and stable feel beneath your foot, allowing you to create an infinite amount of grooves with total relaxation.

Located on both the pedal and beater mount are adjustable springs that allow you to dial-in the amount of response you require. Double strokes come effortlessly and dynamics are easy to control. The cable system is positioned horizontally to give the beater the best reaction time while relieving the cable of any tension areas. Heavy-duty spurs are located on contact points with the ground to prevent slippage and may be threaded all the way in or out for different types of flooring. Convert your cajon into a kick drum with the Meinl Cajon Pedal!

Features
  • Horizonally positioned cable
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MeinlChain Drive Cajon Pedal with Soft Beater and Adjustable Spring Tension
 
3.5

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

58%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (8)
  • Good quality (8)
  • Functional (6)
  • Improves sound (3)

Cons

  • Not functional (4)

Best Uses

  • Concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Feels great under my foot, and seems solid!

I've read a lot of reviews for cajon pedals. This pedal has higher ratings than nearly all other pedals on the BIG internet sites. Additionally, I had an opportunity to check it out...Read complete review

I've read a lot of reviews for cajon pedals. This pedal has higher ratings than nearly all other pedals on the BIG internet sites. Additionally, I had an opportunity to check it out at NAMM before it was officially released and I was impressed. So, I was excited to get one.

Initially, It feels much heavier and solid than I expected and looks GREAT out in front of my cajon.

When I received it, there was a lot of travel in the pedal, and play in the cable. The pedal nearly hit the floor before the beater hit the cajon. Luckily there are many adjustments available. The pedal also includes the tools to make these adjustments.

So, I rolled the cable attachment back a bit on both cam shafts. This took up a lot of the slack and now the attachment pulls the cable straight out of the guide. It reduced the travel of both the pedal and the beater. I also rolled the chain attachment back a bit to raise the pedal.
Now the pedal has GREAT action and is much more responsive. The pedal requires a minimal press to get a solid satisfying thump out of my cajon.
I also adjusted the angle of the beater so that it hits the cajon straight on and just sounds great!

It is a load of fun to play my cajon with my big fat Meinl Cajon brushes, or play a shaker in my right hand and brush on cajon with my left. I even offset the beater assembly a bit so I can do some tone bending on the face of the cajon with one foot.

My biggest concern with this pedal, as with many others, is cable breakage. I'm hoping that having adjusted the pedal to reduce the slack and minimize how hard it needs to be pressed will protect the cable a bit more.
Bicyclists and many other industries have been using cable technology for years so this must be a viable way to do this. I think Meinl has it right. But, just like I have extra guitar strings, I think I'll be looking for a replacement cable just in case. It doesn't seem too

I will be updating this review as I use this pedal in practice and performance.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Over Engineered Garbage

This product is over engineering at it's best. Spend the extra $$ and get the DW. I bought both to do a side by side comparison and there is no comparison. The Meinl...Read complete review

This product is over engineering at it's best. Spend the extra $$ and get the DW. I bought both to do a side by side comparison and there is no comparison. The Meinl pedal has poor response, average quality, it's bulky and doesn't travel well. No bag provided. The DW has excellent response the first time you set it up. Sets up quick and travels well in the bag provided.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Over Engineered Garbage

By Browndog734

from Detroit, MI

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use
    • Not Functional
    • Poor Quality

    Best Uses

      Comments about Meinl Chain Drive Cajon Pedal with Soft Beater and Adjustable Spring Tension:

      This product is over engineering at it's best. Spend the extra $$ and get the DW. I bought both to do a side by side comparison and there is no comparison. The Meinl pedal has poor response, average quality, it's bulky and doesn't travel well. No bag provided. The DW has excellent response the first time you set it up. Sets up quick and travels well in the bag provided.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Feels great under my foot, and seems solid!

      By Rusty

      from Southern California

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Meinl Chain Drive Cajon Pedal with Soft Beater and Adjustable Spring Tension:

          I've read a lot of reviews for cajon pedals. This pedal has higher ratings than nearly all other pedals on the BIG internet sites. Additionally, I had an opportunity to check it out at NAMM before it was officially released and I was impressed. So, I was excited to get one.

          Initially, It feels much heavier and solid than I expected and looks GREAT out in front of my cajon.

          When I received it, there was a lot of travel in the pedal, and play in the cable. The pedal nearly hit the floor before the beater hit the cajon. Luckily there are many adjustments available. The pedal also includes the tools to make these adjustments.

          So, I rolled the cable attachment back a bit on both cam shafts. This took up a lot of the slack and now the attachment pulls the cable straight out of the guide. It reduced the travel of both the pedal and the beater. I also rolled the chain attachment back a bit to raise the pedal.
          Now the pedal has GREAT action and is much more responsive. The pedal requires a minimal press to get a solid satisfying thump out of my cajon.
          I also adjusted the angle of the beater so that it hits the cajon straight on and just sounds great!

          It is a load of fun to play my cajon with my big fat Meinl Cajon brushes, or play a shaker in my right hand and brush on cajon with my left. I even offset the beater assembly a bit so I can do some tone bending on the face of the cajon with one foot.

          My biggest concern with this pedal, as with many others, is cable breakage. I'm hoping that having adjusted the pedal to reduce the slack and minimize how hard it needs to be pressed will protect the cable a bit more.
          Bicyclists and many other industries have been using cable technology for years so this must be a viable way to do this. I think Meinl has it right. But, just like I have extra guitar strings, I think I'll be looking for a replacement cable just in case. It doesn't seem too

          I will be updating this review as I use this pedal in practice and performance.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great pedal.

          By Eason

          from Montgomery, AL

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Meinl Chain Drive Cajon Pedal with Soft Beater and Adjustable Spring Tension:

            This is a great pedal. Multiple points of adjustment allow a person to really dial in the action. The large-mass beater adds a lot of low end frequencies to your strike, as opposed to other beater types out on the market. The beater will also keep unnecessary marring of the soundboard of your Cajon. Just be sure to set up, tighten and make all adjustments prior to use.

             
            2.0

            Use Caution....

            By Anthony G.

            from Medford NJ

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Good response after adjustment
            • Heavy duty construction
            • Very nice adjustable beater
            • Well made cajon mounting bracket

            Cons

            • Cable wear is unacceptable
            • Cannot be trusted
            • Not made with a "drummer's foot" in mind
            • Poorly designed cable system
            • Unexpected Cable breakage

            Best Uses

            • Casual use by CAJON players

            Comments about Meinl Chain Drive Cajon Pedal with Soft Beater and Adjustable Spring Tension:

            Bought this to use my cajon as a "bass drum" with an acoustic duo I am working with. Played two practices, one light gig (5 songs). Set up to practice at home and about 30 minutes in I noticed the cable had frayed almost to the point of breaking. I had diligently set it up as carefully as possible to minimize cable strain and "rubbing" at the beater end. Low and behold it frayed at the FACTORY fitting right below the beater.

            I had read about this happening but was convinced it had to be a set up issue. Nope...just not designed for any type of "drummer's" bass drum pedal playing. Probably work fine for a cajon player who just needs to tap out singles on the 1 and 3 etc. But any more than that seems to put too much strain on the cable because of how it is attached.

            Kinda bummed out, because I had just gotten it to where I could get some nice expressive playing out of it... Oh well.

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great addition for a Cajon

            By OneManBand

            from Texas

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Meinl Chain Drive Cajon Pedal with Soft Beater and Adjustable Spring Tension:

                Nice addition for adding to Cajon setup

                 
                2.0

                Waste of money

                By knesbittmusic

                from Discovery Bay, CA

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Difficult To Use
                  • Not Functional

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Meinl Chain Drive Cajon Pedal with Soft Beater and Adjustable Spring Tension:

                    This pedal was hardly playable out of the box. After spending a couple hours on several adjustments I got it working well. After playing for a bit the pedal was unplayable again. None of the adjustments held. This has continued to happen. The pedal is also really noisy. I gave up on it at my last gig.

                     
                    5.0

                    It works as needed. Great buy...

                    By Alex el barbas

                    from Chihuahua con BohemioSon

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Functional
                    • Good Quality
                    • Improves Sound

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Concerts

                      Comments about Meinl Chain Drive Cajon Pedal with Soft Beater and Adjustable Spring Tension:

                      I use it very happy... to get the sound on my peruan box.

                       
                      2.0

                      Disappointing

                      By Stickinthemud

                      from Grapevine, TX

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Good Quality

                      Cons

                      • Not Functional

                      Best Uses

                      • Acoustic, but only in amplified situations

                      Comments about Meinl Chain Drive Cajon Pedal with Soft Beater and Adjustable Spring Tension:

                      This is a very sturdy, heavy, well-built pedal, but not very functional, nor does it live up to the manufacturer's claim of responsiveness. I bought it to replace my Gibraltar cajon pedal, which is somewhat sluggish, making it difficult to do quick doubles. I found the Meinl pedal to be no better, and it was VERY noisy owing to the articulated linkages at the footboard and pedal. It's possible I may have been able to dial in the adjustments to get better response, but the noisy operation was a deal-breaker. When you're in an unplugged setting (which is where the cajon is typically found), this sort of think just will not work.

                       
                      4.0

                      Great so far!

                      By Cajon

                      from Maine

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Concerts

                        Comments about Meinl Chain Drive Cajon Pedal with Soft Beater and Adjustable Spring Tension:

                        Works well, and is much better built than my previous pedal. Wire connection is in a much better place. Pedal is smooth. I hope this one doesn't constantly break wires.

                         
                        1.0

                        I would not buy this product

                        By txcountryrocks

                        from central texas

                        About Me Experienced

                        See all my reviews

                        Pros

                          Cons

                          • Not Functional
                          • Poor Quality

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Meinl Chain Drive Cajon Pedal with Soft Beater and Adjustable Spring Tension:

                            tried this product in the store. the cable drive sticks, not a very responsive action. also, I have an oversize cajon (Pearl Boom), the base plate was not deep enough to fit it in. I tried the LP in the store...huge difference in responsiveness and action, better beater. Probably OK if used at home or ocassionaly...not for the working percussionist that gigs 3-4 x per week plus rehearsal.

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