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Meinl Headliner Cajon with Siam Oak Frontplate  

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The Meinl Headliner Cajon delivers the classic cajon sound at an affordable price and can be used in flamenco or world music. It is also very useful during unplugged gigs for delivering the rhythmic f... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Meinl Headliner Cajon delivers the classic cajon sound at an affordable price and can be used in flamenco or world music. It is also very useful during unplugged gigs for delivering the rhythmic foundation for a whole band when a full drum set can't be used. For more sound options, the top corners of the cajon can be adjusted, allowing the player to customize the amount of snap desired.

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 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, in effect 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 cfentury. 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.


12"W x 18"H x 12"D
Frontplate material: Siam oak
Resonating body material: Siam oak
Adjustable top corners
Built-in sizzle effect
Anti-slipping sitting surface
Includes Allen wrench
Matte finish
One year replacement, parts, and labor warranty on all percussion products.

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Quality for the price

By Alex DeJong

from Virginia

I bought this cajon knowing that I was going to use it a ton! And in fact, I do. This is a high quality cajon for the price you get it for. I love it. It has a nice crack, and the bass isn't too bad. If you hook it up to a mic it sounds even better. The strings inside aren't top quality, and may be a little crazy at times, but a little tuning and adjusting will fix that. If your looking for a cheap cajon that sounds awesome, this is the one.

(30 of 30 customers found this review helpful)


Meinl Box Drum

By Cody Leonard

from Battle Creek, Michigan

I love the drum. It's a lot of fun, and it sounds very good. My only complaint is that it looks like I could have assembled it. The materials look really sharp, but the nails are jammed in so far that I'm afraid it will go through the front plate. Overall I'm pleased with the purchase. I highly suggest a bag as well. I'm making one myself, but if you can't make one I suggest purchasing one if you plan to transport the drum very much.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)



By Tony D

from woodsown new jersey

at first it seemed not too good for the price, but only in a couple minutes it started sounding better, also if u tape the strings inside it sounds best in my opinion. But overall it is a verryy good drum for the price

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


100 bucks? Not bad.

By Caleb M.

from Nashville, TN

Great cajon for for the price. In fact, probably the best one you can ever get for that low of a price. This thing is perfect for beginners, college students that like to jam around campus (like myself), for small gigs, and some amateur studio work. The bass isn't as deep as others but it's deep enough, especially when you mic it. Overall, it's the best cajon you will ever get for the price, hands down. Meinl continues to impress me.


You get what you pay for

By Matthew Witschger

from SDCA

The Meinl Headliner series are budget cajons for beginners. The sound is decent, the build quality is decent...but neither are great. After a few months, the front plate screws will start to strip and the front plate itself may warp. Granted, I've used it hard and I am content in what I got for what I paid...But note, this is cajon will only ever be mediocre and decline from there.

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