The Headliner Series Cajon delivers the classic cajon sound at an affordable price and can be used in flamenco or world music. These versatile Siam oak cajons are the perfect percussion instruments fo... Read More
The Headliner Series Cajon delivers the classic cajon sound at an affordable price and can be used in flamenco or world music. These versatile Siam oak cajons are the perfect percussion instruments for unplugged gigs to deliver the rhythmic foundation for a whole band when a full drum set can't be used. Choose large, medium, or small.
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I am the percussionist for our worship team. I use djembes, bongos, guiros, tambourines, claves, afuche and a pandiero along with other percussion odds and ends. I will often play these instruments in unconventional ways like using a kick pedal on one djembe, and brushes or mallets on the pandiero. I had begun the planning to build my own cajon but then saw the Meinl HCAJ5NT on special at a price that I would have had a hard time beating with DIY. So, I bought the drum. First impressions were overall good. I loved the sound compared to the other brands on the floor at GC. But as I started playing the drum I found some irritating rough edges that I needed to remedy. So, I took some 220 grit sandpaper to the beveled edges until I removed all of the jagged spots. I also found that there are subtle imperfections in the overall finish of the drum. So, after going over the entire drum and putting on a coat of wax, the finish feels good. I was disappointed that there were not adjustment instructions. I figured out how to adjust the strings with the included Allen wrench but I?m not sure how I should/could adjust the top corners for slap. I suspect that you either tighten or loosen the Philips head screws but I don?t know how many or how far. I suspect that you never want the screws to extend above the countersink. Thankfully we have the internet and here is the video I found that explained the adjustments: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNZD8ZOYaQA. I am happy with the drum and satisfied that I could address the rough edges issue fairly simply myself.
I have been playing music for almost seven years, and I decided to expand my horizons a little bit (I already play guitar, ukulele and some mandolin). I play a lot of acoustic rock music, and one of my favorite bands is Boyce Avenue. When I saw them using Meinl cajons, and I heard the sound they made with an acoustic guitar, I just had to get a Meinl cajon. I bought this drum at my local Guitar Center, and I realized it comes with an allen wrench to adjust the internal snare wires and tune it to your liking. The only problem I have had is, because I'm not a drum tech, I didn't know how to get the perfect crack or snare sound I want at the top of the frontplate without an excessive buzz noise. After much trial and error, I took a note from bass drum players (who put pillows in their drums sometimes), and I put some wool blankets in my cajon. The result was a muffled sound, and a much better snare and bass tone. In it's price range, this is one of the better sounding cajons I've played. I am on my youth group worship team as a lead guitarist, but we want some percussion, so I will be assuming the role of cajon/percussion player, and I have a good feeling about it. This drum is a great learning tool for aspiring drummers, and it feels, looks and plays fantastic. I love it, and you (and your wallet) will too!
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