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The Meinl Cajon from the Headliner series delivers the classic cajon sound at an affordable price and can be used in flamenco or world music. For more sound options, the top corners of the box drum ca... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Meinl Cajon from the Headliner series delivers the classic cajon sound at an affordable price and can be used in flamenco or world music. For more sound options, the top corners of the box drum can be adjusted, allowing the player to customize the amount of snap desired.

History of the Cajon
Besides the skin used on the heads of hand drums, there are two other materials used for percussive instruments that have been around as long: clay and wood. Jugs were made out of clay among other things. These clay drums were called "Udu" in Nigeria or "Ghatam" in India. The cajon originated from wooden crates that were used for the purpose of transporting food goods such as flour, fish, meat, vegetables and fruits.

In Cuba
Because of the lack of drums, poor people and African slaves in Cuba resorted to playing on crates. The most famous version is Rumba de Cajons, but Afro-Cuban rhythms such as Makuta, Congo, and rhythms for Orishas (the gods of the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria) were played on crates too. Originally, the rhythmic instruments of the Rumba consisted of big crates (Cajones grandes), small quinto-like boxes (Cajonitas), claves, and palitos. Currently, percussion-groups such as the Grupo Yorubaq Andabo and the Conjunto Clave y Guaguancó use the Yambu Drum, which correspond in playing and attitude to conventional Congas.

In Peru
The Peruvian cajon was a wood crate, which was used in agriculture for the fruit harvest. The African slaves used these crates as alternatives for drums and created the prototypes for what is known as the cajon. This version of a cajon is characterized by its inimitable percussive sound. The cajon is a substantial component of Afro-Peruvian pop-music and of styles similar to this. The most famous artists of Afro-Peruvian music are Susana Baca, Eva Ayllón and Peru Negro among others. Percussionist Alex Acuña from Peru, was responsible for the cajon's introduction into mainstream culture as he, Chick Corea, and Paco de Lucia used them for the recording of the Touchstone album. Paco de Lucia, one of the finest flamenco musicians, introduced the cajon to flamenco, making it a mainstay of his genre.

Although the cajon can be heard in the pop music of today, it should not be forgotten that the cajon has its origins in the African culture in America and the Caribbean.


  • Frontplate: mahogany
  • Resonating body: rubber wood (Hevea brasiliensis Muell. of Argentina)
  • Adjustable top corners
  • Adjustable sizzle effect
  • Anti-slipping sitting surface
  • Includes Allen wrench
  • Matte finish
  • 18"H x 11-3/4"D
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Manufacturer's Warranty
One year replacement, parts, and labor warranty on all percussion products.

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Mahogany Meinl Headliner

By kevin

from Kentucky

Fantastic drum. I sold my 5 piece Tama and bought this. This drum has all the sounds you need for any style of music. Great touch and terrific resonance come from this very affordable, great quality drum. Easy to carry around. Great for street or other spontaneous gigs. Can mic it for more volume, but has quite a good bit of sound as it is. Recommended.

(42 of 43 customers found this review helpful)


so glad I got it

By Marissa

from Suffolk, VA

I am so happy with this cajon. More importantly, my husband is happy with it! It was his Christmas gift, an instrument he has wanted for years, and I purchased the perfect one. After some research, I went with this, the mahogany frontplate, because many people who have built their own used the same. To top it off, it was a steal compared to the other cajons I found. The drum was in pristine condition when it arrived, packed very well. Very happy with our new purchase!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)



By Aric Kirk

from Bella Vista, Arkansas

Purchased this drum for use on my worship team. Great drum right out of the box. Quick little turn of the allen wrench tuned the drum just the way I wanted it and it sounds great. Versatile, musical, affordable.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Best choice!

By Baylan Ingmire

from Pharr, Tx

Never owned a cajon before but I can honestly say this has got to be one of the best deals. With a few tweaks on it, you've got yourself a pro grade cajon for a great price. Great for unplugged gigs of any type of music style or just to show off to the ladies (or men, whichever you prefer). If you're a beginner and looking for a simple but amazing cajon, then this is definitely a must buy for you. You won't regret it!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Not aweful

By Jordan Capeloto

from Gainesville, Fl

This was my first cajon. Honestly thats what it sounds like too. It does the job, and has the range of sounds, but it has no resonance and a flat, plastic-y sound. I'm in the process of trading mine in and getting something new. If you are doing modern music and want my advice though, buy a heck stick with your cajon

(0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


No resonance, no tonality


from Southampton, NY

This meinl cajon is awful! There is no bass and the range of tone is plain lousy. Returned and purchased a Pearl cajon that beats this by a mile.

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