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Meinl Siam Oak String Cajon with Makah-Burl Frontplate  

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Meinl adorns this string cajon with a beautiful Makah-burl frontplate that graces its Siam oak body. The padded seat and adjustable top corners on the Meinl Cajon allow for customizing the amount of "... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

Meinl adorns this string cajon with a beautiful Makah-burl frontplate that graces its Siam oak body. The padded seat and adjustable top corners on the Meinl Cajon allow for customizing the amount of "snap."

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.

Features
  • Beautiful Makah-burlwood frontplate
  • Siam oak resonating body
  • Built-in sizzle effect
  • Padded seat
  • Adjustable top corners for customizing the amount of "snap"
  • Wide sound options
  • Matt finish
Specifications
  • 19-1/2"H x 11-3/4"W x 11-3/4"L
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One year replacement, parts, and labor warranty on all percussion products.


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MeinlSiam Oak String Cajon with Makah-Burl Frontplate
 
4.7

(based on 53 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (44)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound (19)
  • Responsive (14)
  • Versatile (13)
  • Sensitive (8)
  • Huge tone (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment (16)
  • Small venues (16)
  • Soundtracks (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (14), Novice (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

meinl cajon

this is my first cajon an for a starter box, I'm pleased. It has a nice rooted bass sound with good pop in the upper. The snare is great and adds some depth...Read complete review

this is my first cajon an for a starter box, I'm pleased. It has a nice rooted bass sound with good pop in the upper. The snare is great and adds some depth to the sound. This thing is great for small acousic gigs. I was a little bummed that no instuctions came with the box on how to tune the face or set the snare sound... seems like that would be a given. Nonetheless, a good value and some real fun to add to a gig.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Questionable Craftsmanship

Although I like the sound and the tone of this cajon, the craftsmanship was somewhat lacking. Upon arrival, there were two separate places on the top and side where the laminate had started...Read complete review

Although I like the sound and the tone of this cajon, the craftsmanship was somewhat lacking. Upon arrival, there were two separate places on the top and side where the laminate had started separating. In addition, I question the longevity of the internal workings of the cajon due to the less than satisfactory craftsmanship. Also, the Makah-Burl looks much better in the pictures than it does in real life. I know it's basically stained plywood but my expectations were a little higher based off the pictures.

Overall, I've enjoyed playing the cajon during the short time I've owned it but only time will tell whether it will stand the test of time.

Reviewed by 53 customers

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5.0

Great Cajon

By Jleefor3

from Santa Barbara Ca

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Great Sound
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment

    Comments about Meinl Siam Oak String Cajon with Makah-Burl Frontplate:

    This is my first cajon that I bought and I love it. I play for a praise team in college and it works perfectly for my needs. Good cajon very versatile can tune to completely change the sound.

     
    5.0

    I like this product very much!

    By E

    from Lynchburg, VA

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Great Sound
    • Huge Tone
    • Responsive
    • Sensitive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • In my home
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Meinl Siam Oak String Cajon with Makah-Burl Frontplate:

      I use the cajon in my living room with my family who play the acoustic guitar and it sounds excellent! I like the bass, snare, bongo, and tom sound that I can make with the cajon.

       
      5.0

      Great sound and great looking drum!

      By Mike the Man

      from Tallahassee, FL

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Great Sound
      • Huge Tone
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Meinl Siam Oak String Cajon with Makah-Burl Frontplate:

        This is a great drum for the price! The padded seat is quite comfortable and the sound is really good. I am a novice musician but I use this drum for acoustic jam sessions with friends and they have all been very impressed by it so far.

         
        4.0

        Nice sound, but not so sturdy

        By Jennifer

        from Denton, TX

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Responsive
        • Sensitive
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Poorly Made

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Meinl Siam Oak String Cajon with Makah-Burl Frontplate:

        I am the music director at our church. I was looking to add some percussion to our praise team. I like the sound for our small church, but I'm not sure it is constructed well enough to last.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Love it!!

        By Mikayla the Musician

        from Ohio

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Great Sound
        • Huge Tone
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Meinl Siam Oak String Cajon with Makah-Burl Frontplate:

          I have been wanting a cajon for quite some time, but have always been hesitant given the number of different brands and styles. I absolutely LOVE my drum! As a music teacher, this is a great tool for engaging students and encouraging them to keep a steady beat in their individual playing. In addition, I enjoy the flexibility of sound and ability to change the tone by easily adjusting the snares on the inside of the drum. One of the best and most fun instruments I have ever invested in!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great cajon

          By Ev

          from Virginia

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Great Sound
          • Huge Tone
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Accompaniment
            • Small Venues
            • Soundtracks

            Comments about Meinl Siam Oak String Cajon with Makah-Burl Frontplate:

            In my 10 years of percussion I have come across many cajons and this must be the best. With a little fine tuning of the front plate and the snares, the bass and snare tones are so beautiful, full, and most importantly different. An all around great instrument you can generally make sound however you want it to sound.

             
            5.0

            Best cajon I've ever heard

            By Evan

            from Virginia

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Great Sound
            • Huge Tone
            • Responsive
            • Sensitive
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Accompaniment
              • Small Venues
              • Soundtracks

              Comments about Meinl Siam Oak String Cajon with Makah-Burl Frontplate:

              I've come across many cajons in my 10 years of percussion and this one has to be the best. After a little fine tuning with the snares and front plate, the bass and snare sounds are such different tones which is really nice. The sound is so incredibly full. Meinl never ceases to amaze me. Well worth the price if you're looking into cajons.

               
              5.0

              Excellent Sound

              By Dr. Bob

              from Fox Valley, IL

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Great Sound
              • Responsive
              • Sensitive

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Accompaniment
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Meinl Siam Oak String Cajon with Makah-Burl Frontplate:

                Has excellent sound. Everything I wanted in a Cajón. Looks great too. Snare sound is outstanding. Bass drum sound is easily attained.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Love the sound

                By YoDaveG

                from Ridgefield, CT

                About Me Novice

                Pros

                • Great Sound
                • Sensitive
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • Can't adjust corners

                Best Uses

                • Accompaniment

                Comments about Meinl Siam Oak String Cajon with Makah-Burl Frontplate:

                I love the sound of this cajon, and the seat cushion is actually a nice feature. My only criticism is that the corners do not adjust as promised for added slap and crackle—and that cost a star. I played a number of cajons and this one by far had the best sound and playability in this price range. Don't hesitate to buy this one.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Best Bang For The Buck

                By David

                from NC

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Adjustable Wires
                • Great Sound
                • Responsive
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Accompaniment
                  • Concerts
                  • Small Venues
                  • Soundtracks

                  Comments about Meinl Siam Oak String Cajon with Makah-Burl Frontplate:

                  Unless you are a full-time cajon player/percussionist, there is no reason to spend more money on a cajon. This gets the job done perfectly. You can tell it's a production model when you look inside, but the sounds that it produces are very good. I got it to play acoustic shows with artists in my area and everyone that hears it absolutely loves it. The wires are fully adustable for tension.

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