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Meinl Siam Oak String Cajon with Makah-Burl Frontplate
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Slamming sounds and beautiful to behold.

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.

Meinl Siam Oak String Cajon with Makah-Burl Frontplate 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
    Includes Allen wrench

Meinl Siam Oak String Cajon with Makah-Burl Frontplate Specifications:

  • 19-1/2"H x 11-3/4"W x 11-3/4"L

Meinl Siam Oak String Cajon with Makah-Burl Frontplate

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  • Great Cajon

    As reviewed by Michael on 8/19/2009

    I have used this cajon in many acoustic gigs, and it is great. The strings on the inside provide much more depth to the sound of this drum, its really easy to set your sound, and I always get complimented after shows, with how well it sounded. The bass tone is really defined,and the edge notes are really bright. I do like this cajon, and transportation is easy with the bag.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful.
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  • Cajon for me

    As reviewed by FingerStyle01 on 12/31/2007

    I bought this model for the price. I now realize that the price was a bit low. I enjoy playing this. I have placed a condenser mic in it and I run it to the mix. It blends well. If you go to the web page for the maker, there are playing instructions and videos of people doing some great playing on these Cajons. The sizzle is cool, I tune it from gig to gig just to play with tones and rattles. If you want to buy one that you are going keep buy this one.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful.
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  • Meinl Cajon = Unreal

    As reviewed by thatonedrummer kid on 11/5/2010

    this cajon is such a boss! the slap is very defined and the bass is deep. if you tune it just right, you can even add in a little tom sound in between the bass area and the top. very nicely made cajon and the string factor provides a nice sizzle. ive used this on two unplugged gigs now and its so freaking amazing. i get compliments all the time. however this thing needs to be advertised more because everyone said i did a good job playing the "box".

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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