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        Fat Congas

        Versatile cajón sound . . . with strings attached.

        The Fat Congas String Cajon Drum has 4 tunable strings that reverberate with the outer shell to create a unique perscussion sound. 2 playing surfaces offer distinctly different tones with a flamenco cajón on the front and a woodier-sounding traditional Peruvian cajón on the back. Its like getting 2 cajóns for the price of one! Features include a foam-cushioned, Cordura-covered butt pad and heavy-duty rubber feet.

        Features

        • 4 tunable strings reverberate with the outer shell for totally unique sound
        • 2 playing surfaces offer distinctly different tones
        • Flamenco Cajón on the front
        • Woodier-sounding traditional Peruvian Cajón on the back
        • Foam-cushioned, Cordura-covered butt pad

        Expand your Latin armament with this incredible percussion box. Order today!

         
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        4.1

        (based on 12 reviews)

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        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        It's been great for us!

        Not sure what happened with the neg review on his "custom" cajon, but I had no problems with mine! In every gig I have done with this cajon, it's been...Read complete review

        Not sure what happened with the neg review on his "custom" cajon, but I had no problems with mine! In every gig I have done with this cajon, it's been perfect. No complaints. I've tightened up the screws a few times from constant use. I'm in a professional ensemble and we've played all over the world with this thing. No, I don't work for the company. Yes, I do play all over the world. No, I'm not getting paid to do this review. I only wanted to say something because I was looking for another fat congas cajon and saw this neg review which didn't make sense....if you have a custom drum, then call the woodworkers back and get it fixed! Or remit your review after getting it fixed! Something tells me he didn't call/email/communicate with the owners to get it right. Rather, just blabber on about the quality issues. Just rhetoric. Here's the solid answer....
        1 - It's solid.
        2 - It sounds good (and if it doesn't, get a lesson)
        3 - It's adjustable
        4 - It's made of wood - you need to take care of it.
        5 - If you play and travel and load/unload, eventually, it could get scratched/chipped. Take care of your equipment! Duh!
        6 - My drum has been to the desert, flown 20K miles all over, multiple drummers, never had a problem I couldn't solve....without complaining to the company.
        7 - Did I mention it's awesome?!

        As soon as I can find one, I'm getting another cajon.

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        Most Liked Negative Review

         

        Not What I Expected

        I did a lot of research before buying this drum. I like to read reviews from as many sites as I can before I drop money on an instrument. My mindset is to buy...Read complete review

        I did a lot of research before buying this drum. I like to read reviews from as many sites as I can before I drop money on an instrument. My mindset is to buy fewer things in life, but when I do - buy high quality (American if possible.)
        The drum's plain design and extremely high price tag made me believe that 'Hey, these guys are no-nonsense about tone' so I bought it. Upon arrival I was really really let down.
        Seeing how this cajon is priced in the top 10% of current production cajons I expected extremely precise craftsmanship.

        Here's what I didn't like:
        1) The seat was comfy (like a gel mouse pad) and was glued to the top of the drum. In places the edges were coming up, other places the glue had squished out the sides looking kind of bad. 2) On the face of the drum where the screws are, the wood was chipped to the edge, looks bad.3) On the corners of the drum the plywood had gouges, holes, and snags. It wasn't smooth by any means and likely to catch on clothing, while also looking horrible.4) By this point you're probably thinking 'this guy's an idiot, who cares how it looks. At that price, I bet sounds great.' Right? WRONG. The cajon sounds about as good as the cardboard box it came in. No bass, no sustain, no musicality whatsoever. Just 'thud.' As I excitedly unpacked it and gave it try in front of my family, including my percussionist wife, the general response was 'uhhh....you paid how much for that?'

        I've been a percussionist and drummer for the past 13 years so I know what I'm doing on a drum, and please believe me when I say this thing sounded (and looked) like garbage. A lower end drum sounds better. Maybe I got a dud? If so I would still never buy it again. It was 'custom made [for me] by the craftsman at Fat Congas' because they were out of stock at the time of purchase. The drum took over 5 weeks to arrive at my doorstep.
        Bottom line is: don't fall for the same marketing trick I did. A high price tag does not equal a high quality product.

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        5.0

        It's been great for us!

        By bjrich01

        from Hawaii

        Pros

        • Adjustable Snares
        • Comfortable
        • Fat Sound
        • Good attack
        • Optional Sounds
        • solid bass

        Cons

        • none

        Best Uses

        • Acoustic Singersongwrite
        • Church Youth Group
        • Small Ensemble
        • Teaching

        Not sure what happened with the neg review on his "custom" cajon, but I had no problems with mine! In every gig I have done with this cajon, it's been perfect. No complaints. I've tightened up the screws a few times from constant use. I'm in a professional ensemble and we've played all over the world with this thing. No, I don't work for the company. Yes, I do play all over the world. No, I'm not getting paid to do this review. I only wanted to say something because I was looking for another fat congas cajon and saw this neg review which didn't make sense....if you have a custom drum, then call the woodworkers back and get it fixed! Or remit your review after getting it fixed! Something tells me he didn't call/email/communicate with the owners to get it right. Rather, just blabber on about the quality issues. Just rhetoric. Here's the solid answer....
        1 - It's solid.
        2 - It sounds good (and if it doesn't, get a lesson)
        3 - It's adjustable
        4 - It's made of wood - you need to take care of it.
        5 - If you play and travel and load/unload, eventually, it could get scratched/chipped. Take care of your equipment! Duh!
        6 - My drum has been to the desert, flown 20K miles all over, multiple drummers, never had a problem I couldn't solve....without complaining to the company.
        7 - Did I mention it's awesome?!

        As soon as I can find one, I'm getting another cajon.

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        1.0

        Not What I Expected

        I did a lot of research before buying this drum. I like to read reviews from as many sites as I can before I drop money on an instrument. My mindset is to buy fewer things in life, but when I do - buy high quality (American if possible.)
        The drum's plain design and extremely high price tag made me believe that 'Hey, these guys are no-nonsense about tone' so I bought it. Upon arrival I was really really let down.
        Seeing how this cajon is priced in the top 10% of current production cajons I expected extremely precise craftsmanship.

        Here's what I didn't like:
        1) The seat was comfy (like a gel mouse pad) and was glued to the top of the drum. In places the edges were coming up, other places the glue had squished out the sides looking kind of bad. 2) On the face of the drum where the screws are, the wood was chipped to the edge, looks bad.3) On the corners of the drum the plywood had gouges, holes, and snags. It wasn't smooth by any means and likely to catch on clothing, while also looking horrible.4) By this point you're probably thinking 'this guy's an idiot, who cares how it looks. At that price, I bet sounds great.' Right? WRONG. The cajon sounds about as good as the cardboard box it came in. No bass, no sustain, no musicality whatsoever. Just 'thud.' As I excitedly unpacked it and gave it try in front of my family, including my percussionist wife, the general response was 'uhhh....you paid how much for that?'

        I've been a percussionist and drummer for the past 13 years so I know what I'm doing on a drum, and please believe me when I say this thing sounded (and looked) like garbage. A lower end drum sounds better. Maybe I got a dud? If so I would still never buy it again. It was 'custom made [for me] by the craftsman at Fat Congas' because they were out of stock at the time of purchase. The drum took over 5 weeks to arrive at my doorstep.
        Bottom line is: don't fall for the same marketing trick I did. A high price tag does not equal a high quality product.

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        5.0

        Versatile, great tonality...

        By PAdrummer

        from Saegertown, PA

        Upgraded from a LP cajon and am very pleased. Much improved tonality over the LP, plus, having two playing surfaces really expands possibilities. I made a minor adjustment to the strings, they seemed too tight. Now, it has a bright snare sound that doesn't carry into the bass. The bass and snare separation sets this drum apart from all others I have played. Miked up, this drum sounds big!

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        5.0

        Worth the Money

        By thechrisolson

        from Alabama

        I recently gave my Meinyl cajon to a youth group in need of a drumming solution. After that I searched for about three months looking at custom cajons and such. This is by far the best I've seen and played. The bass tone is crazy deep and the high's are awesome. 2 adjustments I made: I took out the strings (don't like the sound they make, but like being able to adjust the faceplate) and loosened up the screws around the snare hits. This is a great buy, worth every penny.

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        3.0

        Good bass but too stiff frontplate

        By Jazzman-pQfS-

        from Houston

        Hi.I have also heard this cajon being played and I loved the sound. I bought it and used it on a couple of occations. The bass sound is incredible and it gives a variety of different deep, rich sounds playing the different surfaces. However I could not quite get the right sound out of the corners and really needed to hit it very hard to get the right sound. It might be that the one I received was bad, but the frontplate was just to stiff to be able to use this feature in the music without using too much strength. I shipped it back and am on the lookout for a new one. I highly recommend to try a cajon before buying. It is made out of wood, and every one is different.

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        5.0

        Great sounding dru,.

        By zarinrules

        from Kitchener, ON

        I purchased this drum a little while ago in replacement of a Meinl Bass Pedal Cajn I had previously. Upon realizing how much better the Fat Congas drum sounded compared to the Meinl (not to mention durability), I made the swap.Traditionally, guitar strings are used on Flamenco Cajn drums, giving them the nice snare effect the drums are known for. What's unique about this particular drum is that Fat Congas has made four strings which are of a virtually indestructible material (guitar strings have been known to break). The strings are also tunable with a standard drum key--making it very easy to tune.The only downside I find is that you have to retune them more often--but considering it takes about a minute or two to properly tune the snares, this isn't a big task at all.The drum has two playing surfaces--one with a thinner playing surface for the Flamenco sound with strings, and the other being a thicker piece of wood, the sound being a traditional Peruvian sound (reminiscent of conga). Both surfaces provide nice, deep low ends, and very crisp highs for slaps and open tones.The Flamenco side also features unique, non-screwed corners at the top left and right at the drum. Striking this section with your finger gives you another high end tone--great for fills and rolls.Brushwork sounds great on this drum as well.Highly recommended for anyone who wants to take Cajn seriously.

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        5.0

        Great for Worship Teams and Church

        By Douloskev

        from San Diego

        This cajon is amazing. I've heard other cajons such as the ever famous "La Peru" by Schlagwerk and this cajon still has a greater bass sound. I not only love the sound of the bass and snare but enjoy the other side of the cajon which features a conga type side which gives amazing tones. This cajon is great for Worship Bands and I recommend it. The price isn't that bad either, after all, it is cheaper now then it was when I bought about a 2 years ago.

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        5.0

        awesome instrument

        By sugarhands

        from san francisco

        incredible responsiveness. really versatile. fantastic workmanship.

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        1.0

        It's a plywood box..

        By Stochelo Rosenberg

        from Boston, MA

        It sounds great, and was indeed exactly what I am looking for for a few Flamenco-inspired tunes that have been added into our set (jazz trio). However, I simply cannot believe it's this expensive. It is a plywood box, no special features, no exotic finish, no exotic material. I intend to build one, and would encourage you to do the same.

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        5.0

        This is the most reliable instrument I own

        By Dave-PsnA3

        from Kitchener, On

        I've been using this drum almost exclusively for the last year and a half and it has seen everything. It's the most incredable cajon I've ever heard. Buy One!!!

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