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Meinl Bass Cajon with Foot Pedal and Ebony Frontplate

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The Meinl Bass Cajon with Foot Pedal and Ebony Frontplate is slightly larger than the standard Meinl cajons. Its larger size combined with its resona...Click To Read More About This Product

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Fun to experiment with and is popular in literally every musical genre.

The Meinl Bass Cajon with Foot Pedal and Ebony Frontplate is slightly larger than the standard Meinl cajons. Its larger size combined with its resonating Siam oak body create diverse, rich sounds with increased projection. From deep bass sounds to slaps to cutting high overtones, this cajon is well-equipped for a wide variety of uses. Born from an Afro-Cuban tradition, the Meinl Bass Cajon is entirely handmade. Its attached foot pedal easily adjusts the rattle of the snares attached to the frontplate by internal wires. The snares presence can be increased for flamenco music or completely turned off when not needed. Typically, cajons are played by sitting atop the padded seat of the instrument and striking the frontplate with your bare hand. Some drummers interchange a cajon for their drum throne and add its percussive flavor to the rest of their set. The sounds can also be manipulated by using brushes or rods or by sliding your foot along the cajons frontplate. The Meinl Bass Cajon is wonderful for unplugged acoustic performances or for quieter music. It is designed to play the full range of flamenco, Afro-Cuban, and world music. History In 19th century Peru, slaves were not allowed to have African drums so they began making music on the wooden crates used for shipping. Out of the sounds of these crates, the cajon was born. Now a trademark of Peruvian culture, it has found its way into songs like the œvals criollo or œcreole waltz. The cajon branched out from traditional Peruvian music to flamenco thanks to the flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia. The Spanish embassy to Peru threw a party in Paco de Lucias honor at which a traditional Peruvian band performed. De Lucia was so taken with the bands use of the cajon. He even asked the percussionist, Ruben Danta, to play traditional flamenco rhythms on the cajon. Typically, the rhythms in flamenco would be produced by slapping the guitar. The cajon opened up a whole new world of possibility. Paco de Lucia brought the cajon to Spain and before long it was a standard component of flamenco music. Its short, staccato sounds integrated wonderfully with the palmas (hand claps) and footwork of flamenco. Since its spread to Spain, the cajon has continued to make its mark throughout the world. The cajon is now known worldwide and is integrated into a great variety of musical styles.

FEATURES
  • Foot pedal
  • Ebony frontplate
  • Siam oak resonating body
  • Adjustable top corners
  • Internal adjustable snare wires
  • Padded sitting surface
  • Wide sound options
  • Matte finish
  • 19-3/8"H x 11-1/2"L x 11-3/4"D

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MeinlBass Cajon with Foot Pedal and Ebony Frontplate
 
4.6

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Responsive (7)
  • Great sound (6)
  • Versatile (6)
  • Huge tone (5)
  • Sensitive (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Awesome Cajon! Great sounds/tones!

I really love this cajon! The option to turn snares on/off with your foot is a great feature.
Big bass/kick sound!

I really love this cajon! The option to turn snares on/off with your foot is a great feature.
Big bass/kick sound!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I'm not too crazy about mine.

I'm not too crazy about mine. The higher snare pitches are not even close to the sound I got from my cheaper Meinl snare cajon. Not much volume w/o a mic and worst...Read complete review

I'm not too crazy about mine. The higher snare pitches are not even close to the sound I got from my cheaper Meinl snare cajon. Not much volume w/o a mic and worst of all the foot pedal will switch back to snare half way thru a song. It's also been hard to find a gig bag as Meinl doesn't put the sizes on all of their Musician Friends products.

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(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A bit pricey, but worth it!

By mrchattr-HtLeJ

from Mechanicsburg, PA

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Comments about Meinl Bass Cajon with Foot Pedal and Ebony Frontplate:

The big question when deciding what kind of cajon to get is usually "do I get the sizzle sound with snares, or do I go without snares?" On some models, you can have it both ways by switching snares on and off with your hands, which is an ok option, if you have the time. However this cajon is the first one to give you the opportunity to turn the snares on and off while playing with both hands. Usually, with "gimmic" variations on instruments, they work...kind-of. When I bought this, I was ready to be able to kind of control the snares with my foot, but still have to put up with some sympathetic vibrations. However, that is not the case here. The foot pedal is 100% perfect. You click one part down, and you have a full sizzle sound. You click the other side down, and there's not the slightest hum or vibration. This really IS two cajons in one, and switching between them is so quick, you can do it in the middle of a pattern. I love this thing!

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

love it

By The General

from Houston, TX

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Comments about Meinl Bass Cajon with Foot Pedal and Ebony Frontplate:

Works like a champ, sounds like beast. I use it frequently for acoustic gigs, church services, and the occasional coffee shop. The pedal works as advertised, thus, it couldn't be easier to switch from snares to no-snares. It really is two great cajons in one. This is a great effect. I love to vary the snare sound between verses and the chorus. Highly recommend.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Cajon! Great sounds/tones!

By Rockin123

from Atlanta, Ga.

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • Small Venues
    • Soundtracks

    Comments about Meinl Bass Cajon with Foot Pedal and Ebony Frontplate:

    I really love this cajon! The option to turn snares on/off with your foot is a great feature.
    Big bass/kick sound!

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    AWESOME Bass response!

    By dboots2

    from Dayton, OH

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Great Sound
    • Huge Tone
    • Responsive

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment

      Comments about Meinl Bass Cajon with Foot Pedal and Ebony Frontplate:

      LOVE the ability to quickly switch off/on the snares with the foot pedal. AND if you are looking for DEEP bass, this is the one; add the CajonPort® from Kickport® and this give you some nasty bottom end!

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      BASS!

      By Jeffrey Stoll

      from VA

      Comments about Meinl Bass Cajon with Foot Pedal and Ebony Frontplate:

      Nice cajon, but the sizzle is a bit weak. Deeeeeep nice base. I have noticed that you still hear a little rattling even when the sizzle is off during heavy hard play (when your going off). Controlled beats are fine. This is an awesome cajon and I love it.
      The pedal is a huge plus. Its like having two cajons.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great cajon

      By Remnants of Emily

      from New York NY

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment

        Comments about Meinl Bass Cajon with Foot Pedal and Ebony Frontplate:

        Just the Cajon for our rehearsals at home when a drum kit would be too loud. The snare pedal works great.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Nice deep bass sound and beautifully made

        By Dali Llama

        from Manhattan Beach, CA

        About Me Novice

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Great Sound
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Acoustic Jamming

          Comments about Meinl Bass Cajon with Foot Pedal and Ebony Frontplate:

          I received this as my #1 Christmas wish list item. I am just getting into playing this instrument (currently play drumset), so I'm interested in learning about the tones that could be created on it. I'm surprised by all the different sounds that just one instrument can make - and with the snare pedal, it even adds more. Very excited to continue playing it.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great addition to our music program

          By Nancy

          from Annandale, VA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Accompaniment
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Meinl Bass Cajon with Foot Pedal and Ebony Frontplate:

            In a church music situation we can use a variety of instruments with many songs, hymns & anthems. Right now I am using it for a call/response song with my youngest choir (kindergarten - 2nd grade). Out contemporary service will be using it every Sunday. The bell choirs and other singing choirs present concerts in the community and on a youth music tour. The cajon will be a great asset to our total music program.

             
            2.0

            I'm not too crazy about mine.

            By Mr. Steve

            from PA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

              Cons

              • Flat Sound
              • Not Sensitive

              Best Uses

                Comments about Meinl Bass Cajon with Foot Pedal and Ebony Frontplate:

                I'm not too crazy about mine. The higher snare pitches are not even close to the sound I got from my cheaper Meinl snare cajon. Not much volume w/o a mic and worst of all the foot pedal will switch back to snare half way thru a song. It's also been hard to find a gig bag as Meinl doesn't put the sizes on all of their Musician Friends products.

                 
                5.0

                Excellent for church use!

                By Pastor Grayson

                from Norfolk Va

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Church

                  Comments about Meinl Bass Cajon with Foot Pedal and Ebony Frontplate:

                  I bought this for use at my church which is introducing drums to the worship experience. A full set of drums would be waay to loud. You can mic this drum also and is very easy to play

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