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Meinl Bongo Cajon

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The Meinl Bongo Cajon is uniquely different from a traditional cajon. It delivers the sound one expects from a traditional cajon, but the playing sur...Click To Read More About This Product

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A cajon that plays bongo patterns.

The Meinl Bongo Cajon is uniquely different from a traditional cajon. It delivers the sound one expects from a traditional cajon, but the playing surface has high- and low-pitched areas so it can play bongo patterns as well. The bongo cajon's compact size and light weight make it a perfect companion on the road.

FEATURES
  • Siam oak
  • Features high- and low-pitched tones
  • Compact and lightweight

Order this unique percussion piece today.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • 7"W x 6-3/4"H x 15-1/2"L
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MeinlBongo Cajon
 
4.9

(based on 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound (19)
  • Responsive (15)
  • Sensitive (11)
  • Versatile (10)
  • Huge tone (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment (13)
  • Small venues (8)
  • Soundtracks (5)
  • Jazz clubs (4)
  • School bands (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Novice (6), Professional musician (4)

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(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wonderful Little Piece of Gear

By Robert

from Edmond, OK

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Comments about Meinl Bongo Cajon:

The Meinl Bongo Cajon is a wonderful little piece of gear and makes a great addition to your other pieces of Latin percussion. Before you buy one, make sure you understand what you're buying. This is like a set of wooden bongos (hence the name), and it is in no way related to anything that sounds like a snare drum. The beauty of it is that there are no heads to tune, and the pitch sounds great over each area of the box. You can get a lot of different tones out of this thing if you play with it a while, including tapping on the sides of the box! It's also beautifully finished and satin smooth. Record it, slap on a little compression and a little reverb and the sound it makes comes to life in your recordings.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Alot of fun

By Trc770

from Dallas, TX

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Comments about Meinl Bongo Cajon:

I've seen this advertised before, but never really seen one in person. I own a Meinl pickup cajon and I'd been very happy with it, so I figured I might as well give it a shot. When I first saw it, it struck me how simple it was. However, that being said, it's put together very well.The wood is good quality, it's fit together pretty cleanly, it's not particle board screwed together here. I compared it with several different LP bongos to see how different the projection and sound was- and to my surprise the bongo cajon wasn't that much different. It can be loud and ring nicely, but just like regular bongos, it takes some knowledge of where and how to hit it for the optimal sound. For what I was going to use it for, this works better than I could have hoped. There's no heads to replace or tune, no uncomfortable tuning lugs to deal with if you hold it between your legs while playing. You can set it on a flat surface and it will project just fine due to the design. The sound does actually sound like the real thing- with a little hint of playing a wood block at the same time. That being said, of course you're not going to be able to do EVERYTHING you could with a good pair of bongos, there are limitations. For some subtle strokes you may find it difficult to get the same effect you would get on a regular pair. A good slap is a little more of a challenge, but still very possible. Also, the macho portion is a bit too small to me, but it's adequate. All in all, a great instrument to have.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

the best ratings

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Meinl Bongo Cajon:

I thoroughly enjoy this little drum. I'm no pro when it comes to latin precussion but I find that it has a nice clean sound and goes everywhere with me. definitely worth it.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Lots of fun to play

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Meinl Bongo Cajon:

I got this thing a few months ago and i love it. I never put it down. Its fantastic for beginners and pros. Plays great bongo patterns and it can be played on any surface. Very easy to play and its hard to put down. Id recommend it for anyone.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Simply Amazing

By Vic Firth man

from Batesville, Arkansas

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Comments about Meinl Bongo Cajon:

This cajon is one of the most incredible and unique pieces of percussion equipment I have ever had the pleasure of playing. For $50 this is more than a good deal. It's so fun to play and the best part is that it's so portable! If you're even considering buying this cajon, get it, you won't be disappointed, I know I wasn't.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

very nice sound

By Mr T

from santa rosa ca.

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Pros

  • Great Sound
  • Huge Tone
  • Responsive
  • Sensitive

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Meinl Bongo Cajon:

      great stuff

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Nice but not what I expected

      By JR-VQ1Gx

      from CA

      Comments about Meinl Bongo Cajon:

      When I got this drum, I thought it could go with my other full sized cajon, similar sounding. But it was not exactly what I expected. There are no snare strings inside so no snare sound comes from it. There is nice bongo sounds but I was looking for the bass and snare type cajon. Otherwise seems like a nice drum.

       
      5.0

      Wish I would have found this sooner!

      By Bri54

      from NJ

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      Pros

      • easy to play
      • Great Sound
      • Responsive
      • sturdy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment

        Comments about Meinl Bongo Cajon:

        One word review: "wow!"
        These are a fantastic alternative to traditional bongos. They really do perform as advertised - a strikingly similar tone without any of the hassle or maintenance of having tune-able heads. Of course, the limitation is that you obviously can not tune this to specific pitches - but in most settings, realistically - how often does anyone actually do that? They produce a pretty big sound with a light touch that cuts through the room, and I actually find it easier to produce a variety of tones on these than on traditional bongos. Very happy with this purchase!

         
        5.0

        This was a gift, but I would buy again.

        By T

        from Scooba, MS

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Meinl Bongo Cajon:

            I purchased this as a gift for a little boy who loves drums and he was thrilled!

             
            4.0

            Wonderful instrument, great for beginners.

            By Brett Dawn

            from Richmond, VA

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Great Sound
            • Huge Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Accompaniment
              • School Bands
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Meinl Bongo Cajon:

              Absolutely wonderful timbre from both chambers. Well-constructed and light. Great for beginners, as well as experts.

               
              5.0

              Sounds great. I would buy again.

              By T

              from Scooba, MS

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Meinl Bongo Cajon:

                  I bought this as a gift for a little boy who loves drums. He will love it!

                   
                  4.0

                  Cool!

                  By Will

                  from Iowa

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                  Pros

                  • Great Sound

                  Cons

                  • Not Sensitive

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Meinl Bongo Cajon:

                    Not as versitle as real bongos but cool sound and sturdy beautiful construction

                     
                    5.0

                    A good product for the money.

                    By Dave

                    from San Diego, CA

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                    Pros

                    • Great Sound
                    • Responsive
                    • Sensitive
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Accompaniment
                      • Jazz Clubs
                      • School Bands
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about Meinl Bongo Cajon:

                      Used for standby and utility operation (when too lazy to tune up my 60-year-old Valje Costanzos) and for other users at drum-user parties.

                       
                      5.0

                      Just as advertised.

                      By Dave

                      from San Diego, CA

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                      Pros

                      • Great Sound
                      • Responsive
                      • Sensitive
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Accompaniment
                        • Small Venues

                        Comments about Meinl Bongo Cajon:

                        Used for monthly fun sessions with "drums-and-auxiliaries" group. Easier to carry than larger, traditional drums, and less sensitive to ambient weather conditions.

                         
                        5.0

                        Fun times with this little box!

                        By Brit

                        from Alexandria Va

                        About Me Novice

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                        Pros

                        • Great Sound
                        • Responsive
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Accompaniment
                          • hanging with friends

                          Comments about Meinl Bongo Cajon:

                          I am new to the bongo cajon but couldn't be more pleased with this product! I have been watching videos to learn to play and I am truly amazed at the sounds this box can make!! Not only does it sounds great it is also quite beautiful. It is well made, nice finish, and it super easy to carry with wherever that may be. I just took it on a 10 hour road trip to the mountains and had a great time jammin on the highway:)

                           
                          5.0

                          Love this bongo cajon

                          By JMEarl

                          from Augusta, GA

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                          Pros

                          • Great Sound
                          • Responsive

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Accompaniment
                            • impromptu jamming

                            Comments about Meinl Bongo Cajon:

                            Love the bongo cajon much better than standard bongos - sound better and less hassle. Plus, it is fun to play. It's great for beach music, 50s-60s stuff, Latin funkadelic, etc. I'm working on integrating it into my set.

                             
                            5.0

                            Cool percussion instrument for on the go

                            By MagicHatMatt

                            from Cookstown nj

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                            Pros

                            • Great Sound
                            • Responsive
                            • Sensitive
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Accompaniment
                              • Jazz Clubs
                              • Soundtracks

                              Comments about Meinl Bongo Cajon:

                              This bongo cajon is great for on the go jam sessions sounds great mic'd up live and in the studio very responsive whether you play with your fingers or traditional bongo style!

                               
                              5.0

                              Great instrument

                              By none

                              from Boston, MA

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                              Pros

                              • Great Sound
                              • Responsive
                              • Sensitive

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Accompaniment
                                • Small Venues

                                Comments about Meinl Bongo Cajon:

                                This is phenomenal little box. Sounds great. A+

                                 
                                5.0

                                Great sound

                                By rocket

                                from Cape Cod, MA

                                About Me Novice

                                Pros

                                • Great Sound
                                • Responsive

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Meinl Bongo Cajon:

                                    Would recommend to anyone just getting into informal percussin, playing with friends, etc.

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Great sound.

                                    By 6 - 12 Strings

                                    from Mi.

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                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Accompaniment
                                      • Small Venues
                                      • Soundtracks

                                      Comments about Meinl Bongo Cajon:

                                      This bongo cajon is amazing. The sound is full and projects real well. Very easy to play. Just the right size to carry to gigs. Feels like it will last and last. The quality is there.

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