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Meinl Foot Cabasa  Large

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Overview

  • Steel chain
  • Stainless steel cylinder
  • Wooden body
Description & Specs
  • MSRP:
    $276.00
  • Your Savings:
    - $116.01
  • Your Price:
    $15999

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      Free your hands while your foot maintains cabasa rhythms.

      Meinl has mounted a large Turbo Cabasa on a sturdy footpedal, that adds a new sound to your setup. You can now keep a cabasa rhythm going while your hands play the congas or other drums. The MEINL Foot Cabasa can be set for either a single or double-stroke according to your taste.

      Features

      • Steel chain
      • Stainless steel cylinder
      • Wooden body
      • Black powder-coated pedal
      • Selectable single- or double-stroke setting

      An innovation in foot-driven percussion. Order yours today.

       
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      MeinlFoot Cabasa
       
      3.5

      (based on 4 reviews)

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      1.0

      Don't waste your money!

      By Bougarabou

      from Seattle

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

        Cons

        • Flat Sound
        • Not Sensitive
        • Poorly Made

        Best Uses

          Comments about Meinl Foot Cabasa:

          I am a professional drummer and drum teacher with 15 years experience. I bought this because I really like a good shaker/cabasa sound on the pulse. I also teach hand drumming, and bought it for this reason. This product is poorly made, and within the first few minutes of play, this thing started to fall apart. I am not a heavy footed player, and was using it only as a light accompaniment.

          Save yourself the trouble, don't purchase this product.

          Its a great idea, just poor execution. Maybe when they come out with another version. Until then, have someone else play down beat shaker!

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Worth the Money!

          By Sledje

          from Southbury, CT

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Responsive
          • Sensitive
          • Sturdiness

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Meinl Foot Cabasa:

              This is a great addition to a kit. I have it right next to my high hat pedal and ordered a drop clutch for my high hat to enable easier movement between the two pedal. It also forces me to develop my left foot more, which is nice for someone playing almost 40 years. Us drummers normally do not worry about the speed at which we lift UP the high hat, but with the foot cabasa, this needs to be done.

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great!

              By BluesMan06

              from Fayetteville, NC

              Comments about Meinl Foot Cabasa:

              I play harmonica and also percussion. I haven't had any problems with this pedal. I have heard about a few people having problems with the springs and the construction of this, but I have not had any problems with it. This pedal is not intended to be jumped or stomped on. I use this pedal to add a little to my percussion but also I use it to add a little rhythm to playing harmonica. This is a great product if it is used properly.

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              (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Meinl Foot Cabasa Review

              By Nat-1-F_D

              from Dayton, OH

              Comments about Meinl Foot Cabasa:

              This cabasa could be VERY cool with a few adjustments/improvements so it feels like Meinl cheaped out a little bit. That said, I have really enjoyed playing it and if you're looking for unique sounds and money's not an issue, I say go for it. I play this with a large drumset and it's something different. I'm sure other drummers in the audience are going to be asking me "What the hell is that?!" But for THE PRICE Meinl could have done a few small things to improve it. First off, no instruction manual explaining adjustments (there are only a few.) When my pedal arrived it had a very tight, limited stroke, not a full chicka-chicka sound on the up/down. Adjusting the tension key didn't really fix the problem. So I took it apart and figured out what the felt was doing and how to raise/lower the cabasa in conjunction with that tension adjustment. How it feels with your hand while setting it is not the same as how it feels with your foot, so it took awhile to dial it in--but once I did I was able to get a nice, full cabasa sound on the up and down as I wanted. I know this unit is designed for percussionists, not kit drummers, but I'm using it as an alternative hi-hat pedal to the left of my real hats on certain sections and it has to be mic'd to compete with louder playing. Without a mic it will fit in more subtly. I also use triggers and have another cabasa triggered by my kick, so the interplay between the two is very cool. With a lightly opened hats, tamborine or bell ride the cabasa adds a cool layer of sound. A few weeks into playing it, both tension springs broke. They are very thin, cheap and flimsy. I'll have to replace them with something heavy-duty. Not an expensive fix but Meinl should have used higher-quality springs. If you buy this pedal, I suggest you order some springs with it. The footplate is comfortable and the pedal is solid with velcro strips that have really grabbed onto my carpet. Personally, I would have rather paid less or at the price it should come with some slight improvements. All-in-all, a cool and unique sound when you can get it right and if you're willing to do a little tweaking.

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