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Meinl Headliner Series Cajon Old  

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The Meinl Cajon from the Headliner series delivers the classic cajon sound at an affordable price and can be used in flamenco or world music. For mor...Read More

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Very useful during unplugged gigs for delivering the rhythmic foundation for a whole band when a full drum set can't be used.

The Meinl Cajon from the Headliner series delivers the classic cajon sound at an affordable price and can be used in flamenco or world music. For more sound options, the top corners of the box drum can be adjusted, allowing the player to customize the amount of snap desired.

History of the Cajon
Besides the skin used on the heads of hand drums, there are two other materials used for percussive instruments that have been around as long: clay and wood. Jugs were made out of clay among other things. These clay drums were called "Udu" in Nigeria or "Ghatam" in India. The cajon originated from wooden crates that were used for the purpose of transporting food goods such as flour, fish, meat, vegetables and fruits.

In Cuba
Because of the lack of drums, poor people and African slaves in Cuba resorted to playing on crates. The most famous version is Rumba de Cajons, but Afro-Cuban rhythms such as Makuta, Congo, and rhythms for Orishas (the gods of the Afro-Cuban religion Santeria) were played on crates too. Originally, the rhythmic instruments of the Rumba consisted of big crates (Cajones grandes), small quinto-like boxes (Cajonitas), claves, and palitos. Currently, percussion-groups such as the Grupo Yorubaq Andabo and the Conjunto Clave y Guaguancó use the Yambu Drum, which correspond in playing and attitude to conventional Congas.

In Peru
The Peruvian cajon was a wood crate, which was used in agriculture for the fruit harvest. The African slaves used these crates as alternatives for drums and created the prototypes for what is known as the cajon. This version of a cajon is characterized by its inimitable percussive sound. The cajon is a substantial component of Afro-Peruvian pop-music and of styles similar to this. The most famous artists of Afro-Peruvian music are Susana Baca, Eva Ayllón and Peru Negro among others. Percussionist Alex Acuña from Peru, was responsible for the cajon's introduction into mainstream culture as he, Chick Corea, and Paco de Lucia used them for the recording of the Touchstone album. Paco de Lucia, one of the finest flamenco musicians, introduced the cajon to flamenco, making it a mainstay of his genre.

Although the cajon can be heard in the pop music of today, it should not be forgotten that the cajon has its origins in the African culture in America and the Caribbean.

FEATURES
  • Frontplate: mahogany
  • Resonating body: rubber wood (Hevea brasiliensis Muell. of Argentina)
  • Adjustable top corners
  • Adjustable sizzle effect
  • Anti-slipping sitting surface
  • Includes Allen wrench

Get your hands on this cajon and create a storm of acoustic rhythms. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS

Headliner Series Cajon Old

  • 18"H x 11-3/4"D
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MeinlHeadliner Series Cajon
 
4.7

(based on 12 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound (5)
  • Responsive (4)
  • Huge tone (3)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment (5)
    • Small venues (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great Instrument & don't need any experience.

    This is a very fun instrument because it is very easy to use. I am no expert at percussion, but this Meinl cajon doesn't need any experience. Just sit and start hitting the...Read complete review

    This is a very fun instrument because it is very easy to use. I am no expert at percussion, but this Meinl cajon doesn't need any experience. Just sit and start hitting the cajon using your hands and make a beat. I love my cajon. It has great sound. They are nice to have in your home if you don't have any room for a whole drum set. They are very easy, fun and you can play them any way you want. Have fun and don't take my word. Go to a store and try them for yourself. Enjoy!

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Bad.

    Terrible. Came damaged from poor build quality and bad packaging. Barely any difference between the lower and higher spots on it. Probably going to return it.
    Build quality is terrible. Screws are...Read complete review

    Terrible. Came damaged from poor build quality and bad packaging. Barely any difference between the lower and higher spots on it. Probably going to return it.
    Build quality is terrible. Screws are screwed in right through the front panel, wood is warped, damaged, cracked, chipped. Packaging was bad, too.
    It's a box that makes sounds. Looking at it, I think I could make one for much cheaper.
    Still, even being a beginner, entry model, you expect something to at least live up to some standard. It's more of a box than a cajon.

    Reviewed by 12 customers

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    5.0

    Pecussion

    By Wax

    from Ridgeway Missouri

    About Me Experienced

    Ask me a question

    Pros

    • Great Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Meinl Headliner Series Cajon:

      Our son loves this instrument.

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good solid buy

      By Blakester100

      from McLeansboro IL

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Great Sound
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Jazz Clubs
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Meinl Headliner Series Cajon:

      Graet sound....good quality....good buy

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      unit can definately hold it's own

      By Chaplain

      from Somerset, Kentucky

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Excellent For Small Giggs
        • Inside A Teen Prison
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Meinl Headliner Series Cajon:

        easy to tune to my own specific needs. Has geat looks. Mahogany front really sets it off. A great variety of sounds.

        Comment on this review

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome!

        By StevieG

        from Seattle, WA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Great Sound
        • Huge Tone
        • Responsive

        Cons

        • No Case

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Meinl Headliner Series Cajon:

        Once you get the snares just right this is an awesome box for any level and a lot of fun to play. I am really happy I got this one after doing a lot of research. For the price it can't be beat.

        Comment on this review

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent!

        By Rick

        from Ponce, PR

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment
          • Jazz Clubs
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues
          • Soundtracks
          • Symphonies

          Comments about Meinl Headliner Series Cajon:

          You can play any kind of music with it. This cajon is very useful and you can take it anywhere. Awesome!!!

          Comment on this review

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          awesome

          Comments about Meinl Headliner Series Cajon:

          overall its great for many kinds of music and its pretty loud. great for acoustic shows
          its quality is amazing i love the snare i think it needs a little more bass but dont get me wrong its still amazing
          its totally worth the 100 bucks u pay

          Comment on this review

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Headliner Series Cajon with Mahogany Frontplate

          By Marietta Lamberson

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Meinl Headliner Series Cajon:

          Given as a gift.
          Received in mint condition, as advertisd. Totallysatisfied!!

          Comment on this review

          (3 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Bad.

          Comments about Meinl Headliner Series Cajon:

          Terrible. Came damaged from poor build quality and bad packaging. Barely any difference between the lower and higher spots on it. Probably going to return it.
          Build quality is terrible. Screws are screwed in right through the front panel, wood is warped, damaged, cracked, chipped. Packaging was bad, too.
          It's a box that makes sounds. Looking at it, I think I could make one for much cheaper.
          Still, even being a beginner, entry model, you expect something to at least live up to some standard. It's more of a box than a cajon.

          Comment on this review

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Instrument & don't need any experience.

          By Jesse Behm

          from Warroad, MN

          Comments about Meinl Headliner Series Cajon:

          This is a very fun instrument because it is very easy to use. I am no expert at percussion, but this Meinl cajon doesn't need any experience. Just sit and start hitting the cajon using your hands and make a beat. I love my cajon. It has great sound. They are nice to have in your home if you don't have any room for a whole drum set. They are very easy, fun and you can play them any way you want. Have fun and don't take my word. Go to a store and try them for yourself. Enjoy!

          Comment on this review

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Headliner!

          By DiabloNoGood

          from Martinsville, VA

          Comments about Meinl Headliner Series Cajon:

          I was pretty stoked about this bad boy, and it hasn't let me down. No physical flaws, good tone, and for sure fun to play. As far as entry-level cajons, this one a great drum.

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