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  • Siam oak body with a frontplate of American white ash
  • Adjustable internal snare wires
  • Adjustable top corners
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    $336.00
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      Hot Afro-Cuban sounds!

      The Meinl Cajon features a Siam oak body with a frontplate of American white ash, innovative adjustable internal snare wires, adjustable top corners to control "snap," and padded seat.

      The cajon is an authentic Afro-Cuban wooden box percussion instrument. Meinl cajons are completely handmade from start to finish. They work perfectly for flamenco or world music and deliver a wide range of sounds, from loud, deep bass tones to cutting high overtones. Drummers and percussionists appreciate the cajon for its diversity of sound. They're also perfect for unplugged gigs or sessions.

      To equip a cajon with fully adjustable snare wires is an original Meinl innovation. The snares touch the frontplate from the inside and deliver the classical cajon sound, which is requisite in flamenco music. A knurled knob adjusts the amount of pressure used to press the snare wires against the frontplate. Rattling ranging from light and sensitive to very loud can be achieved through adjustment. The entire snare unit can even be turned off completely.

      The cajon is one of today's most popular percussion instruments because it very easy to play, and provides a great feel and rhythmic foundation to any musical situation. It is fun to experiment with and is popular in literally every musical genre as it is often used during unplugged gigs or softer songs to replace an entire drum kit.

      After just a little practice, basic beats and grooves can be achieved. It can be used by drummers as a substitute for their throne, playing on it with one hand, while the other hand keeps time on the ride or the hi-hat.

      Many drummers also use the cajon during unplugged gigs, certain songs, or spontaneous sessions as its ability to emulate many sounds serves as an excellent substitute for a complete drum set.

      Traditionally, cajons are played by sitting on the padded top of the box while slightly leaning backwards. The frontplate is struck with the bare hands. Various playing techniques help to create different sounds ranging from deep bass tones to cutting highs and slaps.

      A nice effect can be achieved by sliding the foot up and down the frontplate when playing the cajon, in effect changing the pitch of its tone.

      A unique and inspiring sound is achieved when playing the cajon's frontplate with a pair of brushes or rods.

      The history of the cajon
      The cajon, which is the Spanish word for box, has been part of Afro-Peruvian music since the 19th cfentury. The instrument originated in colonial Peru, when the slaves, whose African drums had been forbidden by their masters, used wooden boxes intended to hold fruits or overturned drawers to play their rhythms on. Later the cajon was officially added to the instrumentation of the vals criollo, or "creole waltz." It is now a national emblem for Peruvians, and an indispensable part of any ensemble that performs the traditional folk music of Peru.

      The cajon's later development can be clearly traced back to one man, the flamenco guitar player Paco de Lucia. In the early 1970s, the Spanish embassy in Lima, Peru hosted a party for Paco de Lucia, where they had a traditional Peruvian band perform utilizing the cajon. Flamenco music comprises many different rhythms which are normally played by the guitar player striking the body of the guitar. At that party, Paco de Lucia asked his former percussionist Ruben Danta to play the "Buleria" on the cajon, which is one of the rhythms used in flamenco. Consequently, Paco de Lucia took the cajon with him back to Spain. The short staccato sounds that can be played on the cajon make it perfect for flamenco music, because that sound naturally relates to the footwork and hand-claps ("palmas") used in Flamenco. Since the cajon's historic migration from Peru to Spain, its use has spread worldwide.

      Features

      • Siam oak body with a frontplate of American white ash
      • Adjustable internal snare wires
      • Adjustable top corners

      Perfect for a variety of world music grooves! Order now.

       

      Siam Oak Snare Cajon with White Ash Frontplate Specifications:

      • 19-1/2"H x 11-3/4"W x 11-3/4"L
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      MeinlSiam Oak Snare Cajon with White Ash Frontplate
       
      4.2

      (based on 9 reviews)

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      2.0

      Cajon lacks tone

      By James Morgans

      from Washington DC area

      Comments about Meinl Siam Oak Snare Cajon with White Ash Frontplate:

      Although this cajon looks nice and is pretty well constructed it lacked the low end deep tones that I was hoping for. The snares and high end sounds were lacking as well. Probably the last time I will purchase an instrument without actually playing it. Not good enough for true accoustic sessions.

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      4.0

      worth every cent

      By Caitlin Williams

      from Pennsylvania

      Comments about Meinl Siam Oak Snare Cajon with White Ash Frontplate:

      i spent a lot of time researching these drums before i got one, because i really wanted to get the right fit for me. If you are in a small band that records, or just wanna have a blast banging out rhythms, this is a great buy. although i can't play flamenco beats, it produces all the sounds for any country drum kit! : )
      i spent a long time trying to find a cajon with the adjustable snares that was in my price range, and this one fit the bill. it has rubber feet on the bottom to keep you from sliding around on the floor. it also has a -thin- foam pad on top that makes playing for a long time tolerable. the snares sometimes vibrate with a "pang" sound when they shouldn't, but nothing a piece of paper wont fix...
      the wood is actually a lot better than i thought. the frontplate has a great sound and you can definitely hear the three different basic pitches quite well, along some great sidetones. the bass is pretty good, but could be better. although maybe not for the price. it sounds great on a mic too.
      this drum is a great buy. you are geting a lot of drum for a low price. and musicians friend is great.

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      5.0

      Sounds Great

      By theDmaster

      from Cumming, GA

      Comments about Meinl Siam Oak Snare Cajon with White Ash Frontplate:

      I was kind of skeptical at first because I hadn't done that much research, but I am very pleased with it. It sounds awesome and the tones are very distinct. It sounds good hooked up to a mic as well. The only problem I have noticed is that when the snares are off, they sometimes jingle a little bit when you are playing. But there are ways to fix that. Other than that, I love it, and i can't wait to play it with some guitar.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Fits the price

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Meinl Siam Oak Snare Cajon with White Ash Frontplate:

      This cajon is great for the price. if you are looking for a good cajon and don't want to spend a fortune on it buy this one! it works great with all music styles. the adjustable snare works ok. It could use a little more bass too. But overall it is a great cajon for a great price.

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      5.0

      Very Beautiful and functional.

      By Anonymous-z47IE

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Meinl Siam Oak Snare Cajon with White Ash Frontplate:

      The wood on this cajon is beautiful. It's very nice and high quality. The sound is just what I was looking for: it has a good snap to it when the snares are on. When the snares aren't on, it has very good bass sounds and sounds very nice. The top isn't as cushy as I thought it would be, but it is still better then sitting on bare wood!

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The best you can get

      By Shelnutt

      from golden state

      Comments about Meinl Siam Oak Snare Cajon with White Ash Frontplate:

      This cajon, in my opinion, is the best you can get. The snare wires in it is awesome. you get a very nice snare noise out of it, as well as bass and tom. I would highly reccomend this cajon to anyone. It is worth the money. Especially if you are playing unplugged acoustic gigs. It's awesome.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      A Big Lettdown

      By lucas23

      from Pacifica, CA

      Comments about Meinl Siam Oak Snare Cajon with White Ash Frontplate:

      I was excited by the reviews I had read of this drum and thought that it was going to be a great value. I was especially intrigued by the "adjustable snare" feature. I could tell right away that the adjustable feature didn't work very well but I kept the drum because I had been waiting a long time to buy a cajn. In any case, the drum is attractive, the cushy seat and rubber feet are nice features and it has a good range. The problem is, no matter how you adjust it, the "sizzle" is more of a tinny ring that lingers, making it out of the question for recording. So if you must have a cajn and really can't afford a Schlgwerk or a Fat Conga, go for it- otherwise, the extra money is worth it.

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      5.0

      Great Tone!

      By DJMaster

      from Pharr, TX

      Comments about Meinl Siam Oak Snare Cajon with White Ash Frontplate:

      I'd recommend this cajon to anyone! I just got it and didn't ever notice that it had this really cool throw off adjustment that controls between peruvian and flamenco cajon styles. You can turn on or off the snares to get different sounds. the only downfall, it doesn't have much bass, but when miked, it sounds pretty amazing because of the front plate and how it's attached and tuned. The wood is so pretty, I hope I don't get it scratched. I also got one of their cajon bags...pretty wise investment.

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      5.0

      Great sound!!!

      By BoundFree member

      from Fonda, NY

      Comments about Meinl Siam Oak Snare Cajon with White Ash Frontplate:

      This cajon has a deep base sound and can produce a number of different tones. The quality of this Meinl product is outstanding. It is well constructed and beautifully finished. The padded seat and adjustable snare strings add greatly to the value of this product. My only complaint is not with the product, but rather Musiciansfriend's customer service, which was very poor in my experience. This is the first and most likely the last item I will purchase from them.

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