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The Meinl Siam Oak Snare Cajon with White Ash Frontplate is a traditional cajon with updated, modern features. The original cajons came about in 19th...Click To Read More About This Product

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Hot Afro-Cuban sounds!

The Meinl Siam Oak Snare Cajon with White Ash Frontplate is a traditional cajon with updated, modern features. The original cajons came about in 19th century Peru when slaves began playing percussion on wooden boxes. Their slave owners did not allow them to have traditional African drums so these slaves found a way to make music on shipping crates and boxes. Now the cajon is an integral part of Peruvian culture as well as a percussive instrument that is adaptable to many other musical genres. Meinl FeaturesMeinl cajons feature durable, adjustable features and are entirely handmade. This commitment to quality results in sounds ranging from a deep bass to high overtones. The top corners are adjustable to produce the precise desired amount of œsnap. Meinl also invented the addition of adjustable snare wires. This cajons snares are internally connected to the frontplate. A simple knob adjusts the pressures of the snares and determines the amount of rattling that is produced. A staple to flamenco music, the snares can be completely turned off when they are not needed. Playing TechniquesTraditionally, the cajon is played by sitting on the padded seat atop the instrument and leaning slightly backwards. The cajon is then played with the bare hand but other techniques like sliding the foot along the frontplate or using brushes or sticks can create a variety of sounds. Flamenco MusicIn addition to traditional Peruvian music, the cajon has found a home in flamenco music. In the early 1970s the Peruvian flamenco guitar player, Paco de Lucia, was thrown a party by the Spanish embassy in Peru. At this even, a Peruvian band played the cajon. Paco de Lucia was instantly taken with this instrument and asked the percussionist Ruben Danta to play the popular rhythm œBuleria. Paco de Lucia was so impressed that he introduced the cajon in flamenco music. Short, sharp rhythms are popular in flamenco and were traditionally played by striking the guitar. Paco de Lucia played these rhythms on the cajon and led to it becoming a standard component of flamenco music. Play this cajon while sitting atop its padded seat or even use it as a drum throne. Some drummers choose to sit on the cajon and play it with one hand while they drum on their acoustic set. With its wide variety of sounds, this instrument can be used for unplugged performances or sessions where a full drum set is not needed. Its rich history and versatility make the Meinl Siam Oak Snare Cajon a great percussive addition whether playing flamenco, Afro-Cuban music, or substituting it for an acoustic drum kit.

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.

SPECIFICATIONS

Siam Oak Snare Cajon with White Ash Frontplate

  • 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
 
4.4

(based on 14 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment (5)
  • Small venues (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

worth every cent

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,...Read complete review

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A Big Lettdown

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"...Read complete review

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 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The best you can get

By Shelnutt

from golden state

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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.

(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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great beginner cajon. It looks good sitting in your front ro

By Bobmon

from FarNorCali

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Pros

  • Economical
  • Versatile

Cons

  • You get what you pay for

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment
  • Jamming With Friends
  • Small Venues

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

I bought this 6 months ago. I played 3 Cajons jamming with friends before I bought this one. This has an adjustable snare meaning it's on/off. I'm glad I bought this one for several reasons. It's got a seat pad. I can play along with the stereo in my front room, jam or play by myself and be satisfied. Don't buy an ugly Cajon. You can use it as a footstool, cocktail table or stool for playing guitar. It's furniture as well as being an instrument. I'm happy with the sound and I'm getting some chops because I like it so much. I haven't played top end Cajons but get real. It's a box with some metal springs. You have all you need with this.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sounds Great

By theDmaster

from Cumming, GA

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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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
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!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

(2 of 2 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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