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Meinl Siam Oak String Cajon with Makah-Burl Frontplate 

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Slamming sounds and beautiful to behold.

Meinl adorns this string cajon with a beautiful Makah-burl frontplate that graces its Siam oak body. The padded seat and adjustable top corners on the Meinl Cajon allow for customizing the amount of "snap."

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.

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
  • Beautiful Makah-burlwood frontplate
  • Siam oak resonating body
  • Built-in sizzle effect
  • Padded seat
  • Adjustable top corners for customizing the amount of "snap"
  • Wide sound options
  • Matt finish

The sounds of Afro-Peru delivered to your door! Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS

Siam Oak String Cajon with Makah-Burl Frontplate

  • 19-1/2"H x 11-3/4"W x 11-3/4"L
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MeinlSiam Oak String Cajon with Makah-Burl Frontplate
 
4.8

(based on 52 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (44)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound (29)
  • Responsive (20)
  • Versatile (19)
  • Huge tone (12)
  • Sensitive (12)

Cons

  • Poorly made (3)

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment (25)
  • Small venues (23)
  • Jazz clubs (5)
  • School bands (5)
  • Soundtracks (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (22), Novice (9), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Get this drum!

I do not own this specific cajon, but I play on one with my youth group's worship band, and it is the best cajon I have ever played. The Makah-Burl frontplate not only...Read complete review

I do not own this specific cajon, but I play on one with my youth group's worship band, and it is the best cajon I have ever played. The Makah-Burl frontplate not only looks amazing, but is thin enough so I don't have to whale on it in order to bring out its pleasantly rich tones. That really helps me get through a gig without having to stop because my hands are sore. The bass tones I get from hitting towards the middle of the playing surface are the best I've ever heard from ANY cajon, and the crisp, cutting snare sounds from hitting the upper corners are just as great! It is also very easy to tune the snare wires. I would recommend this cajon any day!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great product at first, but didn't last over a year.

I purchased this item 10 months ago and kept a small journal to better inform others about this instrument.
It was a great instrument, but literally fell apart after 9 months of...Read complete review

I purchased this item 10 months ago and kept a small journal to better inform others about this instrument.
It was a great instrument, but literally fell apart after 9 months of normal use. I do not believe the cajon I ordered was well constructed.

March 1, 2016
Very excited to get the Cajon. It looks amazing and after tuning it the sound is just as amazing! It is very sturdy and I'm sure a lot of craftsmanship went into it.

June 20, 2016
Practiced on the Cajon for quite some time and even taught some kids how to play. There seems to be a crack beginning to form where two pieces of wood possibly didn't have any glue holding them together. Does not look serious at all as the finish over the Cajon isn't cracked or anything.

July 15, 2016
I performed for a small audience in an acoustic band and have received many compliments on the sound of the cajon. The crack doesn't seem to be of any concern.

September 4, 2016
Today I decided to play at my local park with a few friends and it just seemed off. The sound seemed to be missing or something. I took it home and checked inside of the Cajon, but didn't try any type of repair as I am no expert in creating a Cajon. I tightened the string and it seemed to have helped a little, but definitely not the same sound I enjoyed so much before.

December 29, 2016
Today the Cajon broke. I was letting my cousin play it a little and to my surprise, it broke, but luckily no one was hurt. My cousin weighs almost 50 pounds less than I do so the weight shouldn't have affected the Cajon. I do believe this accident was due to the crack that formed months ago.

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5.0

What a beautiful looking and sounding cajon with a seat!

By Joy the music teacher

from Bend, Oregon

About Me Professional Musician

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Adjusts well
  • Great Sound
  • Responsive
  • Sensitive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Meinl Siam Oak String Cajon with Makah-Burl Frontplate:

    This cajon has a beautiful oak front, and a comfortable seat. With a little adjustment it has great sound possibilities. My students all want to play it!

     
    2.0

    Great product at first, but didn't last over a year.

    By Drum Bum

    from Johnson City, TN

    About Me Experienced

    See all my reviews

    Pros

    • Great Sound
    • Huge Tone

    Cons

    • Poorly Made

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • Acoustic
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Meinl Siam Oak String Cajon with Makah-Burl Frontplate:

    I purchased this item 10 months ago and kept a small journal to better inform others about this instrument.
    It was a great instrument, but literally fell apart after 9 months of normal use. I do not believe the cajon I ordered was well constructed.

    March 1, 2016
    Very excited to get the Cajon. It looks amazing and after tuning it the sound is just as amazing! It is very sturdy and I'm sure a lot of craftsmanship went into it.

    June 20, 2016
    Practiced on the Cajon for quite some time and even taught some kids how to play. There seems to be a crack beginning to form where two pieces of wood possibly didn't have any glue holding them together. Does not look serious at all as the finish over the Cajon isn't cracked or anything.

    July 15, 2016
    I performed for a small audience in an acoustic band and have received many compliments on the sound of the cajon. The crack doesn't seem to be of any concern.

    September 4, 2016
    Today I decided to play at my local park with a few friends and it just seemed off. The sound seemed to be missing or something. I took it home and checked inside of the Cajon, but didn't try any type of repair as I am no expert in creating a Cajon. I tightened the string and it seemed to have helped a little, but definitely not the same sound I enjoyed so much before.

    December 29, 2016
    Today the Cajon broke. I was letting my cousin play it a little and to my surprise, it broke, but luckily no one was hurt. My cousin weighs almost 50 pounds less than I do so the weight shouldn't have affected the Cajon. I do believe this accident was due to the crack that formed months ago.

     
    5.0

    Great quality in sound and construction

    By Peter the Cajonist

    from Bend, Oregon

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Great Sound
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Meinl Siam Oak String Cajon with Makah-Burl Frontplate:

      Great adjustability

       
      5.0

      Great Cajon

      By Jleefor3

      from Santa Barbara Ca

      About Me Novice

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Great Sound
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment

        Comments about Meinl Siam Oak String Cajon with Makah-Burl Frontplate:

        This is my first cajon that I bought and I love it. I play for a praise team in college and it works perfectly for my needs. Good cajon very versatile can tune to completely change the sound.

         
        5.0

        Great cajon! Awesome look and sound!

        By Josh

        from Los Angeles

        About Me Novice

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Great Sound
        • Responsive
        • Sensitive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Meinl Siam Oak String Cajon with Makah-Burl Frontplate:

          Will use this for coffee shop and acoustic gigs!
          Perfect for small venues when you can't fit a whole drum kit but you still need a backbeat!

           
          5.0

          Perfect for Church

          By Kenny

          from Halls, TN

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Great Sound
          • Responsive

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Accompaniment
            • Church Band

            Comments about Meinl Siam Oak String Cajon with Makah-Burl Frontplate:

            We will use this in our service on Sunday morning soon and for our youth on Wednesday nights. I have always loved the sound of a cajon and this one sounds very clean and crisp with a great bass sound.

             
            5.0

            I like this product very much!

            By E

            from Lynchburg, VA

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Accompaniment
              • In my home
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Meinl Siam Oak String Cajon with Makah-Burl Frontplate:

              I use the cajon in my living room with my family who play the acoustic guitar and it sounds excellent! I like the bass, snare, bongo, and tom sound that I can make with the cajon.

               
              5.0

              Great sound and great looking drum!

              By Mike the Man

              from Tallahassee, FL

              About Me Novice

              Pros

              • Great Sound
              • Huge Tone
              • Responsive
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Accompaniment
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Meinl Siam Oak String Cajon with Makah-Burl Frontplate:

                This is a great drum for the price! The padded seat is quite comfortable and the sound is really good. I am a novice musician but I use this drum for acoustic jam sessions with friends and they have all been very impressed by it so far.

                 
                4.0

                Nice sound, but not so sturdy

                By Jennifer

                from Denton, TX

                About Me Novice

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Responsive
                • Sensitive
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • Poorly Made

                Best Uses

                • Accompaniment
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Meinl Siam Oak String Cajon with Makah-Burl Frontplate:

                I am the music director at our church. I was looking to add some percussion to our praise team. I like the sound for our small church, but I'm not sure it is constructed well enough to last.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Product

                By Drummer

                from Utica, NY

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Accompaniment
                  • Jazz Clubs
                  • Small Venues
                  • Soundtracks

                  Comments about Meinl Siam Oak String Cajon with Makah-Burl Frontplate:

                  Regularly a rock drummer, i got this to play some acoustic gigs and it is perfect! I selected this model based on the good reviews and am more than happy with it. It definitely stands up to all the 5 star reviews.

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