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Meinl Siam Oak String Cajon with Makah-Burl Frontplate   

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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 th...Read More

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      OVERVIEW

      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.

      Slamming sounds and beautiful to behold.

      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 42 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (36)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (4)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (2)

      • 2 Stars

         

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      96%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Great sound (20)
      • Responsive (11)
      • Versatile (11)
      • Huge tone (8)
      • Sensitive (7)

      Cons

      No Cons

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment (15)
      • Small venues (15)
      • Jazz clubs (3)
      • School bands (3)
      • Soundtracks (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (18), Novice (4)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great acoustic drum!

      I play for a small church and use this beautiful cajon. I bought it at a guitar center so i could hear it and try it out first and i was completely sold! Sounds...Read complete review

      I play for a small church and use this beautiful cajon. I bought it at a guitar center so i could hear it and try it out first and i was completely sold! Sounds great indoors and out. I've played it mic'd and honestly you don't need it, this drum sounds great raw. The drum comes with an alan wrench to tune the snares, and an amazing finish. I've had it for about 2 years and i still love it!

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Questionable Craftsmanship

      Although I like the sound and the tone of this cajon, the craftsmanship was somewhat lacking. Upon arrival, there were two separate places on the top and side where the laminate had started...Read complete review

      Although I like the sound and the tone of this cajon, the craftsmanship was somewhat lacking. Upon arrival, there were two separate places on the top and side where the laminate had started separating. In addition, I question the longevity of the internal workings of the cajon due to the less than satisfactory craftsmanship. Also, the Makah-Burl looks much better in the pictures than it does in real life. I know it's basically stained plywood but my expectations were a little higher based off the pictures.

      Overall, I've enjoyed playing the cajon during the short time I've owned it but only time will tell whether it will stand the test of time.

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      5.0

      Great Cajon, sounds and feels great

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      from Wappingers Falls, NY

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      Pros

      • Great Sound
      • Huge Tone
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Jazz Clubs
        • Small Venues

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

        I use this as a rhythm for an acoustic style band. This has a great sounds and depending on the room size, I can use it without a mic.

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        5.0

        Quality Cajon

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        from Houston, Texas

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        Pros

        • Great Sound
        • Responsive
        • Sensitive

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

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

          Great sound, easy to tune. Perfect for church or indie-venue setting.

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          5.0

          Love it!!

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          from Ohio

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          Pros

          • Great Sound
          • Huge Tone
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Accompaniment
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

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

            I have been wanting a cajon for quite some time, but have always been hesitant given the number of different brands and styles. I absolutely LOVE my drum! As a music teacher, this is a great tool for engaging students and encouraging them to keep a steady beat in their individual playing. In addition, I enjoy the flexibility of sound and ability to change the tone by easily adjusting the snares on the inside of the drum. One of the best and most fun instruments I have ever invested in!

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            5.0

            Excellent Cajon I recommend it

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            from Wappingers Falls, NY

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            Pros

            • Great Sound
            • Huge Tone
            • Nice bass sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Accompaniment

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

              This is a nice cajon, I also have an LP Aspire cajon. This one does not compare. the sounds is brighter, louder and the bass is bigger. I love it.

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              5.0

              Great cajon

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              from Virginia

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              Pros

              • Great Sound
              • Huge Tone
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Accompaniment
                • Small Venues
                • Soundtracks

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

                In my 10 years of percussion I have come across many cajons and this must be the best. With a little fine tuning of the front plate and the snares, the bass and snare tones are so beautiful, full, and most importantly different. An all around great instrument you can generally make sound however you want it to sound.

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                5.0

                Best cajon I've ever heard

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                from Virginia

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Accompaniment
                  • Small Venues
                  • Soundtracks

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

                  I've come across many cajons in my 10 years of percussion and this one has to be the best. After a little fine tuning with the snares and front plate, the bass and snare sounds are such different tones which is really nice. The sound is so incredibly full. Meinl never ceases to amaze me. Well worth the price if you're looking into cajons.

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                  5.0

                  I would purchase from and recommend this company.

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                  from Hawthorne, FL

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

                  This was purchased as a Christmas gift for my daughter.

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                  5.0

                  Just what I wanted

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                  from Oklahoma City

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                  Pros

                  • Great Sound
                  • Huge Tone

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Small Venues

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

                    I shopped around awhile before decided on this cajon. This one fit just what I wanted and need.

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                    5.0

                    I love it!

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                    from Las Vegas

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                    Pros

                    • Great Sound
                    • Responsive
                    • Sensitive
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Accompaniment

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

                      I love this Cajon. If brakes, I will get another one.

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                      4.0

                      Love the sound

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                      from Ridgefield, CT

                      About Me Novice

                      Pros

                      • Great Sound
                      • Sensitive
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                      • Can't adjust corners

                      Best Uses

                      • Accompaniment

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

                      I love the sound of this cajon, and the seat cushion is actually a nice feature. My only criticism is that the corners do not adjust as promised for added slap and crackle—and that cost a star. I played a number of cajons and this one by far had the best sound and playability in this price range. Don't hesitate to buy this one.

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