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Meinl Siam Oak String Cajon with Makah-Burl Frontplate   

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The cajon is an authentic Afro-Cuban wooden box percussion instrument. Meinl cajons are completely handmade from start to finish. They work perfectly...Read More

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      OVERVIEW

      Slamming sounds and beautiful to behold.

      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 33 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (27)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (4)

      • 3 Stars

         

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      • 2 Stars

         

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      94%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Great sound (12)
      • Responsive (7)
      • Versatile (6)
      • Sensitive (4)

      Cons

      No Cons

      Best Uses

      • Small venues (9)
      • Accompaniment (8)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (10), 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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      4.0

      Love the sound

      By 

      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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      5.0

      Best Bang For The Buck

      By 

      from NC

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Adjustable Wires
      • Great Sound
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Concerts
        • Small Venues
        • Soundtracks

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

        Unless you are a full-time cajon player/percussionist, there is no reason to spend more money on a cajon. This gets the job done perfectly. You can tell it's a production model when you look inside, but the sounds that it produces are very good. I got it to play acoustic shows with artists in my area and everyone that hears it absolutely loves it. The wires are fully adustable for tension.

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        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        How?

        By 

        from Glenview, Il

        About Me Experienced

        Ask me a question

        Pros

        • Good looking

        Cons

        • Flat Sound
        • How To Change Slaps
        • No instructions
        • Not Sensitive

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment

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

        This is the second one I have tried, and neither one came with any "how to's" like how to adjust slaps, or what all you can do with it. I am a little disappointed.

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        5.0

        Do Yourself a Favor

        By 

        from Atlanta, GA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Smacktastic

        Cons

        • Na

        Best Uses

        • Unplugged

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

        I have played this cajon for almost two years. It is exactly what I expected. I have dropped this on concrete, had it knocked off stage, and I sit on it...250 lbs of flailing drummer. It still sounds great.

        Two pieces of advice. 1) Loosen the screws on the top corners for a nice smack. 2) Grab a good Meinl shaker to add a cool hi-hat groove.

        I mic this with an SM58 and it works perfectly. I know the 57 is better for instruments, but you work with what you have.

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        5.0

        my drummer friends love it...I like too!

        By 

        from West (the best) Virginia

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        Pros

        • Responsive

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment
          • Small Venues

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

          We normally have a piano, acoustic guitar, & bass. I purchased this so our drummers could join us without having a full blown kit on stage which would be a little overpowering and we didn't really need an electronic drum set either. The cajon adds the percussion rhythm to the songs and frees up the other musicians to add sugar where needed.

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          5.0

          Solid buy for the price!

          By 

          from Southern Utah

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Great Sound
          • Huge Tone
          • Responsive
          • Sensitive

          Cons

          • Too Much Reverb

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment
          • Jazz Clubs
          • Small Venues

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

          Can't beat it for the price. Nice strong snare sounds and a good bass thump. The only thing that you will need to do is tape the snare wires around mid to prevent the snares from hitting on your bass thumps. Other than that this thing sounds phenomenal when mic'd. Single kick mic in the bottom and a nice mid/high condenser in front and this thing is ready to go in any size venue. Very responsive so when its mic'd up you can manipulate your sounds very easily. I absolutely love it for under$200.00

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          5.0

          Nice instrument.

          By 

          from Alabama

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Great Sound
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Small Venues

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

          Purchased for my son. It was damaged during shipping. I called and it was replaced within 3 days. Awesome service! Thank you!

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          5.0

          Great sound and look

          By 

          from Chicago, IL

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Great Sound
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Acoustic Alternative
            • Additional Sound Texture
            • Multiple Percussion

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

            I am a professional touring drummer and percussionist with several degrees in music. This cajon sounds and looks great, and is a welcome addition to my set up. I chose it after researching Pearl, Meinl, and LP.

            I hope that it is durable and long lasting.

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            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great customer service

            By 

            from Indiana

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Great Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Accompaniment
              • Small Venues

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

              We ordered a level three used cajon stated to be playable with some cosmetic damage. When the box arrived, it was warped and unplayable. Customer service replaced the box with a level one used box and it looks brand new. They also paid the return shipping on the damaged box and returned the money very quickly. It took time for both boxes to ship because they are in stores and not the warehouse and had to be collected from the store and then shipped.

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              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great customer service

              By 

              from Indiana

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Great Sound
              • Responsive

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  Customer service did a great job at replacing our cajon for the current model. Thanks for working hard for us to make it right.

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