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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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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 49 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (42)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound (26)
  • Responsive (18)
  • Versatile (17)
  • Huge tone (11)
  • Sensitive (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment (22)
  • Small venues (20)
  • Jazz clubs (4)
  • Soundtracks (4)
  • School bands (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (20), Novice (9)

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

 

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.

Reviewed by 49 customers

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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.

               
              5.0

              Great Cajon, sounds and feels great

              By Gonzo

              from Wappingers Falls, NY

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Reviewer

              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.

                 
                5.0

                Quality Cajon

                By Matt

                from Houston, Texas

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Reviewer

                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.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Love it!!

                  By Mikayla the Musician

                  from Ohio

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Reviewer

                  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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