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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
Includes Allen wrench

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

SPECIFICATIONS
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 55 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (46)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound (31)
  • Responsive (22)
  • Versatile (21)
  • Huge tone (13)
  • Sensitive (12)

Cons

  • Poorly made (3)

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment (27)
  • Small venues (25)
  • Soundtracks (7)
  • Jazz clubs (5)
  • School bands (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (24), Novice (9), Professional musician (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

 

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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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great acoustic drum!

By IM

from California

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

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!

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The box.

By Andrew Showalter

from East Canton, OH

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

It makes breakfast for me in the morning.
I love it. My first cajon. Played it at my first gig EVER last Saturday and it sounded phenomenal. I just threw a mic in it. Buy it. Plus it looks cool.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Solid Drum

By RockBoxfilio

from Plymouth, MA

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

I got this last christmas instead of a dejembe and i'm so thankful. I used to play dejembe in basement jamns with freinds often, but was looking for something to expand the soound. This did it. The array of sounds you can get is awesome from low bass to the crack of a snare. With practice and watching a few videos of really talented players online you can learn alot of interesting techniques quickly.Now i play in a folk Band with an acoustic guitar, standup Bass, and electric guitarist that plays banjo half the time. this cajon holds it's own onstage and i've played it at a few major venues mic'd up. I'd say Get Brush Sticks if your serious about playing because on some songs it'll add alot of depth.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Get this drum!

By NotSoLittleDrummerBoy

from Maitland, FL

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Pros

  • Anyone Can Play It
  • My Friends Love It
  • Versatile
  • Very Responsive

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues
    • Youth Group Bands

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

    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!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great drum, great value

    By Michael Thompson

    from Colorado

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

    Bought this drum for my son as a Christmas present. He loves it. The burled wood frontplate is just gorgeous and it has a good poppin' sound. He's still playing with it to discover how the bass response stacks up, but so far, it seems like a really great drum.

    It's a great value, with features usually found on more expensive drums. I compared it to lots of other cajons, and it really stacked up well for less money.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Better Than I Thought It Could Be!

    By That Girl You Know

    from Lake Ridge, Virginia

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

    I just picked this up today and it is totally gonna fill my needs. I'm an acoustic singer/songwriter doing acoustic-based solo performances where I play everything. I didn't want the hassle and over-bearing sound of a drum kit but something more rhytmic than beating on/potentially damaging my Seagul S6 A/E guitar. I tried a few other models in both lower and higher price ranges, but this is the one. Great center bass tones, especially if you tip it back. Awesome snares which are also adjustable, but I don't know why because it was perfect out of the box. It happens to be good looking too which is just a bonus for live performances. I've already done a track tonight on the Digitech JamMan and it sounds terrific...a full, rich, classy, clean sound. Nothing cheap here!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Not as pictured

    By Amy Pollock

    from Western PA

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

    I was really looking forward to giving this cajon to my son for his birthday. When he openned it, right away, I noticed that it did not have the Burl Frontplate as pictured. My son really liked the sound quality of the cajon so we did not return it. I am still disappointed with it however because I really liked the more dressy frontplate. The one I received looks like stained plywood. Just a caution for those buying for the looks.
    Not as pictured
    My son is very happy with his cajon.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great cajon!

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

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

    I purchased my meinl cajon a while back to add to my hand percussion collection - it's definitely one of my favorite drums now! The good: Front plate looks fantastic, the guitar-string snares give a fantastic sound (much better than the 'snare wire' snares on other models), and people are always wondering what kind of drum it is.The bad: Foam 'seat' is more of a butt-gripper to keep you from sliding around... rather than any kind of 'padded' seat (it's all of a few millimeters thick), and snare wires must be adjusted with an allen-key.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Love the sound

    By YoDaveG

    from Ridgefield, CT

    About Me Novice

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    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.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Do Yourself a Favor

    By Worth it

    from Atlanta, GA

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    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.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Solid buy for the price!

    By Tommy

    from Southern Utah

    About Me Experienced

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    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

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Percussion

    By MDP Drummer

    from Sacramento, CA

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

    I bought this model a few months back and have been very pleased with it's sound, look, and overall performance. You have some good control over the tuning of it: there is a plate that you can adjust the tension of the string on the bottom of the cajon, as well as loosen or tighten the top of the front plate. By spending some time with it, you can adjust the snap of the snare. The low end is decent, I think Fat Congas has a better bottom end, but it didn't have the snare sound I was looking for. So I chose the Meinl and haven't regretted it. If you are looking for world percussion and don't want to go the conga route, check this out!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    GOOD TOOL

    By ToneSearcher-ygggv

    from L.A.

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

    Shopped for a Cahon for about 18 months trying to find the sounds I have been searching for. This one has them. Great for acoustic and combos; plus a must for any studio.A tip: shop for this like an acoustic guitar as they differ in sounds even comparing apples to apples. Again it took me 18 months.Buy one soon; it will be something you'll keep forever.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    excellent

    By drums301

    from NY

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

    This cajon is excellent. I bought it after hearing one played in a concert. Though my experience with cajons is very limited, my aux percussion setup really benefited from the addition of a cajon. Still, before buying one its really best if you play around on a couple first. A cajon is not going to replace your drum set. I find that this cajon works really well for quiet live acoustic latin music or other situations where loud volumes are a problem. It also records very well and I have used it in recording Latin and Celtic music. The bass sound becomes a lot fatter when you play it with the port pointing toward a corner.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great cajon and Beatiful finish

    By Shaun le great

    from New yoirk, NY

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

    i bought this cajon as for my first percussion instrument.i like this cajon because it has a great snare sound, beautiful finish and adjustable corner screws for a good snap. I would really recommend this to a beginner or a professional percussionist.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Very Happy With Product

    By Lauren Thompson

    from Undisclosed

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

    I just ordered this cajon last Saturday (April 7th), it was on my doorstep on Tuesday afternoon. Very fast shipping! I got this as a present for my husband and he absolutely loved it. I was kind of skeptical about ordering the product after reading some reviews on this website, however, I am very happy with the product and service from Musician's Friend.

    (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.

      (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!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great cajon

        By Ev

        from Virginia

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Reviewer

        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.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best Bang For The Buck

          By David

          from NC

          About Me Professional Musician

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          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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