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Meinl Slap-Top Cajon Makah-Burl

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Percussion innovation from the forward-thinking minds at MEINL.

The MEINL Slap Top Cajon is a conceptual step up to a new level. This model is designed to bring the striking surface up nearer to the player, for a more upright playing style. The sound projects forward into the audience! High and low tones as well as a snare effect are built in to the sound board.

FEATURES
Frontplate: Makah-Burl
Resonating body: Eco-friendly medium density fiberboard
Comfortable design
Forward sound projection
Internal snare wires
Wide sound spectrum
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MeinlSlap-Top Cajon
 
4.6

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound (25)
  • Responsive (19)
  • Versatile (18)
  • Huge tone (10)
  • Sensitive (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment (21)
  • Small venues (20)
  • Jazz clubs (6)
  • Soundtracks (4)
  • School bands (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (20), Novice (5), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Cajon now added to our Irish bodhran

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice Sound but.....

It has a nice sound and responsive touch. Unfortunately when I was getting into it the top cracked. I may have gotten into the music a little much and broke it but I would...Read complete review

It has a nice sound and responsive touch. Unfortunately when I was getting into it the top cracked. I may have gotten into the music a little much and broke it but I would hope it could take a hit.

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Cajon now added to our Irish bodhran

By Mick the Bridge

from The Irish Roots Cafe in Kansas City MO.

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Responsive

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • Small Venues
    • Soundtracks

    Comments about Meinl Slap-Top Cajon:

    See video review for comments.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great fun! Great Gift!

    By Simcha

    from Central Louisiana

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • No Bag Non-slip Pads

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • Jam Anywhere Any Time
    • Jazz Clubs
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues
    • Soundtracks
    • Symphonies

    Comments about Meinl Slap-Top Cajon:

    Love this little drum. Wanted a cajon for a long time - desired a more lady-like way to play it - great design. Amazing how many sounds from such a small surface. Bought one for myself and 3 more for family & friends. Fits in regular cajon bag.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fantastic Cajon

    By Nat-1-F_D

    from Dayton, OH

    About Me Experienced

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    Pros

    • Great Sound
    • Portable
    • Responsive
    • Sensitive
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • No bag

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • Acoustic
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Meinl Slap-Top Cajon:

    I waited several months to get this item on backorder and wow, am I happy with it! I own several kits, hand drums, percussion items, electronic percussion, and so on and this little cajon is a must-have. I currently use it in an acoustic rock setting with a blues/rock group and could easily see using it in the studio as backing percussion for any of my other projects. It's perfect for accompanying acoustic guitar at an open mic or even at a drum circle. The bass tone is tight and focused and the snare is consistent and clean. The cajon seems built to be mic'd and the recordings I've done with it sound fantastic. I added 4 castanets and I often wear foot tambourines, ankle rattles, and finger shot shakers with a foot cabasa on my left for a fuller sound. With some creative percussion added to the cajon, you can do some really great layering, or keep it simple with the bass note, snare and basic tom runs on the tom section. My only gripe is that it doesn't seem to have a bag available! For about a Benjamin, you can't go wrong. Right now, this thing is getting more use than my MUCH more expensive Wavedrum!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Comfortable to Play, Great sound!

    By BigE

    from Plano, Tx

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    Pros

    • Great Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Meinl Slap-Top Cajon:

      On occasion, I play small gigs that will not allow a full drum kit. I did not want a cajon that required me to sit on it and bend over for the couple of hours I play. This does the job well. I have been told that it projects well across a room without a mic, and I need to hit it hard.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Express your inner drummer

      By Rick

      from Elkton, Maryland

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      Pros

      • Comfortable Position
      • Decent sound
      • Light
      • Very Portable

      Cons

      • Weak Bass Tone

      Best Uses

      • Home Use
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Meinl Slap-Top Cajon:

      I was thinking about buying a regular cajone, but thought the playing position might aggravate my back problems. To play this one you sit up straight with it between your knees like a set of bongos...problem solved!

      By striking in different areas of the top or by using different parts of your hand you can get an amazing variety of tones. Pulling the baffle baffle tube out of the port gives the instrument a more boomy, hollow sound that is also an interesting variation.

      When you are playing this cajone, you really can't hear how it sounds (particularly the bass tones) because the port is facing away from you. I mic it through my guitar amp, boost the bass, mix in a little reverb or echo and enjoy a much improved sound.

      Since I am a vocalist/guitarist/worship leader I probably will not be playing the cajone out anywhere. It gives me a lot of enjoyment and lets me express my "inner drummer" at home without having the expense or space requirments of a drum kit.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great little Snare,Tom and Bass

      By Bassman

      from Alaska

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      Pros

      • Good Sound Easy To Play
      • Great Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues
        • Soundtracks

        Comments about Meinl Slap-Top Cajon:

        Nice deep bass and snappy snare, Tom is good too. This little Cajon is comfortable to play, the front port projects well. Excellent for small venues, acoustic bands, recording or simply having fun with a small group. Good quality workmanship, should last for many years.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Fun drum....satisfied

        By randy g

        from west NM

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        Pros

        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Meinl Slap-Top Cajon:

            I'm having fun with this slap-top cajon :)
            Sure worth the price! Seems sturdy
            and gives distinct bass/tom/snare sounds.
            I can't compare it to regular cajons,
            as it's my first cajon, but friends seem to like the sound. Nice to have the playing surface at lap level. Very easy to play. Added the med.castanet and jingle castanet and happy with those too.
            Thanks & smiles...Randy G.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great instrument, would recommend

            By Austin

            from Raleigh, NC

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Great Sound
            • Huge Tone
            • Responsive
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Accompaniment
              • Jazz Clubs
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Meinl Slap-Top Cajon:

              This is the first time I have seen such a thing, since I am use to the standard cajon. Performed great, easy to adjust to, and feels just like drumming with my hands on a table top! Great for acoustic sessions, and campfire jams.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great product!

              By Cody

              from Tuscaloosa, AL

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Great Sound
              • Huge Tone
              • Responsive
              • Sensitive

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Accompaniment
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Meinl Slap-Top Cajon:

                Very nice product by Meinl. It has three different sounds-a kick, a snare, and a bongo type sound. Very useful for acoustic gigs. Takes a little bit to figure out what height you need to sit to have feel nice, but after that it feels amazing to play. I would recommend this to anybody.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                i like this product so much

                By chie

                from milpitas

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Great Sound

                Cons

                • Not Sensitive

                Best Uses

                • Jazz Clubs

                Comments about Meinl Slap-Top Cajon:

                i use this product as my main instrument now. and i like it so much.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Cajon! Big fun to be had playing this one.

                By charles soileau

                from Louisiana

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                Pros

                • Great Sound
                • Huge Tone
                • Responsive
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Accompaniment
                  • Jazz Clubs
                  • Praise Band
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Meinl Slap-Top Cajon:

                  Awesome to carry along for acoustic sets. Perfect "laptop drum set". Love all the available sounds a timbers in one small instrument. Also love the playing position. love not having to bend over to play it. Very comfortable.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Awesome Product!

                  By JoshS

                  from Knoxville, TN

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Accompaniment
                    • Leisure Playing

                    Comments about Meinl Slap-Top Cajon:

                    My wife bought me the Slap-Top Cajon after seeing it in a local box store and it is awesome. I enjoy playing it around the house for leisure and hoping to use it in the church band. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a small instrument with large sound.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Meinl slap top cajon, great addition!

                    By jdberl

                    from Medford, OR

                    About Me Novice

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Great Sound
                    • Responsive
                    • Sensitive

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Accompaniment
                      • Jazz Clubs
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about Meinl Slap-Top Cajon:

                      I purchased this to use in my living room for quieter jams and it was a total hit.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Very cool and unique instrument

                      By Kat

                      from Atlanta, GA

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Great Sound
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Accompaniment
                        • Small Venues

                        Comments about Meinl Slap-Top Cajon:

                        Got this for my wife who does open mic and other small events. Usually uses her standard Meinl box cajon. This one is much more portable and has a great and easily controlled set of sounds. Not exactly a replacement for a full drum kit, but it does a great job accompanying an acoustic guitar and vocals in a small venue or just for fun anywhere.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Much better than standard cajon

                        By SC

                        from Alabama

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Great Sound

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Acoustic Or Small Venues

                          Comments about Meinl Slap-Top Cajon:

                          Awesome bass sound when mic'd. Sound through subs is amazing. Much more comfortable to play than standard cajon

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          I LOVE the SlapTop

                          By Madjack

                          from Byron, Georgia

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Great bass tone
                          • Portable
                          • Quality Built
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Small Acoustic Sets

                            Comments about Meinl Slap-Top Cajon:

                            Great instrument. Quality built with good bass tone. I love playing this drum.

                             
                            5.0

                            I love my slap top cajon!!! Meinl is the best!!

                            By dRumrap

                            from Long Beach ca

                            About Me Experienced

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Meinl Slap-Top Cajon:

                              I play my slap top anywhere and everywhere! It's a drum set, a conga and a cajon all in one!

                              Service and delivery comments:

                              It arrived just in time for band practice! Less the three days and it was on my door steps !

                               
                              3.0

                              Great sound but flimsy material

                              By Side Drum

                              from Vancouver Canada

                              Pros

                              • Great Sound
                              • Responsive
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                              • Poorly Made

                              Best Uses

                              • Accompaniment
                              • Small Venues

                              Comments about Meinl Slap-Top Cajon:

                              Fantastic concept and great sound
                              Just bought it and having a lot of fun but notice the top is starting to crack.

                               
                              5.0

                              Sounds Amazing. Perfect For Sitting Upright

                              By rshow1971

                              from Bedford, PA

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Accompaniment
                                • Small Venues

                                Comments about Meinl Slap-Top Cajon:

                                When playing a traditional cajon, i feel too uncomfortable and hunched over. The slap top is perfect for sitting in an upright position. The snare sound is great. The bass could be deeper, but i understand why it is not and can live with it. Sounds great when sitting around camp fires or at open-mic night backing up the acoustic guitars. Very Cool Instrument.

                                 
                                5.0

                                This thing is a blast!

                                By Tinman

                                from Mokena, Il

                                About Me Professional Musician

                                See all my reviews

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Great Sound
                                • Huge Tone
                                • Responsive
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Accompaniment
                                  • Small Venues

                                  Comments about Meinl Slap-Top Cajon:

                                  I'm a keyboard player who started out as a drummer. I bought this last month in the hopes of bringing it to the gig and adding some percussion sounds. I also added a wood castanet and jingle castanet that I mounted to each side. This thing sounds great. I set it right on my stool and play it standing up. Depending on the size of the room, I may or may not mike it up. Everyone else in the band wants to play my new toy. Now I'm able to do acoustic gigs with the band when they don't need a drummer or keys.

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