Meinl Siam Oak String Cajon with Makah-Burl Frontplate

Model #CAJ3MB-M

Meinl caj3mb m 1
Meinl caj3mb m 1
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User Reviews
25 January 2012

Truly a beautiful instrument! This was a Christmas gift for my grandson and he immediately climbed up and started did all the 'kids' (including Dads & Grandpas).

9 August 2011

Meinl String Cajon Black Makah-Burl Although mine is clear light wood sides (not black) the instrument is essentially the same. This is a very fun and diverse instrument. I had seen a few musicians using this in acoustic sets and was amazed at the projection. Nice snare sound.

1 February 2011

I read some pretty positive reviews about this Cajon, but immediatley after receiving the product i was dissapointed in the build quality as well as the sound. There is no low end to this Cajon whatsoever and the snare sound is pretty weak.

30 December 2010

This cajon is great for beginners on a budget. Its sound is not great, but enough to learn where to hit and get that snare/bass combo that makes this box so much fun to play. It will need some tuning with the allen wrench provided.

12 May 2010

Does exactly what I would expect - I am just starting out learning the Cajon, and this is certainly good enough for that. It does not give the "full drum kit" sound of some other models I have heard (although some of this may be simply down to competence), but for the price it is a good piece of...

Product Description
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 cajonThe 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.
  • 19-1/2"H x 11-3/4"W x 11-3/4"L
  • 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
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