Provides a great feel and rhythmic foundation to any musical situation.
The Meinl String Cajon features built-in adjustable strings which offer a sizzle effect. The strings touch the frontplate on the inside and span from top to bottom. They deliver a sensitive rattle that can be adjusted to fit various musical applications. The patented integrated string mute system controls the tension of the strings and ensures a dry and crisp sizzle effect. The drum also comes with the Professional Cajon Bag to keep it protected.
Its top corners are adjustable with screws, which lets you control the crash or "slap" effect. Loosen them for a strong effect, or close them down for a milder response.
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's 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, 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 century. 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.
- Adjustable top corners
- Adjustble sizzle effect, Integrated string mute system
- Padded sitting surface
- Wide sound options
- Professional Cajon Bag made out of heavy duty padded nylon
Great fun for anyone that plays it. Order today and have fun for the whole family.
String Cajon with Bag Specifications:
- 19-3/8" H x 11-1/2" L x 11-3/4" D
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Comments about Meinl String Cajon with Bag:
I listened to many cajon's online and decided that I liked the sound of this one the best. I was pleasantly surprised to hear it in person. Great low end, great snare slap, just an amazing cajon! One thing I really like about this cajon is the low end. It really has a nice, rich, deep sound. This cajon will sound amazing with a mic. You can buy one for less money, but not with the kind of sound that comes from this one and not one with a bag. That was one of the big selling points of this cajon with me was that it came with a bag. I wanted a bag to protect it when I transported it, but a lot of times when they say an item comes with something, that something is not very good. I am really impressed with this bag that comes with the cajon. It has roughly an inch to an inch and a half of padding in this bag and it is made out of heavy duty fabric and the carry strap and handles are also heavy duty. Meinl did not skimp on this cajon or bag. They are both well worth the money. If you are looking for a cajon and bag bundle, look no further, you will not be disappointed.