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Meinl Cajon Box Drum, Full Size with Internal Metal Strings for Adjustable Snare Effect, Birch Wood, HCAJ1NT
- Create drum set grooves with bass and snare notes using your hands — the wood playing surface has two zones for bass and snare — play with your hands toward the center for deep bass or strike near the top corners with your fingers for crisp snare sounds
- Perfect for live acoustic music — the Meinl Headliner String cajon is made for settings like acoustic coffee house sets, open mic nights, houses of worship and spontaneous jam sessions — this cajon also performs well with a microphone in larger venues
- Adjustable steel cajon strings for snare effect — spanning against the inside of the playing surface are micro-coiled steel cajon strings that deliver a crisp snare sound — string tension is adjustable for tight or loose snare sounds (hex wrench included)
- 100% Baltic birch wood, full size — the natural finish Baltic birch playing surface and body dishes out cutting slap tones, deep bass and responds to soft finger rolls and brush playing — this full size cajon measures 11 ¾” W x 12” D x 18” H
- Rear port for enhanced tone and microphone placement — a sound port is cut into the back of the cajon to allow air to escape as you play, which results in enhanced tone and feel — this is an ideal spot to place a microphone when amplification is needed
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Percussion for the masses
What makes the cajon both accessible and vital for acoustic music
You've probably seen one watching an acoustic band play or while attending an open mic night. Maybe it was a worship band or an open air concert on your neighbor's front porch.
The cajon—the answer for low volume percussion that can be played by anyone, anywhere. It may seem like just a hollow wooden box on the surface, but wait until you see inside of this one.
Bass and snare
Even if you're NOT a drummer, you might already know that bass drum and snare drum sounds are key elements to creating rhythm. With the two, there are endless beat combinations and styles you can play.
We crafted the Meinl Headliner Series String Cajon to deliver both with precision, dynamics, projection and an outstanding feel—all with the ability to fit right into the mix of acoustic performances.
The best part is these sounds can be made by anyone. Just sit down and play—no special skill is required.
Made for acoustic sets, small or large theatres, outdoor shows and houses of worship
Stripped-down gigs and rehearsals are fun because they reveal the inner-workings of songs to where individual parts become crystal clear. From a drummer's standpoint, however, you usually have to sacrifice something to fit the dynamic. But what if you could maintain a foundation of kick drum rhythms and crisp snare to really lock-in at any volume level?
Are you looking for a solid, reliable house percussion piece that can carry a group of musicians through a set of music? The Meinl Headliner Series String Cajon is great for being used by many different players in any style of music.
The Meinl Headliner Series String Cajon tech specs
- 11 3/4" W x 12" D x 18" H
- Weighs 12.8 lbs (supports adults)
- Made from high grade Baltic birch wood
- Internal adjustable micro-coiled steel cajon strings
- No assembly required—comes ready to play
- Includes tuning hex key (located inside the cajon)
- Four solid rubber feet
- Textured sitting surface to eliminate slippage
Comes ready to play right out of the box
Responsive playing surface
The playing surface is made thin to respond to soft finger rolls, ghost notes and even brush playing while being durable enough for heavy back beats and fast, choppy rhythms.
Taking the touch of this cajon a step further, the playing surface is sanded and shaped together with the resonating body to form a perfectly flush, 1-to-1 match.
For every Meinl Headliner Series String Cajon, each resonating body has a playing surface made just for it.
Internal tunable strings for snare effect
If you look through the sound port, you'll see a hex key located on the center post of this cajon. Remove the hex key and turn the two screws located on the bottom of the cajon to adjust tension on the strings.
Tight strings give you a sharp snare drum sound while looser settings deliver a lax snare effect.
These strings are made of micro-coiled steel, similar to guitar strings. The vibrations from your playing activates them to provide a snare sound wherever you strike the playing surface.
Rear sound port
A 5" circular sound port is cut into the back side of the Baltic birch resonating body to allow air flow to escape the cajon as you play.
This gives you enhanced tone with a better feel.
When extra amplification is needed, the sound port is the perfect spot to place a microphone.
The MEINL Headliner Series Cajons deliver the classic cajon sound at an affordable price and can be used in Flamenco or World Music. They are also very useful during unplugged gigs for delivering the rhythmic foundation for a whole band when a full drum set can't be used.
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After a few weeks I tired of the buzzing and decided to remove the string and add my own snares. For $15 I bought a 20 string 14" snare and cut it in half. When I removed the faceplace, I was shocked! It was warped something terrible! No wonder the strings were buzzing. They couldn't lay flat because it wasn't flat. Anyway, I screwed the snares onto a rod that I mounted in side. It sounds MUCH better with snares. However, I'm not sure how it was supposed to originally sound as I received a very defective one. I know this is a budget model, but the QC needs some work.
I love it now, but only after a lot of research and a couple hours of my own work along with trial and error.
Great for acoustic groups, church groups, or home music, the Meinl Percussion HCAJ1NT is perfect for home multi track recording and sounds wonderful behind the guitar, acoustic bass, ukulele, and so on. We have much to learn on it, and you tube is replete with many free lessons, but with the specially constructed "brush" drum sticks, it is a great home instrument for percussion.
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I was a little wary having never played a Cajon, and not knowing what to look for I took a chance, but in reality Meinl are a quality company and I shouldn't have been worried. Fancy having a go? Know someone who might like to have a go? Its good value and good quality, can't day fairer than that. Only thing it missed was some instructions, how to make adjustments etc and perhaps a short intro DVD, it wouldn't have taken much but as there's loads online to watch its no big problem. Have fun.
Alternatively- a wee coffee table or just a nice looking stool.