Sawtooth ST-CJ120B Cajon Percussion Box Birch Wood with Padded Seat Cushion and Carry Bag
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|Color||Birch Cajon with Carry Bag|
|Model Name||Full Size Cajon 20" Tall 12" Wide 12" Deep|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||11.8 x 11.6 x 19.5 inches|
About this item
- Full Size Birch Wood Cajon 20" Tall 12" Wide 12" Deep
- Adjustable Internal Snare Wire System and Adjustable Front Plate to Achieve Desired Sound
- Durable Rubber Base Feet
- Includes Padded Seat Cushion for added comfort
- Includes Carry Bag for easy transport
What's in the box
Craftsmanship and playability is delivered with this wood Cajon. Experience more attack with and an overall brighter tone with saw tooth's Birch Cajon (ST-CJ120B). adjust the snare tension to achieve your desired sound. Perfect for beginners, drummers looking to diversify their playing styles and professional players. Includes seat pad, and carry bag.
From the manufacturer
Sawtooth Birch Cajons
Experience more attack with and an overall brighter tone with Sawtooth's Birch Cajon. Adjustable snare tension and an adjustable front plate help you achieve your desired sound with a few adjustments.
Great for different player skill levels
Perfect for anyone from beginners, to drummers looking to diversify their playing styles, to professional players. Includes Cajon carry bag and seat pad so you can take it wherever you play!
Birch is a dense and durable wood that has a brighter, more aggressive tone than maple and provides very good projection while being loud and cutting. Enhanced lows and highs offer a nice balance of tone to crispness and the enhanced high end helps projection.
- Full Size Birch Wood Cajon 20" Tall 12" Wide 12" Deep
- Adjustable Internal Snare Wire System
- Adjustable Front Plate to Achieve Desired Sound
- Durable Rubber Base Feet
- Padded Seat Cushion for added comfort
- Includes Cajon Carry Bag
Adjustable Internal Snare Wire System
Easily adjust the internal snare wires to change the sound of your cajon.
Adjustable Front Plate
The adjustable front plate allows you to customize the sound you want to get out of your cajon.
Padded Seat Cushion
The padded seat cushion provides some additional comfort for you while you practice or perform.
Included Carry Bag
Take your cajon with you wherever you go with the included carry bag. The reinforced handle and shoulder straps give you multiple carry options.
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|Sold By||—||Drummer's Planet||CymbalFusion Drum Shop||Amazon.com||West Music|
|Item Dimensions||11.8 x 11.6 x 19.5 inches||10.25 x 10.25 x 15 inches||13.5 x 13.75 x 19.75 inches||22 x 15 x 15 inches||11.73 x 11.73 x 19.25 inches|
Reviewed in the United States on January 30, 2019
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I am an acoustic guitar player and wannabe drummer, and I purchased this item thinking it would make a serviceable playing stool with the added feature of being able to provide some percussion with my foot, which is always tapping while I play anyway. I also hope to use it when I am in impromptu acoustic jams to contribute a little drumming on songs I don’t know the chords to. I think it will still serve those purposes, but I have to say I am a little disappointed in the overall quality and sound of the cajon.
To start with, despite the description that says it is solid Ash wood, the front is plywood with an ash veneer, and the back and sides are plywood as well….I guess that is OK, I’m sure you couldn’t really expect solid wood at this price point, but they could at least be more honest in their description. In the “main” picture it looks like it has nice, uniformly rounded corners….in reality it does not…they were sort of rounded with a sander, but it is not uniform and on mine there is a distinct edge on the top. If you look closely at the second picture depicting the sound hole on the back, you will see a slightly more realistic view of what the instrument is really like. Mine also has a prominent gouge on the front that was filled with epoxy. The “adjustable snare” system is extremely hokey. I’ll get into the sound attributes of it later, but the design and execution of it are rather poor…I have, to the best of my ability without dismantling it altogether, disabled it on mine and it is still creating some problems…more on the snares later….
The quality and ease of use of the carrying case is pretty nice. It is slightly padded to provide some protection and the whole front of it zips open to make it easy to get the cajon in and out. It also has shoulder straps so can backpack it with you on your climb to summit Mt Everest!!...or maybe just schlepping it to your jam sessions.
Not being very familiar with cajons, I can only compare the sound to what I heard on a few youtube videos I found while researching ....
In one particular video, the guy compares a number of various cajons of all types and price points. Nearly all of them had some degree of resonance…some more than others of course…this one would fall at the very low end of the spectrum I would say…I am disappointed in the amount of resonance. Even with the snares loosened all the way, it is very flat sounding, with no real “tone”. Struck nearer to the center, you do get a nice bass-ey thump, but rather flat with some rattle from the little beads that are part of the cheesey snare system. Struck nearer the top edge sounds like drumming on a desk or table top…there is no “ring”…just a dead “thwack”…
The snare system is not like any that I saw when researching…it is essentially thin strands of straight steel wire run bottom to top, along the inside surface of the front panel, and back to a block that can be moved up and down to adjust the tension by two allen head screws on the bottom (on the plus side the allen wrench is provided). There are also some beads hanging on wires tied to a vertical support brace..those are not affected by the adjustment. Near as I can determine, you tighten the wires up if you want it to sound horrible, and you loosen them up if you want it to sound terrible. Since the wires are contacting the entire length of the front panel, when they are engaged at all they have a severe dampening effect, which worsens the tighter you go…to the point where it no longer produces a bass sound at all….just a fuzzy “thwack”…sounds like beating on a shoe box…with the shoes in it. When they are loosened all the way (and you have to reach in and pull the wires away from the panel) to allow for any resonance, they still produce an annoying rattle…this is compounded by the beads. I wound up leaving mine disengaged as far as I could, and it sounds passable to my ear…not what I’d hoped for but passable…I will probably wind up clipping off the wires. It does not seem possible with this design to have both a resonant sound and a snare sound at the same time.
The pedal that came with it was surprisingly good. Built more sturdy that the picture makes it appear. The name brand is “ChromaCast”. It is responsive and smooth, has plenty of adjustments for stuff like beater height and adjustable little spikes to dig into carpet…it also has Velcro hooks on the bottom to grip carpet. It comes with hardware that secures it to the cajon, and a tuning key and wrenches for the adjustments. The foam beater head produces a nice bass thump…not too sharp, not too dull… I really like the pedal.
It will serve my purpose. I’m actually having fun with it, but I am somewhat disappointed, particularly in the snare system. Without any other personal cajon experience to compare it to, I’ll just say that , to me, it was probably worth the discount lightening deal price..albeit only barely. I am giving it three stars because of the price I paid and because of the pedal. it would only be two stars at full regular price.
The Meinl has drum snares inside that are not removable (unlike my Schlagwerk) or adjustable. Sadly, this was a deal breaker for me as there was no way to adjust the snare sound. The cajon was well built and had a good carry bag.
The Sawtooth was by far the least expensive and also came with a carry bag and a pad for the seat. The pad was ridiculously thin and hard - and provided little if any cushion. The bag was a nice accessory and the cajon was well built. The bass on the cajon was not as deep and the snares were not as crisp as on the Pyle. The faceplate was thicker/heavier and affected the range of sound that I could get out of the instrument. I did turn the screws that adjust the internal guitar strings, but they didn’t make a huge amount of improvement to the richness of the bass & snares.
The PylePRO is my personal favorite based on sound. To be honest, the build quality is a bit less than the other cajons (edge above the faceplate could use better sanding) and it didn’t come with a carrying bag, but to me, the sound more closely emulates that of a drumset bass, snare and toms. The image on Amazon has recently changed and it now says “BlueBerry” on the drum face instead of PylePro - I’m glad I bought it when I did :-)