Cajon purchase choice

Gabriele91

New member
Hi guys,

I am looking to buy my first cajon.

To be honest I do not mind about the price since I would prefer to buy something which is very high quality since the beginning.

I have been reading a bit about it and I am undecided between an electronic cajon or just a simple acustic cajon.

With what I have read I understood that to very good choices would be either Roland EC-10 El Cajon or MEINL percussion SUBCAJ5WN Cajon.

What do you guys think? Are there better models and/or types out there?

Looking forward to your advises.
 

PorkPieGuy

Platinum Member
If I was in the market, I'd try to find a Moravian Boxkit Pro. These are by far the best I've ever heard. I play one as a kick drum in a band that I play with occasionally. It sounds great!

 

Odd-Arne Oseberg

Platinum Member
Cajons are like drums. There isn't just better or worse, but lots of differences.

I have a Sol USA Pro which I think is great, but they're sadly out of business. It's not great for everything, but it has a lovely, crisp and warm sound. Very much to my taste, The Gretsch of cajons. 😄

Most percussion brands make cajons. LP has several.

De Gregorio specialize in cajons. Lots of models.

Do you want to play it traditionally?

With a pedal?

Need it to be more tunable?

Quite big price differences. Depending on brand and model. Anything from $100-500.
 

markdrumz

Junior Member
I’d avoid electronic cajon models. In my experience they tend to use less responsive front plates and are prone to failure of the electronics/pickups. Get a boundary mic from Sennheiser, Beyerdynamic or Shure. They go inside the cajon so you get good isolation from other sounds on stage and sound much better than the electronics in the cajons you mentioned. Lots of great options out there—depends on what kind of music you will play and whether you plan to use a pedal for bass or your hand. Find a retailer like X8 Drums or Drum Center of Portsmouth to talk to—they will be better at helping you than the big retailers. Good luck!
 

Durbs

Senior Member
Just copying and pasting what I wrote in another thread:

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Having switched to cajon from kit as my main instrument a while back (i've only recently started behind a kit again) - I got to play and sample a few...

Meinl:
I had an adjustable snare one. Mappa Burl I seem to remember

It was never that good, as sometimes the snares buzzed uncontrollably no matter what I did.
Someone then kindly put a kick pedal through the front head, so whilst waiting for it to be repaired, I was really surprised at the build quality inside.
Lots of rough edges, poorly cut angles... Put me off buying another.

Schlagwerk:
Personally I'm not a fan of them, BUT, the sound is very compressed which is why I think a lot of people use them in place of a kit.

Pearl:
Tried various models, never found a nice one.

LP:
Pretty standard, as you'd expect from a percussion (rather than drum kit) manufacturer. Warm bass, and more of a ringy snap, which I like.

More generally, I'm wary of the more gimmicky ones; 2 (or more) tapa (batter) surfaces, wedge-shaped, extra large, extra bass etc.
Cajon's put out a helluva lot of bass, especially when mic'd, so you don't need any more of that.
The ideal for most is to separate the snare and bass tones, i.e. as little snare as possible on the bass tones. Many get around this with not having much sustain on the sound (e.g. Schlagwerk).

Ensure it has some snare adjustment, though personally I don't see the need for on-the-fly adjustment (pedals, knobs, levers...).


If it's for anything more than the occasional acoustic gig, I'd look at spending a bit more (£300-400). As with snare drums, there's a sudden leap once you spend over £150.

I play a Pepote Estudio (Wembley Drum Centre stock them), and LOVE it.
They make more entry-level ones, and if you can try one, I'd recommend it.

Interestingly, they now white-label some of them to Meinl as "Meinl Artisan" cajons.

Sela also get good reviews but I've never found one to play on.
 

Morganthetall

Junior Member
I played a Meinl cajon for about 2 years, and thought it sounded ok...
That was before i made switch to a Pepote Jaleo cajon about 3 months ago. A cajon from a specialised cajon maker like Pepote is so much more quality, in both sound and construction. Mine is only the entry level model i think, but i would fully recommend it.
 

Shedboyxx

Silver Member
I don't recommend an 'electronic' cajon. These are cajons with either built in microphones, pickups or in one case a speaker. Get a regular good cajon and you can always add features to it.

There are a lot of cajons out there. Posters are saying "a Mienl" or "an LP" but both of these companies (and others) make cajons of differing looks, quality, sounds and features.

I would recommend looking at the LP Americana series and Meinl Woodcraft series. There still are a few from each series to look at.
I personally prefer plenty of bass sound as I am usually replacing a drum set part. However not at the expense of a quality snare sound and good corners.
The Pearl Bass Boom Cajon has great bass sound although I wish the snare sound were a tad louder. Also The Pearl Cabana Cajon is very nice for the price.
I've played some great Schlagwerk's cajons but not all are of the same quality. There is a boutique cajon company called Nautilus Cajons that make beautiful sounding cajons that are on the higher end price wise, not unlike boutique drums.

Best thing to do is try to play a few and feel out what works.
 

Gabriele91

New member
Hi guys! After reading all of your precious advises I have come up into a two of what I think could be a great choice. The first one is Alex Acuna special edition from Gon Bops and the second one is A Tempo Percussion El Artesano. Which one would you guys pick between the two and why?

Thank you so much in advance.
 
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