Well with a wide range of options out there in the market it’s very difficult for one to make a choice. No worries, whie searching for the best cajon drum on the market, you may start with researching the web for various discussions of the most popular brands, builds and types of Cajons with their brief description, now it will be much easier for you to choose the perfect match, if pay attention to what we have to say below.
Help me find my best Cajon !!!
That’s what we are here for but before that, you need to do some workout. What? Workout! Yes exactly because “what is worth, never comes easy.”
Don’t worry you need not have to run a marathon, just look for specific characteristics listed below:
Well making a decision based on the sound of a Cajon is very much up to the individual, reason the player should feel the connection with the instrument. Still, some basics properties are:
High tones for sharp and crisp sound basically for rock genre.
Medium tones for dry and crisp sound for pop and similar genre.
Bass tones dry and deep sound for folk and jazz genre.
Tone difference –
The variation between high and low notes can be easily detectable.
Adjustable accessories –
Check for the provided screw, tuner, knob and buttons in case of snare, and advanced drums, whether they are functioning properly and producing their respective effects.
Define your purpose it will help you a great deal while choosing the right one for you. If you want a traditional folk sound the one without snares suits you and if you want to make modern music and perform live in an event, the one with cool accessories, snares, and amps input will suit you. If you are planning for your drum kit substitute, you need one with snares. If you like rumba style then Cuban style Cajon will suit your purpose. You get the point …
Closely look at the materials, screws, parts, joints, faces, etc. The better the quality of the material the better the performance. Higher density Tapa (front panel), thicker hardwoods supporting sides, top and base will surely produce quality sound.
It’s the combination and quality of material that decides the value of the Cajon, whether it can be a multinational brand product or a local vendor produce does not matter. So, we suggest you compare yourself by sitting and tapping on it making your desired sound, that’s how you’ll understand it better.
Bonus Tips to help you choose your best Cajon
- Research – About the sound genre you want and find the matching Cajon.
- Environment – Be clear about the environment in which you are going to play, a theater, public gathering, live performance or studio.
- Options – Have options, try and compare them all. Choose which sounds good to you.
- Mentor – Ask for experienced advice, they’ll guide you for good.
- Brand – Don’t be brand conscious, the brand does not always guarantee the best suit for you.
- Cover – A cover case is a must for your instrument to avoid damage.
- Friends – Ask your friend to play, you can have a different level of feedback from the instrument, when someone else is playing it.
- Accessories – Knob, screw, volume rocker, snare or button whatever instrument has attached to it, test them to their full potential.
- Build – Test the material of the instrument, its build quality the better it is the longer it will serve you.
Some major brand names having international recognition are :
Meinl, A tempo, LP, Tycoon, Pearl, Gon Bops, De Gregorio, La Rosa, Schlagwerk, Swan, Sol, Kotz, and Kopf.
Mike Meadows, Mario Cortes, Heidi Joubert, and Pedrito Martinez.
- The Big Instructional Book For The Cajon, By Conny Sommer
- Cajon Grooves For Beginners, By Alan Dworski
- Getting Started on Cajon, By Michael Wimberly
- First Lessons Cajon, By Jordan Perlson