Buying a cajon - recommendations?

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Buying a cajon - recommendations?

Postby SteveL » Mon Feb 25, 2013 8:24 pm

I'm rather keen to pick up a decent quality cajon. There seem to be plenty out there ranging from $120 to $700 or so. Just wondering if anybody on the forum has one and has any tips on buying one. There's a guy in Manly NSW that makes them, I have my eye on his base model ($350 approx):

http://www.cajon.com.au

but really, open to any experienced user's advice! I should add that I'm interested in it from the recording side of things, rather than for live shows.

thanks

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Re: Buying a cajon - recommendations?

Postby Drumstruck » Wed Feb 27, 2013 7:34 am

It's good to see an Oz manufacturer of these doovers - the deluxe dove-tailed version looks the goods to me ;-)


fyi checkout Clayton Cameron using brushes on a cajon:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcUmff3dxCo
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Re: Buying a cajon - recommendations?

Postby Djembe » Wed Feb 27, 2013 8:31 am

You really need to try them to assess their sound.
When I was looking for one, I tried a number of different ones, but many didn't have the low bass I was looking for.
The ones made for flamenco tend to be a bit light on the bass.
I ended up trying all the ones they had at the old Billy Hyde's in Surry Hills and bought an LP, which is OK, but I have heard some better ones since. The best mass-produced one I have tried is a Pearl.
There are a number of makers/sellers in Sydney who have very good ones. I haven't tried the ones from the Manly guys, but this guy from Parramatta makes good ones:
http://rodrigopercussion.com/rodrigopercussion.com/Home.html

Also you should check out Claudia in Coogee who teaches Cajon and imports them:
http://www.learncajon.com/
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Re: Buying a cajon - recommendations?

Postby SteveL » Wed Feb 27, 2013 9:34 am

Thanks for the info Blair and Ian.

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Re: Buying a cajon - recommendations?

Postby jkhuri44 » Wed Feb 27, 2013 9:52 am

if you're handy with wood, surely you could make one yourself, and safe a boat load. Use the right wood and you're laughing!
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Re: Buying a cajon - recommendations?

Postby Drumstruck » Wed Feb 27, 2013 11:59 am

I reckon you could make one pretty easily out of an old nylon string acoustic guitar - just don't sit on it :))
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