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History Of The Cajon

A Cajon is a very simple box drum.

Usually made from plywood with a thin plywood front or playing surface (tappa).
The cajon box drum is thought to have originated in Peru. In the 16th century, African slaves would make these instruments from old packing crates and use them to replace the native drums of Africa. Also in Cuba cajon drums where made from old drawers and other household box type structures and used to accompany Cuban and Latino Styles of music.

The word Cajon actually means box, or drawer in Spanish.

And the cajon is found as a major player in Spanish Flamenco music.
The cajon, being a very simple instrument and originally made from any old thing which was around, became popular in many forms of music, similar box drums cvan be found in Blues music and many forms of folk music.

Over the years the cajon developed and people started making additions to the original box drum. The addition of internal wires to giving a snare sound added another dimension to the instrument and many different snare systems have developed since.

The versatility, simple construction and ease of playing has now brought the cajon into an even wider range of music and many styles of playing have developed.

The canjon can be thought of as a drum kit in a box.

Modern cajons feature adjustable snare sounds, adjustable bass dampening and some drums even have pickups installed for easy amplifacation.
The spirit of the cajon is the spirit of music. Such a simple and effective instrument allows anyone to start banging out a simple beat and easily build up to more complex patterns.

At The Cajon Drum Shop we make a range of cajon drums which are all handmade and ready to play.

Take a look at out full range of Cajon Box Druns.



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The Snare Cajon

The Snare Cajon

A great cajon with a wide range of sounds.

The double 20 strand snares give this cajon a fantastic sizzle at the top end.

The dense 12mm ply gives the cajon a deep and rounded bass tone and the 4mm acrylic front gives a lively, crisp sizzle.

Perfectly suited to many different styles of music and playing, the snare cajon gives you great flexibility at a very low price.

Adjustable Cajon

Adjustable Cajon

The snare can be adjusted or turned off entirely.

This gives the drum great flexibility. It can be used as a large bongo/conga and then easily switched into a Snare Cajon with a tight snare and rounded bass.

The snare can also be adjusted to achieve a more trashy snare sound. A very versatile cajon, made to be played.

Robustly built with simple adjusting mechanism.

Professional Cajon

Professional Cajon

Crisp and clean snare with deep warm bass.

Our Professional Cajon gives you traditional cajon sound. The top corners of the cajon can be slackened off to achieve a slap/crack sound at the corners of the cajon giving another dimension to your playing.

We have drawn upon our many years of experience in designing and building cajons to create a cajon which is robust, a pleasure to play and great sounding, and all at a fraction of the cost of its rivals

The Urban Beat Box

Urban beat Box

This totally unique and professional-level cajon features an internal tone chamber for the snare and a completely separate tonal chamber for the bass.

This gives the snare a fantastic crisp sound and isolates the bass sound from the snare so that the instrument produces a clear and rounded bass tone with no snare leakage.

Both the snare and bass sections have their own sound holes to further enhance and isolate the distinctly different sounds.

The Strung Cajon

Flamenco Cajon

Fully Adjustable Snare and Front Plate:

The Traditional Flamenco Cajon has two sets of wires which give a crisp snare sound and are fully adjustable so that you can easily adjust the sound to your liking.

The Front Plate is screwed to the cajon and allows you make fine adjustments to the top of the playing surface to achieve a tight crack sound.

The snare wires can be easily adjusted with a coin or screwdriver, no special tools are alen keys required.

Rumba Box

Rumba Box

Authentic Mento Sound

This is a traditional mento (early Jamaican/Caribbean) instrument which substituted for the double bass. It has 6 keys which can be independently tuned. (We have it tuned to the key of G but you can tune it however you like with a pair of pliers.It sound fantastic.

The Rumba Box has a beautiful round and deep bass tone with a slight chime from the keys themselves. Great for Reggae, Ska, Rock Steady, Mento and many other styles of music.

Rumba Box MkII

Rumba Box MKII

This is our latest Rumba Box. We have chosen a thin 4mm birch ply for the soundboard and the back of the rumba box, this gives superb resonance and a beautiful deep and rounded tone.

The Bridge is in solid American White Ash and the keys are cut from genuine stainless steel packing straps.

The 8 keys can be tuned to any key, scale or mode with a pair of pliers.

My name is Freddy Nelson and me and my mate Chris have built many cajons. We love it. We will make you a quality cajon, sand it, oil it and finish it, test it, pack it up and post it directly to you.

All of our cajons are handmade by us in our workshop to very high standards.

We use only the best hand picked quality laminated wood and we construct cajon drums that are robust and produce a wide range of dynamic sounds.

If you are going to be playing your cajon for extended periods of time you want it to be easy to play. The super thin and flexible Birch wood ply playing surface of our cajons makes them very responsive to the tightest tap and also strong enough to take a good beating (when the moment takes you).

Take a look at the different models we make and take a listen to the sound clips and songs recorded with our cajons.

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