In this article, we are going to help you to figure out which cajon drum to buy.
We are not going to tell you which brand to buy, but we are just going to lay out the facts and tell you some of the key points that you need to think about when choosing the cajon that’s right for you.
The cajon world these days is saturated by manufacturers, both big and small. People working out their sheds or people working with factories are building huge quantities of cajon’s.
It’s difficult to figure out sometimes which is the best option particularly if you are buying your very first cajon. So we hope that you find some of the points we make in this article helpful and will help you find the right cajon that suits your needs.
WHAT IS YOUR BUDGET?
First thing that you probably want to think about is your budget. Ask yourself how serious am I about the cajon and learning it and becoming a master Cajon player.
Whatever your goal is that’s going to help you figure out how much you want to spend.
Beginner Cajon start around $99, usually up to about one hundred and fifty dollars, but depending on your country and your currency it’s going to vary a little bit.
Mid range cajon go from about a hundred and fifty dollars to three hundred dollars
Pro cajons is about three to five hundred dollars and above, the sky is the limit because there’s some amazing artists on Cajon builders making everything by hand out there these days and the price can go up into the thousand sometimes.
Also you need to think about, maybe you want to get a gig bag or a pair of brushes or an extra snare or a pad to sit on if that applies.
Take into consideration these things in your budget.
WHAT TYPE OF MUSIC DO YOU PLAY?
What type of music are you going to be using you’re cajon for.
If you’re playing in a rock band and you’re looking to kind of bring out that kick and snare feel then I would recommend maybe looking at a snare cajon that has an actual snare system in it.
Whether with wires or whether you want it to be able to turn it off or to just leave it on, its up to you choose witch that meets your expectation.
The one’s with switches are always great because it gives you the option of having a traditional Cajon and a snare cajon.
Are you playing more of a traditional afro-peruvian style? If so then look for an afro-peruvian cajon with no snare system.
You’re going to want to look at the technique that’s needed to play that style of music a bit more but maybe looking at that would be for you.
If you’re looking at playing flamenco music or more Latin, then maybe a flamenco cajon is right for you that has guitar strings to give it the sizzle effect.
WHAT TYPE OF SOUND DO YOU WANT?
Very important is what type of sound are you looking for from your cajon.
Are you looking for a resonant full bass tone ? Are you looking for a punchy dry bass tone ? Are you looking for a snappy high snare tone or a kind of fool lower pitch snare tone?