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How to Choose or Buy the Best Cajon for You


On this page we use our 20+ years of experience playing a wide range of cajons live & in the studio to help you choose the best cajon FOR YOU.


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The cajon, more accurately spelt cajón (with an accent), but also called cajone, cahon & cajun box drum, originates from the tea plantations of Peru & has become synonymous with flamenco music. However, these highly versatile drums are at home in just about any musical genre. But when it comes to buying one of these beautiful instruments & deciding which cajon to buy, the choice can be daunting!


'Met Stu from Waywood Music yesterday to buy my first Cajon; if you're in the market for one check him out as his knowledge and service is second to none!'

(Manny Elias; Tears For Fears)


Cajons come in many different shapes, sizes and finishes.

[DG Cajon Blue Zebra Finish][DG Cajon Exotic Birdseye Finish][DG Cajon Art Finish][Gon Bops Alex Acuna Special Edition Cajon]

This NEWLY UPDATED page introduces you to these fascinating, versatile instruments and will help you choose the best cajon for your needs.

We're not sponsored so we don't push brands.  We offer impartial advice based on our experience with these wonderful instruments and we welcome questions. We've added a page on Hints & Tips For Getting Started Playing The Cajon which will continue to be updated as we learn more.

The cajons we sell are all excellent quality and value for money; we receive a lot of positive feedback from audiences and players alike.

There are many different brands to choose from, each with their individual sound characteristics, quality and price range.

All advice we offer is based on personal experience; not third-party; certainly not sponsored by any shop or manufacturer!

This page is divided into 8 sections as follows (use the links to short-cut to the information on cajons that you wish to read) or just work your way down the page:

Key facts
Short history of the cajon
Use of the cajon in today's music
What do you want or need?
What to look for when choosing a cajon
Which is the best cajon for YOU?
Important Regional Differences in Availability of Cajons
Key facts
Cajons Sold by Waywood Music


Key Facts to Remember When Selecting Your Cajon

There is no substitute for listening to a cajon, in the room, as it's played, when making a decision.

What About Using Videos or YouTube To Compare Cajon Sounds?

DON'T! DON'T! DON'T!  It Is Meaningless!

Many sites & manufacturers put sound samples on their sites. These are largely useless because a) recordings can be treated, b) every microphone has its own individual response (so 'colours' or changes the original sound) and c) every hi-fi and speaker system will also colour the sound in a different way.

We cannot stress enough that the sound you hear may not resemble in any way the true sound of the cajon being played due to the influence of microphones, recording electronics & the speakers/sound system you are playing it through on the sound you hear.

Rubbish can sound great & vice-versa. 


[Visit Waywood Music Cajon Sales Page]Established drum & percussion manufacturers have started making cajons, usually made in the Far East. These instruments are very well made but in our opinion, they represent an inferior product sound-wise. Some have such a large, warm bass tone that it dominates all other tones, whilst the cheaper (& some more expensive) models have uncontrollable & intrusive snare buzz when playing all tones.


How do you know you're choosing the right cajon?

Ask an expert, ask a discerning playing, try them out & find the drum that connects with you. We are always happy to help you choose. If you're not sure, we will use our passion & extensive, long-term experience to choose the right cajon for you.

Call us; chat to us; e-mail us; text us & we'll help however & wherever we can.


Remember ...




[Key facts about choosing your cajon]Do your research and decide what sort of sound you want

[Key facts about choosing your cajon]Always seek experienced help, but make sure that the final decision is yours

[Key facts about choosing your cajon]Be clear about where you will use it; totally acoustic;  mic'd up;  both?

[Key facts about choosing your cajon]Every drum will sound different; try more than one cajon before buying

[Key facts about choosing your cajon]Don't be influenced by marketing, branding & advertising; use your ears

[Key facts about choosing your cajon]Always get someone else to play the drum so you can listen to it from in front

[Key facts about choosing your cajon]Play at a range of different volumes and see how the drum responds & sounds

[Key facts about choosing your cajon]Try-out a range of drums within your price limits

[Key facts about choosing your cajon]Always buy a case for your drum; they damage easily


... and when you've bought it,

[Key facts about choosing your cajon]Learn proper techniques for playing; you will avoid much pain & improve sound


... and finally

[Key facts about choosing your cajon]ENJOY YOUR CAJON!


Here's a short video introducing the cajon ...


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(WR; Stourbridge, West Midlands, UK)


History of the Cajon

The cajon (cajón) originated in the tea plantations of Peru, probably in the 18th Century. It is likely that the original instruments originated form the tea chests/boxes used to pack the tea. These boxes were constructed using thin wood and therefore, would be prone to warping and splitting in the wide ranges of humidity and heat they experienced. It is this splitting which is likely to have produced the characteristic rattle or snare sound of the drum, imitated today through the use of snare wires.

Traditional Peruvian cajons still have no snare wires inside so are much closer to the original African box drums from which they probably originated, producing a much drier sound than those with snares. cajons are still used to accompany many of the traditional Peruvian dances.

The cajon emerged from relative obscurity in the 1970s, when the Flamenco guitar virtuoso, Paco de Lucia, was given a cajon as a present by Peruvian composer and cajon master, Caitro Soto. De Lucia liked the sound of the instrument so much that he introduced the cajon into his repertoire. The instrument grew in popularity and today it is the mainstay of many styles of Flamenco music, a genre of music producing some of today's cajon masters, such as de Paquito Gonzalez.


Use of the Cajon in Today's Music

Cajons are becoming increasingly popular in a wide range of musical styles and are now produced by a wide range of manufacturers, making them accessible to many more players. They are definitely a 'hip' drum of the moment. However, that also means they run the risk of being labelled like other popular drums (e.g., the djembe): nice but overused!

Whilst still prominent in Flamenco music, the cajon has also spread to most other music genres: rock; pop; Latin; folk; traditional ... the list is VERY long. Successful adaptation of the cajon to other musical styles has been thanks to the creativity and sensitivity of the musicians who play them, players like Alex Acuna, Sheila E, Marco Fadda and the late, great Miguel 'Anga' Diaz..

Most people use the cajon in place of a conventional drum kit but there are many other ways it can be used to fit in, either with or without a drum kit. It may be used as an effect through to the only rhythm instrument in both live and recording situations. Add the possibilities afforded by miking-up and equalisation/effects and the opportunities are almost endless.

A quick word on health and safety: playing the cajon can potentially put strain on the back and cause injury to the hands and fingers if not played properly. Therefore, it is very important to learn good posture and good playing technique. This will not only increase your endurance but reduce the risk of short-term and long-term injury.


[Visit Waywood Music Cajon Sales Page]If you have any questions about choosing cajons, their maintenance, would like a second opinion etc you can always contact us at Waywood Music.

We've added a helpful page on Hints & Tips For Getting Started Playing The Cajon which we will continue to update as we learn more.


'Morning Stuart, I'd like to thank you very much for all your knowledge which helped us choose a exceptionally well engineered & quality cajon drum. All the links that you have kindly sent with techniques on learning how to play. I'm sure that the personal customer care that you have provided will never be beaten or even matched. I will certainly be recommending you to family, friends & my son's drum teacher. Many thanks for all the time & effort you've given to complete this order it has been very much appreciated. Best wishes.'

(Manny, Lancashire)


Download a free PDF summary of the key points from this page using the following link:

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What Do You Want or Need?

Before you decide, do your research. Learn about cajons and try to understand what you're looking for. Ask yourself some basic questions:

Where will it be played?
How much can you afford (what is your budget)?
What quality of cajon are you after (budget available may determine this)?
What type and size of cajon are you after?
How often will you use it?
Is it for serious (frequent gigs) or casual use?
Where will it be played (concerts; home; other)?

Now a couple of notes on the above.

Firstly, budget & build quality: Just because a cajon is lower in price does NOT mean it is lower in quality! Branding by the big names can add premium pricing to lower quality products.  Conversely, cajons made by smaller companies or individuals may cost less and be of higher quality. Examine the materials used; quality of wood, quality of joints; attention to detail; reinforcing; finishing. These will give you a good indication of true quality. Always go for higher density hardwood construction, such as Finnish birch ply. Harder woods like birch give an excellent frequency range; rich, punchy bass and bright, cracking higher tones.


Secondly, how, where, when it will be used: If you are expecting to use your cajon for frequent gigs, you will do a lot of carrying and moving which can take their toll. Always aim for the highest quality you can afford for the purpose. A drum which will be for home use only many not need to be so ruggedly constructed, but that is not a reason to buy a poorly constructed drum which may buckle, distort, crack or become unusable with frequent use.


Thirdly, protection: Your drum will last much longer if it is cased. This does not have to be a hard, flight-case (unless you are touring); many manufacturers make strong, padded, protective bags. Some independent case manufacturers make excellent quality strong, protective bags.


[Padded cajon carrying bag - Rucksack style][Padded cajon carrying bag - Rucksack style showing straps]

Examples of padded cajon storage/carry bags - Click on images to enlarge


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How to Choose a Cajon

Choosing a cajon is not always straightforward and easy, even if you have sorted out what you want!

Here are some specific items to look for.

Quality: Look at materials, joints etc (as mentioned above). Better quality materials, especially the use of higher density hardwoods, along with thicker sides, top and base, produce a better quality sound. Contrary to some opinions, a higher quality front panel (tapa) does give a much better sound, especially when playing slap strokes. It also enhances a controlled bass response.


Make: This can be an area of controversy, but in my experience, brand logo does not necessarily a great cajon make! By nature of their hand-made construction, every drum is made from materials that all vary slightly and therefore, will produce a different sound (even if this is only a subtle difference). Therefore, by taking some time to compare different drums within a particular brand, and across brands, you may be able to find 'your' drum from a supposedly 'lower' model simply because of a good combination of materials: it pays to shop around and take your time choosing a cajon.


Purpose: Most cajons will have snares to give some rattle or buzz to the high tones. However, some cajons are purpose-built to produce mainly deeper bass tones, whilst other Cuban-style cajons may produce higher, bongo- or conga-like tones. Cajons without snares will sound different to cajons with snares. Know what you want.


Sounds: Choosing a particular cajon based on the tones it produces is very subjective and individual. However, some basic principles are:


High Tones: These should sound sharp and crisp with an element of 'pop' to their tone


Bass Tones: These should be deep and well-defined. Some cajons can sound 'woolly' because their bass tones have a lot of middle to them without the deep punch of the bass. This sound may suit you; it may not, but be aware of the difference.


Tone Separation: There should be a clearly audible difference between the high tones and bass tones.


Snares & Tuning/Tensioning: Most cajons will have snares. These should produce a controlled buzz with the higher tones and when the tapa is played gently (ghosting) and be relatively well muted when the bass tones are produced.

'String Cajons' or 'Snare Cajons'? A number of manufacturers, like Meinl, have introduced the term 'Snare Cajon' which adds all sorts of confusion to an already daunting choice.

The original box drums of Africa & Peru had no snares, relying on split & weathered plywood to produce their buzz.

The majority of cajons use snare wires (which Meinl call 'Strings') to produce their buzz.

Schlagwerk introduced the idea of using snares, similar to those found on the traditional snare drum in place of snare strings, on their 2-in-1 cajons because they were cheap & highly flexible; they could be removed if desired, simply by lifting them out!). Meinl have refined this slightly with some of their more recent cajons.

The simplest way to refer to cajon sounds is using the terms 'low' or 'bass' & 'high' or 'snare' & understand that the difference is in how the snare sound is made (strings, snare wires, or brush snares). The use of guitar strings is pretty much universal on high quality authentic instruments from Spain & Peru (though as we've already mentioned, most Peruvian cajons have no snares) & many of these have refined mechanisms for high sensitivity tuning/tensioning of the wires.

As for differences in sound between the two types of snare arrangements, it is personal choice, made with our ears: If it sounds great to us, that is most of the battle won!

[Cajon snare wires against inside of tapa]

View of snare wires against inside of front tapa face (viewed through cajon rear sound hole)
Click on image to enlarge


The number of snare wires varies by manufacturer and model but typically one or two pairs of wires is used. Some models use 3 independently tensioned pairs of snare wires. The main difference is that more wires can create more snare rattle or buzz, but in reality, the tension of the wires influences that component of the sound. The increased number of wires, such as 3 pairs, allows more flexibility in snare buzz across across the face of the cajon; but these drums are considerably more expensive and probably the effects only really noticed by an experienced or trained ear.


On many cajons, these snares are adjustable which allows you to change the snare response and sound by simply loosening or tightening the snare wires/guts/brushes. Care should be taken not to over-tighten or over-loosen the snares as this is be detrimental to the sound.

[Cajon base showing snare tensioning screws]

View of cajon base showing snare tensioning screws - Click on image to enlarge


All cajons made by J Leiva are fitted with novel, easy-to-adjust external snare tension mechanisms. Snare wires are attached directly to a dial-type knob situated on the outside of the cajon which you turn clockwise to increase snare tension (tighter sound) or anti-clockwise to loosen the snares (looser snare drum type sound). Called the DTS or Direct Tension System (earlier models still carry the original Spanish, Sistema de Afinación Directa, roughly System Direct Tension or STD which was understandably changed for the UK market!) is quite unique in that it is fitted on the 'entry level' cajons, giving professional adjustment which has not previously been available at this level.


[External single DTS direct tuning on entry level Leiva Zoco cajon] [Dual DTS direct tuning on J Leiva Medina Vintage cajon][J Leiva Omeya Evo Triple DTS direct snare tension mechanism on rear of cajon][Close-up of DTS direct snare tension system on Leiva Omeya Evo cajon]

View of DTS snare tensioning system on a range of J Leiva cajons - Click on images to enlarge


Some cajons, such as the Schlagwerk 2-in-1 cajon, have snares which look like the wire brushes used for playing a drum kit, which can be taken off if required. These are not adjustable for tension but in our experience do produce a good, well controlled snare sound.

[Schlagwerk cajon with brush type snares]

View of Schlagwerk cajon with brush type snares - Click on image to enlarge


The Gon Bops Alex Acuna cajons, manufactured in Peru, have addressed the issue of excessive snare buzz by using diagonal snares across the top corners of the tapa.  These only vibrate when the top corners of the tapa are played, leaving bass note completely buzz-free. The sound may be a bit too dry for some players but the sound is more reminiscent of the original Peruvian cajons which had no snares. These snares are not adjustable.

[Gon Bops Alex Acuna cajon with diagnonal snares]

View of Alex Acuna Signature cajon with diagonal snares - Click on image to enlarge


The Leiva Omeya Bass cajon includes 3 sets of independently adjustable snares; one pair to each top corner and a single central snare split with a single wire to each top corner. This arrangement allows more subtle snare adjustments depending on a player's personal preference.

[Leiva Omeya Bass cajon with 3 independently adjustable snares]

View of Leiva Omeya Bass cajon with 3 independently adjustable snares - Click on images to enlarge


It is also worth checking how easily the snares can be replaced in the (rare) event that one should break as replacement can be lengthy, fiddly and quite a specialised exercise in some cases!


Bells: Some manufacturers add small clusters of bells to a front supporting bar just behind the tapa.

[Cajon bells rear view through sound hole]

View of cajon bells through rear sound hole - Click on image to enlarge


[Close-up of bells attached to post at rear of front cajon tapa face]

Close-up of bells attached to post at rear of front cajon tapa face - Click on image to enlarge


These sound when the tapa is struck, adding a very high pitch jingle to the high tones and bass tones, which although rarely heard, provide increased 'cut' to the sound. They may also be used as an added effect. It is a matter of personal taste whether you like these and the quality/tone of bells varies greatly by model and manufacturer; some are more effective than others.


Tapa (Front Panel) Adjustment: Most cajons have a thin front panel (tapa) which is secured for the bottom two-thirds/three-quarters, but is adjustable for the top third/ quarter, uisng screws.

[Cajon tapa tensioning screws]

Close-up of cajon tapa tensioning screws - Click on image to enlarge


By subtly tightening or loosening these screws it is possible to add more click/slap/attack to the high tones. However, care should be taken not to over-tighten or over-loosen the front head as this will be detrimental to the sound.


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Design Features to Enhance Bass Response: J Leiva manufacture two or three top-end (most expensive) cajons with features which enhance bass-to-top tone separation, tailoring them to use in the recording studio. This may be achieved through the use of a back-plate to cover the rear hole in cajon case, thereby increasing compression and helping to eliminate the high- and low-mid tones which contribute to a woody or boxy sound and can also muddy the sound, making high and low tones less distinct. To allow air to escape, a false bottom is included in the cajon (or the drum is raised off the floor on short legs and into the bass of the sound chamber is fitted an adjustable sound slot. This focuses the bass tones (similar to the reflex bass bin system) producing a more pronounced bass note.

These cajons are sophisticated in design and correct set-up (reflected in their price) but can offer a distinct advantage to musicians who spend most of their time in the recording studio, enabling a good recording source for rapid set-up and EQ (equalisation).

[Leiva Omeya Bass Cajon showing back plate for compression of tones][Leiva Omeya Bass cajon showing rear compression plate removed]

More complex features on a studio-orientated cajon a) Cajon Design - Click on images to enlarge


[Leiva Omeya Bass cajon DTS and bass port adjustments][Leiva Omeya Bass cajon bass port]

More complex features on a studio-orientated cajon b) Controls - Click on images to enlarge


Non-Construction Factors Affecting Sound: Your cajon can sound VERY different depending on where you are located and the environment (room) you try it in. If you are near to a solid wall or radiator, the drum will sound louder and you may get enhanced bass tones. If the room is carpeted or you are near upholstery, wall hangings or curtains, the bass tones will tend to be absorbed and you will hear more mid and high tones. So try to test your drum placing it in the middle of a room and make sure each drum is placed in the same position when played. It is also important to play the drum yourself and listen to how it sounds, then get someone else (who can play) to play the cajon when you are stood next to it (so you can hear how it sounds) and then when you are stood 6 - 10 feet (ca. 1.75 - 3 metres) in front of it: the drum will sound very different from these two positions!


Travel Cajons: These relatively new additions to the cajon stable are designed for the travelling percussionist. Breaking down into a flat-pack case, they are ideal for taking on planes and fitting into small spaces. These are expensive pieces of kit (usually retailing in excess of £400) so designed for the professional (or the musician with an endorsement!!). Their sound is usually superb (as you'd expect for this kind of money) but the balance between portability and cost is an important issue when considering these drums; in our opinion portability must be the priority to justify the cost.

[Leiva Travel Series cajon flat-packed in carrying case ready for assembly] [Leiva Travel Series cajon flat for travelling]

Example of a travel cajon flat-packed: the Leiva Omeya Travel Series - Click on images to enlarge


[Leiva Omeya Travel Series cajon assembled & ready to play]

Travel cajon assembled ready to play: the Leiva Omeya Travel Series - Click on image to enlarge


We've added a page on Hints & Tips For Getting Started Playing The Cajon which will continue to be updated as we learn more.


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Download a free PDF summary of the key points from this page using the following link:

[How to Choose The Best Cajon For You in PDF Format] How to Choose The Best Cajon For You


DON'T FORGET: We are always available to help you find the best cajon for your needs. If you do decide to buy from Waywood Music, we apply the same principles we have outlined on this page.  Watch the following video to see how you can use our expertise to get the best cajon for your needs.




Modifications & Updates to Cajons

The basic design of a cajon is that it is a box on which you sit, with a thin tapa (front) face & a sound hole. Most have an internal snare. 

These elements remain largely unchanged.

HOWEVER, manufacturers are always looking to improve their products functionally, update them appearance-wise or provide something that fits a niche otherwise unfilled.

For this reason, the design of a specific manufacturer's cajon(s) or of individual cajon models can change quite significantly over its lifetime. These may simply be cosmetic (colour changes or additions, logo or decoration design etc) or may be more significant (relocation of sound hole, change in materials from which the cajon is manufactured, modification of snares used or introduction of a new snare tension adjustment system.

One example of such a modification has been a recent change to controlling size of the bass port opening by J. Leiva on their flagship Omeya Bass Studio Cajon. Originally operated by an external wheel located at the back of the cajon (See A Below), the revised mechanism uses a simple slide located on the underside (See B Below)


[Leiva Omeya Bass cajon DTS and bass port adjustments]

A. Original Design ... Click on image to enlarge.


[Views of Leiva Omeya Bass Studio Cajon bass port arrangement & external adjustment]

B. Revised Design ... Click on image to enlarge


DG cajons are well known for having changed the design & appearance of their logo over the years.


[Original DG Cajon Exotic Birdseye Finish - No logo][DG Cajon Blue Zebra Finish]

Changes in Logo Design on DG Pro Yaqui Cajons (Early 2000's - Current)


Manufacturers may also change how they position or dampen the snares on their cajons, or even the type of snare used.

However, one should also be aware that as brands become established on a good reputation, manufacturers may also be looking to cut costs in manufacturing, perhaps through the use of less reinforcing, cheaper quality components or cheaper quality of wood used. Each of these can have a significant effect on the life, sound & reliability of the cajon. We have found that some brands have made such changes resulting in an inferior sounding product. That is why we always recommend listening before you buy: just because on cajon sounded good two years ago, never assume it still will. You may be surprised to find that it sounds better, which is great, but you may be disappointed (& always bear in mind that each cajon will sound different anyway, so it really is up to using your ears or trusting someone to make a good choice for you).


NEW! Pedal or No Pedal?  Further Updates to Cajons

One recent introduction we get asked about more & more is the cajon pedal.

Kit players will be used to the idea of using the feet to play bass drum, hi-hat, effects etc. A number of manufacturers have started to adapt the traditional bass drum pedal so that it fits to a cajon, allowing the player to use their feet.

Many of the videos seem to be lacking in creativity as the cajon becomes little more than a quiet substitute for a bass (kick) drum. Indeed the design of pedals by manufacturers like Schlagwerk & Gibraltar position the pedal beater so that it plays the front (tapa) head of the cajon. The main problem with this design is that if you want to combine feet & hands, the beater is directly where your hands would play. So, it is pushing the player to use the cajon as a bass drum, whilst freeing one of their hands to play some other percussion, shaker, snare drum etc with their free hand.


[Schlagwerk Cajon & Pedal Arrangement][Gibraltar Cajon Pedal - Strap & Chain Drive Versions Available]

Examples of Cajon Pedals Made by Schlagwerk & Gibraltar


Leiva have also just introduced a cajon & pedal combination called the B.Box. This is an innovative design in that the inside of one side of the cajon has been routed-out to produce a thin area of wood, resembling the tapa head, which is more resonant & therefore, more bass-orientated. This now leaves the front tapa face free for playing with both hands if desired, opening-up new opportunities for interplay between the hands & feet. The pedal is available separately & can also be used in a conventional way, like the Schlagwerk & Gibraltar pedals where the beater plays the tapa face.

Here is a short YouTube video (opens in new window) showing the pedal attached to a conventional cajon, showing how hands & feet can interplay ... Leiva B-Box Pedal on Evo Cajon


[J.Leiva B.Box Medina Cajon & Pedal Set-Up - Rear View]

J. Leiva B.Box Cajon & Pedal - Official Photo (Waywood photos to follow)


There will always be discussion & disagreement on whether pedals have a place in cajon playing. My personal view is that if the tool is there use it, but don't be restricted by tradition or lack of imagination. Try new things; experiment.

Choice is a personal thing. It may open your playing up to be more creative or you may feel more constrained to playing the cajon like a traditional drummer.

Pedals are not overly expensive although the Leiva pedal & custom made & modified Medina cajon is not a cheap option. However, as with all choices, each must decide how price, functionality & use fit together. For some of us it will be too expensive; for some it will be worth the money.


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Which is the Best Cajon for YOU?

Only you can answer this question, but if you base your decision on the points outlined above and remember the key facts below you have every chance of choosing your ideal cajon, which should give you years of service and great enjoyment.

Don't forget, if you have any questions about choosing cajons, maintenance, second opinions etc you can always contact us at Waywood Music


We've added a page on Hints & Tips For Getting Started Playing The Cajon which will continue to be updated as we learn more.


NEW! Important Regional (Country) Differences in Cajon Availability

Some of the most common questions we receive concern comparing different cajons made by several different manufacturers.  Sometimes we are asked to compare the sounds of different models made by the same manufacturer.

PLEASE bear in mind what is said above: every cajon sounds different & unless there are 'design specifics' intended to produce a particular sound (for example, the Leiva Omeya Bass Studio is specifically designed to compress-out unwanted mid-tones leaving a very defined & punchy bass tones with plenty of clear high notes).


[Key facts about choosing your cajon]We find hear some cajons made from 'superior' woods sound inferior to cheaper
alternatives made from 'less desirable' materials. Every cajon is unique.



Many of the 'big names' are pretty much universally available throughout the World, but the smaller individually-made drums rarely export to all countries.  So, Leiva cajons are available in the United Kingdom (UK) & most European countries but they ARE NOT available in the United States of America (USA).

So, if you are asking us questions about which is the best cajon to buy for you, please remember to let us know where you live as that will have a major influence on what we can & cannot recommend to you.

There is always the option to ship a Leiva cajon from the UK to to the USA, but current shipping & courier prices are prohibitive, working out at between an extra UK£50 & UK£75 per drum.

We would usually recommend that unless you specifically want a Leiva cajon, put the extra money for shipping towards an upgrade in your own country (on the proviso that you LISTEN FIRST based on what we've repeated on different parts of this page; every cajon sounds different: some expensive models can sound inferior to cheaper models; it's all about using your ears to find one that you are happy with) :)



Key Facts to Remember When Selecting Your Cajon


[Key facts about choosing your cajon]Do your research and decide what sort of sound you want

[Key facts about choosing your cajon]Make sure you know where you will use it; totally acoustic; mic'd up; both?

[Key facts about choosing your cajon]Every drum will sound different; always try more than one cajon

[Key facts about choosing your cajon]Don't be influenced by marketing, branding & advertising; use your ears.

[Key facts about choosing your cajon]Always get someone else to play the drum so you can listen to it from in front

[Key facts about choosing your cajon]Play at a range of different volumes and see how the drum responds

[Key facts about choosing your cajon]Always try-out drums within your price range

[Key facts about choosing your cajon]Always buy a case for your drum; they damage easily

[Key facts about choosing your cajon]Learn proper techniques for playing; you will avoid much pain & improve sound

[Key facts about choosing your cajon]Enjoy your instrument!


We've also just written a page on how to amplify your cajon using microphones.



Download a free PDF summary of the key points from this page using the following link:

[How to Choose The Best Cajon For You in PDF Format] How to Choose The Best Cajon For You





We specialise in cajons having played them live & in the studio for the past 19 years.  We know what sounds good, what works well & what represents true value for money.

If you're new to cajons or not sure what you want we will help you find the best for you.



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