Cajon

Cajon History
Using readily available items such as tables, boxes, drawers and utensils has been a traditional part of music culture for centuries. At times, such as the those endured by West Africans forced into slavery, it was necessary to disguise these percussive instruments in order to prevent intimidating their enslavers. A convenient item available at the time was a cod fish shipping crate. It appeared to be nothing more than a seat, yet with some alterations was made to produce a wide variety of percussive sounds by slapping various parts of the box, whilst seated. The concept evolved over time to became a mainstream part of Cuban and Peruvian music, spreading in popularity to Africa and Europe, and of recent times into Flamenco music.
Today the cajon, or "box" drum, is known for it's rich earthy tones and a surprisingly wide dynamic range, from cracking high's down to rumbling lows.

The WoodskinTM Cajon
The WoodskinTM Cajon has been designed with five mandates in mind.
. Richness and depth of the bass register or "bottom end".
. Clear and pure middle and upper registers.
. Aesthetic beauty, and fine handcrafted quality.
. Playing comfort.
. To be adaptable to a wide variety of musical genres.

Each WoodskinTM Cajon is personally designed and hand crafted by Mark Aspland, a percussionist, instrument maker and engineer, with over thirty years experience with a vast array of drums and drumming styles. These include Tabla, Djembe, Darabouka, Conga, Bongo, Drum kit, and many other forms of hand percussion.

Adaptability
The WoodskinTM Cajon has been designed to be a welcome addition to a wide variety of musical genre's.
In general, animal or resin skinned hand drums exhibit a note, or range of notes associated with their sound. These percussive notes can become identifiable with a particular musical genre.
Wooden skin drums however, when designed properly, deliver more percussion and less note, making them less identifiable to a particular genre and more universally adaptable to vastly different musical styles. Each WoodskinTM Cajon has been engineered to take advantage of this phenomena and further enhance it.
The quality of the resultant sound becomes a product of a carefully selected number of components of each WoodskinTM Cajon. Mechanical sound enhancement principles are even employed to target the desired sound scape.

Amplification
As with all Cajon's The WoodskinTM Cajon is an acoustic unit. However the incredible natural sounds offered by the unit respond very well to amplification. Any of the following three microphone configurations work well but of course everyone has their own preferences.
1. An instrument or vocal mic aimed at the face, and one at the rear sound hole.
2. A single instrument or vocal mic aimed just at the face.
3. A piezoelectric mic placed internally.

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