These are the cajons and cajon accessories that I currently own and use. I plan to write full reviews of each item when possible.
Macker Percussion double sided cajon with adjustable snare
A lovely oak framed cajon with two tapas and adjustable snare. As a result of extensive research I chose this as my first cajon and I’m glad I did. The dual playing surfaces and variable snare make for a hugely versatile instrument and the types of wood used give a great look and fantastic sounds.
Schlagwerk CBA 2S kit cajon
When I decided to have a go at building a cajon myself, the Schlagwerk CBA 2S was ideal. A kit is easier (and less daunting) than building from scratch and Schlagwerk include almost everything you need to build it in the pack at a great price. I enjoyed the straight forward build process and it is satisfying to play a drum that I built myself. It sounds pretty good too!
Having got a great deal on my Macker Percussion Cajon I wanted a bag to protect it and for transport. Many of the bags I found looked great, but cost almost as much as the cajon. I chose a simple bag from Thomann which is also available from many different suppliers, often under their own brand. It has a carry handle, shoulder strap and a nice large pocket that holds plenty of accessories. It isn’t as padded as some other bags, but it is fine for storing the cajon transporting it in the car.
Schlagwerk SP 20 Cajon seat pad
I bought the Schlagwerk SP 20 Cajon Pad not so much to make the cajon more comfortable, although it definitely helps with that when playing for prolonged periods, but mainly to protect the top of the cajon from scratches when sitting on it. At about 6mm thick, this pad isn’t the most padded or luxurious, but it is cheap and does its intended job well. An added benefit is that if you lean the cajon back to play (as I do) the seat pad gives me grip on the top of the cajon and helps to avoid slipping off the back, which can be rather embarrassing.
Superlux E100 boundary microphone
There are many ways to mic a cajon for recording or playing live in louder settings. A common method is to use two microphones, one pointed towards the tapa and one near the sound hole. An alternative method is to use a boundary microphone placed inside the cajon. I use the Superlux E100 boundary microphone on top of a folded tea towel in the bottom of the cajon. Because of the wide frequency range of the Superlux E100, the microphone picks up the great bass sound as well as the detailed sounds from the playing surface. There are alternative boundary microphones such as the Shure Beta 91A, which is commonly used in professional cajon recording, but is much more expensive.