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i'm looking to buy a cajon drum in the next couple weeks, finances permitting. i know a lot of them are on the musician's friend, guitar center, and sam ash web sites, and i'll ultimately buy one from either guitar center or sam ash.

i've been researching them quite a bit recently, and i know what they sound like, and i'm going to try some out in the stores probably tomorrow night as well. i don't want to go broke on one, because i'm not a drummer, and don't plan to be, so my limit is around $150 + tax on one. i might could be persuaded to go a little higher if the quality is significantly better.

i'm currently looking at these:

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Meinl-Wood-Cajon-with-Burlwood-Front?sku=445096
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Meinl-Headliner-Cajon?sku=446837
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Meinl-Cajon-with-Fiberglass-Front?sku=445097
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Nino-Cajon-with-Makah-Burl-Frontplate?sku=445850

i also like the ones made by fatcongas, but they're out of my price range.

i want to get one that has a really punchy, very defined snare-like sound, along with a really punchy bass sound (but still has some decent low end to back it).

i'll go ahead and answer the styles question too: i play guitar, mainly rock styles (vai, satriani, etc.), but i do venture into blues and jazz. second, i play with my church on a normal basis, so something that would work well with an acoustic guitar, electric bass, and female vocals would be a plus.

with that said, any suggestions on any other specific ones to try out? also, i know it's not a highly complex instrument, but are there any videos or books that explain some rudiments and whatnot of playing a cajon? i will, obviously, learn a lot by simply experimenting, but if i can get something more structured, that'd be great.

thanks in advance!
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#2
All I know is don't get one with crappy hardware. Biggest pain in the ass to hafta replace bolts and nuts randomly...My set is sh*t and the lugs that are holding the skins on are breaking left and right.

So get good hardware. Big plus.

EDIT: oh nevermind...I thought you were talking about drumsets...*goes back to corner*
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anyone?
gear?
coming soon... parker fly mojo flame
ibanezes: rg350dx frankenstein * rg7620 7-string
fenders: telecaster plus * stratocaster plus

line 6: pod xt live * ax2 212
other: laney vh100r * mesa dual rectifier * monster cables