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    Default Strap-on Slap Drum

    I bought this wooden wonder about 4 years ago. Still love playing it, and it remains one of the main instruments that I use in our bluegrass band.

    It is marketed as a "lap top" ... I installed the strap-buttons myself, so that I can wear it with a guitar strap.

    I have suggested to the company that they should sell it with strap-buttons factory-installed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoePasko View Post
    I bought this wooden wonder about 4 years ago. Still love playing it, and it remains one of the main instruments that I use in our bluegrass band.

    It is marketed as a "lap top" ... I installed the strap-buttons myself, so that I can wear it with a guitar strap.
    Great idea. I sometimes use the Schlagwerk Move cajon and it's fun to play.

    You should consider adding some accessory sounds to the box that you can attach with Velcro (castanets, jingles, etc).

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    Quote Originally Posted by MusicMan View Post
    You should consider adding some accessory sounds to the box that you can attach with Velcro (castanets, jingles, etc).

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    Oh sure, I have my array of percussive attachments. But on a typical gig, I switch around between Slap Drum, washboard, spoons, rhythm bones, brushes on mounted frame drums or toms .... so I do not attach things to any one instrument.

    Instead, I velcro them to this milk crate, and play them with my foot ! I have a castanet, a TamboToe® foot-jingler, and a hotel desk bell.

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    When I play the spoons, I bounce them off my upper leg. If I am standing, I will need some sort of foot stool, so I began stepping up on the plastic crate that I was using to carry assorted hardware to gigs. Then I reinforced it with plywood ... then I'm adding percussive items with velcro, one at a time... and that's how that started.
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    I have the further option of this homemade "heel-trigger", which I plug into my bass drum synthesizer :

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    Joe,

    Those are great ideas.

    Since I play louder gigs, I modified by Move Cajon with a built-in microphone, a splash cymbal, and castanet and tambourine attachments.

    I like the "TamboToe" thing. I'll have to look into one of those!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MusicMan View Post
    Joe,

    Since I play louder gigs, I modified by Move Cajon with a built-in microphone, a splash cymbal, and castanet and tambourine attachments.

    I like the "TamboToe" thing. I'll have to look into one of those!


    As far as I know, they're still making & selling them : http://www.tambotoe.com

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    I looked up the "Move" cajon on the web. ( It kind of reminds me of something an ice cream vendor would wear at a ballpark ! )

    A few of the reviewers mention that they do not care for the waist-strap idea... and at least one guy modified it so he could strap it over his shoulders, instead. Do you have any issues with it slipping down ? Or hitting it with your knees ?

    (Playing my Slap Drum with the shoulder strap, my chest & stomach actually play a role in
    shaping the different sounds, by how tightly or loosely I hold the back of the drum against my body.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoePasko View Post
    As far as I know, they're still making & selling them : http://www.tambotoe.com

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    I looked up the "Move" cajon on the web. ( It kind of reminds me of something an ice cream vendor would wear at a ballpark ! )

    A few of the reviewers mention that they do not care for the waist-strap idea... and at least one guy modified it so he could strap it over his shoulders, instead. Do you have any issues with it slipping down ? Or hitting it with your knees ?

    (Playing my Slap Drum with the shoulder strap, my chest & stomach actually play a role in
    shaping the different sounds, by how tightly or loosely I hold the back of the drum against my body.)
    Hi,

    No, I like the move cajon (the strap is sturdy and adjustable, so I haven't had any problem with it). I suppose it depends upon how high one wears it on the waste and how tall he is.

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    We played a barn gig in Rotterdam Junction NY, Tuesday evening. Great gig, but man was it hot inside that barn.

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    *update* Earlier this year I purchased a similar instrument, made by Louson Drums. Unlike the Slap-Drum, the Louson came with strap-buttons already installed. At 12"x12", its a little smaller (and thinner) than the 13"x13" SlapDrum, and somewhat brighter sound. I have been using both box-drums for dates with our acoustic/bluegrass band. (And last week, when I was invited to sit in with an old friend's rock and roll band).

    I don't think I'd ever buy a cajon... ( I don't think I'd find hunching over to play it to be comfortable). Plus, I'm pretty much a stand-up kind of musician. I like to jump around alot ! The box-drums are pefect for me.

    I hope to see them catch on w/ percussionists.

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    Off World Percussion makes a tear-drop shaped version called "The Gemini Drum".... been thinking about trying one of these, too
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    Joe,

    Yeah, those slap drums are easier to use if a simple cajon sound is necessary.

    I never play a box cajon any more without at least a pedal (so I don't have to hunch over).

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