When I first saw the Crate Cajon, I was very impressed with how well finished this instrument is and how smooth its surface feels. The Crate is definitely one of the most unique cajons on the market. There are wooden slats across the sides and the back to add character and security. Both the frame and playing surface are covered with a very light and gloss-free satin, giving this cajon a rustic yet sophisticated look. I give kudos to the Tycoon design team for accomplishing that seemingly impossible task of elegantly blending two competing aesthetics. It could easily be mistaken by a very classy piece of vintage furniture. The measurements on the Crate are 19" tall by 11.5" wide (on the playing surface) and 12" deep. This is a fairly light cajon, easy to cary around for gigs, and lighter than most cajons I’ve played, which is always a bonus when you have dozens of other toys to be loaded and unloaded at each gig.
The Crate has a very involving and warm sound. The Asian hardwood and Siam oak playing surface really complement each other to serve the quality of the sound. The bass tones are very rich, deep, and explode with nice projection. One condenser microphone was enough to amplify it and bring out all the captivating overtones of the Crate during live performances. The slap tones are bright and crisp, and because the snare wires are strategically placed on each side on the playing surface, the slaps feel and sound effortless. When the snares are off, the sound is just as great. The bass tones really pop out, and pitch bending becomes a breeze.
This cajon shows great response to all types of strokes with different parts of the hand. My fellow percussionists had only compliments about this instrument. Some of them could not resist and had to try it out for themselves. Audience members were also intrigued and interested in checking out the “cool-looking box.” That’s not a response I often get with a standard cajon.
The Crate Cajon is a great choice overall. It has a very clear, distinct, and organic sound, with great deep bass tones and bright slaps that are easy on the hands at the same time. The design is very well thought-out and carefully handcrafted, resulting in one of the coolest-looking cajons on the market today. It is a superb option for all types of musicians from a cajon enthusiast to a professional percussionist. Very light weight to carry around for gigs at a very affordable price for the quality you get. And on top of all of all that, you can help protect our planet, knowing that you are taking home an instrument made with 100 percent environmentally friendly certified wood. That sounds like an excellent deal to me.
Configuration Shell constructed from 100 percent eco-friendly certified Siam oak; playing surface is made with exotic Asian hardwood and Siam oak.
Features Internal snare wires adjustable and tunable with provided (attached) tuning Allen wrench; internal jingles provide extra brightness; unique faux crate look is a nice eye-catching detail; Tycoon Percussion 29 series cajon carrying bag can be purchased separately for $89.
List Price $269