Heidi Joubert

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  1. Catherine Yavarone

    Loving the cajon and learning with your lessons!
    Thanks, Heidi!
    P.S. Tried to subscribe a few times to your newsletter, but some technical problem.
    Please use my info below to get me on your list.

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  2. Anoop

    I would love to join in. I am from India and can work out a time with you. Please let me know when you start please..

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  3. Jean Vincent

    The Cruze Pro Toro Cajon is my First Cajon.
    Yes it looks like you need to be a little more precise on it in order to obtain all the different sound on it but, it’s sooo good sounding!!! The little effort worth it cause you can definitely obtain more modulation than other brand. For the money spend, there is nothing close, the overhaul quality, wood, handcraft, design, is really worth it.
    On top of that, having a delay on my order, Heidi personnally contact me, gave me constant follow up, and a compensation… She really cares for her customers, that’s something we don’t see often nowaday! I strongly recommand Cruze products!!!
    Jean Vincent, Montreal, Canada.

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  4. Gregory Curran

    Hello Heidi!
    My Cajon arrived safely in the US.
    Just wanted to tell you about my first impressions of my Cruz Cajon Pro Elite Leon .
    She’s beautiful!
    She has a lovely fundamental tone, just tapping her from the sides.
    Moving to the front board, her depth is released!
    It was easy to find the sweet spot between the highest position for good bass and the guitar string snare sounds.
    Another reason I went with your cajon is the distance is way closer to the top than any other I’ve briefly tried out.
    Playing her on “the sides” is yet another voice she has!
    Yes, I watched your vid on this! “Horseflies” LOL
    Thank you also for your lovely words during all our communications!
    I tell everyone the story of my Cajon coming to life. Handcrafted in Spain by your Artisan, shipped to you in England for your inspection, hand tuning, by playing her and then finally packing and shipping by you yourself!
    Doesn’t get any more “Hands On” and TLC than that!
    I feel that you are not just someone I bought an item from, but a friend!
    Heidi! You are the Best and a delight!
    Truly,
    Greg

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  5. Chad Martinock

    This Cajon is a well designed, great sounding instrument. It’s got plenty of sensitivity, and a surprising low end punch with a large sweet spot. It’s comfortable to play, easy on the hands, and it has a wonderful tone, it’s very musical. Highly recommended, I feel like you get your money’s worth and then some, the features and sound are top notch, there’s nothing lacking, it’s superior to Cajons even twice the price, go for it!

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  6. Joerg Stadermann

    I am playing my new Pro Elite Torro for 14 days now, played it in rehearsels, on stage and in my flamenco lessons (I could barely drag my teacher away from it). Before I go into the details, I wouldd like to thank Heidi for her great support. Although really busy, she always found the time to keep me updated about the status of my order. Thank you very much, Heidi.
    Now, let’s talk about the cajon.
    The look:
    My first impression after unpacking: Wow! The cajon looks stunning, beautifully crafted and designed. The new round corners give it a high-quality look and add a nice touch to the design. Overall, the look is great.
    The feel:
    I prefer soft tapas and although a bit harder than my old cajon, I really feel comfortable with the Cruz’ tapa. Nice rebound, very responsive, playing feels good and is fun.
    The sound:
    Amazing. There is no other word for it. Deep basses, sharp slaps, light fingertips, finger rolls, all very clear and present. The separation between bass and snare is great and the dynamic ranges from a soft whisper to thundering claps. The tuning system is easy to handle, the strings sound good in every tuning I tried so far. On stage, appart from beeing a real eye-catcher, the sound of the cajon is really great with or without microphone.
    Conclusion:
    Considering that I was prepared to pay high-end prices for the right cajon, I am really lucky. I’ve found the perfect cajon for me, witthout going broke. The Cruz Pro Elite is a great sounding, beautyfully carfted, professional cajon. I’m sure the Cruz will be with me for a long time. BTW, I called it Pablo:-)

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  7. Bob Ryder

    Looking forward to the DVD release. Please do include me in any announcements for pre-orders. Thanks for all the time, effort and love I’m sure you’ve put into the project – can’t wait!

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  8. Jean-Francois

    Hey Heidi, couldn’t help but notice your surname being Joubert. Does your family have any roots in the Seychelles be any chance? Our closing family friends were Joubert when I was living there.

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  9. Daniel Ignacio Headley

    Hello Heidi!

    I bought a Sabian AA El Sabor 16″ crash many years ago because it is designed for hand or stick playing. It a thin cymbal with a slightly upturned edge, like a china. I find the 16″ crash has a lot more fullness than a splash. But that’s just my preference.

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  10. Daniel Ignacio Headley

    I just received my Cruz Pro Elite cajon and I am delighted! I decided to play with the tuning a bit, for fun, and got a feel for how it works. I am a Mechanical Engineer and I work with tools a lot, so I have a good understanding an feel for how things work.

    Two guitar strings or four?
    Looking inside the cajon, I see 4 strings, my question is, am I seeing 4 individual strings or 2 strings that are doubled back on themselves? Regardless, here is what I discovered when tuning. If you reach inside the cajon and apply very gentle side pressure to each pair of strings by pinching them together between thumb and forefinger, you might find that one feels tighter than the other, mine did. It seems to me that you can even the tension between the each string pair by squeezing them together several times. Maybe I am imagining this. At any rate, this is similar to what one experiences when tuning a drum head. I always apply a little pressure to the center of the head to free the drum skin from the inevitable friction that grabs it a the rim/shell edge, where the pressure is highest.

    Why do this?
    After playing a bit with the tuning, I discovered that I could even out the tension in all 4 strings. I wanted to start with even tension to get a feel for the sound. I might decide to tighten one side more than the other if I find that I want a tighter snare sound on one side and a looser sound on the other.

    Bass/snare separation
    I also discovered that if, like me, you want a clear distinction between the bass and snare sounds, i.e. very little snare sound when you hit the bass, you can’t have the strings too loose. Also, if you have them too tight, you loose some of the bass resonance. This is the main reason why I settled on even string tension. I wanted to pin down the source of the snare sound when I hit the bass. Now I have is set just about perfect for my needs…for now.

    Have fun!

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  11. Chloeewings

    Hello! I would like to start Skype sessions for cahon. Which weekday evenings will you be holding sessions?! Chloe x

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  12. kellyzuiderwijk

    Hi Heidi,

    I ordered a Cruz cajon 2 days ago and chose for direct bank transfer. I didn’t get an email to confirm my order.
    How do i know if my order came through alright?
    Shipping to The Netherlands.

    Love your work by the way 😉

    Grtz,

    Kelly

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    • HeidiJoubert

      Hey Kelly! I sent you an email, we did receive your order indeed! Many thanks for purchasing one of my Cruz Cajons!

      Love

      Heidi

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    • HeidiJoubert

      Hello! I suggest you return it to the shop where you bought it, they should resolve this issue. Unfortunately I do not work for Roland sales department, I only do freelance Demo work for them occasionally so I cannot help you with it, but you should be able to return it to the shop you bought it from if it is faulty. I hope you get right with it!

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  13. Denise Moser

    I could not be happier with my new cajon! It sounds amazing, and is beautifully made. I love how playing it makes me feel, and look forward to becoming a better player. Highly recommend…

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    • HeidiJoubert

      That depends entirely up to you and what sound you want, and of course the dimensions and size of the cajon! I would say best to experiment if you are making your own cajon! Have fun and good luck!

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  14. Afshin

    I’ve owned a Pearl PCJ-629 Jingle Cajon for about a year or so. It retails for about £180+ and whilst I had a lot of fun with it for a while, I had to remove the snare due to the annoying vibrations that I couldn’t fix despite many time consuming attempts. I purchased the pro toro model and had high expectations. I was very pleased when Heidi advised me that it is now made entirely from birch but I didn’t know this at the time of purchasing. I was deliberating I’m getting the model up but decided to go with Heidi’s recommendation in the end and glad I did so.

    The design is beautiful and it feels silky smooth. It’s narrower than my pearl Cajon which is ergonomically better in my opinion. I must admit I was a bit underwhelmed when I first started to play it and wasn’t sure if it was money well spent, but it was exciting to have the snare sound back. After a longer session playing it, I realised that it took some adjusting to and is capable of producing a wider range of sounds and somewhat more difficult to play as a result. It’s consequently made me eager to practice more and it’s sounding better as I become more familiar with it. It had really put the fun back into playing again and I play at every given opportunity. When it’s too late in the evening to play it out of consideration for my neighbours, I eagerly wait for the next opportunity and definitely very pleased to have purchased it.

    I stumbled across the Roland EC-10M ELCajon Mic Processor the other day and seriously considering investing in one to add more variety and fun to playing this great Cajon.

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  15. Jaclyn

    Hello, I have a question about lesson 3. When you skip the “3rd” beat, is it played as a ghost note or not at all? I am having a really hard time skipping that beat, my hand wants to keep moving..

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    • HeidiJoubert

      Hello Ricky!

      At first it will happen that your hands swell, this is due to technique. I suggest much practise at home very slowly and focusing on smaller strokes, also having a better quality cajon means having to use less force to get out a bigger sound. But I had to go thru some time of swollen hands and mostly it;s down to getting down a good technique! To relieve swollen hands, I suggest a bucket of ice! 🙂 And just go thru it, the faster your technique improves, the faster you will get rid of swelling, although, this would still happen if you played quite a lot everyday even with a good technique, but it wont be half as bad as it is with a bad technique. learn to ‘touch’ the cajon as opposwe dot ‘hitting’ the cajon! Hope it helps and good luck! x

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  16. Pam friedmab

    Hi Heidi. Would you please
    Tell me what language you are singing in your cover of Sway? Thanks. It’s so beautiful.
    Pam

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    • HeidiJoubert

      Hello Pam! I sing Sway in English but I do have an improvised part I do on the song at times, and the language I use is simply made up, almost like the concept of scatting but using more of a concept of real ‘language’ which I find helps me to improvise and express myself better. I consider it a Spiritual language! 🙂 Crazy I know, but then again, all language was made up by people at some stage in our history so not so crazy after all. Hope this answers it! I actually do this quite often in many of my songs, I find it gives me the ultimate freedom as an artist.

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  17. robert elkins

    Trying to actually figure out where you are in Spain; Barcelona? I am a cajon player residing in the Philippines where customs’ charges can be demonic. Wanted to consider a quick flight to the Cruz factory to choose and buy a cajon onsite. Can you please advise? I would love to buy remotely from here and have reasonably shipped here, but can’t seem to sort my options. Not sure how to proceed. Thanks in advance for any love you’ll toss my way!

    Gratefully Yours,

    Robbie in Boracay, PI

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    • HeidiJoubert

      Hello Robbie!

      Thanks for writing to me! At the moment we don’t do any public visits to our current artesan workshop in Spain, however, we are working on setting up a Cruz cajon store and artesan workshop in the UK, hopefully open to the public in 2018. We do post out to the Philippines, I believe customs won’t charge as much as a flight and travel trip to the UK or Spain anyway! If you were eager to visit our artesan shop, perhaps it would be best to wait till we have our new artesan workshop set up in the UK, which is going to be brilliant! We are at the moment working on the plans and setting up our store and I will update my blog site with more specific times etc once I have these details!
      Hope this helps, and again thank you for visiting my website!

      Heidi

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  18. Stephen

    The cajon is wonderful!!
    An beautiful sound and an excellent purchase!!!
    Delivery is immediate, 3-4 days.
    Thank you very much! I’m Happy!!

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  19. Markus Schoch

    Hi Heidi,
    Just wanted to let u know that we received the cajon today and love it. It is smaller but louder and more solid than I thought it would be. It sounds super. Cool! Tks.
    All the best.
    Markus

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  20. Danny Merkes

    I do agree that tuning is essential to achieving optimal sound however firmly believe it’s all in the technique and finesse of the individual player. I’ve made and have heard mediocre cajons sound amazing and absolutely drop dead gorgeous, exotic woods sound like rubbish all player dependent. But to keep on subject, tuning is individual to the player and style if play. Thank you Heidi for hosting this forum and maybe one day you’ll fulfill my dreams and play in my town sometime!
    Cheers
    Danny

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  21. Sarah from GoneCajon and UK

    I am absolutely delighted with the Cruz Cajon Pro. It has a very clean tone and the bass is amazing. The finish is immaculate. 10 out of 10 xx love it thank you.

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  22. Kyle Elinesky

    Heidi, I love what you’re doing…sharing the music, spotlighting the cajon box.
    Your videos are hypnotizing… you are very pretty … beautiful voice.. drums are bangin…I dig it

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  23. Denise Moser

    I am considering buying one of your cajons, and I am wondering if you can recommend a case for it. I would like to be able to safely transport it to gigs, and protect it from cats at home.
    Thanks,
    Denise

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  24. Eliane

    ola
    estou tentando entrar no shopping pra ver os cajons pois quero comprar um, mas não estou conseguindo entrar, o site parece estar com problema teria como voces me mandarem um email falando sobre os cajons e valores.
    meu email é elianegraw@gmail.com

    obrigado

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  25. Lokesh Sarma M K

    Hi Heidi,

    I really appreciate your way of teaching. I could easily learn a lot of grooves and I’ve started playing on my cajon with a lot of comfort and technique than just banging on it. I’d like to ask you if you could suggest a song at the end of each lesson, a song which has a similar groove as the one in the lesson, so it would become more convenient to learn the groove as well get to pick up a new song. I am a guy who cannot count very well, but I get the groove by listening to it and feeling it. So, I just thought for people like me, a song to practice on would help a lot. It would become even easier to hunt down more similar songs as well.
    Nonetheless, I cannot thank you enough for helping me out play the cajon.
    Cheers to your work.
    Thank you.

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    and wished to mention that I have really loved surfing around your blog posts.
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  27. Prithviraj

    Hi Heidi,

    It is indeed really interesting to see your web.. Your videos are truly really nice.
    I’m from India and I would like to buy one from your store, just want to check if you do shipping to India, Chennai. Also do you have a hybrid combo with cymbol and other basic accessory kits with you as a package.

    Happy Cajoning!!

    Regard’s
    Prithviraj

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  28. Joachim von Hülsen

    .Hello Heidi!

    Really good stuff. Thanks a lot! Used to play drumset (like ages ago!) and now back in the percussion saddle with the Cajon. Went to a few group classes, but that didn’t really work for me. So this a really good second start.

    If you guys ever have a gig in Berlin, let me know!

    Cheers,

    Joachim

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  29. Edward

    Being from the USA I’ve never heard of the BAPAM. This is an incredible idea and great luxury to have. I know far too many struggling artist who neglect their aches and pains because of cost for medical aid. Thanks for sharing!

    Peace.

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  30. Tony

    What name amazing experience! I love what you do and I am real keen to learn on my new to me Pearl Cajon! I love the instrument maybe I will start collecting them! Yours look great too!

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  31. Lisa

    Hello-

    I saw a post on this website a while back about junior-sized cajons (bigger than the kids/toddler cajon, smaller than the adult cajon). Do you still sell these?

    Thanks,
    Lisa

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  32. Công

    Hello Mrs Heidi
    I really really love it my cruz cajon . And how i can buy my cajon for you ? I live in Vietnamese . Sorry English of me so bad . I dream you understand at all I’m talking for you . I hope and waiting for reply for you 🙂

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  33. Chad

    Spot on. Cajon tuning is all about the sound you prefer. I like a quick, hallow (almost piccilo) sound. I removed one of the strings and tightened the others to achieve it. Great stuff here, thanks for posting!

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  34. Nick Matthews

    Hi Heidi! Huge fan, quick question: do you anything to treat the playing surface of your cajon? During the winter, it gets extremely dry and cold where I live. Would you recommend any type of oils to apply to it? Thanks!

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  35. Gaby

    Hello Heidi, I’m really very very happy to have found your introduction to cajon. it took me a long time to find someone nice and at the same time capable to teach the percussion on this box. Thank you for helping me to this beautiful start.
    Big Hug,
    Gaby

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  36. Ki Kartak

    Heidi,
    Greetings from a new fan. I was born into a family of music and all things entertaining, and found myself naturally gravitating toward the natural sounds and rythmic beats of percussion and thanks to my very loving father who helped me believe, and always encouraged me to push myself beyond my comfort zone which is how I overcame my fear of failure, and the difficulty of having extremely small hands/fingers my weaknesses to decently pick and strum acoustic guitar

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  37. Hari

    Hey Heidi! First,amazing work putting together so much learning material for us. Thank you so much! I play the drum set and i have been planning to get a cajon to play acoustic sets in smaller spaces, What should i keep in mind while buying a new cajon? I’ve never played one before. So any inputs would be nice.
    Thanks!

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  38. Brizzo

    Hi Heidi! I’ll be coming to London at the end of the month for a couple weeks. Will you be performing anywhere towards the end of November to the beginning of December?

    It would be great to catch you live!

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  39. Larry LenardLarry

    I wish I’d been paying attention. I could have visited you at NAMM. I am a woodwind player and have friends in the industry. You are teaching me how to play the cajon that my daughter’s got me for Father’s day. thanks for being generous with your time

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  40. Ian

    I went too hard on mine and now my strings are buzzing like one of those boingy boingy sounding instruments you play with your mouth. I love how I’m not the only one who is having this problem. Thought about buying a new one but remembered the love I have for my slap top and decided to want to mend it instead. Keep beating.

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  41. Joseph Daniels

    After reading your story, I truly appreciate who you are and your musical background. Thank god again for another great musician.

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  42. Shree

    Heidi Hey !

    You are awesome and i tried out a few of your lessons. Thanks ! So do you ship your cajons to California ? Or do you guys sell them here at a music store. I will definitely buy a cajon from you guys.

    To all you folks out there, maybe we should buy her cajons and help support artists rather than trying to make our own 🙂 … she gives free lessons for cryin out loud !

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  43. Francois

    I’ve busked all over the world since age 9. Love what you do 🙂
    I’m the market for a cajon and would love to try your brand! Do you by any chance have any in San Francisco Bay Area? 😀
    Blessings,
    Francois

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  44. Berthold

    How good is the new mic from the Roland EC10M doing… (in comparison with other cajon microphones) ?
    greetings from Belgium 😉
    Berthold

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  45. Brian J

    Hi Heidi,

    Im loving my Cruz Cajon – sounds great. Now my boy age 6 are really getting inspired listening to me and sometimes tries to play, but he have a hard time reaching for the bass part, so any news concerning a kids version?

    Best
    Brian

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  46. Sid

    Hey Heidi,

    I accidentally stumbled upon Cajon link and was so mesmerized to see the performances with the instrument. I am a Guitar beginner but always had desire for Drums. The only background i have is trying to play every song drum on any table 🙂

    So with no drum background and @40, I hope its its not too late for me to learn Cajon. But considering you as my e-mentor, i am now now plunging into the Cajon magic.

    I just wish to say thanks to you for all the in videos and tutorials you have posted. Wish me luck !

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    • jacksonc1

      a Cajon is basically an amplified table with snare wires so that’s perfect. Its never to late to learn percussion, its a very fun and useful tool and will help you in every aspect of your musical career. good luck to you.

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  47. Samantha

    Hi there Heidi, I would like to buy a Cajon for my mother in law. She is absolutely in love with your music. She used to be a singer and now wants to try the Cajon. What do you think would be a good one for me to get for her as a beginner!? And do you guys ship to Canada? Thanks

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    • HeidiJoubert

      Hello Samantha!

      We ship out worldwide! 🙂 It;s a great gift idea for your mom in law! 🙂

      Let me know if you need help with your order and all the best with being a super awesome daughter in law!

      Heidi

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  48. jeff

    hey that’s cool! the dry cajon sound compliments the wet sound of the handpan nicely. I’d be curious to see what happens if you guys switched instruments!

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  49. Rod

    Hey Heidi – hoping you still read the comments here.

    I just got my first cajon yesterday, and I love how many possibilities it has. Of course I got excited (new instrument!) but I was able to practice for about four hours (almost in a row) with no pain or discomfort on the hands or back, probably because I went through all your lessons on posture and beats right from the beginning.

    … but then I looked down and noticed my right hand was swollen. It didn’t hurt, it just looked as if I had sausages for fingers. This went away after a couple of hours resting, but I wanted to check if it’s normal.

    Thanks for your articles and videos, they’re very helpful! 🙂

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  50. Miriam

    Some of the best tips I have read so far. My neighbours will particularly enjoy tip nr. 5. Thank you very much! x

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  51. Fernando

    hola quería felicitarlos por la gran música que hacen… es genial….
    gracias por tanta magia y tan gran sonoridad y alma…
    saludos desde Zapala Argentina

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  52. Gail

    Heidi hi, I’m a blues singer from Toronto , you inspire me so much !! I’d love to play the. Cajon!! I’m 60 now, think it would do me good to sit & sing !!! I love you , u remind me of myself when I was young ❤️
    All the best baby you rock!!

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    • HeidiJoubert

      Hello Dorothy

      Yes we post out cajons worldwide, USA being our most popular location to ship out to!
      There is an option to ship out to USA on our webshop, so do check it out! Let me know if you need any more help with your order!
      Heidi

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  53. Vicki

    My husband gave me this cajon for my Birthday three months ago and I absolutely love it.
    The cajon itself is beautifully made, the workmanship is outstanding and the sound is excellent – incomparable with the cajon I was playing before.
    The personal contact with Heidi during the delivery/after sales process was greatly appreciated. I would thoroughly recommend this product!

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  54. Brandon

    I’ve been listening to your hangbox jams on YouTube over this last year and could literally listen to them all day. Are these available for download yet? Congrats on the Roland deal… they couldn’t have found a better person! Take care and blessings! U R awesome!

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  55. Mark

    Heidi I have been playing drums for many moons now, and recently purchased the El Cajon due to me seeing you playing it. You have great style.

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  57. Elena

    Meraviglioso!!! Complimenti per la grinta e l’empatia… è molto interessante l’abbinamento del cajon con l’hang… questo del video ha un suono accattivante… in che scala è intonato? So che esistono vari handpan e ognuno differisce dall’altro. Esattamente dove si può acquistare l’aka hang? Vorrei imparare a suonare entrambi gli strumenti e spero che Giovanni possa darmi un’indicazione.

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  58. Darren Swann

    Hello Heidi,

    I would just like to introduce myself and say hello as I’m a beginner with the cajon and i just love the sound.Darren

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  59. andres

    Hi Heidi. Thanks a lot for all your tips and tutorials, just brilliant and really helpful. I have always wanted to play music but i was too lazy to do it. I think i don,t have bad ear and recently decided to buy el cajon Roland ec-10. I am trying to practice with basic movements, but what i really enjoy is conecting ipod and having my own jam sessions. Can you pls recommend some good songs to practice with El cajon? I am spanish and love flamenco but that’s probably too much for a start. I love all kind of music tango, rock, soul, blues, funk…pls give me some tips, i am a bit lost and don’t want to get frustrated and give up…Thanks a lot. Cheers

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  60. Randy Kip

    Hi Heidi,

    Your video lessons (beginners and intermediate) are great! I am improving my skills on a slaptop cajon from Meinl. Thank you for the inspiration, joy and energy.

    Randy

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  61. jorge

    I don’t know much about cymbals but would a 10″ splash would sound good? Or should I just get a 12″ cymbal? I understand its much on what type of sound I like, but any suggestion wouldn’t hurt…

    Thank yoy

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  62. Uwe Schmidt

    Dear Heidi,

    just discovered your blues cajon video on Youtube and I love it. It just demonstrates for me as a drummer coming from “normal” drumset playing, that everything in drum playing is possible with a cajon. Sometimes I think I should replace my drumset in our rehearsal basement with a cajon, put a microphone to it and that’s it. But before doing this, I have to solve a problem. Every time I see a cajon video, these wooden cases sound really great. Slaps are coming with a real snare sound, bass hits are coming like a real bass drum sound. My cajon, although it is a really expensive PUR vision SP, does not sond like yours in the videos. Is this all due to microphone setup? Is this all due to false playing techniques ? Or is it the listening position which makes it sound not that crispy good like your cruz cajon ?

    By the way, when are you touring in Germany ? I’d like to hear you with your band.

    Best wishes

    Uwe

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  63. Pranav

    Hey!
    I wanted to buy a Cajon and was wodering how many strings are required for a decent beginner level Cajon? I have learnt tabla for 9 years before this.
    Thanks!

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  64. Phil Jenkins

    Dear Heidi
    Just found you on u tube a few weeks ago. I. Am interested in buying a Cajan. , but seen them from
    50 To. 500 pounds is it worth starting out with a 50 pound one please ?
    All the best in Cuba
    God Bless
    Phil

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  65. Charlotte

    Hi, I just discovered you on youtube, I love all you do!! Totally “transportée” by your music (I’m French, not sure if this was understandable)
    I’d like to buy the toddler cajon box for my baby and my husband, but they are out of stock. When will these be available again?
    thanks!

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  66. Lucy

    I have just found you after the Frankfurters tube video went viral! I have shown both my kids the video of you playing and would love to get my 11 year old a Cajon as she has really natural rhythm. Your videos are going to be fantastic for her, thanks so much for making these!

    She is quite a tall kid, around 5ft 3…is there a Cajon you could recommend for children or would be be ok with a normal one? I’m just thinking of posture etc.

    Thanks again, I can’t stop watching the videos now and shouting the kids over for a look. They sit very quietly when they’re watching them, total awe!

    Best wishes
    Lucy

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  67. Mel

    Hey Heidi,
    I saw you on Markus Lanz’s show yesterday and realized that I had seen you live in Cambridge when I still lived there. I had not heard about your S-Bahn video yet. I just found it cool to see you on that show. I love your music.
    Mel

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  68. Anna

    Hi Heidi!

    Just saw a video with you and your friend playing Prince ‘Kiss’ on a subway on Facebook, and just wanted to say I absolutely adore you. Rock on!

    Lots of love from Sweden
    /Anna

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  69. pascal c

    Hi,

    just want to say i love all of your stuff.
    It’s beautiful.

    thank you for beeing such an amazing musican!

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  70. Neil

    Sounds great. I’m guessing there is someone else on here doing the cymbal… but anyone know of a similar sounding cymbal we can use to play with a cajon? I’ve seen some small cajon cymbals around but they’re too small and tinny?

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  71. david

    hi. could you tell me when your next online course will be starting. I work shifts so I might have to drop in when I can.
    in the meantime Im enjoying your lesson videos. Im waiting for my cruz cajon to arrive. I have an intermediate level acoustic drum kit, intermediate electronic kit and intermediate cajon so im very excited about stepping up to a top quality cajon.
    when I started drum kit I bought a rudiments training dvd by tommy igoe called great hands for a lifetime, Ive just started using it as a learning exercise on the cajon and it seems to translate very well.
    david

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  72. Trevor

    Hi Heidi, and greetings from Lima, Perú!

    A friend shared your awesome video of the (Frankfurt?) subway and it made me very happy to see a Cajon so far away being used in such an interesting way.

    ¿Will you ever come to Perú? It would be a great time. Many artists to interchange with from Chincha, to Barranco and even some in the highlands.

    ¡Let us know…you bring the tunes, we’ll bring the snacks!

    THE VIDEO I SAW: https://youtu.be/Sqgjnq3x3sk

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  73. Adam Korner

    Hi Heidi,

    My name is Adam Korner I work in the Little Kids Rock organization and I heard about you through a teacher in LA named Jose Vergara who had you attend one of his classes and work with the cajon and his students, I have been playing ever since!

    Thank you for peaking my interest and introducing me to this wonderful instrument. Any beats, or grooves that you may have, or any tips, I would love to get a hold of them.

    Thank you again!
    Adam

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  74. Leah

    I saw you on facebook on a train having a little jam out!! Absolutely amazing… Are you available for events ?? Leah 🙂

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  75. Gideon

    AAXexplosion splashes are excellent. Meinl have a lovely 12″ trash/splash. It’s amazing. Give that a try if you get the chance.

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  76. nathanaël

    Thank you, merci beaucoup beaucoup !

    Vraiment c’est un délice quand tu chantes, I hope you will sing more and a lot !
    Je me réjouis de voir ton site de plus proche, félicitation.

    Les femmes percussionnistes c’est rare, mais tellement bon!

    Congratulations du fond du coeur,
    Bonne suite,

    “Quidate” on dit en espagnol! (=something like take care of you!)

    n@ from south Switzerland

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  77. Pete Salajka

    Heidi! I love you lessons! Thank you! I have a Meinl Subwoofer Bass Cajon that I want to mic. Is the best way to do it cutting a hole in the side and then putting a mic inside? I don’t want to destroy it, so I figured I’d find out first.

    Thanks, Heidi..!!!

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  78. David

    Hi Heidi

    It’s great to hear your still releasing the DVD, I’m looking forward to getting it.
    When I first saw a street performer playing a Cajon about a year ago, I thought WOW! How is he getting all those great sounds from that box?
    I then looked the Cajon up on the Internet and found you, your a true insperation, brilliant performer!
    I’ve just recently taken up playing the Cajon, about a month ago, so thank you for the videos that you have already put out there, they’ve been a great help.
    I’ve bought a few learn to play books and am having a few percussion lessons to get me into it as I’ve never played before. Although I do stum the guitar so have built up some rhythm and timing over the years.
    Really looking forward to the DVD.
    Best wishes David.

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  79. David

    Hi Heidi
    Thank you for the practice tips!
    I’ve recently started playing the Cajon and am really enjoying it. Your a great inspiration and I like your style of playing very much.
    is your learn to play DVD still in the works and if so when is it being released?
    Kind regards David.

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  80. Helzie

    I’ve been a drummer all my life ’n Cajon-ing is new. And not easy. Your site makes it easier. Can’t thank you enough from Singapore.

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  81. Ravishangar

    Hi,
    I would like know which Cajon BlackBox you Played in Lessons video .
    The sound is Extremly good .
    If i want to buy Pl, write me the correct Box.

    Thank you In advance.

    Ravi

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  82. robman84

    Great videos and a really interesting product! Do the electronics inside make a difference to the accoustics of the cajon? Congratulations on getting the gig!

    Reply
  83. Victor lopez

    Hi .
    I am a flamenco dancer and I also play cajón Just for fun.I am very impress of you knowledge of flamenco technic.
    And I also have to say your videos have help me a lot with the technics.
    Great job.
    Thank you .

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  84. Alex CHung

    Hey Heidi, I’m really interested in one of your cajons but I live in the US do you guys ship to the here yet?

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  85. Kim Brunila

    Greetings from Finland!

    Thanks for the great online lessons.
    I was wondering about if playing the cajon with a ring in my middlefinger will ruin the playing surface. It already has some dents and the lack is broken from some places.

    I was wondering, is that ok, or am I ruining my cajon by this?

    -KB

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  86. jonathan

    Just to let you know it arrived safe and sound and it is very good….I like it…it has inspired me already!

    thanks a lot. The body appears to be made from MDF, but the front playing surface is nice wood and it sounds great. Good warm boom and crisp snare. Nice.

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  87. Nisha

    Thank you I have now received my cajon and had a few days to play it and I am absolutely thrilled. I had planned to buy a cajon from you for a very long time now and had no doubt I would be super happy with her.
    Over the last few years I went into many shops to try out other cajones and more often than not, I was disappointed by their sound. I had no doubt if I order a cajon from you she would be of top quality. And now FINALLY I ordered mine.
    I can honestly say I’m delighted with the quality of sound and touch of my new cruz pro elite cajon. She simply sounds and plays fantastic.
    I’m super happy, thank you sooooooo much.

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  88. Elaine Scott

    Thank you for the email and pointers on practicing. I truly want to master the Cajon and want the process to be productive and fun. Hopefully in a few months I can upgrade my Cajon. I like those I have seen on your site. I live in Asheville, NC area and don’t see many people playing the Cajon. I really would love to get your DVD to practice and learn as much as I can.
    Thank you for sharing your passion.

    Elaine

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  89. orane

    hi
    heidi this is my first time in cajon liked your video but can you make it little slower some beats are very difficult to catch you

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  90. Elaine Scott

    I just purchased my first Cajon. Though I am not sure if it is a good quality drum. But I figured it to be good practice to get me started until I purchase a better one. I have been reading up about yours and I can’t wait until I purchase one.

    Today was the first day of practicing using your videos. Thank you so much. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Elaine

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  91. Tom Paker

    This is my first visit to your site. I came here from your youtube vid, the lesson on the finger roll. That’s awesome, I’ll be working on it.

    I really enjoyed this post. The bible tells us in 1 John 4:18 , “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment.” The bible wasn’t referring to music and soloist directly, but I think it applies!

    I’m looking forward to exploring your site and seeing more videos!

    BTW, I’m new to cajon. Most of my music is acoustic guitar.

    Have a blessed day!

    Tom

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  92. Neil

    Great video! I’m new to the cajon and have been trying a few cymbals from my drum kit to see what works best. Your video backs up my conclusion that the splash cymbal goes well with a cajon. Thanks for the good advice and tuition on your website.

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  93. Ian

    I have a question and can’t see anywhere else to submit it. I hope this is allowed!
    I am building my first cajon, a simple, all-glued, 50 cm tall Schlagwerk kit with two fixed wire snares. Assembling exactly to the instructions, the snares seem to press too firmly against the inside of the playing surface to resonate properly. I do not know about drums, so I’m only guessing about this. If I need to adjust the snares, I need to do this before gluing on the back of the cajon. Can anyone offer pointers on how hard the snares should press the playing surface? If driven to it, I will build an adjustable mechanism but I don’t want to get too smart with my first cajon!

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  94. Marja Zweesaardt

    thank you so much for the good service and quick delivery of my present to myself:-))
    The fun has started!! And a very nice CD came along with it, thank you.
    I will spread the cajon sound all over The Netherlands.

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  95. Rachel

    I actively seek to hear what music the world has to offer, and that is when I discovered Heidi and the magic of cajon. Which lead to the hangbox. And it is the dope, slamming hands down! I can’t get enough. I have also web viewed the musicians who have collaborated with Heidi. Just awesome stuff. What the world needs now is more videos, which shall ensure world domination as BGj stated. Cheers.

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  96. Nahu

    Great teaching. I enjoyed your classes. Especially like your style of cajon. Got to get one soon. I’m a newbie in cajon, but have been jamming with djembe for some time. Does your box come with carrying case and tambourine? Thanks Heidi, you’re a gem.

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  97. sagar raut

    hi …i am from india, i want build my own cajon box , but i dont know which type of wood good for sound quelity , and rosewood is not available in india. so can you help me in this case?

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hello There!

      We use finest russian Birchwood for our Cruz Cajon range. Perhaps that will help?

      But its not just about the wood. Its also about the construction of course, how thick/thin you make the frontbopard, where you put the sound hole etc.

      Its quite a task! 🙂 Good luck with it! Let me know how it goes

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  98. Lawrence collins

    I am definitely interested in your DVD. I have a lot of trouble trying to do the online lessons.
    I am a 30 yr guitar player, started playing full drum kit about 4 years ago. Transitioned to the cajon about a year ago as it fits in some of the smaller venues we play.. I’ve had nothing but fun with it and am wanting to buy one of yours. I wasn’t real clear which model are flamenco. That is the style you are playing on your lessons?
    Thanks for putting your stuff out there for us all to find inspiration in… It’s clear you are having tons of fun when you play!

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hello Lawrence!

      All our models are what we call ‘flamenco cajons’. This purely means it has guitar strings inside to create that snare sound, whereas the peruvian cajon (which is the first cajon before the flamenco cajon) has no snare sound to it!

      BTW we just received our new stock, and the cajons sound magnificent! 🙂

      Christmas gift? hehe

      Heidi

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  99. Joel

    Hi there Heidi. I am a new beginner player, and have been learning from your videos. I bought myself a LP Aspire Accents Cajon. One quick question though.. I can’t seem to get a nice bass sound – somehow it tends to come along with the snare. Could you please share a bit on how I can get a good bass sound? Thanks very much in advance.

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hello Joel!

      A good bass sound comes from a good quality cajon!

      There are many cajons out there in the market (especially beginner cajons) that don’t have a good bass sound, and well, there;s not much you can do if your cajon doesn’t have that sound, I suggest you invest in a better quality cajon perhaps? 🙂 Our Cruz range has a superb bass!

      Oh and you could also try to buy a ‘cajon bass port’, which is an accessory you attach to the sound hole to amplify the bass your cajon has, but I think if your cajon doesn’t have a good bass to start with, this might not be so effective!±

      Hope it helps, and god luck with getting a good ‘boom’, it’s so important!

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    • julian

      getting a good bass sound will depend on lots of factors, your cajon itself , how you are hitting it, where you are hitting it , and where you are playing it, how you are mic ing it up…

      most cajons should give a good bass sound if you find the sweet spot (between an fith and quarter of the way down box)… but hitting it so the you make contact with the playing surface with a large part of your hand all at once with a ridgid hand with fingers closed keeping hand flat works for me,its important that you make a good clean connection with head but allow you hand to bounce away from box
      to be honest the cajon is one of the easiest drums to make a good sound on so if its not sounding bassy it may be the cajon or where your playing it…if your practicing in a small room with a lot of soft furniture and carpet it may not sound very boomy try playing in a large cave !

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  100. Ajay

    Hi Heidi,

    Thank you so much for all your efforts really appreciate a lot. It’s awesome to see your beginners video lessons. The one and only best cajon website and youtube beginners videos I’ve ever seen. Very informative, clear and easy to learn. A very big thumbs up all the way from South Africa.

    I just fell in love to learn and play cajon after seeing your videos.

    I got one cajon from Madrid Spain but your signature cajon sounds a lot different.
    Please let me know details about your cajon and will you be able to send it to south Africa.

    Lots of Regards,
    Ajay

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hello Ajay!

      We post out worldwide and have sent quite a few to SA already! Our courtiers are fast, safe and reliable!

      We have options for shipping internationally, just check it out on our webshop, and let me know if you have any questions!

      P.S. I am from SA!!!!! 🙂 Biltong!

      Heidi

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  101. Kezha

    Keen on buying cajon for my church worship team here in Nagaland, India… The products are extremely appealing.. Is it possible to ship? Price? Let me know asap…Cruz Cajon Pro Plus- Toro Model is what m looking for but suggestion will be much appreciated…

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hello!!

      Yes we ship worldwide, many to India! It’s safe, secure and reliable!

      We have a shipping option for international, simply check it out on our wbeshop!

      Let me know if you need any help with that!

      And I do love the Pro plus!

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  102. Jack Wilson

    Hi Heidi,

    When will the Cajon London School be starting a new course? I’d love to start learning!

    Thanks
    Jack

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  103. Abhilash Cherukat

    Hi,
    I am from India,currently in Bangalore. I would like to know if you ship the cajon to India. And I dont know much about the instrument so you will have to recommend one for me. My musical background: I am a tabla player and a little drum(which is self taught).

    And please include all the price.

    Thank you,

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hello! Good to hear from you!

      We have all details of our drums on our webshop, you should check it out!

      I would go with the Pro Plus model, a great model for an existing player with a drum technique already.

      Hope this helps!

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hello There!

      They are called ‘hang’

      Not very easy to find but there are similar drums which are much easier and cheaper, just search on google, one of my fav is a drum called ‘Zenko’

      Hope this helps

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  104. Richie

    Heidi,
    really learning a lot from your you tube channel. You probably been asked this a thousand times, do you have a video out? it would be easier than jumping through you tube, as my practice room is away from my computer, not yet had the time to run a connection to it.

    Richie

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hey Richie!

      Very very soon I am releasing my COmplete cajon DVD method!!! So so excited!

      I suggest you sign up to my mailing list to be the first to know when it is released!

      Heidi

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  105. keith teel

    This is good stuff and works well with any instrument. I like the part about letting a solo have a “breath” now and then. Good for the soloist to catch a breath too! (Blow out some of that stress) 🙂 Thanks… PEACE!!!

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  106. Beth Juliar

    So, interesting story: I’m part of an open drum circle here in Western New York, that is comprised of mostly Djembe players. I normally have my Cajon and am always the only one. Well, one evening a hang drum player arrived, and naturally the djembes had no idea how to respond in jam time with him, having never heard one before. But, being on the cajon i went to town and everyone else played quietly uncertain around us.
    It was a very strange experience, but the hang player and I have since conspired, quite naturally, to make further plans to take over the world.
    The collaboration just seems right, ya know.

    The two instruments are oddly just made for each other.

    This being said, I firmly believe that Hangbox is the perfect term to derive from this matchup.

    Here’s to world domination!
    Cheers,
    BGJ

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  107. Paul Anto

    Hi
    I’m interested in your DVD tutorials hope that i can download and lean and i’m a utter beginner

    Reply
    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hello Paul

      The DVD will be released very soon, and yes it will be available in download form too! 🙂

      So exciting! I suggest you sign up to my mailing list to be the first to know when it is released, and to get your discount on it too! 🙂

      Have a great day

      Heidi

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  108. Matthias

    My Cruz Elite Toro arrived in April and I had enough time to play and alearn all the sounds, which are inside. It is loud ! Clear fat bass and sensitive snare, which can be sharp and crisp at the corners and gets more mids/tone (like a rock snare), when played more in the middle of the cajon. This offers nice variation of the snare sound (of course the snare tuning system offers even more). Also finger playin’ is cool with the Cruz ! And the seperation of bass/snare is great – just like u can read in the description. If I want to have less bass or play lower volume I put a towel inside (or t-shirt). The surface allows to produce funny dubstep-bass-sounds by rubbing with spread fingers over the front plate (not really important for a cajon, but a nice gimmick).

    Since I got my new Cruz, I rarely play my old Cajon and my band likes the strong new sounds a lot ! Usually you need to test/play a cajon in the shop before buyin’ – that’s why I was a little bit worried ordering online… Now I’m happy I did – the Cruz is worth the waiting time. Great sound, great feel, great look = great fun !

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  109. Jorge

    Heidi, you are magic woman! This page is very interesting for me at this moment and i’m glad to watch your videos! Gracias por todo que haces! 😉

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  110. Erik Hulsken

    I received the beautiful cajon must sooner then I expected. The cajon was very good packed and arrived in top condition.
    The sound is very rich, I love it. Especially the warm bass. Great product and a great service. Many thanks Heidi.

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  111. Ms. Mauikai

    Hi Heidi!

    I stumbled onto your videos and am LOVING everything you’re teaching 🙂 Thank you so much for being such an incredible resource. I recently moved back to the States from France with my Soul Hip Hop duo and we recently decided to break away from our full band and really give this hybrid acoustic duo the wings it deserves. I’m new to the Cajon, but your videos are really helping me fine tune my playing and production skills. Would love to see you with your band sometime!

    Love & Gratitude,

    Ms. Mauikai

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  112. Marie

    Hi Heidi,

    Thank you so much for these videos! I’m a singer from France, and I’m trying to learn how to play cajon and sing at the same time. Your lessons are very helpfull! Have you got advices like about posture for singers?

    Thank you again!

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hello Marie!

      Yes very good question! I will be covering all of this on my new cajon DVD coming out soon!! Keep an eye out and subscribe to my newsletter to be the first to know when it is released!

      Heidi

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  113. Gisele

    I would definitely buy your dvd! I’m from Brazil and i just love your lessons! I hope is a downloadable so i can have it!

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  114. Luis Vieira

    Ola Heidi

    Espero que percebas português.
    Adoro o que fazes, e a forma que demonstras isso.
    Gostaria de saber tocar cajon porque gosto de percussão. Pondero comprar um cajon o mais breve possível.

    Felicidades.

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  115. Ali

    Thanks heidi , you are simply the best ,
    how can i get the lessons’ DVD if it’s avaliable !
    And can i receive it in Egypt ?
    if not .. I can ask a friend to receive it in UK and send it to me
    thanks again

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  116. Kimberly Rivera

    Me Encantaría Aprender a Tocar El Cajon. A mi me encanta la batería y al ver el cajón encuentro que es mucho mas fácil aprenderlo. 😉

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  117. Michael Singer

    Ms Joubert,
    I ordered my Elite Cruz Cajon on March 21st using Paypal, so no worries about Pounds-to-USD, etc. It arrived here in Sunny Southern California on April 10th, complete with your signature and triple packed. The outer box was a bit beat up but the inner two and the Cajon were unscathed. It sounds wonderful, as promised. Several of my musically gifted friends got to see and play it and they were all very impressed. Thanks for such a finely made product!

    I saw your discussion about an instructional CD/DVD and would very much like to purchase one as London is just a bit too far to commute. 😉 In the mean time I will make use of the online instruction.

    I am impressed by your patience, sensitivity to those of us just beginning, and your obvious love for both the music you create and your desire to help and teach others.

    Michael S.

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  118. Frank W

    My Cajon arrived today and I’m so very pleased.
    It sounds absolutely great and it looks very smart with it’s superb finish.
    I have previously played Schlagwerk and Meinl cajons but in comparison the Cruz Cajon Pro Elite is in a completely different class.

    The seat pad is comfy and the bag looks the part, with it’s various carrying options which is very handy.
    Thank you for the CD that was enclosed. The band sounds nice and tight and your voice comes over delightfully well.

    They say that the best things in life are worth waiting for. Well I now have a big smile on my face.

    Thank you Heidi.

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  119. Brian J

    Just received my new Cajon a few hours ago and must say that it was love at first touch. The sound is incredible and its wonderful to play. I’m really positively surprised about this Cajon.

    Furthermore I want to thank for an extraordinary good service. I can really recommend others to go for Cajon here. 🙂

    Best
    Brian

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  120. Brian

    Just received my new Cajon a few hours ago and must say that it was love at first touch. The sound is incredible and its wonderful to play. I’m really positively surprised about this Cajon.

    Furthermore I want to thank for an extraordinary good service. I can really recommend others to go for Cajon here. 🙂

    Best
    Brian

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  121. Hector Tucupa Delgado

    hello Heidi, just a quick Question do you guys have a distributor here in USA?

    please let me know, have a wonderful day!!!

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  122. Jack Burchard

    Hi Heidi.
    So do you have a US Outlet for Cruz Cajon so I can avoid international shipping rates? Also, really looking forward to the lesson video.
    Thanks
    Jack

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hey Jack!

      At present we don’t have any Cruz’s stocked in USA yet but we are working on it! Hopefully soooooon!

      Heidi

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    • Robert Hensley

      I am also very much interested in your cajons, and I will be following your lessons. Very well organized, and your technique is low-effort and clean it inspires to get better as a beginner player. I am adding cajon, moving from djembe as a performer and teacher. Thanks for organizing these lessons.

      Now get those cajons here in the US! lol

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      • Heidi Joubert Post author

        Hello Robert!

        Apologies for the ages it took to reply, somehow I missed your comment!

        Thanks for your very nice words on my lessons! I am releasing a DVD soon too so keep an eye out!

        Did you know that most of ouyr Cruz Cajon sales go to US? We ship directly to you, it;s fast, safe and secure! Check out our range on our webshop! We just received our new stock and they are simply magnificent!

        Heidi

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  123. pavierjaz

    Very good your lesson. I’m not good with English, but still your hands. You’ve helped me a lot to understand the rhythm

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  124. Dennis

    Support and definitely buy your instructional DVD.

    I hope this DVD should be available on download version as i come from Hong Kong and save the shipping cost.

    Also, I hope this DVD will have play along section. So that i can jam with your band like you.

    Thanks!

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  125. Dale

    fantastic stuff girl. the hangbox jam is how i found th web site to begin w/. very interested in th hang drum. spreading th word to erry body

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  126. Pete smith

    Definately interested in your DVD pro drummer for 40yrs+ just bought my first Cajon, loving it, great teacher! Thank you.

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  127. David

    My goodness, woman, you are sexy. I am very interested in learning to play the cajon. I recently built one myself. I appreciate your skill and easy-to-follow approach to instruction. But still, having a hard time concentrating… dang.

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  128. Doerte

    My Cruz Cajon Pro Toro arrived savely wrapped today, and it’s truely beautiful, with a distinct sound, and high quality handcraft work! The bass tone is located as high as possible, like it was promised, and it delivers an warm but still crisp sound, with great dynamic range. I just love it. Heidi tested it herself just before sending it, to make sure everything is alright. Thank you for the excellent service!
    Dörte, Germany

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  129. Chris

    I’d definitely be interested in an instructional DVD, especially if it expands upon your instruction already on YouTube.

    Your YouTube videos have been very helpful!

    Having some “jam tracks” to play with would be great, as well, for those of us without easy access to other musicians.

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  130. 1Br

    Hello Heidi,

    I am a self-educated djembé player and I discovered by chance this wonderfull instrument.
    Il realy enjoy by playing percussion.

    I saw your lessons videos on youtube and I realy liked them.

    So I decided to become a cajon player.

    And as I make wooden furniture, I decided to build myself my cajon.
    The varnish is now dry and I’m a hurry to play tonight with my choir.

    I want to thank you for your great videos.

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  131. 1Br

    Hello Heidi,

    I am a self-educated djembé player and I discovered by chance this wonderfull instrument.
    Il realy enjoy by playing percussion.

    I saw your lessons videos on youtube and I realy liked them.

    So I decided to become a cajon player.

    And as I make wooden furniture, I decided to build myself my cajon.
    The varnish is now dry and I’m a hurry to play tonight with my choir.

    I want to thank you for your great videos.

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  132. Al Walker

    Hi Heidi,

    I would definitely buy your DVD.

    My own influences cover Flamenco, Indian, African, Latin, Brazilian, Arabic, Progressive Rock and Metal, anything from these or other styles is much appreciated.

    Best wishes,

    Al

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  133. Elias

    Hi Heidi.
    This is Elias from Mexico.
    I only want to say that i was looking for an instrument that makes me happy. I found my soul in the Cajón, and you inspiring to me. Thanks a lot.
    I have my own Cajón, but i am thinking about buying one of yours…do you have delivers to Mexico?

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    • K. Kluge

      I found my soul in the Cajón…

      An amazing comment, because this is precisely what happened to me. Not something I would ever have expected, much less foreseen. An unlikely epiphany in unlikely circumstances. This is a most marvellous instrument, and I truly do believe that that is because of its past, because of the fact that it is living proof that not only can you not really enslave a human being, no matter how hard you try, you can also not take away his voice – his instrument. You put him in chains, take away his chords, and he ends up sitting on a box once used to ship cod.

      The Cajón is freedom, the Cajón is independence, the Cajón is the triumph of intelligence over stupidity.

      I’m going to drop by and check out your… Cajóns, Madame Joubert!

      K. Kluge

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  134. Dave spittle

    hi hedie your dvd would so usefull to me . as a drummer your teaching videos here as been so help full. having the dvd i just have to put it in my dvd player. As being asked to play more accustic gigs and sessions i do the cajon has given me another side to my playing. its great just cajon and a bag full of hand percussion. bet wishs dave

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  135. Nicole

    Hi Heidi,

    I have found you on youtube with your video lessons. I’m keen on your technic and your rhythm.
    I’m very interested on your dvd.
    Did I understand it right? It’s a teaching dvd?

    Kind regards
    Nicole

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  136. Kyla

    Hi, Heidi! I’m interested in starting to learn the cajon. I was wondering what Cruz Cajon would be the best choice for a complete beginner like me with no prior experience.
    Thanks in advance,
    Kyla Lakheeram

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hello Kyla!

      First of all, welcome to the cajon world! it;s a great instrument and I assure you will love each step of the way! Thanks for visiting my website too!

      As per the Cruz Cajon, our Pro Cruz Cajon was specially developed to be the perfect choice for beginners (and pro players) because of the ease of playing the cajon. It helps promote a great posture, and the correct technique, as the bass is situated high on the cajon and it is very easy to get a great sound out of the Pro cajon even if you never played cajon before! There is also a very neat separation between the bass and the highs which will help you to improve much faster than on any normal ‘beginners’ cajon on the market or in shops. We specially designed this range to be really easy to play, great to help you learn the correct technique and hand placement from the start and at the same time, it is also a cajon for life, they are amazing handmade instruments with a lot of quality! 🙂

      Hope this helps!

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hello Tusher, why not order one of our amazing Cruz Cajons on our shop page? We receive our news stock in approx 2 weeks and should be able to post it out to you then!

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  137. Daryl

    I am interested in your DVD as well as online classes and your CD. Can’t figure out where to order these items or cost of online classes in US dollars.

    Reply
    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hello Daryl! The DVD is still in the process of being made, so it;s not available yet, it will be available soon though, so make sure you sign up to my newsletter to be the first to know, and to get a discount!! 🙂

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  138. david smart

    Love your style Heidi,great colour and presentation.Would definitely buy the dvd.
    i wish you great success with the project
    David

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  139. Bruno G

    Hello Heidi,

    You know from our last contact bout my interest. Definitely gonna support you on that one. I will gladly buy the dvd when it becomes available.

    Good luck with the project!

    Bruno

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  140. Chris Tygesen

    I would plunk down my cash, in advance, for an instructional DVD. Especially one that can go in depth into some of the styles and techniques that you only touch on in your YouTube videos.

    I wanted to learn hand drumming because Ney Mello says that studying drum patterns is one of the most important things a rhythm guitarist can do. I picked cajon because I saw your Fernando’s Kitchen vids and followed them to your instructional channel. The sheer joy with which you play made me want to make the cajon my instrument.

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  141. Dean Young

    I would definitely buy a dvd. I’d like to learn some creative ideas that can improve groove with different patterns used a bit like parra diddles but with a bit more funk.

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  142. Udo

    Hi Heidi… i like your lessons very much… sure i will buy a dvd . Please make also a downloadeble version. my english is not so good..hope you understand.
    i have some wishes:
    Can you make some playalones? It make me more for fun.. thing other also. I look many of your videos.. for example :Cajon lesson – Dance/Pop/Rumba Groove . I also read the description of this video.. i know all this groups.. but i am really a beginner and it is not so easy for me to find the songs for this pattern.. Would be wonderfull, when you can put some examples of Songs from this groups whitch fits.
    Also it would be fine when you can put the sheets with Slap, Tone, etc in the video..during your instruction. It helps me a lot. So i looking forword for this dvd. when you need help… i can help for german and spanish translation. Also i am Filmmaker. I don´t look for money… i want to play this magic instrument.
    Best regards
    Udo

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  143. Dan

    hi Heidi

    It’s because of your website and videos that I have been able to learn many basics to get me going on my cajon. I think your lessons are easy to follow and that you’re a great teacher. I’ve been drumming my whole life, but adding the cajon to my skill list has been a lot of fun. thanks so much – and yes I would love to have a Heidi Joubert DVD as a resource to learn from.

    praising God w/drums,
    Dan

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  144. Pat Dexter

    Hi Heidi, I would definitely buy your CD. You are a wounderful teacher. I’ve learned so much from you already.

    Pat

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  145. Antero

    Hi Heide, you did’nt invite any peruvian cajon player, they are the best players in the world, by the way the origin of the cajon is from Peru, it was taken to Spain by Paco de Lucia and they named “Cajon Flamenco” I would like you mention about this in your website and look for peruvian cajon players and makers in internet they are the best.
    Thank you for your videos, you play beautiful.
    Antero

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  146. Davy Clark

    Yes, highly interested in purchasing your DVD, when it becomes available.

    I like your enthusiasm, talent and the the simplicity & breakdown of how you teach the various rhythms.

    I’ve already purchased the Fernando’s Kitchen music CD download. Love the music!

    Thanks!

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  147. Uschi Hübner

    Hi Heidi.

    I would be very interested in your new dvd, but I don’t know, if it’s possible to get it here in germany.?

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  148. Roland

    Looking forward to your new video. Thank you for your love and hard work you invest in this instrument.When you play its so obvious, and enjoyable to watch and listen.Reminds me of when I was a young boy in grade school with a dream of being a drummer when grow ing up and pounding ” Wipeout ” on our wooden desk in school.Have been playing hand drums ever since.Enjoyed the Cajon & hang drum video,What a beautiful mix!. Currently shopping for my first Cajon to play in Church to blend with other instruments, Conga, Djembe, etc. ..Again looking forward. New Video. .Blessing

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  149. Karl Mustafa

    I find your YouTube learning Videos really exiting. It’s for me a good possibility to learn new grooves for my cajon. I am strongly interest to by this learning DVD. I hope there are a lot of Latin rhythm on this DVD.
    Kind regards, Karl

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  150. Francis Sim

    I hope your new instructional dvd is available for purchase as a downloadable video. As I am too far off from where you are.

    A great and versatile instructor you are. Looking forward to your instructional video, and hope that it’s not just for beginners only.

    Thanks and God bless.
    Francis

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    • Klaus

      Hi Heidi,
      yes, i´m very interested in your dvd. I like to look at your leesions scince 2 years.

      Thanks and greatings! Klaus

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  151. Alberto

    Hola Me encantan tus vídeos yo tengo un cajón flamenco ,llevo estudiando flamenco 15 años y me encantaría una mezcla de cajón flamenco y hang con burlería o algo así gracia y seguiré estudiando y viendo tus vídeos

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  152. Gultekin

    Hi. I just wanted to say thanks for the lessons. I actually started playing November 2014. I am flamenco dancer (learning) but started cajon with your lessons when I got an invite from a musician. Now I am playing around London. I would like to invite you to our gigs or open mic night and see your student at work 🙂 Linked to facebook page. Thanks again and I would love to be able to discuss what would work better in blues music.

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  153. Bhavik

    Hi,

    I see that the beginners course has already started, this season. I was wondering if I could join the course now? Or should I wait for the next one?

    If I should wait for the next one, can you please advice, when is the next one?

    Cheers,
    Bhavik

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  154. george attard

    HI Heidi,

    Very interesting article and thanks for the tip for practicing 10 minutes a day because I stopped due to health problems etc. You are an inspiration to me. Would you consider having an agent on the island of Malta. I have a good friend who has a music shop so I can ask him also if he would like to import your Cajons. I would like to help you sell them.

    Regards

    Uncle G

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      That would be a very interesting thing to look into!!

      If you found out if he would be interested, and get in touch with me, we can arrange it all and wholesale prices. 🙂

      Heidi

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  155. sherwai

    Hello good day…i am from perth australia. I am about to order some of your cajones like the pro elite leon plus the cajon heavy duty bag but to check it out it worth $800 AUD in total plus shipping fee!? Cant afford it…I really do love your cajon and i think they are great! But are any consideration or discount if we are going to order? Thank hoping for response soon..cheers!!!

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hello There!

      It seems our shop is double charging you for shipping, basically it charges you for shipping an extra cajon for the bag too, so what we do at present is I refund you that extra shipping cost as we would post both items in one parcel. We are still updating our shop page and should have this little issue sorted soon, but for now, this is the way we work around it! Also we are going to be updating our shipping prices and make them a bit cheaper as we have now almost got a cheaper price on postage due to the number of cajons we are posting all over the world! If you want to, send me an email and we sort out a better price for you now so you can order one while they are still on sale.

      Email me at londoncajonshcool@gmail.com

      Heidi

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  156. Darren

    Love this cajon!
    I bought a cheaper Meinl cajon in an Amazon flash sale and thought I’d got a bargain. But, though it looked OK, it was nasty and had no depth to the bass and zero snare sound (other than a rattle on the bass). So I sent it back and decided you get what you pay for. This cajon is a thing of beauty with deep desonant bass tones and great slap and snare at the top. Yes it’s a bit more money, but worth every penny. Thanks Heidi!

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  157. Lorena Garcia

    Hello Heidi!
    I want to know whats the diference between the Cruz Cajon Pro and Pro Plus Leon Model and Cruz Cajon Pro Pluz Toro Model.

    Thanks,
    Lorena

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  158. Lorena Garcia

    Hola Heidi!
    Soy de Puerto Rico y estoy interesada en tomar clases por internet via Skype. Siempre me ha gustado la percusión pero nunca he tomado clases. Toco el bongó pero de oido, nunca he tomado clases. Esta navidad me regalaron mi primer cajon, y la verdad que me gustaría aprender como tocarlo formalmente. Navegando por internet vi tu youtube channel y me encantó. Por favor, me gustaría saber cuando comienzan las clases para matricularme! Así tan pronto me convierta en una experta me compró un cajon como el tuyo!

    Gracias,

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Ole Loreno! Es un gran palcer! ahoro no tengo Classes en el internet pero muy pronto!! I will let you know as soon as we start up chico! 🙂 un abrazo desde Londres

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      • Rafael

        Hey Heidi,

        When will you have online cajon classes? Do you have a teaching book or DVD? I know you have the videos but I would love to get some classes.

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        • Heidi Joubert Post author

          Hello!

          I am going to release my DVD and booklet very very soon, and then we will start up our online classes again!

          I suggest you sign up to my mailing list to stay updated on when this will happen! 🙂 So exciting!

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    • Mary Figueroa

      Hey Lorena! Soy de Puerto Rico tambien! Fajardo! De que parte eres? A mi me encanta la percusion pero nunca he cojido clases tampoco. No se tocar pero si se que si me lo propongo me saldria bien! Maybe despues montamos una bandita por ahi para llegarle a las Sance!!!

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  159. Nahki

    Heidi,

    I love Cruz Cajon.
    It sounds as I expected.
    I could not find anything like this in any music store near by.

    Now I need a carrying case.

    Regards,
    Nahki

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  160. Dean Young

    This is the best Cajon on the market for this price. I’ve tested all the big brands and the Cruz Cajon is the best by far. It has a beautiful rebound and feel even with the lightest of touches and the sweet spot are all in fingers reach nice and high up so you won’t have to bend over searching for it. I’m so happy I bought a Cruz Cajon they sound amazing and the clarity between snare and bass are so clear. I don’t normally do reviews but I believe this deserves one.
    Dean Young
    Cajon player for Byzantium lane band Pop/rock

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  161. Dean Young

    I ordered the Cruz Cajon pro plus toro. All I can say is I’m so glad I made the right choice.
    After trying lots of the other well known cajon brands I was worried about ordering a Cajon I hadn’t tried out. I needn’t have worried because the Cruz cajon was amazing right out of the box and sounds so much better than the ones I had tried before. The bass and snare are perfect and the clarity between them are so clear. With the lightest of taps you have a great sounding Cajon and the rebound you feel from the front panel talks for itself. The bass is nice and high up so no bending over trying to find a sweet spot. It’s all there in fingers reach. This is the best Cajon for its price out there and actually designed by a cajon player not a marketing brand.
    If your thinking of buying a Cruz cajon trust me you won’t go wrong. Dean Young
    Cajon player for Byzantium Lane. Pop/Rock

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      indeed! We have shipping options available to Canada via our online shop, let me know if you get stuck! H

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  162. Victor

    I,ve played percussion for over 50 years and never a flamenco rhythm. thanks to you I,m ready to go. even at minus 30C here in Canada! thanks. great demonstration.

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  163. Andrew

    Hello,

    Your videos are great! Couple years ago I decided to learn a new instrument every year. This year I went with the cajon. Picked one up a couple weeks ago and am hooked. I have very little percussion experience and truly appreciate the effort you put into your instructions. All day I sit at my crappy desk job practicing the patterns on my legs until I can get home and wail away. Thank you.

    Peace and love,

    Andrew

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  164. Ralph

    Heidi, I really like the way you look and play and was interested in buying the cruz cajon pro plus toro-model.I am a beginner cajon player and been researching different cajons.I really like the one you used on you tube teaching the rumba.does it come with a case?do you have a distributor in Los Angeles?How can I get it shiiped to my house in Covina California?Can you send me a price list in us dollars?
    Is your cajon dvd out? thank you for your time.

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hello Ralph

      I sent you an email as well, regarding the Pro Toro model. I have a few videos on the rumba on youtube, which one are you referring to? It can come in a thick strong padded case, you can get those cases on my webshop as well, but the case is not included with the cajon price, you need to buy it separately. No distribution in LA yet, we are currently working on getting distribution out in the US by end 2015. We do however ship our products out worlwide, most of our cajons go to the USA (of chichi CA is one of the popular destinations to which we post out our cajons) and they always arrive safely with our amazingly secure couriers. Apologies for the prices not being in displayed in dollars on our webshop, we have yet to update and upgrade our webshop to display the prices in international currencies. The best way to determine the price in dollars is to check it out online (as the exchange rate varies and can change), simply google ‘convert’ and you will find many websites that does a simple currency conversion for free. DVD is begin worked on and will be out pretty soon. It has taken me quite a while, due to many tours and shows I had to do last year, when I do finally release it, it will be really excellent! 🙂 Sign up to my cajonbox newsletter to be the first to know when it gets released.

      Hope this helps!

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  165. Emma

    Heidi Thanks for your last response,
    As the Pro Elite Toro model is currently out of stock I was looking at the Pro elite leon model, am i right in saying they are the same but the leon is natural colour with the toro has the black front plate?
    Could you please tell me what courier you use and do you get to track your package online?
    Thank you!
    Awesome playing by the way!

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hey Emma!

      Yes the Pro Elite Leon has a natural front plate and natural Chassis (body), whereas the Pro Elite Toro has a black wenge (black transparent so you can see the grain of the wood) front plate and black wedge chassis (body).

      We use Parcelforce, and we use priority postage, and yes, when we post out a cajon it is fully tracked with a unique tracking number (so you can check out the progress online yourself).

      Thank you for the very kind words about my playing! 🙂

      Heidi

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  166. Emma

    Hi Heidi,
    I was wondering what model of cruz cajon you used on the youtube video Cajon lesson – Finger roll
    Plus is the one you used was it the 2014 model?

    Thank you 🙂

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hey Emma, thats the Pro Elite Toro model, and yes it;s the same a the models we have in 2014. 🙂

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      • Emma

        Heidi Thanks for your last response,
        As the Pro Elite Toro model is currently out of stock I was looking at the Pro elite leon model, am i right in saying they are the same but the leon is natural colour with the toro has the black front plate?
        Could you please tell me what courier you use and do you get to track your package online?
        Thank you!
        Awesome playing by the way!

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        • Heidi Joubert Post author

          Hey Emma!

          Yes the Pro Elite Leon has a natural front plate and natural Chassis (body), whereas the Pro Elite Toro has a black wenge (black transparent so you can see the grain of the wood) front plate and black wedge chassis (body).

          We use Parcelforce, and we use priority postage, and yes, when we post out a cajon it is fully tracked with a unique tracking number (so you can check out the progress online yourself).

          Thank you for the very kind words about my playing! 🙂

          Heidi

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  167. Zoltan Szabo

    Hi Heidi,

    I would like to know how long would be shipping from you a Cruz Cajon Pro, Toro to Massachusetts USA, 02045
    I have a concert on the 20th December. Any chance would be here if I order it.
    Thank you,

    Zoltan Szabo

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  168. Flip

    The Cruz Pro Toro is my first Cajon, but I don`t see how it could be any better.

    I can just agree with the other reviews from more experienced people, the sound is great.
    The bass is fat and has quite some power when played hard, but the snare was the bigger surprise to me as it sounds,well, sharp like a snare.
    I don`t find it easy to always get the strokes right for the sound I am aiming for, but my mis-strokes tell me there is a lot of sound variations in this thing waiting to be put to good use.

    As for the design, it looks as good as on the images, just as I hoped.
    To be honest, I`d probably still be happy if it wouldn`t make a single sound, it`s pretty furniture as well. 😉

    Last but not least, I`ve sent a mail to the support address asking a rather silly question about the two snare-knobs at the back.
    The reply Heidi sent back was adorably thorough, explaining everything there is to know in detail.
    Things like that matter to me.
    It`s obvious Heidi is passionate about what she is doing and about the instrument she is selling.
    And she seems to have found the perfect partners crafting such a high quality product for her.

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  169. Cartherine

    Hello Heidi,
    You have a great website, I really like your approach!!
    The video about cymbals is very interesting. I was very surprised to see that you just play the cymbals with your naked hands… I really thought that a stick was necessary to play on a cymbal.
    I saw on another video that you have a cowbell that you hit with a pedal.
    What do you think about hitting the cymbal with a pedal?
    I have seen it for a one man band and I liked the concept. I would not know how to set it up though (what I saw was very DIY-like with tape and no real stand!!)
    Any idea?

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hey! Ha! I had thought about using a pedal for cymbals but I haven’t tried it yet!!!

      Slapping with your bear hands does require some… guts, but you get used it. ANd nowadays they actually have special cymbals for hand playing…. check them out on google.

      Oh and PLEASE let me know how the pedal and cymbal thing goes, if you get to try it out before me!!! 🙂

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hopefully Feb 2015… it;s been a long time coming but We want it to be perfect! Make sure you’re signed up to our newsletter to stay updated and for your special subscribers discount!

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  170. Leonardo Berentz

    Hola, Heidi, hace muy poco descubri el cajon flamenco, y todo su mundo maravilloso. Tambien toco un instrumento muy latinoamericano y muy argentino: el “bombo leguero”. Estoy aprendiendo mucho gracias a tus videos.
    un saludo grande desde Argentina
    Leo

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  171. Hitesh

    Hi,
    Heidi and all on Fernando’s Kitchen,
    This is Hitesh. Just replying to inform you that I have subscribed for the free Newsletter since 30 June 2014 and have not received any of them since then.
    Pls inform do I have to re-subscribe or will I start getting the same soon.
    I have replied to fk@fernandoskitchen.com on 21st Sept 2014 regarding this. But still not receiving any Newsletter since June 30th 2014.
    When I tried to re-subscribe I get a message that “You are already subscribed”.
    Hoping for a reply
    And yes, I have been using all the CAJON Videos of HEIDI from the Youtube channel and the same have helped me a lot in learning to play the cajon.

    Reply
    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hey we had some issues with our newsletter software but it;s all alright now!! 🙂 You are subscribed and you won’t miss out I promise!!!

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      • george attard

        Thank you for helping people all over the world by teaching a universal language music. God Bless from Uncle G in Malta

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        • Heidi Joubert Post author

          Ole Uncle George!! Thanks for this nice msg! I would love to visit Malta, it has a great history!

          Love

          Heidi

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  172. Enrico

    Thx a lot for your video lessons, Very useful and pedagogic !
    A pleasure for the ears and the eyes …
    A french fan whose new dream is to be your cajon !

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  173. Pete Robbins

    I have just got off a 20 date tour with John Wheeler from Hayseed Dixie and I have loved playing my Cruz Cajon. I have quite a busy live schedule and to have a Cajon that not only sounds great but is responsive enough for me not to hurt my hands is very important. With my Cruz Cajon my hands felt like they did on show 1 on show 20.

    Thank you Cruz for making a great instrument which is a joy to play.

    Pete

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  174. Jack Burchard

    Hi Heidi
    You continue to inspire this old goat. I’m getting to play a lot with friends who appreciate that the cajon does not overwhelm their acoustic sounds. QUESTION: What’s happening with the Lesson DVD? I have a great DVD from Dancing Hands Music (Alan Dworsky) that has helped a lot. But your lessons really help expand my ability. I love them. Very challenging and helpful. And fun..

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  175. Danny Morgan

    Having sold my full drum kit a few years ago, I decided to pick up the cajon as a hobby. However, when asked to join a band as their resident cajon-ist, I decided to upgrade.

    I found Heidi’s videos late in 2013, and found them immensely helpful and inspiring – I knew I wanted the cajon she was using! So I took the plunge for this model and have been blown away.

    It looks sexy, sounds superb and I can honestly say has added a new dynamic to our band of three. My bandmates and friends in the audience at gigs have all commented on how good it sounds.

    So, if you’re worried about taking a punt on any Cruz Cajon… don’t! You won’t be disappointed!

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  176. jean marie

    Hey everybody,

    You know what ? I’m HAPPY !
    Cause I ordered last wednesday a pro leon and yersteday it were at my home… in South of France (sorry for my bad english) it’s very good, no ?
    I really love this instrument, it’s a real pleasure to play on it and it is a beautiful box… WHICH HAD A BIG BEAUTIFUL SOUND !

    Thank’s a lot Heidi for your music, your instruments, and your kindness

    Cajon love

    Jean Marie

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  177. Kyla Lakheeram

    Hello, Heidi!
    Depending on whether or not I have time after school, I may be interested in joining your Skype cajon classes. I have a few questions though.
    1. Are children (I’m only 12) allowed to join the classes?
    2. Do the classes require any past experience in drum/cajon playing?
    3. Does time difference matter? (I’m from a little Caribbean island called Trinidad)
    4. What cajon would you recommend that I get as an inexperienced beginner?

    Thanks in advance,
    Kyla L. 🙂

    PS I accidentally posted this comment on the Cruz Cajon page as well because I thought I was on this one. Sorry!

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  178. Kyla Lakheeram

    Hey, Heidi!
    Depending on whether or not I have time after school, I may be interested in joining your Skype cajon classes. I have a few questions though.
    1. Are children (I’m only 12) allowed to join the classes?
    2. Do the classes require any past experience in drum/cajon playing?
    3. Does time difference matter? (I’m from a little Caribbean island called Trinidad)
    4. What cajon would you recommend that I get as an inexperienced beginner?

    Thanks in advance,
    Kyla 🙂

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  179. Gary

    Hi Heidi,

    My son is 12 about to play his first gig at a small festival and we’re both wondering about. Good point about the mirror and posture and I’ll try him with some surgical or climbing tape. Learning to relaxing and let the mic/PA do the work is important too. I think the large Aloa Vera plant in the kitchen is about to get a pruning! This is some good advice

    Cheers!

    G

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  180. Faudel

    My cajon arrived few weeks ago and I had the time to try it a lot of times before leaving a review.

    I just have to say that my new baby is awesome !

    I was very confident but I didn’t know how much the stuff will be amazing.

    This cajon is a piece of art.
    The bass spot at the upper place makes it easy and so fun to play. The high tone sounds really good and the tapa is pretty sensitive : very good stuff !
    You cant’ go wrong with this awesome cajon. The sound rocks, the wood quality rocks, the design rocks !

    I also have to say that Heidi was very professional and kind with me during our mail exchanges.

    Thank you Heidi (and your team) for the great job !

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  181. Jérôme

    I’ve received mine few days ago and I love it.
    It has a wonderfull sound (while played softly or powerfully).
    Furthermore, it’s a beautiful object.
    I can just recommand it to you.
    Btw, Heidi was very kind and pro. before and after my purchase, which was very cool too.
    Thanks again and also for the CD as an added surprise in the package.
    😉

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  182. Geoff Cooper

    Having done a bit of drumming and currently playing percussion in a swing orchestra I decided I would like to try playing a cajon. I visited a reputable music shop and tried a few different makes. Frankly I was a bit disappointed. In discussion with a member of staff he mentioned the Cruz with a slight sound of awe in his voice. I checked the Cruz out online. shared a few emails with Heidi – drew breath at the price but took the plunge. Within two weeks I was playing a short gig with an acoustic blues band (first gig for them!) at the recent Dereham Blues Festival. Wasn’t very well prepared and was not mic’d up but at the end got really good reaction from the band members and the audience.
    Does it sound fantastic – 100% YES
    Does it feel good to play – 100% YES
    Does it look stunning – 100% YES
    Was it worth the extra money – 100% YES
    Do I want to join Heidi’s September school in Cambridge – 100% YES
    Am I happy – OH YES

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  183. Marc Meyer

    Hi Heidi – you’re website has really come along in the last while. Excellent.

    I have a mic question. I have been using a Shure 58 microphone to mic my cajon and put it though a board with effects and monitor with a pair of headphones. I am considering putting a studio in my new house as a jam area and buying two 100W PA speakers and a couple of Shure mics for vocals. Would you recommend getting a bass mic like the Shure Beta 52 Kick Drum Mic for the cajon and moving the 58 to vocal role? Thanks for any advice

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  184. Diego Armando Cacilha

    Olá, sou do Brasil e assisti o seus vídeos no Youtube.
    Parabéns pela musicalidade. Você faz um som muito bom!

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  185. Justin

    I just built a Cajon and I’,m greatly enjoying your lessons and site. We have jam sessions here on the beach at Rayong Beach Thailand!

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  186. Carlos

    Yo creo que deberías hablar más de la cultura detrás del instrumento que tocas, la comparación con los grandes maestros del Cajón Peruano.

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Gracias, indeed I will write an article about the peruvain cajon! But I mostly play the flamenco cajon, and I have a lot to learn of the peruvian cajon before I can write about it;s history!! 🙂

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  187. Mat

    Hi Heidi,
    Thank you for my new cajon! I love it. It looks and sounds great. The two knob snare adjustment in the back of the cajon really nice feature. Thank you again, I am very very happy.

    Cheers. Mat

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Got it!! We start on Tues the 1st July ok! 🙂 First class was postponed due to internet issues

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      • Kevin Jones

        Heidi
        I was away last week but can I still see the video before tomorrow’s class? How do I find it? And how do I access tomorrow’s class.
        Kevin

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  188. Sarah z

    Idk if my comment is too late to see but I’ll try anyways! I recently bought a headliner cajon and I got excited that you could tune it, and I think I messed it up because I can’t get it to have the normal bass sound along with the normal snare… Is there any hope for this to sound good again? I thought about loosening everything and starting from there but I’m scared to mess it up anymore :/ I’ve only used it maybe 5 or 6 times

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hello Sarah!

      You mean a meinl Headliner cajon? Some cajons are such a bad quality that no matter how much you tune, you won;t be able to get a good sound from it. It sounds like this is your issue.

      How much did you pay for the cajon, was a cheap one? I know some of meinl’s lower range cajons are just terrible (no offence to meinl, they have some other really great products) but their beginner cajons are just bad, and there’s no way you will get a good sound out of it, yu need to invest in a good quality cajon! Remember you get what you pay for! x

      Hope this helps!

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      • john b

        I’m having a similar issue with my meinl headliner cajon. In order to get a snare sound I have to hit it fairly solidly. I have messed around a bit with another cajon as my son’s school and the snare sound is great with just a soft touch. My cajon has a great bass sound but the snare is …lacking.
        I’ve tried both tightening and loosening the wire but haven’t gotten much difference. what about messing around with the screws holding the front on?
        any suggestion is welcome.. before I try to contact the seller (amazon) about exchanging it

        thanks,
        john

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      • Sam-baji

        In defense of at least some of the introductory Meinl Cajon’s, out of the various Cajons I tried at my local L&M store, the Meinl Headliner Cajon, with short snare wires not strings, was among the most responsive (https://www.long-mcquade.com/23116/Drums/World-Percussion/Meinl/Headliner-Cajon-Wine-Red-Sides—Birch-Frontplate.htm). Some of the more expensive cajons, some almost twice the price, had nice bass tones (e.g., LP), but the highs were weak. There wasn’t much tone to the wood. Perhaps, their faceplates are too thick and/or made from too heavy of a composite material?

        The birch faceplate of this Meinl model resonates well, as well as the sides and back of the box. The cajon sounds good no matter which side you play. When you hit the sides or back there is a nice tone to it. The Granite Percussion which is priced similarity to this model has a poor snare design in my opinion (https://www.long-mcquade.com/65021/Drums/World-Percussion/Granite-Percussion/Cajon-Beech-Wood-Satin-Finish-w–Bag.htm). The removable snare wire contraption presses against the faceplate too hard, deadening the bass notes. So for the sale price of $125 CDN, this Meinl Headliner model seems like a winner, in my humble opinion.

        To get a good descent snare out of the Meinl, one needs to hit the cajon right above the short snare wires on the upper outer sides of the cajon. If you look in the back, you will notice that the faceplate right behind the snare wires has been thinned out a little to make the wood right above the snare a little more resonant. While my friends Tycoon Cajon has a great snare sound, more so than the Meinl, it also has less separation between the bass and snare–bass notes vibrate the snare strings. The snare wires of my friends Tycoon are actually four strings (guitar?) that run across the entire faceplate from bottom to top so its a different design. This allows the wires to be tuned. The modern snare design used in my Meinl, like many other modern cajons, have short snare drum style multiple-wires that lay “passively” on the faceplate and so the tension of the snares can’t be adjusted.

        One critism I have the of the Meinl I bought is that the upper screws of the faceplate could be recessed a little more so that they don’t stick out at all when lessened for more of a slap tone. But that can be fixed with a little countersinking with a drill.

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    • Lu Lu

      Hi Sarah!

      I know there was already a response to your comment, but I was looking at this site because I was looking at some tips on tuning my cajon as I had already spent a bit of time trying tuning it the typical way AKA using the wrench that comes with it as well as adjusting the four outside screws on the top and so I noticed that I had similar problems as well as the same cajon as you and I also had an annoying buzzing sound that wouldn’t seem to go away no matter how much I tried to tune it. But when I read the info above on the main area of the site I noticed that she talked about taping, and I was about ready to try anything so I tried it which for me meant cutting very tiny pieces of gaff tape and taping the strings where I heard buzzing and I ended up with about 8 little strips of gaff tape spread out on the strings and it got rid of the buzzing completely! As for getting a better snare sound loosening the 4 outside screws on the top gives it a better snap and tightening the screws on the bottom will help the bass not sound snary and help you get a desired sound! I found that doing all of these things creates a pretty good sound out of a lower quality cajon and makes this usable for gigs or just having fun!! I hope this helps and sorry it was so long! Happy drumming!!

      -Lu Lu:)

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      • Jaybles

        Hi Lu Lu!

        Just wanted to say thank you for sharing your tips! My new Meinl Headliner sounded so buzzy and flat and after taking your advice it livened it up a ton!

        TYVM, Jaybles

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  189. Ruth

    I 1st tried a cajon at Easter this year, now I have one of my own and spend a couple of hours practising each day. Your lessons are very helpful. If I find something tricky, I leave it for a day and find I have improved overnight. Magic! I too have a weak left hand, I am recovering from a frozen left shoulder and really have to consciously work on that side’s strength. Come to Christchurch New Zealand sometime!

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  190. Senay Tulansoy

    Hi Heidi Joubert!
    I’m from Turkey.My English is very bad but I think this is not an obstacle. you have followers from many countries. a sweet proposal :p You can select a person from each country. to give us Courses. ‘universal percussion’ (not a problem, it’s just a dream I just had a wish.) 😀 if one day , you will make this suggestion if you. I’ll be ready Forever.
    Thanks for the videos
    Thanks to you and your team..

    Stay with music..
    Senay.

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  191. nilanka pathum

    your cajon and your cajon sound s very good.
    im nilanka from sri lanka. i like to ply your cajon. you can help me.

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  192. ilaria

    Ciao from Italy!
    Id like very much to enrol to your live streaming classes, just not sure what time they take place! Maybe it is written somewhere and i just dont see it!
    Hope to see you online soon 🙂
    Ilaria

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  193. Awatea

    Okay, gonna have to up my data plan because I’m so ‘there’ all the way from the South Pacific, New Zealand. This is so cool and thank you for the opportunity and privilege to learn from you and along with your class. Thanks to the “real class” students too.

    On a side note, is your dvd still in the works?. Patiently waiting (well…not really, ha!), just wondering how it’s coming along.

    See ya later,
    Awatea.

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  194. D. D. (Chase) Jackson

    Good morning from New Orleans.

    I’ve been receiving your newletter for a while now and I’d love to participate in your upcoming Internet class.

    But first, you write: “Please note that you need to check your network coverage for live streaming to make sure you can take part in the live streaming classes.”

    ‘Check my network coverage’ ? I haven’t a clue how to do that. Is there some simple way to verify that?

    Best Regards

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hey! I noticed that is badly phrased. Basically you need to have fast enough internet to receive live streaming….

      It means that it is not our responsibility if your internet connection is too slow to actually be able to see the live streaming classes… This is basically for countries that has very slow internet such as africa etc.

      If your internet runs fairly fast and you can watch youtube videos without much buffering, you should have a fast enough internet to be able to stream our live classes.

      hOpe this helps!

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  195. Len Beauchemin

    Hi there, Heidi!

    This model Cajon is the finest! I have been tapping, pounding and drumming on things most of my life, snare, to timpani, to jazz kit, as a my attempt to express myself. The Elite Pro has taken my expression to the next level. I well tell everyone about its high quality, sensitivity, resonant tone and amazing bass! The bass “sweet spot” is in the perfect upper high place, unlike a few others I have bought or tried. I am amazed in you and your sincere support of this instrument in the commercial world we live in. You bring the expression of drumming to so many, who could not otherwise enjoy. Thank you!

    Cheers to you always!

    Len

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  196. Jim Knox

    I ran across your blues cajon instructional video…it was very well done and helpful to me. Following links to your site and band, I ordered your virtual album.
    Very nice! You have a new fan in Virginia.

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      • Heidi Joubert Post author

        Hey Bud! Postage is a bit pricey but it;s SUPER fast and SUPER safe! Fully tracked, the works! 🙂 Plus the quality of the instrument and its uniqueness still makes it well worth the postage costs!

        We are however, working on getting distribution worldwide so hopefully the postage would not be a big issue in the future!

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        • Jim B

          Hope to see worldwide distribution (especially Canada) of your Cajons soon. I have really enjoyed your lessons and if the Cruz Cajon sounds as good as your videos I may have to buy one! Been playing in Canada and everyone really finds the Cajon intriguing when I play in public.

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          • Heidi Joubert Post author

            🙂 Happy to hear this, I also look forward to the day we finalise distribution all over the world! 🙂 Keep intriguing the world con el cajon!

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  197. Gene

    Hello Heidi, great site, and you also. Am looking forward to the lessons on line, I am retired and have a lot of time to practice. Thank you so much.

    Gene

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  198. SOPHIE BAILLIEUL

    Bonjour

    Je suis très contente de mon cajon très bon son il était très bien protégé et je l’ai reçu rapidement.
    Merci Heidi de nous faire partager ta passion et ton talent. Merci pour le CD superbe music.

    Je ne manquerai pas de conseiller l’achat de ce cajon. see you soon

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  199. Bryan

    Heidi,
    You are such a beautiful person and musician. I just bought a cajon and am loving it! I’m 41 and have been playing drums since I was 14, but this is a whole new animal. I’m enjoying all you videos and what I’ve seen from Fernado’s Kitchen. My first question (and there will most likely be more) how would you suggest doing a finger roll with the same impact if you don’t have fingernails? I was born with none, and to flip my fingers around and do the same as you, hurts to much. I’m thinking maybe thimbles like you sew with? Anyway, you are a great person for sharing your talents and giving free lessons. Thank you so much!

    -Bryan

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  200. Massimiliano

    Amazing ! I want it soon ! 🙂 I like your lessons on youtube and i m sure your dvd will be very good ! Good work Heidi !

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  201. Daniel Said

    I have watched almost all of your lessons to begin to play Cajon.
    I love your videos,
    I love Your tastes,
    I love all the graphical concepts within room-athmosphere in your clips,
    all the esthetic.
    You are a great artist.
    I love your music
    Thanks very much for all

    Daniel

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  202. joe

    what are the splashes on those 2 bracket stand?i know one is aax and the other one something like Turkish…and what size. details pls. thanks

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  203. Jesus

    Hi Heidi!
    I’m interested in learn to play cajon.
    I’m an absolute beginner and just ask you when the next course starts.

    Thank you!

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  204. fangjun

    Hi Heidi!
    See your video feel harvest, I want to ask you this kajon drum sound and some of the drum big difference? See your video that you have the special elasticity and easy feeling playing on a panel at the time playing, can emit two sound don’t know how you fight?

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  205. Tania Bosak

    Hi Heidi,
    thanks so much for these great lessons, and very cool to hear you sing with the cajon …
    I look forward to being able to join an online class soon…

    cheers
    TB
    from Melbourne, Australia

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  206. Mais Lee

    Hey, Heidi, the e-mail from faraway China, I am your fans.
    Please forgive my English is really bad, this message is translated by GOOGLE it.
    I ask you which city in which country? Me and my friends are Chinese street performers.
    I’m going to be able to raise enough funds to pleasure of seeing you.
    Meet my idol.
    You

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  207. Carlos Salazar

    Hello! greetings from Colombia, I need to know if you send this products to my Country?

    I really want Cruz Cajon Pro – Leon Model.

    I wait for your answer, thanks and good luck.

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  208. Gregory DeBorde

    Hello, Heidi I just got my first Cajon and Ive been following your tutorials and Thankyou for your hard and awesome instructions keep up the brilliant playing… Respectfully Gregory DeBorde from Indianapolis Indiana….

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  209. dan cardella

    Hello Heidi,

    can you please tell me how I can join the online classes?
    I’ve previously sent you an email if you’d care to send me an email.

    thank you,
    Dan

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hey Dan!

      Apologies for not getting back to you, we are still setting up our online system, I will certainly let you know when we will start!

      We’re thinking of starting within the next month!! Almost there! 🙂

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hey did you take a look at the video? In the video I explain all the cymbals I use and recommend and their sizes. I personally love the Sabian AAX XPLOSION splash 11 inches.

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  210. Camillo

    I had the opportunity to see Heidi live in Frankfurt, shake her hand and listen to great play together with other fantastic musicians. Looking fwd next year to see your stand and your beautiful cajons. In the meanwhile, keep it up, best cajon teacher on the web.

    PS. it would be great, if Heidi could do a summary review about all the cajons she tried in the Musikmesse 2014; curious about her opinion 🙂

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  211. Stefan

    Hi Heidi,

    I found your website by searching for CAJON lessons. Great videos!

    Is there a possibility anywhere in Germany (maybe near Frankfurt),
    to play and test a CRUZ CAJON?
    It would be great, if I can test one before buying.

    God bless you!
    Stefan

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  212. Martin

    Love it!

    I got one of these cajoncitos shipped halfway around the world for our kids, and it was worth all the effort! It sounds fabulous, just like you’d expect a small cajon to sound. Amazing!

    Our kids love it and play with it every day, always discovering new ways to get sounds out of it. The sturdy build and round corners are perfect for when the cajoncito gets in between the rough and tumble or becomes part of a little jealousy fight.

    If you want a great sounding kids cajon, and not just another wooden box that claims to be one, get a Cruz Cajon Toddlers!

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  213. Juan Barreda

    I’ve been wanting to buy another Cajon , I have a hard time not being able to talk to someone, A phone no. Would be great. Things like shipping to a specific State, country, and for me what does that translate into American money, I don’t like surprises..

    Reply
    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hola Juan

      All the shipping prices to different places in the world is clearly written on the description section of each cajon, and well, what it would cost in USD would depend upon the exchange rate, this is also easy to figure out, simply google ‘convert currency’ and you will find many websites that can give you an up to date conversion rate!

      Alternatively we are in office 5 days a week, you can send us an email anytime and one of our team will reply very soon with all the answers to any question. Thew price for shipping to the USA is £89….

      Hope this helps!

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  214. Karen Pérez

    I finally received my Cruz Cajon Pro Elite Leon Model and I loooooove it! It is beautifully handcrafted and sounds amazing! The design, the logos, the wood quality, and the attention to detail makes it look like a piece of art. Before I consider buying one of Heidi’s cajons I went to a couple of music stores to try theirs. I was discouraged by the “rattle” sound and the lack of distinction between the bass and the higher tones I heard. In the Cruz cajon there is an audible difference between the high and the bass tones, but you do not hear a “rattle” or exaggerated buzz sound. Also, most of the cajons I tried were from synthetic materials. Thus, the sound was not very impressive. The wood quality on the Cruz cajon is top notch and it projects the sound very well. Lastly, I like the idea of having a tuning/tensioning mechanism outside the cajon to adjust the sound of the snare to my personal preferences and music styles. Though I hesitated to purchase a cajon without trying it first, I am glad I did. This cajon exceeded my expectations. Thanks, Heidi!

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  215. Salvador ordaz

    Quisiera saber si venden cajones para mexico específicamente para playa del Carmen Quintana Roo pues me interesa un cajón saludos buena noche !!

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hey Salvador! We post out to ANY destination in the world! 🙂 We have a great courier that is safe and handles the cajones with the utmost care! And it is tracked all the way to your house!

      Reply
  216. Andras

    Hi Heidi!
    Your videos are great! I’m glad you do this.
    I play the drums since 2012, but the instrument is too big. Always I play on concerts, my drum needs a full car, so I decided to sometimes play the cajon instead of the drums. I thought with the cajon and cymbals it is almost the same as the drums.
    Your videos helped me a lot. I’m about to buy a cajon, but I have a question.
    What kind of cajon do you recommend me? (The cajon with the gitarstring, or wirestring..?)

    I play in a Christian worship band.I play in churches as well.

    Best wishes,
    András (from Hungary)

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hey Andras, get one of my very own Cruz Cajons, they are the best on the market! 🙂

      The cajon is a great instrument yes! And I am very glad you like my videos! Keep rocking for Jesus buddy!

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      • Andras

        Yeah, I knew it. You, nad Your products are the best in every category 😀
        But what if I don’t want to pay ~£43 only for shipping. I have a friend over here in Hungary, who makes cajons. And for 43 pounds I almost can get a cajon. (cajonstudio.com)

        So the question: If I’m not buying a Cruz Cajon (which is a big fault – I know), do you recommend me a guitar string, or snare cajon?

        (After I get it, I would like to attend in your online course as well)

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        • Heidi Joubert Post author

          Hey! depends which one;s sound you like more, I personally prefer the guitar string to the snare, because it lasts longer with less buzzing and rattling!

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  217. Voigt

    Hi Heidi, that’s great news, I’m so happy for you, and I wish I could see this!
    I just finished making my very first cajon some weeks ago. Now I’m learning to play on it and your vids are great help – thank you!

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  218. Heidi Joubert Post author

    Shipping out your new baby on Tues or Wed this week. Our team are on it and you should have received a confirmation email from us, I will look into it and resend it!

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  219. Andrew Tosh

    Looking forward to receiving the Cruz Cajon I have ordered. Can you please update me with a shipping date?

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  220. Andreas Hofmeyr

    Love your energy, style and willingness to share your skill with others!

    I was wondering if you’ve had any success with getting your drums distributed in SA yet? I live in Namibia and would love to get my hands on one. I have fam in SA so come down regularly.

    Looking forward to your reply.

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hey hey!!!

      Thanks a lot. Distribution in SA is being worked on, and hopefully we’ll have that up and running within this year!!!

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  221. Daniel Clark

    I wasn’t sure if I needed one of these but after getting it, I can confirm that I did need one. It’s great fun!

    I’m a guitarist and got it to help with compas. It also doubles as a beautiful stool for playing guitar on.

    If you have learned from Heidi’s online lessons, then give her the support that she deserves and get one! (also get the album from Fernando’s Kitchen cos it’s awesome!)

    Thanks Heidi. best wishes, Daniel

    Now, back to the cajon….

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  222. Roxane

    Hi!

    I would like to know if it will be possible to buy your dvd in digital format? What I mean is that I would like to buy it, but I’m in Canada and I just checked I much would be the shipping fee… and it’s 86 EU … so I was woundering if you will have a downloading dvd price? It would be interesting for people like me! 🙂

    Thanks!

    By the way, I love your video lessons!

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  223. Nick K.

    Dear Heidi Joubert and Cruz Cajon company,hello!

    Yes,my cruz cajon(a beautiful gift to me from my brother Dimitris) have arrived safely!

    So what about my beautiful cajon?

    I love its sound!!!So warm bass…and the ‘snes’ sound so powerful!!!
    Sometimes i have the feeling that i’m playing really drums!
    My congratulations for the job you do!!

    I’m a beginner cajon player and your video lessons helps me a lot.

    Thank you and keep doing that perfect job you do!

    Love,Nick and Dimitris K.

    P.S. Thank you very much for the Fernando’s Kitchen cd you send to me!
    I like very much your music and i wish you the best!!!

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hey Diego

      You should check out my youtube channel, I have 40 video lessons on youtube you can watch and more coming very very soon! We are updating our ‘cajon lessons’ page so soon I can send you the new details but not yet.

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hey Diego

      The online school is now going to be happening in conjunction with my physical cajon classes in London, which is every Tues from 7pm – 8:30pm. We’ll be streaming the lesson live via my youtube channel and it won’t be expensive to join in the class via the Youtube stream.

      This is now going to be set up and we’ll start up in 4 weeks time when my new courses start up in London. The course will last 10 weeks, there will be a beginner course and an improvers course for people with some previous playing experience.

      I will keep you updated as to when enrolment for this will start and all the details!

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  224. Anand Gopal

    I live in India and I recently ordered a Cruz Cajon from Cajonbox.com. I must say, the experience so far has been nothing short of fantastic!

    1. Shipping: The Cajon was at my doorstep really, really fast. The packaging was great and protected the Cajon well. As an added benefit, there was tons of bubble wrap to play with (everyone loves Bubble Wrap :)).

    2. The Cajon itself: I’ve played the Tabla/Drums for many years and I’m enjoying the transition to a Cajon. I also own a Pearl Cajon but the CruzCajon sounds much, much fuller and sweeter. Doesn’t hurt that it looks sexy too!

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  225. Peter Brazel

    I just received my new Cruz Cajon to compliment the piano string Cruz Cajon I purchased last year. The Piano model has a fantastic deep, clear bass and a snappy top end snare. The Pro Elite is completely different given it is fully strung. As expected, it has far greater “snare” overtones over the bass and the top end “snare” is audible even under the lightest of fingering. I love them both and now I can jam with others I have introduced to the world of the Cajon. Everyone seems to have a drummer hidden deep inside them for some reason. 🙂 Thanks Heidi, great products.

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  226. Pete Roulston

    Hi, I just bought a cajon today for some variation to my gigs. This is a great site so thank you.
    If I put stickers on the sides of my cajon do you think it would affect the sound? 🙂

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hey Pete

      No it shouldn’t affect your sound unless you are sticking MOTHERLY HUGE AND THICK stickers on your cajon that is as thick as paint… I don’t think you need to worry about it, unless the wood that you are sticking the stickers on is extremely thin.

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  227. zerotheskull

    I have made an order and the payment of the cajon pro elite, but I forget to add the order ID to the payment reference, what should I do? I am sorry!><

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  228. Egidio

    Hey Heidi! Great videos!
    A question for you: never tried to use a shaker when playing cajon?
    I’m looking for the best solution to use it!

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Yes I have and will upload a video on how to use this with some basic ex to get your hands used to this!!!!!! 🙂

      Try right hand shaker, left hand bass and snare… simple groove, playing shaker on quarter notes and then upping it to eights:

      For instance:

      Left hand:

      Bass snare bass snare

      Righ hand:

      Shaker shaker shaker shaker//////

      Haha I know it might not be easy to figure it out like that, so I will put up a vid very soon!!!

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  229. Justin

    Hello Heidi.

    Hope you know that your videos have already been extremely helpful. I just built my own cajon, and i do have 2 questions if you are able to answer.

    1: How much does the type of wood influence the sound?

    2: I used a snare, and it was suggested to cut it in half. But the rattle it gives off has gotten worse. You suggested taping the snare down, but i was going to use wood glue. Would that work?

    Thanks for your expertise! You’ve been a big help already.

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  230. Gerry Sludden

    Hey Heidi

    I subscribe to cajonbox and love the resources you have made available. Can’t wait for the DVD.

    I’ve been making my own cajons for use with my scottish ceilidh band and have linked to cajon box for anyone interested in discovering more about the cajon, or who wants to buy an instrument.

    The link is on this page:

    http://www.shimmygrand.co.uk/gerrys-latest-hand-made-cajon/

    Hope you don’t mind my linking to your site – I will continue to direct our readers to your site if you are happy for me to do so – if not, let me know and I’ll remove the link.

    Best wishes

    Gerry

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  231. Gerry Sludden

    Hey Heidi

    I subscribe to cajonbox and love the resources you have made available. Can’t wait for the DVD.

    I’ve been making my own cajons for use with my scottish ceilidh band and have linked to cajon box for anyone interested in discovering more about the cajon, or who wants to buy an instrument.

    Hope you don’t mind my linking to your site.

    Best wishes

    Gerry

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  232. Colin Gibson

    Hi. I would certainly do this. I did not sign up for the London lessons because it would be too much in my schedule to get over to the venue after work and then home to see the family. Online is perfect!

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  233. Martin

    Saludos Heidi,
    I am starting to play Djembe and now looking into buying a cajon from you here in the USA. It will be expensive but if the sound is what I hear in your videos I am in.I have tried alot of cajones at stores and they are cheaply made (warped wood or not constructed well with a bad snare sound.
    I am going to revolutionize my own cajon sound and style of playing.I can feel it. I hope the quality is what I think it will be and … see you out there in cajon world!

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  234. Colin

    Hey Heidi, thanks for inspirational videos, the more I try to play the more respect I have for your playing. I’m struggling & getting frustrated also enjoying it…… Keep up the great work

    Regards
    Colin

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  235. EDILLON LIMA

    Todos os fabricantes querem divulgar seus cajons, querem popularizar este instrumento, mas quando tem aulas eles querem cobrar por estas aulas, sabemos que o cajon é um instrumento muito simples e versátil que pode ser confeccionado ou fabrica por qualquer pessoas, sendo assim as aulas sendo gratuitas muitas pessoas passam a aprender e querer comprar um, mas tendo dinheiro é obvio que é melhor comprar um que seja de um ótimo fabricante que um de fundo de quintal, por este motivo defendo que sejam colocadas essas aulas gratuitas. Aqui na minha região no meu país BRASIL, os músicos não acreditam muito nesse instrumento, mas como eu não tenho condições econômicas para comprar um não posso difundir o ótimo som e a versatilidade deste maravilhoso instrumento.
    Se alguém puder me doar um ficarei grato.
    entrem em contato comigo através do E-mail:
    edillon_lima@yahoo.com.br
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Aguardo pelo seu contato!

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  236. EDILLON LIMA

    Todos os fabricantes querem divulgar seus cajons, querem popularizar este instrumento, mas quando tem aulas eles querem cobrar por estas aulas, sabemos que o cajon é um instrumento muito simples e versátil que pode ser confeccionado ou fabrica por qualquer pessoas, sendo assim as aulas sendo gratuitas muitas pessoas passam a aprender e querer comprar um, mas tendo dinheiro é obvio que é melhor comprar um que seja de um ótimo fabricante que um de fundo de quintal, por este motivo defendo que sejam colocadas essas aulas gratuitas. Aqui na minha região no meu país BRASIL, os músicos não acreditam muito nesse instrumento, mas como eu não tenho condições econômicas para comprar um não posso difundir o ótimo som e a versatilidade deste maravilhoso instrumento.
    Se alguém puder me doar um ficarei grato.
    entrem em contato comigo através do E-mail:
    edillon_lima@yahoo.com.br

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  237. Alexander Jakab

    on monday i proudly received my new cruz. i am amazed by the versatile Sound and Dynamic range. you and your Team did a great job !!!!!
    i can’t wait to take the cruz for jamming and worship Sessions !!!!

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  238. Dan Kuiper

    Hello Heidi,

    I am so glad that I came across this post and review on your Cruz Cajon. I am very impressed and am wondering how to buy one for myself. I too am involved with praise and worship music and have been drumming all my life (55). I have been reading and comparing many models before I make my purchase and saving money. So please advise me how a middle aged drummer from Grand Rapids Michigan can add one of your Cruz Cajones to his percussive mix ?

    in His service,
    Dan

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hey Dan!

      Great to hear from you! Our cruz has been rather popular in Praise and Worship! 🙂 And no wonder, they sound amazing and look super cool!

      You can purchase one via paypal or via a direct bak transfer. We will then post out your cajon to you and you should receive it within 7 days.

      The cajon is fully insured and tracked all the way to your doorstep, and our courier takes extra care to handle the package with care!

      You can see all these details on our webshop. Let me know if you have any questions, I would be glad to help.

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  239. Jessica

    I love this story, so cool that they loved you guys ( of course!!) I’m very happy I got to meet you in person ( although I was unable to make most of the cajon classes) . You are such an inspiration to me and proof that hard work and a great attitude yields really positive results and impacts people’s lives in a positive way! You rock chick! All the best, Much love

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  240. Mick

    Hi Heidi,

    I’m a seasoned kit drummer playing in various projects one of which is accompanying silent film.

    I must admit I used to have an irrational dislike for cajons. Then last summer when I was visiting friends in Cambridge and walking towards the market square I heard a cool band playing with a cool sounding drummer playing a cool sounding kit. It turned out to be you performing with Flamenco Kitchen.

    I’ve just watched a couple if your lessons and am about to wood shed on my new cajon.

    So glad I caught you busking in Cambridge and good luck with the band and your solo projects.

    Regards,

    Mick x

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hey Mick

      wow thats a nice comment, I feel really happy now!!! 🙂

      Thanks for sharing this story! and kick ass with your new cajon!

      Reply
  241. Yianni

    Hi Heidi,

    Thanks for doing such an sterling job and posting these videos. Learning a musical instrument has been a lifelong dream of mine for ages and after seeing a cajon being played in a jazz/funk band in Barcelona a few years back I was sold. I finally got one for xmas 2013 and these videos have made the whole process a lot easier so thanks and keep up the good work.

    All the best

    Yianni

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  242. Radegonda

    Hi Heidi,
    Wondering if you also start online “skype”courses also, I’m from Belgium. Tried to mail about it twice but got no answer back.
    Thanks Radegonda

    Reply
    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hey! I might very possibly start with the Skype lessons along with my cajon classes in London starting up on 14th and 15th Jan… sign up to my newsletter to stay updated on the news!

      Reply
    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hey!!1 Yes this will happen this year I am setting it up. I will be starting with skyping out my London cajon classes, which happens every Tues evening from the 14th March. I hope you are signed up to my newsletter, this way you will get the updates on the details this coming week! 🙂

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  243. Jun Zhang

    Hello Heidi,

    So happy that watching your video on internet.
    I’m from China, I like cajon very much, but sorry my english is not good.

    My question is do you have lessons for people who wanna teach cajon to others. I think this is good for kids, I am 2 kids’s father, and I want teach more kids, how should I prepare for that?

    Thank you very much and glade to “talk” to you, 🙂

    best wishes!

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hey! Why not immitate what I do on my lessons to the kids? Thats should help! Also you can make learning fun for kids by letting them sing the rhythmic phrases!

      Reply
  244. Eric

    I got my Cruz Cajon Pro-Plus a few weeks ago and am really enjoying it. It’s so well constructed and the organic sounds are amazing. Recently, I was watching a guitar player use a Digitech Effects pedal (it has 70 effects) and decided to experiment a little bit by rigging the Cruz Cajon to work with the effects pedal. I put a Cajonport into the rear hole. Then I attached a Myersco pick up mike directly to the inside of the Cajonport. (The mike has a suction cup so it’s no effort.) I then plugged the mike into the Digitech pedal. The whole set up took less than two minutes. WOW! The variety of sounds was awesome. It even worked with the WAH pedal that is part of the Digitech set up. If you have access to guitar effects pedals, give this a go. I guarantee you’ll look up after about five hours and wonder where the time went. First though, get yourself one of the Cruz Cajons. You will be very glad you did.

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hey Eric!

      Wow thanks for this comment, I hope you left this as a review on the cajon products page on the webshop so ppl who are specifically looking to buy the cruz can read this! 🙂

      And then I want to add….. SEND ME A CLIP OF THIS!!!! I am so excited about the idea of using pedals and electronic sounds on the cajon and I would love to hear what this sounded like! If you send me a small clip I would love to write a blog about it on this website!!

      Reply
      • fangjun

        Hi, nice to meet you, I want to buy your brand Cajon do not know how to buy also want to learn more of your video

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  245. Conleth Donnelly

    Hi, I’m getting a cajon for Christmas but I live in the country in Northern Ireland and don’t know anywhere close by that I can get lessons. I would love the opportunity to attend the online Skype lessons. I look forward to working through the online videos when I get my hands on my new cajon – Happy Christmas!

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hey Conleth! Skype lessons might very well be starting up along with my London cajon courses, on Tues from the 14th Jan. I hope you are signed up to my newsletter to stay updated to all the details coming up this week!

      Reply
  246. Rick

    Hi Heidi
    Great web site.
    New to the cajon and I can’t seem to keep my wedding ring on left hand from clicking on the cajon when I play.
    Is there a trick to keeping it out of the way and not hitting the surface?
    I can’t get it off my finger, so that is not an option.
    Thanks for all the help on your site.

    Reply
    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hey Rick!

      Haha this is a funny one, and I laughed a bit reading your comment! This is because I barely wear my wedding ring due to the cajon, I have to keep taking it off to play so I end up just leaving it at home as it’s really easy to lose if you keep taking it off…. and to your question I do not have an answer, except perhaps you should try to cover the ring with a thick plaster when you play to stop the clicking sound? Thats all I can think of!

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  247. Jack Burchard

    Hi Heidi. I have been looking forward to getting The Complete Cajon instruction DVD. I’m in Washington State in the US. My cart says shipping is 89 pounds. That puts the price at over $150 for the DVD. That can’t be right. Can it? Thanks for all you do. I hope I can find a reasonable way to buy this.

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hello!!

      You are right thats a mistkae with our commerce webshop. I will get it fixed before the DVD comes out (end Feb) so no worries, just give me some time to get our web dude to sort it out! 🙂 It won’t cost that much for postage at all!!! it will be something like £5 or so!

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  248. Koray mehmet

    I play Cajon almost every weekend at gigs, I replaced my Schlagwerk cajon for this beauty and I must say I am very impressed.
    The tuning function is ideal and not only does it sound great but the craftsmanship makes it look like a masterpiece. Thanks guys, I would gladly recommend this.

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  249. omar khan franco

    i always wtching your video in youtube, i realy like to play cajon and learn. i trying make a cajon to learn.

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  250. John CL Davies

    Dear Heidi,
    received my wonderful Cajon two weeks ago, and I’m absolutely thrilled with it. Having had to finish work through ill health 5yrs ago, the Cajon and your inspiration has brought nothing but joy into my life. I try and practice every day body allowing and I’m learning something new after every lesson on You Tube.
    Thank you very much,
    Warm regards,
    John.

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  251. Jun Liang

    I will defiantly recommend this model to any beginner or amateur cajon player.

    I have owned a Stagg and tried playing Schlagwerk. The sound quality of Cruz Cajon was better. The snare and bass was supreme.

    The workmanship of this cajon was at the top quality. It is an art that produce awesome rhythm for your band.

    Love it!

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  252. Sanne van der Wal

    I received my Cruz Cajon savely in the Netherlands and… I’m in love with it! It looks great, feels great and it sounds AMAZING! Communication about the order was perfect, the cajon was carefully packaged, great service; as a thank for my patience I got 2 Fernando’s kitchen cd’s. Love it! It was worth waiting.

    MANY many thanks for this awesome instrument!

    Sanne

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hey!!! In Jan I will release it, we have been a bit delayed, but it will be released in Jan!

      pre orders for the DVD will start this week!

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  253. Guilherme

    Ola!! Parabéns pelo seu som e aulas!!!
    Muito bom!!!! Sou musico e estou iniciando no cajon e suas aulas são de grande ajuda!

    Obrigado!

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  254. Scott Goebel

    Heidi,

    It is with great pleasure and admiration that I post this review…….

    My Cajon “journey” started several months ago when my band mate asked me if I had ever tried playing a Cajon. He told me to google Heidi Joubert so I did. WOW!!!! I was blown away by your playing (and your appearance….I’m not gonna lie). I immediately fell in love with the cajon and decided I had to buy one.

    I did some research online and at my local drum shop as I was only familiar with the typical brands like LP, Pearl,Meinl,etc. I had pretty much decided I was going to get an LP when I went back to your cajonbox.com site and started listening to you again because I wanted to see what you were playing. I saw all the comments people were posting so I wrote a note to you asking advice. I fully expected to never hear anything. To my surprise you personally responded almost immediately. I was VERY impressed by this. Personal attention from one of the finest Cajon players today just blew my mind. At this point I was sure that a Cruz Cajon was for me.

    Now the problem…….I am in Pennsylvania USA. How do I get this beautiful instrument from overseas? I was a bit nervous to order sight unseen from someone I could not see face to face but again the personal service I received from Heidi reassured me that this was the right move so I placed my order. The transaction was very easy. I quickly got an email confirming my order. I knew going in that I would have to wait because inventory was not available but everyone there communicated with me every step of the way so I never felt like I was unimportant. I knew when it was made in Spain…..when it got to London……that Heidi herself was going to test it and ultimately when it shipped. It only took 5 days to get to me in Lititz Pennsylvania from London and it arrived in perfect condition. Again I was blown away. What I initially feared would be a challenge ended up being no big deal at all. I couldn’t ask for better service!

    Now for the cajon itself. What a great musical instrument. Expertly crafted,beautifully finished. It has all the beauty of the person whose name is on it. Most cajons I see look like what they are……a wooden box. The Cruz Cajon looks like a piece of fine furniture. It is gorgeous. I got the black Toro model and it is stunning. The sounds that come out of this thing are AMAZING. Rich full bass. Crisp snare. WOW!!!! I cant wait to start gigging on this cajon.

    I am a firm believer that if you buy the best, you are rarely disappointed with it. That is absolutely the case with a Cruz Cajon. I can’t imagine there is a better quality,better sounding Cajon available……I LOVE IT!!!

    I am so glad my friend told me to google you, Heidi. I look forward to many years of making music with my Cruz Cajon. Thank you for taking the time to personally help me….it means everything. I truly feel like not only do I have a new Cajon, but a new friend and musical advisor. Your passion is so evident in your playing and in the instrument you have created. Your commitment to helping others discover the joy of making music is very much appreciated.

    I will absolutely tell anyone who asks that they should buy a Cruz Cajon…..although it’s kind of cool to be one of the only people around my area to have one 🙂

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  255. Lienhard

    My Cruz Cajon arrived some days ago. I’ve been playing a Schlagwerk before and I was happy with it until I played the Cruz Cajon Pro Elite. What struck me the most is that the sounds of the Cruz Cajon are perfectly clear. I asked a friend to play along on the Schlagwerk while I played the Cruz to compare, we both agree that the Cruz sounds and feels better.
    Thank you so much for this great piece of work.

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  256. ray (music educator)

    re: intermediate lesson 2
    1.great exercise for immediate level drummers and applicable for percussionists or all kind. I could see this exercise useful for sticks on the snare as well.
    2. Also very useful for anyone at beginner level just to listen and improve/develop their sense of rhythm.
    3.Useful warmup for pros as well.

    Thanks and the video really justifies your popularity. Great work and keep it up.

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  257. Bob Ketterlinus

    I am learning Cajon (I play stringed instruments now) and would love to take online lessons. I am in Philadelphia, PA, USA East coast. I take Mandolin lessons online at artistworks.com and love it! Maybe you can teach there too (they have percussion instructors but not Cajon) Thanks for the free lessons too and your wonderful music!

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  258. Jim Wade

    I received my cajon today. The product is perfect – looks good, feels good and sounds good, although not yet as good as Heidi makes it sound 😉 Communication was excellent – you are great people to deal with! OK, must go now to practice…..

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  259. Bryan Harrison

    My new Pro Toro Cruz arrived today and not only does it look stunning – the sound is absolutely amazing! Not that I’m playing it properly yet of course but just the different sounds from the different parts of the cajon. Playing even a very simple pattern is strangely therapeutic, almost hypnotic. Many thanks too for the wealth of information and instruction on your website. This, along with the obvious quality of your product, is bound to make this an exciting new venture.

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  260. Christie

    Hi !

    I am putting together a cancer fighter fundraiser in May 2014. I am looking for someone who is willing to donate their time and knows how to play the cajon. I recruited several solo artists + a choir.

    Let me know if you are insterested?

    Thank you!!

    Christie

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  261. Antonio

    Dove posso trovare il vostro Cajon in Italia?
    è possibile vedere come è fatto dentro e che legni adoperate? Grazie.

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  262. Jesco Lincke

    As someone independently fascinated by the Cajon and the Hang you can imagine my delight at seeing them played together – and with such skill and synergy too!

    You stated in the beginning that this was the first of several videos… Any idea when you’re going to release the rest? Can’t wait to see more – you and Giovanni play wonderfully together.

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  263. Jimmy

    Hello I love your site but I have a few questions. I am debating between a snare cajon or a string cajon. I am trying to build it myself. I want my cajon to have a deep bass but have a really tight slapping sound. Which cajon would you prefer for a high slapping sound? String or snare? Thank you soo much

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    • Heidi

      Sting cajon is in my opinion much better, it last longer before it gets buzzes and you have the option of building in a tension mechanism so you can set the strings to be looser or tighter….

      It;s not easy to build an awesome sounding cajon, there are people who have spent lifetime’s mastering the art of handcrafting an excellent cajon…. Personally the snare might give you more high sound easier than the strings, but if you were really good with building canons you;d get an awesome sound out of strings for your high sounds, like my Cruz Cajon range…… If I were you, I’d use this as an opportunity to test it, build 2 canons, one with snare and one with strings!! 🙂

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  264. Lar

    Hi Heidi, fantastic percussion and teaching skills – thank you so much for doing the teachings!!! and ditto on the beauty comments – i hope that you have a blessed life with the one that wins your hearts affection. Keep up the great work and may you be very prosperous too!!!!

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hey Dermot

      Yes you may, we have 5 more classes left, thats 5 weeks, 1 or 2 classes a week (depends if you decide to join both classes or only one).

      I also have all the material we have been covering on video on our London cajon School page (dedicated to everyone who is enrolled to the courses)

      Classes are Tues 7/8pm -8/9pm, send me an email at londoncajonschool@gmail.com if you wanna drop in or enrol.

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    • Cornelius

      Hello Iwan! Aku dari Malaysia. Trapezoid Cajons are played on the top of the drum, like a Conga(not Conga strokes, just played like one). You do not get to sit on the drum like a normal Cajon. Most of them have no strings, so they sound like a Peruvian. Hope I helped.

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  265. Raleigh

    Hello. I was wondering if you or anybody knows if you can de-tune the LP string cajon enough to have NO snare sound at all. I can’t find this answer anywhere. Thank you

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hey!

      I think that unless you totally remove the strings OR the cajon is specifically got the feature of being able to remove the snare or strings to get that 2 in one sound, I don’t think it’s possible.

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  266. scott goebel

    Heidi……..check out drumchannel.com. You should definately hook up with them. You would be a great addition. All of the greatest drummers around jamming and giving lessons online. You would be great on there.

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hey Jeff

      Yes we do, we don’t sell them online at the moment but you can come and try some of them at one of our cajon classes happening in London on Tues. Are you in London?

      Reply
  267. Wesley Parish

    I thought I knew percussion – I’ve jammed on congas (love those congas!), fooled around with a tabla set and a khol, even played on a kundu (PNG waist drum) for a ukulele jam. So I buy an el cheapo cajon and go chasing around the ‘Net for ideas, come across your site and video lessons and get promptly blown away. The first lesson I see, I couldn’t work out where half the sounds you were getting, were coming from!

    It’s beautiful!

    I thought I knew percussion.Now I know I’ve got a challenge, and I love challenges! ¡Muchas gracias!

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  268. Kyllike

    Hello.

    Could you please confirm, if I´ll buy a cajon, you ship it to Estonia with currier cost of €35?

    Thank you,
    Kyllike

    Reply
    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hey Kyllike

      All the shipping and packaging prices are listed on the producst page on our webstore. To ship to Estonia (which is part of the EU) it will cost £43, you can convert it to find out what the price would be in Euros.

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      • Kyllike

        Hi, Heidi.
        Thank you for information.
        However, I tried to make an order on Shop, but it look like the address is not accepted.
        “Sorry, it seems that there are no available shipping methods for your state. Please contact us if you require assistance or wish to make alternate arrangements.”
        What are the alternatives?
        Thank you in advance,
        Kyllike

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        • Heidi Joubert Post author

          Hey!!! I’ve solved it, Estonia wash;t listed on our shipping options, I just got it listed. You will be our first cruz cajon owner in Estonia! 🙂

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  269. emma

    Hello Heidi, I saw the youtube video with yourself and Giovanni Spadoni playing on hangdrum….. now would you know make/model of this hangdrum he used?

    I’ve been searching endlessly for one like his but no luck. :'(

    So I thought I better get intouch to see if you would know!

    Many thanks,

    Emma

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  270. Jérôme

    Bonjour Heidi,

    Vos cours sont trop bien et vous jouer merveilleusement bien c est un vrai plaisir ……

    Jérôme

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  271. Danny

    I’m interested in ONline Classes. I’m an intermediate Conga player (maybe 1,500) hours, have recently bought a Meinl and have been practicing all of your videos. Committed to taking it to the next level. Live in Pittsburgh.

    Thank you and keep up the great Licks!,

    – Danny

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  272. Marcelo Rossi

    Heidi ,
    Just another thing, i get a problem to mic my cajon for livre and recording sections .
    How do you mic your instrument whem you play?.
    Sorry for my english!

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hey Marcelo!

      Search my website for how to mike up the cajon, I have made a video specially for this!

      Reply
  273. Marcelo Rossi

    Hi heidi,
    I’m brasilian and will Be in london for a 4 days in 04 to 08 of november.
    I would like to by a toro pro elite cajon and a bag to dispech in the avion .
    Frist off all ware i Ill get the cajon and you have the bag ? How mutch is the bag?
    Thanks!

    Reply
    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hey Mercelo!

      At the moment we have no bags, but you would be able to buy one here in London in any drum shop easily.

      You would be welcome to buy one of my cruz cajons if I have any in stock when you come. You can try and buy the cajon at my cajon classes which take place every Tues evening from 7pm- 9pm in central London.

      Hope this helps

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      • Marcelo Rossi

        Heidi

        Hi, i ‘ll Be in London next week , have remain any pro elite model to take with me to Brazil ?

        Thks

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      • Marcelo Rossi

        Heidi

        I’m in London ware are your school or class exactly , are you’ll Be theare tomorow afternoon ? I have to Be at O2 17hs, Befor that i can Go to you to by the cajon pro elite model us i sade . Is that possible ?

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        • Heidi Joubert Post author

          Hey Marcelo, the new Cruz cajons only arrive here on Thursday. If you would like to buy one on Thurday perhaps we can arrange it. Send me your mobile number or facebook contact if you have one.

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        • Heidi Joubert Post author

          Classes are tonight from 7pm – 9pm in Old street, the venue is ISTD2 Dance studios, in the lecture room. Here is the address.

          ISTD2 Dance Studios & Meeting Rooms are situated at 346 Old Street in London, just 6 minutes walk from Old Street tube station and only 12 minutes from Liverpool Street Station.

          346 Old Street, London EC1V 9NQ

          It costs £20 to drop in for both classes. I have no new cajons with me today, they only arrive on Thursday so I would not be able to sell one to you until Thursday.

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  274. Ivan Mayorquin

    Hello please you have the tracks sounf for exemple bass with the practice cajon?
    I liked your system education program but i need this tracks.
    Thanks and God Bless

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      • Randy Gilbert

        Heidi,
        Your vids are very helpful. I just about have finished building a Cajon for my daughter and needed to hear one. The sound is very interesting and I will probably build one for myself soon. Thank you very much and have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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  275. Nadine Daniel

    Hi There

    I am looking for a cajon player for my band both long term and for a recording in November. You must be into blues and be of a good standard and most importantly be a great person. Kind and soulful.

    would love to hear from you

    manythanks

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  276. Adrian

    Hey Heidi! Amazing work with your videos!
    I have recently purchased a regular drum set. Before that, I was using my cajon, and pretend to keep using it. With the drum set, i bought a 16” Stagg DH medium crash.
    My question is, if I hit it with my fingers, will it distort? I mean, I don’t want to ruin it for the drum set, since it’s all new.

    Thanks for your time!
    Adrian

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Adrian!

      Hitting the cymbals with sticks is much more aggressive for the cymbals thsn hitting it with your hands… Don’t worry about it!! Hit it with your hands!

      Reply
  277. Swami Jivan Utsav

    Hey! Heidi,
    During my recent visit to Spain, I enjoyed some live flamenco music and just loved the sound of cajon. I was extremely glad to see you have videos sharing your experiences and even lessons too. I would like to place an order for a cajon to be delivered within Europe. Can that be arranged, since on your website it seems the cajons you make and sell are out of stock.

    I would appreciate to hear from you and, wish you and your team good health, happiness and wellness always.

    Thank you
    My best regards
    Jivan Utsav

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  278. David

    Hello Heidi,
    I just discovered you today and I’m amazed by the musicality of your cajon (maybe a lot because of you!)
    I would love to play one, do you know if it’s possible to buy one ?
    Many thanks
    David

    Reply
  279. Achu

    I m Achu from india,i am planning to buy a cajon(pearl).what is ur opinion on this cajon,
    also i m humble to know about cajon pad ?

    Reply
  280. Angel Olguín

    Hello Heidi! Am Pianist and Am from México, and dont speak english very well hehehe, i like so much your youtube channel and i learn somuch there. I was build my own cajon and now i practice with your videos, thanks for share your experience! I wana to meet you personally 🙂

    Reply
    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hey Kerry!!!

      They’re almost back, we are taking pre orders and will have the new stock end October!

      Reply
  281. Marcelo Rossi

    Hi Heidi
    Thanks for your talent, you help me alot !!!
    How do you mic your cajon in a concert?
    i got a LP Cavin Ricard and a shure Sm57 and LP mount for Audix .
    I´m not satisfaied with.
    Thks for all!

    Reply
  282. Marcelo Rossi

    Hi, us i told you i’ll Be in London 03 to 07/11 , i’m brasilian cojonist and got a band .

    I would like to have a work shop or lesson with you , is that possible ?

    Thks

    Marcelo Rossi

    Reply
  283. Marcelo Rossi

    I’m brasilian cojonist Nd i will Be in London from 3 to 7 of november and i would like to have a lesson with you, is that possible ?
    How muth is it ? Do you have a telefone number to talo to you?

    Thks for all!

    Reply
  284. Daniel Casey

    Very cool thing you’re doing, much respect. My question is, where’s the accent from, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa? Also, have you ever taken a drummer with you to help you pick your cymbals? Maybe it’s just my taste but they sound (I pray you don’t find this rude) pretty dull. Another words, they should sound crisp and less gong like for splashes or as splashes go. Not to offend, just saying… You are adorable and very good at your craft and I’d hate to get slapped by you! 🙂

    Reply
    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      hahaha hey Daniel! Thanks for the msg! I suppose the sound you like for cymbals depends on your personal preference! 🙂 Did you see my cajon with cymbals video?

      Reply
  285. Oleksandr

    Нічого особливого, купа рудиментів і ловкість рук, а дівчинка і вправду гарна!

    Reply
  286. Norton Vaz

    Heidi, you are simply brilliant. Thanks for sharing your ideas and videos. It helps a lot.

    I’m a music teacher from India and I’m a rhythm guitarist, bassist and percussionist too. I play the travel cajon and I’m collecting money to buy the normal cajon.

    God bless,

    Norton

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  287. Andrew Linderer

    Have these lessons started? I feel like i’ve hit a wall in my playing. Struggling to find some intermediate lessons. I see basic stuff all over the web that’s just boring and super advanced stuff that I just can’t keep up with.

    Reply
  288. dangthanh

    Hi Heidi Joubert

    I really look attractive when you play the cajon
    You have inspired me
    Thank your lessons
    a fan from Vietnam!

    Reply
  289. Meritxell Encinas

    Buenos dias!!!!
    Soy de Barcelona, España.
    Me ha encantado vuestra web. Heidi es impresionante!!! Que arte!!!!!
    Yo también toco el cajón y canto en un grupo con mis hermanos. Espero aprender mucho con estos videos.
    ¿No teneis videos para aprender en español o subtitulados?

    Gracias

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  290. Randy Dela Cerna

    I am excited also for your new instructional cajon dvd heidi… can’t wait til november! I will surely buy it. It would be good also if you made it available to buy on your website and download it.
    Thank you.

    Reply
  291. Ronnie Roberts

    wow those cajon’s are pretty cool I’ve seen them but never tried one but I want too after watching Heidi play one just make me want one now I really learned a lot about this thanks Heidi

    Reply
  292. Nelly

    I love you Heidi Joubert 😀 and i really like your cajons . I always want to have one but i live in Vietnam and I just a student so i don’t have enough money to buy it . 🙁 If i have enough money i will buy it as soon as i can 😀

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  293. Mohammed Al Hermi

    Hi heidi ,,

    How are you ,, hope every thing is good ?!

    I want to know when the “toro cruz cajon ” will be available ?!

    I’m very impressed by that cajon and i wold like to get one simeller , i have an event on 13 & 14 september and i want to use that cajon for this event.

    I hope it will be available as soon as possible .

    Best regards ,
    Mohammed Al Hermi
    Bahrain , Manama

    Reply
  294. asep s

    thank you very much your video lesson is very help a lot to improve my skill,and i am enjoy your video coz you’re talented and beautiful of course haha.i hope someday i could see live at the watching your perform

    Reply
  295. Bob Mauterstock

    I am very interested in online Cajon lessons. I am here on the east coast of the USA and hope we can work someting out for US students. Please let me know if you are starting.

    Reply
  296. Ana Encarnaçao

    Hy Heidi,

    Could you say me how much it Will coasted a Cruz cajon ( with guitar strings) to Portugal? I mean the total price in euros please. 🙂 thanks a lot…i love the way you play the cajon.

    Reply
  297. Rich

    Hi,

    I’m still in the market for a Cruz. Do you have any idea when / if they will be available again?

    Ciao, Rich.

    Reply
  298. Jupitor

    Heidi, thank you for your lessons.. You’re a wonderful teacher as well as musician.. Learning the Compass has always been next to impossible.. Except when you teach it.. I can’t thank you enough for that.. Bessos y abrazos .. -Júpitor

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  299. lee,wonjin

    Hello,
    I’m interested in your cajons.
    But I don’t know what’s different toro and leon cajons.
    I’ve never played cajon, but I’ve played guitar for 20 years.
    I want to study new musical instrument, especially cajon.
    please explain me what’s different of your two cajon, and recommend one.
    ps. Can you use international shipping? (Because I’m live in South Korea)
    Thank you very much and I’ll attention your lessons.

    Reply
  300. Andrew Linderer

    Hey, Definitely interested in online lessons. Not sure how to sign up though. I’m in the US. Not sure about time differences but I can probably make it work.

    Reply
  301. Joe Visitacion

    I so can’t wait for the online courses. That is such a good idea. Just wanted to say that I’ve always wanted to play the cajon since 2009 when I first heard about them, but coming across one of your videos a few months ago actually made me go out and buy one. Been playing hip-hop grooves and now want to learn even more because you make it seem easy to learn them the way you teach it. So, from Sacramento, CA in the US I’m ready. Have you thought about recording the sessions and posting them or something? Just a thought.

    Reply
  302. Kevin Harrington

    Your amazing. Hands down you embody what it is you are passionate about. You are one of a kind and I hope I meet a woman like you in my life. Please keep spreading the love and the music will follow. I produce a world music radio show on Fridays from 12noon to 2:30pm at http://www.wmua.org It is the campus radio station for UMass Amherst. I created a drum circle class where during the semester once a week I bring all of my drums to facilitate and encourage others to play and find the rhythm that’s inside them already. Your videos will enable me to become a better percussionist, and thus enable the other students I am with to benefit even more. A good cause (like posting free videos) can spread into an effect that diffracts all across the world in a positive way. Thank you.

    Peace,
    Kevin

    p.s. IF you’d like, I would be more than happy to play a lot of your music during my show. If you’d be so kind to send a cd or two to the station–I doubt that they have any of your music already.

    Reply
  303. Jack

    Thank you for this advice! I just received a cajon and it had a horrible rattling sound. I taped the strings in various areas and stuffed two towels in there and now I love its sound! The towels helped the most (they cut down on the tone and muffle the strings a little). One towel did not work for me, but two did!

    Thanks!

    Reply
  304. Daniela

    Heidi, greetings from Mexico. 🙂
    I’ve just been inspired by you, i’ve always played with my hands and my legs like i was feeling the music but didn’t know about cajons, maybe heard of them and slightly saw them, but never realized it could be a possibility for me.

    Since it was you who inspired me, i’d like to get one of your cajons, (cause also the name you chose for them, well… reminds me of my faith).

    So, I’d really appreciate, if you could help me to get one of yours, even when i’m in another continent. Do you sell to Latin america?

    Reply
  305. Don

    Heidi,

    I’ve been playing for awhile and have been looking around for something to help me really nail down the basics, polish up my technique, and take my playing to the next level. After searching around, I think this website and your lessons will do the trick. Thanks for the advice, help, and clarity. Truly a blessing and a gem.

    Any chance you will do any videos on adding other hand drums to the mix? I watched the cymbal video (which was great), but notice you have some other toys as well. I’m playing a cajon, djembe, cymbal bass kit and mix in some tambourine and shakers here and there. I’d love to see your take on some multi-drum grooves or other basic techniques.

    Thanks again, and even though I know it’s the last place on earth you will visit, we’d love to meet you out here in Indiana!

    DW2

    Reply
  306. Veronique

    Uitstekned !

    Net vanoggend detail uitgesoek oor Cajon dromme en jou You Tube video’s gevind! Simply wonderful!
    signed up for e-mails and would love to learn and perhaps do a couple of classes a month ( I work nights so I have to plan well ahead) Please let me know when the next beginners course in London is , it looks awesome and your music is fabulous too , I miss the Klitsgras drumming circle from back home so need a bit of R&R
    Thanks

    Niqui

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      🙂 Dankie±± Mooi Boodskap!! xx i will let you know when the next London class starts up….

      Reply
  307. Dave

    I’m a wood shop teacher in Alberta Canada. Stumbled upon your videos while researching project ideas for my high school students. We built cigar box guitars last year and figured a drum would make a perfect accompaniment. Ties in perfectly with part of the curriculum I teach. Needless to say I will have my class build a Cajon. As a class we will build a set and donate them to one of our towns elementary school music programs. If you don’t mind I have linked a number of your U-tube videos with my students project outline to assist with their skill development. Some students have seen the Cajon project for next year (after summer) and are already eager to get back into class to build and play.

    I made a prototype myself and have been learning some beats with help from your links. Its great fun.

    Your videos are well done, you explain and demonstrate technique very well. Signed up for your newsletter to get additional tips, ideas.

    I’ll have to send a video upon completion.

    Thanks

    Dave

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hey Dave

      Wow this is a very nice surprise! I would love to see the video, and even perhaps write a blog about it, can you send me some pics too? I would like to help in any way I can, it sounds cool and like a really good project for the kids, bet they love you, I love this whole idea!

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  308. Renan Soares

    OMG, I was just looking for basics cajon lessons and then THIS??
    Girl, you really got me now! You’re amazing in every single way!
    You and your band are great. Instant fan!

    Cheers from Brazil.

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  309. steve

    When will you be getting in new stock for your cajons?
    Just found you today and love the site your instructions and the cajon’s sound fantastic
    Really would love to purchase one, Compared to others I have heard and played this one sounds so much richer and fuller. please let me know asap when you will have more in stock. again love the site continued success to you!

    Reply
    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hey Steve!!

      Will let you know once the range is sorted (I am testing some new models and types of cajones to expand my range) but as soon as it’s up I’ll let you know!

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    • Steve

      What up? They have been out of stock for 5 months at least. with the unemployment in Spain I would think you would be crancking them out fast. How much longer/

      Reply
  310. Korai

    Hi, I would like to attend this night as i play darbuka and cajon and think that this is a great idea, I’ve always wanted to jam with others who enjoy what i do. Wait for your reply 🙂

    Reply
  311. Dusten

    When will these be available for digital download? I would by these through PayPal but it converts to $50.26 USD, that’s pricey for just two CDs and international shipping.

    Much love and admiration from your fans here in the states 🙂

    Reply
    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hey Dusten

      This is strange, it shouldn’t be that much for 2 CD’s and shipping at all!!! And the digital version should already be available? Hmmmm, something smells like a bit of a technical error so I am gonna have to look into this, in the meantime you can get these for download on my bands website (that link sure works) at http://www.fernandoskitchen.com

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  312. Bex

    Hey Heidi, really want a Toro Cruz cajon but every time i come to the site they are out of stock, and i wondered if there is a way to pre-order so i get in before everyone else? I want a really nice one for when I hit the recording studio in the winter!

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  313. Jin dongguang

    Hello,how to open these video? I hope to see them expectly.
    There is only some topic, both beginner and intermediate lesson.

    Thanks a lot.

    Harbin China

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  314. Lem

    Hello heidi,
    Are cruz Cajon and PRK made by the same people? Also I know you were asked this already, but when will your site have more cajons? they say out of stock on the website.

    Reply
    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hey Lem!

      We have been sold out for a while now, but we have now got brand new stock in, featuring our new and improved Cruz cajon range. Cruz Cajon is handmade by our own, very experienced artesan team in Spain. We have spent a lot of time and effort finding the right makers for the Cruz cajon and developing our personal sound with the artisans. Prk does not make the cruz cajon, as far as we know they are no longer making cajons. Our new Cruz cajon is miles better than the first models we had made by PRK.

      Hope this helps!

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  315. Lem

    Hey Heidi,

    When you are doing your training videos, are you using a string cajon or the piano
    Cajon. I am new to cajon as a whole I don’t own one yet. I have tried a few out. I can’t try yours being in the states. there is no where to try one. But it sounds great on youtube. I am debating between the LP Americana string or snare and the mario Cortes by LP and one of yours. I don’t know how the piano would sound. do you ever use it in your videos? your training videos are the best.

    Reply
    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hey Lem!

      We no longer make the piano strings as we have now developed a brand new and expanded range on our Cruz cajon featuring guitar strings and our new and improved tuning system. I only use the guitar string cajon in my videos.

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  316. ladttt@aol.com

    Hi Heidi,
    does your piano string cajon, sound more like a string cajon or a snare. I hope this questions makes sense .

    Reply
    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      We no longer make the piano string models. We have replaced that model with new and improved models with guitar strings featuring our new and improved tuning system.

      Reply
  317. Andres Leon

    Well, I think the peruvian cajon version gives more than folk music, and fusions with folk music. I don’t like the constant little snare in the flamenco version.
    In an instrument, every thing which is in it vibrates and makes part of the sound, unless you mute it.
    So, for me the point is not for the kind of music you wanna play, but the kind of sound you wanna use. As every element in percussion and music. I mean, a bongo without strings or other extras could be very well used in funk, not only in — hm, where does it come from, african folk? As well as one with any kind of extras.
    You can use the flamenco for the snare effect, but I you look for a absolutely clean tomb, a dry bass sound, or a pure wood sound without any metallic feeling, I think the peruvian version fits better. And there is a world of sound in any instrument.

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    • Mike

      I like the flamenco style but I prefer the snare in mine over the wire because I find you get more of the snare sound where you need it and not much at all in the bass note unlike with strings. The snare makes the cajon feel more like a complete drum kit. All depends on what your into,that’s why the cajon is so versatile. I love this thing.

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  318. Pandorasdiary

    Oh my God- you are very cool- and love your website, your idea- everything! Am not actually writing to you for lessons, but am looking for an intermediate cajon player who would like to accompany me on my songs and guitar- ideally have 1-2 nights a week free for rehearsal and gigging. Music is bluesy/folky/sultry/fearless stuff- have a lesson on soundcloud:). I have gigs lined up- I generally play living rooms- pay is by donation and selling merchandise… recently completed my first tour of European living rooms. Also if any of your female cajon players would like to perform/collaborate with other musicians/artists/actresses, I co-manage a women’s open mic/showcase and performance collective called fearless females- might be of interest.
    Sarah aka Pandorasdiary

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  319. Yasmin Deliz

    Hello Heidi! I hope this message finds you and yours well !! I cant say how I came to be inspired to play the cajon, it just occurred. I suppose the fact I’m creating my first album along side my boyfriend and partner in life had something to do with it, the universe gave me the gift of the cajon : ) . So I’d like to say Thank you greatly for putting effort into creating videos for us who wish to learn and posting them on YT, the Universe gifted me further by leading me to your videos : ) . You are a true inspiration. What kind of cajon do you recommend for a beginner who loves the sound you project and why do you recommend it? There are soooo many. Blessing onto you. Thank you in advance
    Enthusiastically,
    Yasmin

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Do all your grooves/Ex with Left hand lead… and brush your teeth with left hand 🙂

      Reply
      • Steve Moore

        Ha, funny! Been playing drums for thirty years and one thing I do to strengthen my left hand…is brush my teeth. 🙂 First few times I nearly put my eye out. Also open door knobs and do other things to become more ambidextrous.

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  320. Clive Alive

    Hi Heidi
    I must have left my last comment late at night and not pressed return! Apologies if this appears twice.
    I just wanted to say that, after not being on this site for a month or two, it’s really taken off! Can’t keep up. Go girl go!
    Do you know when the Toro or Leon cajons will be back in stock?
    El Clivo

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  321. Clive Alive

    Hey Heidi,

    ‘been a while! I have been recovering from a bad back (not cajon related). Glad to see Cajonbox is progressing. I note that the Cruz Cajon’s are currently “out of stock”. Any idea when they will be ready to order again? C 🙂

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  322. Tim

    I hope that the cajons get back on track. Mine is such a delight to play. I think that you understated the bass. I recommend that customers check with their dentist to make sure that they don’t have loose fillings prior to playing. Don’t play the cajon in front of a symbal rack or precious glassware. It’s not just the volume that I like. The tone has to be played to be appreciated. Everyone should get at least one of these but two are better. One of each.

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  323. Mark Doherty

    Hi Heidi,

    I’m purchasing my first Cajon next month which will introduce me into the world of percussion. I’m currently residing in Zhuhai in the South of China here near Hong Kong and Macau and am an active professional drummer and pianist, teaching and performing and am excited about learning the Cajon and expanding my horizons. I will study your videos carefully and email you with any specific questions,

    Thanks,

    Mark

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  324. Andy

    Hi.

    Really like the sound of your Cruz Cajóns.

    Do you have any plans to release a model with a pick-up? I tend to move around a lot as I play, and am often in a loud onstage evironment on small stages. (and also..er.. I’m lazy, 🙂 )

    It would be really useful to just be able to plug in and play. After all, acoustic guitarists in gigging situations pretty much always use guitars with pick-ups rather than mics.

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  325. André

    Hi Heidi,

    I can’t wait to get your video lesson DVD. Such an great idea. And when you are on tour through Germany as announced on your website, please come to Hamburg. It is absolutely worth it 🙂

    Take care
    André

    Reply
  326. Lee Clarke

    Hi Heidi,
    I just wanted to share with you the name of an album that is good for jamming with rumba groove and 12/8 shuffle just in case you haven’t heard it . It’s The Nightfly by Donald Fagan. Check I.G.Y and The Goodbye Look
    Sincerely,
    Lee

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    • Alicia

      Hi Heidi!
      I am interested in purchasing a toro cruz cajon, but I see your out of stock.:(. Do you know when you will have any available? I am currently playing an Acuna, and I like it, but I really want the Toro! 🙂

      Reply
  327. mina

    i love playing cajon, but i want cruz cajon, possible to ship to Dubai? no possible way you can come to Dubai for Concert. I’m a BIG fan.

    Reply
  328. Lee Clarke

    Coming in contact with your cajon playing has made my day. Thank You for your simple effectiveness in teaching cajon. Please let me know about Skype lessons and any instructional videos your offering.
    Sincerely,
    Lee

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  329. Caroline smiling

    Im a ukulele player/piano player/singer/songwriter, ADORE Cajon box playing, would love to come just to meet some musicians and see if anyone’s friendly enough to want to jam to some of my stuff with me and my safe as houses bassist? If that’s ok 🙂

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  330. Boerge Walenta

    here comes the promised review about my new black toro giutar string cruz cajon.

    at first a have to apologise for my kraut(ed) and not so good english, sorry but maybe it’s also a little bit funny to read this denglish sentences.

    dear heidi, i want to thank you for all. the cajon arrived very well at home. it was really good packaged in a well fitting and protecting box. my new cajon came in a perfect condition to me. the quality of the black toro cruz cajon guitar string is really superb. this signature master cajon is handmade in spain by very skilled and experienced craftsmen, built with honor, preciseness and proudness to produce the best instrument for ambitious musicians. the cruz has a smooth and silky black surface, the frame looks like a one piece construction. i like the big screws of the fine sounding front plate. the tuneable string system is simple, stable und useful. it produces a very defined an airy snare sound, strictly seperated from the huge bass tone. this is really a quality and unique music instrument.

    the snare area is sensitive and you can hear the snary sound even you are playing quiet ticky ticky ghost notes. i didn’t have to tune so much at the guitar string system. when i hit the bass area i have little bit of the snare buzz, but i like this. its just like playing drums. there you also often have a snare buzz if for instance the bass guitar resonances with the snare drum. i think i could eliminate this, but i have no reason to do this a this time. the sound of the cajon is unbelivable rich and harmonic. you can play really (!) loud without brutal hittings or effort. on the other side if you want you can easily play very quiet with only two fingers having the full range of sound that this pretty little box contains. the sound is always wonderful. i love it.

    another very great advantage of the cruz is, that all important main tones are concentrated in a small area on the top of the cajon. so you can reach much more easier the tone zones. that’s why it is much more relaxing to play on this cajon than on an any other brand. i think you can use it for every musical direction, it will always fits. you get a clear definition between the kick and the snare sound with an airy a rock sizzle sound in the background. there are many more variations of sound tone impossible. in such a small area. this pushes your technique und your improvised playing to a new level. you can play different tones of snare: tight slapy, hard rim shots or a darker bass snare sound. of course the bass kick is also variable, depending how you hold your hand hitting the bass zone.

    Using your foot up and down on the front to change the bass tone works extremly awesome. i had never reach so much soundfull tone variations on any other cajon. i could test the cruz during some recording sessions, and ervery musician on the set, who compared the new cruz with my older and not so bad cajon, said that the cruz sounds so much better.

    there is another practical feature: the felt-feet have a different height at the backside, the height is more less. so the cajon is naturally tipped backwards and the front plate automaticly comes into a better position to play it easily.

    the black toro cruz is a nearly perfect and professional instrument. the cajon looks so nice, that i have it in my living room…so it is much easier for me to rehears on it every day ;-)). playing the cruz brings so much fun. heidi, you were right, when you said that i will love my new cajon. yes indeed i love my black beauty.

    best regards boerge walenta, germany, berlin

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  331. Boerge Walenta

    here comes the promised review about my new black toro cruz cajon.

    at first a have to apologise for my kraut(ed) and not so good english, sorry but maybe it’s also a little bit funny to read this denglish sentences.

    dear heidi, i want to thank you for all. the cajon arrived very well at home. it was really good packaged in a well fitting and protecting box. my new cajon came in a perfect condition to me. the quality of the black toro cruz cajon guitar string is really superb. this signature master cajon is handmade in spain by very skilled and experienced craftsmen, built with honor, preciseness and proudness to produce the best instrument for ambitious musicians. the cruz has a smooth and silky black surface, the frame looks like a one piece construction. i like the big screws of the fine sounding front plate. the tuneable string system is simple, stable und useful. it produces a very defined an airy snare sound, strictly seperated from the huge bass tone. this is really a quality and unique music instrument.

    the snare area is sensitive and you can hear the snary sound even you are playing quiet ticky ticky ghost notes. i didn’t have to tune so much at the guitar string system. when i hit the bass area i have little bit of the snare buzz, but i like this. its just like playing drums. there you also often have a snare buzz if for instance the bass guitar resonances with the snare drum. i think i could eliminate this, but i have no reason to do this a this time. the sound of the cajon is unbelivable rich and harmonic. you can play really (!) loud without brutal hittings or effort. on the other side if you want you can easily play very quiet with only two fingers having the full range of sound that this pretty little box contains. the sound is always wonderful. i love it.

    another very great advantage of the cruz is, that all important main tones are concentrated in a small area on the top of the cajon. so you can reach much more easier the tone zones. that’s why it is much more relaxing to play on this cajon than on an any other brand. i think you can use it for every musical direction, it will always fits. you get a clear definition between the kick and the snare sound with an airy a rock sizzle sound in the background. there are many more variations of sound tone impossible. in such a small area. this pushes your technique und your improvised playing to a new level. you can play different tones of snare: tight slapy, hard rim shots or a darker bass snare sound. of course the bass kick is also variable, depending how you hold your hand hitting the bass zone.

    Using your foot up and down on the front to change the bass tone works extremly awesome. i had never reach so much soundfull tone variations on any other cajon. i could test the cruz during some recording sessions, and ervery musician on the set, who compared the new cruz with my older and not so bad cajon, said that the cruz sounds so much better.

    there is another practical feature: the felt-feet have a different height at the backside, the height is more less. so the cajon is naturally tipped backwards and the front plate automaticly comes into a better position to play it easily.

    the black toro cruz is a nearly perfect and professional instrument. the cajon looks so nice, that i have it in my living room…so it is much easier for me to rehears on it every day ;-)). playing the cruz brings so much fun. heidi, you were right, when you said that i will love my new cajon. yes indeed i love my black beauty.

    best regards boerge walenta, germany, berlin

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  332. Liberty

    Hi Heidi
    Thanksvery much for this website and your helpful videos on YouTube. I bought a cajon on Friday and have been practicing your funk and balerias rhythms. Glad to hear about your new London Jam – hopefully I will master the basics by the time it starts. I have a question about adjusting the tapas. Is it okay to have different tones on the corners (ie tight on one corner, loose on the other)? You see my new cajon has tapa screws which are not 100% straight – is that normal

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  333. Stefan Völker

    I like the two CDs very much!
    Do you already know, when the play-a-long tracks are ready ?

    Stefan.

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  334. Mary Karen

    Hello Heidi. I was hoping to get myself one. What type of wood is it made of? How much total would it cost to ship it either in Philippines or Singapore?

    You rock!

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  335. Michal

    Mám záujem o kúpu cajon toro. Kedy to bude možné? Ako je to s distribúciou do Slovenskej republiky?

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  336. Byron

    I’m sorry, I didn’t know that you’d replied to my question on youtube.
    Anyways, you are great!

    – Byron

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hey Byron! Buddy don’t feel bad at all, the very reason I actually started putting up my videos and doing everything really slowly was cos I could NEVER catch anything from those fast vids!!!!! You;re great! And no one can run before they can walk!!! If you practise everything slow you are sure to get a great technique!

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  337. Rony

    Hi,
    Can you please tell me the different torovs. toro5?
    Also,between the cruz toro and the rabioso?
    Any sound sample?
    Thank you
    Rony

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  338. Pedro

    hola heidi! solo comentar que os vimos el sabado tocando en el market de cambridge y sois geniales!!! que arte!!!! me quede con ganas de pedirte un autografo jajaja!! un abrazo muy fuerte

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  339. Byron

    Hello Heidi,
    I am new to cajon and am currently saving up to buy your line of cajon right now so I am using a shoebox with a hole to practice. However, I wanted to ask if you use metronomes when your performing or it’s just for exercises only?
    And, after finish watching all of your cajon basic course videos, and in order to improve playing cajon, I watched other videos.
    However, they’re not like you because they didn’t play slowly after going at a regular speed demo, thus I can’t learn the groove/beats that they demonstrated in the video. Do you have this kind of trouble in the past, and if you didn’t, does it mean that I am just not good or talented as you to play the cajon? :[
    – Byron {bigfan}

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hello Byron

      This is a very good question. EVERYONE has trouble learning grooves and stuff at fast speeds, for sure me too!!! It’s only when it’s slow that I can learn it, and once I got it, only then do I take the speed up gradually, and this is why I take this approach in all my video lessons…. :-))) Hope it makes you feel better!!!

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  340. Susan Snyder

    Yes! I live in Austin, Texas, and I could do that UK time on Tuesdays. Please keep me posted! Cheers, Susan

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hey Rony

      They have good prestige but I have never tried them myself… so I have no valid opinion here… If I do try one I will let you know!

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  341. Rony

    Hi,
    Can you please tell me the difference between your toro cruz and other prk like rabioso ,and can i hear sound samples(same mic) of the toro compare to the rabioso?
    I live in usa
    Thank you
    Rony

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  342. Christine

    I would like to join your Cambridge Cajon class in Cambridge, could you give me more info about it? where and when it is? can I joined even if I never played as a complete beginner? if yes when could i join?
    Many Thanks and regards.
    Christine.

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hey christine!

      check out our cambridge cajon school page under the cajon school tab, all the details are listed there!

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  343. Ryan Fernandez

    Hey Heidi, Absolutely love you!
    By the way I’m a drummer from Singapore and I’ve started playing the cajon at church. I use a crash cymbal on my cajon set-up. I use the paiste pst8 cajone cymbal. I used to use a paiste 101 16in crash, but it used to hurt my fingers. You should try the pst8 cymbal. I believe its made to be played with hands. It has an amazingly cutting crash with nice sustain and a decent decay.
    Try it you might find a new favourite cymbal haha.
    Love your videos and the way you play.

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hey Ryan!

      Wonderful to hear from a Brother, Singapore sounds like fun, I can’t wait to visit. Sorry for the delay in replying, I have been extremely busy finishing our new Album called ‘Musica fina’ and arranging the Album launch concert, hence the delay! Anyway, the Album is done now and I am very happy to read your comment! I have had quite a few ppl already tellme about the pst8 cymbal and I will definitely try it out soon!!! I will let you know what I thought of it!

      Bless you!

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    • Esther

      Hi,

      I would like to buy a cajon, but I have no idea how to choose a batter cajon, can u recommend me some nicer cajon?

      Thanks and best regards

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      • Heidi Joubert Post author

        Hey Esther

        If you are unsure I would say that you could be safe with a La peru from Slaghwerk.. They’re pretty decent and they are available worldwide.

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  344. Tim Daniels

    I have had the Cruz Cajon for a week now and have some observations. I took it to the local music store to purchase a bag and the staff was blown away by the sound and visual quality. I got to play it next to the store offerings and am pleased with my choice. The Cruz had a better sound, was more versatile, and just looks better. The staff thinks that I am a pro and I didn’t tell them that I am a guitar player.
    The box has distinct zones for snare and bass at the top of the instrument and is comfortable to play. Your hands can stay at the top to save your back. That is a major selling point for us elderly or anyone that wants to put in serious time playing. The center zones have less snare so it is easy to change the sound by moving to the center of the box. The amount of attack required to practice is very low and upright. I have been trying to practice but spend lots of time riffing at low volume.
    I have tried cajon and other brushes that have protective covering on the handles. Cajon brushes allow a brush sound while maintaining some bass thump. You can play this instrument for hours with brushes and there are some great cajon brushes coming on the market. Brushes would also be an option for people with physical issues that want to participate. I just ordered a different set of brushes and am waiting for them to arrive.
    I play with and without a CajonPort to get the bass that I like for various situations. The natural un-ported bass is a pure beautiful sound that stands on it’s own and I only use the port to turn it into rolling thunder. Put your fine china in a safe place.
    I could prattle on but I am going to go sit on the box. I promise to practice???

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hey Tim!!!

      Thanks for your very awesome review! I am seriously happy to hear you love your new Cruz Cajon!!!:-))))

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  345. Ben

    Heidi!!
    These are some great instructional videos you have going here. Really diggin it! They are totally a ton of help; so thanks so much for doing this. I would like to ask where you get your loops from in garageband. I really liked the way you had your iPhone playing the kickin bass lines for the Blues Shuffle in Lesson 5. If there is any way that I can grab that bass file from you or you can point me in the right direction so that I can grab some off the internet, it would be really cool. I’ve been trying to get the shuffle groove for awhile now and I think the garageband thing is an awesome idea. Thanks in advance,
    ~Ben

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    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hey Ben!! I will be uploading a video showing you exactly who to do it!! It;s hard to explain in words, so subscribe to my Youtube channel to make sure you get it when it comes out!

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  346. Ciara

    I am stationed in Japan and don’t know where to go for Cajon lessons so online ones would definitely help. Please sign me up!

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  347. wei wei goh

    Yes! I am very interested in taking the onlie classes. i am from Malaysia.
    Thank you for sharing it.

    regards,
    wei wei

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  348. Hari

    Hi heidi. I am from nepal far away you….i used to play drums but its been a long time i didnt touch cuz its take big space and i dont have such a big space so i make my own cajon and trying learning by watching your videos so plz keep posting more videos so i can learn fromit

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