As more and more people are aware, the cajon really does have very humble origins… a wooden box which was used to transport goods from one place to another. So why pay for a wooden box?
While a wooden box can actually sound quite nice in the right hands – as can nearly anything (saucepans, wooden spoons, car doors, table tops etc) if you really want an instrument with good tone quality and colour – as with any instrument, you need to choose carefully.
The problem with some of the factory made cajons is that they are often made by people who have no idea what they are trying to produce, and the result is often really just an overpriced wooden box.
As with guitars, there is a huge price and quality range in cajons.
I think that in order to make music and to develop one’s musicality, it’s important to have the basic materials – a cajon which has the capacity to sound beautiful, and the knowledge to help you make it sound beautiful.