All right so let me tell you my story about the cajons. Before two years I decided that I want to play a cajon. You may never heard of it, and you are wondering what is this strange thing (there is a city by the same name by the way
So I strongly advise you to inform yourself about this magical instrument.
For those of you who know what cajon is I wrote this short buying guide, because it took me time to read around the web and now I know the things so why not share them. Let's do this!
Budget and durability:
The cajon is cheap musical instrument but this does not always mean it is lower across quality. Branding by major names can add quote pricing to lower end products. You know this is true for the most products of all types. Conversely, cajons from smaller companies or family companies or even individuals may cost less though be of higher standard. Examine the materials used; quality of material like joints, wood and leather; attention to assist you detail, reinforcing and of course finishing. Observing these details you can get a good sign of true quality. To be honest I was very influenced to write a guide about finding the best cajon
from that post. In every case go for higher denseness hardwood construction. More and more difficult woods like birch & beech give an first-rate frequency range; rich and awesome bass a, popping higher tones.
Where you are going to play the instruments,
In room or may be outdoors? What style you gonna play? Will you use accessories? You get the idea: If you intend to use it regularly on different performances, you will do heaps of carrying it around which can cause damages on the instrument at some point. If this is your case, high end product is what you should be able for the purpose. If you gonna play it primary from home you many not need to look for ruggedly constructed, but that's not a reason to invest in a poorly constructed cajon which may distort, buckle, bent, crack or become useless with frequent use.
Thirdly point is concerned to protection:
Logically the instrument will last longer if it is cased. This does not want to be a hard heavy case (unless you are traveling a lot); many manufacturers make strong and padded, protective bags, with straps and additional pockets. A number of people independently are manufacturing excellent quality strong, sterile bags at very cheap pricing.
In general you can find a lot of big manufacturers which produce quality products but not all of them are top notch. In the other hand you can find many mom and pop shops who produces quality home made
instruments like this one.
All right this is for now. Some general tips which are very important and will definitely help you with your choice.