Louson Drums is a custom cajón and drum company from Pittsburgh, PA
We build cajón drums in our small workshop with an attention to detail and function. Our featured product, the Cajón Tablet, is an excellent alternative for percussion on the go. The standard size, 10"x10", provides pleasing low notes and poppy edge slaps. The jumbo bass cajón is 12"x12", and produces even rumblier low ends but less dramatic edge slaps. One inventive set-up is to play the jumbo on the right side of the body and the standard on the left (or vice versa).
What is a cajón?
The cajón is a simple yet extremely dynamic hand drum, shaped like a box. Although it can be played with certain mallets and sticks, its greatness lies in its ability to be played simply by hand and yet achieve an astonishing number of various sounds and tones.
The versatility of this instrument's sound lies in its simplicity. A thin sheet of quality ultra-thin plywood is secured to an inner frame on one side of the cajón, creating the "tapa" or playing surface of the drum. Strike the tapa near the edges and you'll hear a high pitched pop. Strike an inch or two in and hear a fuzzy slap tone with accents from snare wires installed on the inside of the drum. Strike even lower still and hear the satisfying hum of the bass tone. Alternating these various tones allows the skilled cajónist to replicate the tones of a full drum kit, without the ear splitting volume.
These drums are perfect for intimate settings such as acoustic performances, friendly jam sessions with your friends, campfires and picnics, studio recording... The cajón is a truly versatile and enjoyable instrument and a must have for every percussion enthusiast.
Cajón drums from Pennsylvania
The cajón building process is a labor of love. We start by measuring and cutting quality domestic birch plywood for our shells. The sides are routed for a precise fit, then clamped and glued into a square box that will one day become a cajón.
They will remain clamped to dry for at least 24 hours.
After constructing an inner frame, the back is clamped and glued and the tapa is carefully measured and installed.
After installing the snare system and applying a final finishing coat, the Louson cajón is ready for sound checking and finally sale to the customer.