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As with almost every other musical instrument, the cajon drum is constantly being changed and, depending on who you ask, improved upon. There are versions of the cajon with different types of snares, microphones built in, pedals to add bass and more. Since the cajon box drum is the most common version of the cajon it is this version of the instrument which has seen the majority of the innovation. One of the more intersting innovations has been the production of cajon box drums with angled fronts.

The main idea behind the angled front cajon box drum is to make the drum easier on the cajon players back. By making the front angled the player can bend over less when hitting the cajon box drum, especially when reaching for the middle and lower surface of the drum. This has long been accomplished by the cajon player leaning back while sitting on the cajon drum much like leaning a chair back on its two back legs. While leaning the drum back is effective it can result in the cajon player being off balance or falling down. It also makes it very dificult for the cajon player to use their leg to change the pitch of the cajon (a common technique that you can see in the cajon drum videos on this site and in many other places).

An additional, even if unintentional, effect of making the cajon drum angled is that the drums internal area is larger. This makes the cajon drum have a deeper sound then a traditional flat front cajon box drum. Deepending on the personal preference of the player and/or the type of music the cajon drum is being used on this could be seen as a good or bad result. I have played both of these versions of the cajon and like them equally. Try one for yourself and let us know what you think!