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Turbo Slap-Top Cajon

This model is designed to bring the striking surface up nearer to the player, for a more upright playing style. The sound projects forward into the audience! The Turbo Slap-Top Cajon is slightly bigger for more volume and it comes with snares on both sides. Here the snares also feature a forward sound projection.

Materials
-Resonating body = Eco-friendly Medium Density Fiberboard
-Frontplate = Walnut

Features
-Comfortable design
-Forward sound projection
-Internal snare wires
-Wide sound spectrum
-Snares on both sides

Passive pickup model3 of 3 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreSaskatoon South, Saskatchewan
Why is it that Mienl is so stingy when it comes to creating a decent cajon snare sound? The wires in both the Turbo Slap and the Passive pickup models have chintzy little 20-wire installs and can barely be heard. I had returned the TurboSlap in exchange for the Passive Pickup model, so how did that turn out? Wisely, I had Grant toss in a Gibraltar 40-string snare wire and as it turns out it fits perfectly inside the Passive Pickup model while more than doubling the snare wire area, and although a bit of trimming was required this was an easy, worthwhile upgrade. The snare effect is awesome now, just so much better. In comparing the two units the Passive model is waaay smaller. It looks like the TurboSlap that shrunk in the wash, but it?s totally playable and I actually prefer its smaller size. Additionally, it has three clearly definable tones that play really well; snare, bass, and tom. The electronics certainly are low end with noticably dirty pots and a very loose phone jack. Nothing to impress here, although for the cost of this unit what would you expect. Nonetheless, I like higher quality components and would be willing to pay extra rather than shopping at audio Kmart, which is what I?m coming to associate with Mienl. All though I?ve owned only two models, I?m getting the feeling the Mienl cajon market is their poor stepchild, and while they?ve got more models than I?d ever have the patience to try I?ll probably be shopping different brands from here on. The passive pickup model is a keeper mostly because of its decent sound and small size. The bass is totally impressive and with the string mod my snare is much better than you?d expect from such a small box.
Posted by PJ on Apr 25, 2017
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Disappointing performance1 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreSaskatoon South, Saskatchewan
I purchased this model after watching some utube videos and reading the positive reviews on zon.com. The reality is the sound quality of my unit was disappointing. The twin snares were barely audible and the bass was boomy and at a higher pitch. It was unable to deliver a lower note which I associate with true bass, even less so than a traditional box cajon, so that didn't sell well. I figured if I wasn't totally satisfied with the sound, no problem, I'll hook it up to the Roland EC-10M module and use it as an essentially electric cajon. But wait, that didn't work out very well either. Because the only place to attach the mic is on the bottom of the cajon, it gets sandwiched between the floor and the cajon whenever the turbo slap is set down. And that's not all...because the mic is not optimally mounted (you can't place it anywhere else) the response is inconsistent, meaning that you might get a snare effect with one strike in a specific spot and the next time it is a bass response from the exact same spot. Ooops. If I was stuck on a desert island (with power) and felt motivated to get this setup working to its best advantage (to communicate with women from the other side of the island, of course), I would probably glue an 'L' bracket deep inside the main turbo slap port and clip the mic to that. I'm sure the EC-10M would provide more consistent results, while at the same time perfectly protecting the mic. Long story short, I opted to buy the newer passive pickup turbo slap with independent bass and snare controls. I will update my experience once that unit arrives for evaluation. If it doesn't satisfy, then I'll fall back on my original position of buying a digital drum kit and be done with it. PJ
Posted by PJ on Mar 22, 2017
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