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Sela Tineo CaSela Cajon A revolution in cajon building The CaSela Snare Cajon is a professional cajon which is screwed together quickly and easily. It combines Sela‘s many years of experience making cajons with highly modern production methods. This opens up entirely new visual and acoustic possibilities. The precisely finished components are “Made in Germany” and are of the highest quality. Specifications: - Fast and easy assembly - Extra-strong 15 mm birch body, 11 layers - Sela Thin Splash playing surface with high-grade veneer - Exchangeable playing surface - Solid, rounded corners of finest maple wood - Removable Sela Snare System - Individually adjustable snare sound - Special Clap Corner sound - High-quality parts, “Made in Germany” - Dimensions: approx. 47 x 30 x 30 cm History From the tea chest to the cajon. A brief history of the modern Cajon. A cajon (pronounced "ca-hon", Spanish for box or crate) is made of wood and has a hollow cuboid form. The main playing surface is the front panel and most cajons have a sound hole in the opposite panel at the back. Cajons come in various different shapes and sizes, but are generally intended to be used with the player sitting on top. The idea of drumming on a box originated during the 19th century under colonial rule in Peru. The Africans who had been abducted to the new world were not permitted to bring their drums. Onof the reasons was that their masters feared the slaves would use them to communicate and foment rebellion. However, rhythmic music is such an integral part of African cultural identity that it was impossible to completely suppress it and the slaves began drumming on transport crates. These were readily available and it was scarcely possible to prevent contact with them. In particular the different sizes of tea chests then in use are reflected in the designs of modern cajons. In the course of time the cajon became firmly established in flamenco and spread with this music and dance form throughout Europe. The first prominent musician to use the cajon on stage was probably the percussionist accompanying Paco de Lucia in the 1960s. Since then the cajon has continued to grow in popularity and is now used in virtually every style of music.