This instrument is a handy tool for Drum Circle Facilitators, who want drums and percussion instruments that are portable and affordable with ease of use and newbie access to tonal options.

One can play it with the hands, or with slit drum style superball mallets.

To see's other products, visit their site.

More audio and video files will be posted to go with thisa review. We havebeen having a great time Guaguanco recordings, done with only a slapboxx, a lapdrum, some claves, and a shaker..they are loops, stored on our Jamman, and we must take the time to dump them to the computer to work with them a bit more before posting..


The Slapboxx from SlapDrum
Review by Eric Stuer

It has been over a year since we reviewed Chris Nissen's LAPDRUM , his 13 x 13 x 4"portable cajon. It has since been one of our favorites, totally portable and useful as can be. has a variety of nice looking instruments, and we we got the itch to try one of his newer models: the SLAPBOXX. This is essentially a full sized cajon, made to play horizontally across the lap instead of vertically, seated upon it..

I imagined that my lap would deaden the bottom head somewhat, with the legs against it, so i was a little skeptical that it could really compete with a full sized cajon for resonance, volume and tone. Imagine my surprise when I found that the bottom side has a double wall: the outside wall has a regular round port hole in it, to allow the inner wall's resonance to be heard. The result is good tone and volume. The act of sitting on a cajon normally deadens it to some degree, but with the slapboxx, the wood is free to resonate. The low end is beautiful and breathy, and there seems to be a wider range of tones than from a regular cajon.

The reason for the wider palette of sound may have to do with the port placement and the fact that the box is approached from the wide side, rather than the narrow one. There is an extra sweet spot noticeable, right in front of the port, so that doum, open, and tak [conga slap too]strokes made there all have a different character. This gives you more options. There are 5 distinct zones, going horizontally: center [right in front of the port], the mid areas [halfway from center to edge, the same on either side, for right and left], and on the ends, near the corners of the Slapboxx. Each area along the playing edge of the drum offers certain open tones, slaps, and bass. Playing a normal cajon, you are playing it approaching the drum from the short side, so the range of tones is not so noticeable.

See a video example

The tone is rich, with the lowest 'doum' on my drum sounding about 2 octaves below middle C#, and the volume is ample for a cajon. The promo speaks of hours of ergonomic comfort, and I must admit it is WAY better than bending over a standard cajon for three hours, which is miserable, as anyone who has played one on a long gig can attest. Still, the Slapboxx seemed a tiny bit tall for my long arms, and a couple of hours into the test, adjusting my shoulders, I chose to hold my elbows out a bit to achieve a good position at time of impact. I kept the shoulders relaxed, and extended the upper arms a bit to adjust my stroke height and angle.

At one point I put it on the carpet in front of me and watched TV as I played sitting cross legged in front of it. This turned out to be an EXCELLENT position for this drum. Because the bottom port is so close to the ground, a bit of low end is lost, but we still have plenty for certain applications. It's good for freehand practice too.

In a pinch, you can turn it sideways and sit on it, if you do not have a stool. It is plenty strong enough.. Chris? Are you listening? Now we want one with LEGS..[grin]

Eric Stuer, 2006

The port placement [facing the player] makes it sound as good as possible for the player, but may be a bit problematic when miking the drum. The best place for a dynamic microphone is usually near the port, which places it between the drum and the player's waist. you COULD close mike it to the playing surface from the other side, but it sounds best from the side with the port on it..

Actually we got reasonably good results from the microphone on the video camera.

With a condenser microphone, one could get the job done better, because it need not be close miked so much. Perhaps one of each..




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