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What is a Cajon?
Thought to have originated in Peru in the 16th Century, the Cajon is a wooden drum played with either your hands or brushes. Usually played alongside an acoustic guitar as a replacement for a drum kit, the Cajon is the perfect "drum kit in a box" for acoustic sessions of any genre of music.
Musicians tend to be frustrated with Cajons currently on the market due to their limited functionality. With that knowledge, I sought to provide them with a product that is more satisfying and fulfilling to their needs.
Now choose between 5 sounds
Cajons on the market:
1: Can change their sound/go out of tune during a performance due to the vibrations produced
2: Are limited to only 1-2 sounds
3: Cannot be altered during a performance at all or
4: Can fail when re-tuning.
Percussionists were frustrated with this, so I decided to introduce a 5-way snare lock, allowing you to instantly change your sound when playing live, whilst “never going out of tune." With a grip of the handle and a simple twist, change your sound instantly. You can choose between 5 different sounds, which are held consistent by the snare lock:
The Drum Kit in a Box
Nicknamed the “Drum Kit in a Box," external systems and bulky add-ons were causing the Cajon to lose its identity. Percussionists were sick and tired of these cumbersome external pedal systems - which took up as much room as the Cajon did - but they loved the idea. Our answer? The internal bass pedal system.
By simply using your heel, this pedal engages a beater from inside the Cajon and provides the user with a deep bass note, imitating a kick pedal on an acoustic drum kit.
Check out a LIVE performance by Emma Horan:
The unique sound hole featured on these Cajons allows for the production of bass frequencies that extend down into the low end of the spectrum. The bass pedal system ensures that the bass is tight and warm, adding attack to each hit. Taking care of the higher frequency range is the snare lock, which adds an overall shine to the sound of the Cajon and allows it to cut through in any mix down or live situation. The curvature at the top of the sound hole also fits into the users hand easily, making transport that bit more comfortable.
Users can change the position of the handles to suit their playing style or detach handles for ease of transport. This is done by using a 4mm allen key (stored inside the Cajon) to slide the handle out, leaving a flush surface. This feature also allows for customisation in the future (shhh).
In order to endure gig after gig, I introduced internal aluminium framing to give this instrument a solid structure. It helps to support the weight of the user and the demands of live gigs, whilst hosting the mechanisms that make this drum excel in the current market place.
Anne Pearce: “Bought one of these last month and I absolutely love it. Really good quality, well made, nicely designed and a really good sound both from the adjustable snare and internal bass pedal. Fab customer service via email as well.”
Jill Cupples: “I'm only a beginner but the drum is excellent. Great tone, the bass drum pedal is fantastic, gives it a real proper drum kit sound. Happy Happy Happy”
Josh Clarke: “I bought the Ruach MK2 a few days ago at the Fleadh in Derry. I used it last night at a gig and I felt compelled to write a quick review about it. I normally used my meinl cajon which I always thought I got a great sound from but after hearing this mk2 the meinl fails to compare! Instead of 4 guitar strings running up the front, the mk2 has actual snares and the difference is unbelievable! The wood on the mk2 is a little bit heavier so it provides a great low end bass. It was also brilliantly set up before I bought it so it was good to go out of the box!! and the ability to turn the snare on and off is a major plus! If anyone is shopping around for a cajon do not hesitate to purchase one of these fine Ruachs! you will not be disappointed! :)”
Mike Holohan: “This is an excellent product, We use it for our music ministry in church and it is a good alternative to a drum kit and compliments the other instruments very well without being over powering... You can also feed the sound through the sound system which gives you complete control over the sound and volume... This is an excellent product, if you are hesitant at all about this product, don't be I would highly recommend it, I am very happy with my new Ruach Cajon... Thanks so much!”
Luke Skillen: “I really like how I can turn the snares on and off so I can adapt and play any song”
Now that I am 100% funded, I want to offer more value to you all for further pledges! I've already got the LIVE Series ready for production, but with more backers, I can attend more trade shows in the upcoming months that I would love to exhibit the LIVE Series at, and initiate prototyping new products! In return, I want to give value back to you, so I am adding the following stretch goals:
- £15,000 – Accessory bag! Gigging around and always struggling to find a place to set your egg shakers? capos? handles? tuners? allen keys? drum keys? Well now every person who has pledged for a cajon will receive a Ruach accessory bag, that you can stick on the outside, or inside of your cajon, to make gigging, and playing that bit more organised! Non-cajon pledgers will all also receive a limited edition, Ruach-kickstarter wristband.
- £20,000 - Gig Bag! Love that sleek, trendy looking gig bag in the video? Would you love to have one of these alongside your cajon? Well now you can, every person who has pledged for a cajon will now receive an accessory bag, plus a gig bag! Now if that isn't value for money, what is? Non- cajon pledgers will all also receive a limited edition, Ruach-kickstarter wristband along with a one of a kind, Ruach coaster! So you can always have a drink ON us (excuse the pun).
How did I start making Cajons?
Brought up in the coastal town of Kilkeel, Northern Ireland, I spent most of my time helping on the family farm, strumming my guitars, or playing about with wood and putting things together. As I grew older I fell more and more in love with music and building things. When I was 16, I built my first ever Cajon and started selling them to friends and family. When drummers began approaching me asking me to build Cajons with specific features, I decided to turn my passion into a business. I quickly learned there is a real demand for a musical instrument business that seeks to understand the needs of musicians, and in early 2012 I released Ruach Music's first product line, the "MK Range."
How did Ruach Music come to be?
Over the past 2 years I have been selling a pre-series product line, the “MK-Range,” and have made over 400 Cajons by hand. Through selling this product line, I was able to analyse the percussionists response: what they loved, what they thought could be improved, and what they didn’t want to change! Using this feedback in combination with a variety of percussionists' thoughts, I designed the “LIVE Series.”
Ruach LIVE A
Offering an internal bass pedal system, 5-way snare lock, detachable handles and aluminium frame - the flagship cajon
The unique shape of the foot pedal allows the users foot/heel to engage the bass pedal very easily, and provides the user with a real tight, warm sound. Likewise, the 5-way snare lock is operated using a "Ruach" handle, which fits into the users hand and allows you to lock a new sound into place instantly during a performance. Want to change the handle position? No problem, simply use the allen key stored inside the cajon - the handle will slip out and allow for adjustment.
Bring your music to life with the versatility of this cajon!
Ruach LIVE B
Offering a 5-way snare lock, detachable handle and aluminium frame - the creative cajon
The 5-way snare lock is operated using a "Ruach" handle, which fits into the users hand and allows you to lock a new sound into place instantly during a performance. Want to change the handle position? No problem, simply use the allen key stored inside the cajon - the handle will slip out and allow for adjustment.
What more could you want apart from an internal bass pedal?
What do I need the money for?
So far, I have been able to gather enough money to get this project from a piece of paper to a working product. To get this product into production and onto the market, it is going to take a lot more than a few pound coins found on the floor of my car. If the project is successful, I will order the parts for 150 units. As there are a great deal of parts to be assembled, these can be quite expensive; in order to get the cost down, the order size needs to increase. This size of order will enable me to launch the product line and start selling to shops and percussionists that are actively waiting for this drum to come onto the market. Also, through selling the “MK-Range” over the past 2 years, I have established a good supply chain and need to expand the business in order to sustain its growth. Any additional money raised will be used to enlarge the premises, which is needed in order for further advancement.
After the launch of the LIVE Series, I plan to introduce a few new products that include: a left handed version of the LIVE Series, making the series universal to all drummers, an ELECTRIC Series (let your imagination run wild with that), and an all-new, hand percussion instrument that I am developing and plan to launch in 2015.
Offering an internal bass pedal system and 2-way snare lock - the cajon with a difference
The unique shape of the foot pedal allows the users foot/heel to engage the bass pedal very easily, and provides the user with a real tight, warm sound. The 2-way snare lock is operated using a "Ruach" handle, which fits into the users hand and allows you to lock 2 sounds into place instantly during a performance.
The predecessor of the LIVE Series!
Offering a 2-way snare lock and a "Ruach" sound hole- the clever cajon
The 2-way snare lock is operated using a "Ruach" handle, which fits into the users hand and allows you to lock 2 sounds into place instantly during a performance.
The first innovation!
Offering a fixed snare and a "Ruach" sound hole- the original cajon
The fixed snare ensures you achieve a consistent sound, every time you play.
The entry level model!
Risks and challenges
I manufactured prototypes in partnership with an engineering firm to ensure my designs were feasible, and they were! These finalised designs are now ready for production. However, due to partnership with a third party, a certain amount of the production is out my hands. Therefore, delays could arise regarding the delivery of the LIVE Series Cajons, but this is a small probability and if any delays arise, you will be informed immediately.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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