How do you pronounce “Jouer”?

Practice it a few times HERE.  It’s a bit tricky, I know, but you’re gonna feel so special once you get it.

*Note. Jouer Drums has merged with Brian’s general woodwork biz- Mulder Studios. Learn more at .

Did you invent this instrument, Brian?  It’s awesome.

Nope.  The cajón has been around for a couple hundred years.  It’s originally a Peruvian instrument, dating back to late in the 18th century.  One story of origins tells the story of Peruvian slaves who were not allowed to play music, so they would use instruments that could be disguised as regular household items.  The cajón was easily disguised as a seat.

The cajón is now all over the place, being played in a wide variety of musical genres.

What’s up with that little metal thing on the side of the drum?

That’s the adjustment for the snare system.  You can turn it on or off, depending on your preference.

Do all of your drums sound different?  Does it matter what kind of wood I pick?

The short answer is “no”.

All of the Jouer cajón drums have a fairly uniform sound.  The front panel is made of plywood with a baltic birch core, and each of the drums have that same core, just with a different veneer covering it.

How hard can/should I hit the front?  Will it break?

You don’t need to bang on the drum to hard to get some good sound out of it, so take it easy.  I have had a few folks crack the front panel on the drums by overplaying.  They’re tough, but they will crack.  The front of the drums are 1/8″ thick- this is the optimal thickness to obtain a really deep bass sound as well as a really crisp and full snare sound.

If I break my drum, will you fix it for me?

If your drum needs repairs, I will indeed fix them for you.  Your job is to get me the drum and let me know what the problem is.  If you’ve cracked the front panel, there will be a $100 charge to put a new front on it (it’s fairly labor intensive to put a new front on).