SPECIAL DG FEATURES
In this section you will find out more information about the things that make our products special and different from the competition.
Since we started making cajons, we developed our own special trademark features, such as the Removable Snare System, and Reduced Tapa Size, amongst others.
REMOVABLE SNARE SYSTEM
Removable Snare System
The RSS proves to be a very useful feature in the cajón, because snares are a sensitive element of the instrument, so it is important to keep it in perfect functional mode.
Playing the cajón involves hand percussion, therefore the beating surfaces and elements of the snare are subject to stress and a definite wearing factor.
It obviously depends on the strength and frequency of playing of each person, but it is likely that at some point the snare can be damaged, and the front panel as well.
DG cajons are designed to last for a long time, and allow both snares and Tapa replacement.
The RSS is a special snare design that we use on all our professional cajón models, which allows the replacement of each single snare, without having to remove the front panel (Tapa).
It consists of a double set of small wooden blocks that host the guitar string, that essentially constitutes the snare.
The strings enter from one of the rear holes of the top block, exits the front hole and passes then through the bottom block (the one with two metallic posts) to finally enter the top block again.
The snare string is then secured with a knot at the exit hole of the top block.
The two blocks are meant to be positioned inside the cajón, the top block being screwed on with the bolt placed onto the top panel of the cajón, and secured by the inner wing nut and washer, which have to be tightened all the way.
It is important to understand that the top block is the fixed element in the tuning system that applies to these snares: the top bolt and wing nuts shall not be adjusted in order to regulate the tension of the snare.
That operation should only be made from the bottom, because those bolts are designed to enter a pass-through metallic thread on the tensioning block.
Each bottom block features a counter-tensioning spring, that prevents the bolt to turn loose.
Following, some graphic instructions about the replacement procedure:
REDUCED TAPA SIZE
The Reduced Tapa Size (RTS) concept comes as a logic development of the patented Maestral idea. It basically consists in manufacturing every cajón with a slightly smaller front plate (tapa) than the actual frame of the instrument.
The average cajón on the market features a front plate that is built onto the instrument, which means that the edges of the tapa and the body of the instrument match exactly with one another, as they usually undergo a contouring, sanding and varnishing process which basically couples the tapa and the body of the instrument for good.
This sort of “marriage” can become a problem with time, because the two elements have a a considerably different life span.
This is obvious with every other percussion instrument, such as congas, drums, timbales, but for the cajón it seems to be a different matter.
The beating surface, which is also thinner than the rest of they cajón will receive a constant stress, so it will wear out faster than the resonating box.
It could be because the material of the tapa and the body of the instrument is wood in both case, but the fact is that most manufacturers make cajons as a unique object, with tapa and body of the instrument finished and bound together.
In those cases, when the tapa wears out due to the prolonged percussive action, it is difficult to change it over, because the new front plate would have to be contoured and sanded again on top of the instrument, and the average percussionist does not have the means or the necessary skill to do that.
The RTS system overcomes this problem: by reducing slightly the size of the tapa, it becomes possible to fit it onto the body of the cajón without disrupting response from the instrument or playing comfort.