Remo Dorado Cajon
Deep, resonant tones and removable snares for greater sonic options.
by Miguel Monroy
In addition to the beautiful low-end resonance, the Dorado features Remo’s new Quick Wedge snare system, which lets you easily remove and reattach the internal snares. This allows you to achieve the wide-open resonance of Peruvian-style cajons (no wires), as well as the crisp attack of flamenco-style cajons (with wires).
To remove the wires from the cajon, you just slide off each block of wood holding the springs and then remove the three hook-and-loop fastener strips that press the compression springs against the front plate. To reinstall the wires, simply wedge the blocks back in place and reattach the strips.
As I played the Dorado cajon, I noticed that the fixed faceplate provided a great tonal range from high to low, and I could easily change the pitch by sliding my foot across the front. The drum favored deeper and darker tones. And though high-pitch slaps and strikes close to the edge carried quite a bit of weight and depth to them, if you’re looking for a bright-sounding cajon, this may not be the best option for you. But if you’re looking for a deeper and more resonant cajon that boasts the versatility of converting easily from Peruvian to flamenco styles, the Dorado is a great option.
Snares: removable coil springs