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6. Reassemble the axle with everything reversed. All the stuff on the left should now be on the right, etc. The chain or strap should now be facing your foot instead of away.
7. Reattach the elbow linkage. Here's how your reversed pedal should now look.
8. Attach something soft to your beater head. (sheepskin, felt, rubber, an old sock) I used some foam pipe insulation and a wire tie.
9. Attach your mounting bracket to your cajon in the desired location. My mounting bracket is a piece of 1/8" steel 2"x6" with holes drilled for attachment. Be careful when drilling into your cajon! Check the inside to avoid damaging internal moving parts or supports.
10. Optional: remove the extra pedal and beater from the slave pedal. This makes the whole thing lighter and gives you some spare parts.
11. You're done! Attach pedal to cajon and get down with your bad self.
Thanks for checking out this blog! Best of luck making your own cajon pedal. Meanwhile, stay tuned for my cajon shootout video where I compare and contrast a bevy of boxes. Aloha!
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I'm going to show you step-by-step exactly how I modified a standard double pedal to work on a cajon.
Step 1. Remove the elbow linkage from the slave pedal.
2. Remove the end bolts/rings from the master pedal.
You may need another wrench to stabilize the axle.
3. Take out the bearings. They should pop right out.
4. Loosen the cam before you slide out the axle.
The axle should come right out now.
5. Detach the chain so you can flip the cam around
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Last week I did a video shoot for X8 drums including a product demo for DeGregorio's new cajon pedal. It was my first time playing a cajon with a pedal and I loved it. There's a ton of potential there, especially on quieter gigs and in situations where a full drum set is just too overpowering. The kick pedal frees up a hand to play shaker. Adding a tambourine to my left foot simulates a hi-hat. My left hand plays the cajon as a snare drum, and voila, an instant drumset. The difference is that I could pack this drumset into a single lightweight bag and play a cafe gig with a 3-minute set up time.
So what's the catch? The pedal alone costs $328. It includes a bracket to attach the pedal to the drum and a mini rug that covers its footprint. For frequent gigging, that's a justifiable expense, but it might be too high for occasional use by a drummer on a budget.
The tinkerer in me immediately started thinking of affordable alternatives. After the session, I found myself a standard double pedal and went to work.
The three main differences between DG's cajon pedal and a standard double pedal are:
1. DG's footboard is turned 90 degrees, so it turns back toward the user.
2. The drive cam is flipped around so the beater turns toward the user instead of away.
3. The beater itself is padded with a big chunk of soft rubber.
My goal was to accomplish these three things with an existing Pearl double pedal and some scrap materials. Did I succeed?
Yes I did, and my DIY cajon pedal works great!
Things you'll need:
1. A double pedal with a master pedal that can be reversed. Single-post masters like the DW 5000 can't be flipped around. Of course, if you can afford a DW 5000, you might as well just buy the DeGregorio.
2. A few hex-head wrenches. My Pearl pedal requires metric.
3. Wrenches. For the Pearl, I needed 10mm and 12mm.
4. Something soft to cover the beater (rubber, sheepskin, old sock).
5. A piece of metal, hard plastic, or plywood to attach the pedal to the cajon.
6. A drill/driver
7. A few hours
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