Cajons are really a new tool to the westernized musician, but none the less a useful one at that. I had the opportunity to play one in south America some years ago, it was custom made from teak and Brazilian wood. Fast forward to a year ago, I was in a studio where I saw this Meinl Cajon. I immediately started using it and realized how cool it was.
It is a fantastic drum. It has the sounds needed for any style of music, great touch, terrific non-echoed resonance is something I noticed with this unit. It is very light and easy to carry around as well. I often spot street performers using these in santa monica, and I was stupid to have not purchase one sooner since it is so cheap. At under 100 dollars I purchased one with a mahogany front face, because most people who build their own use mahogany in the united states of america. Since it is played with the bare hand or hands, it will outlast most other instruments in the realm of percussion. The only thing I noticed with mine, is the occasional need to clean the front face with lemon seed oil, something I use for my guitar fret board.
I also like to let my little cousins play the instrument since they are young, and have little regard for care and good treatment of my drum sets, I prefer to let them smash on this cajon with their bare hands and feet. They get out all their energy, and the cajon goes unharmed for the most part.
All in all, I believe this cajon is a steal at under 100 dollars, and cheaper used, I think any good percussionist who is into world music, or different styles of rhythm can and would make good use of such an item if added to the arsenal. Not to mention, it is a nice conversation piece and can be placed outside of the studio or basement and look nice in the living room with furniture.