We got into Boise late afternoon and headed down to the venue shortly after. I was greeted by Todd (pictured below with me and a couple of his Cajons). A little back story. Last time through Idaho, my Meinl Cajon crapped out on me unexpectedly. I was worried that I wouldn't be able to find a suitable replacement because I had been playing the same model of Cajon for nearly six years and I have become rather particular to the sound I am looking for. After calling around to a few shops, one shop on the north end of town mentioned that, yes, they do carry the meinl cajon I was looking for but they also carry some local made cajons that I should check out. I agreed to head that and gave lip service to the fact that I'd check out the local wares, though in my head I was already set on picking up my Meinl that I was used to and moving on. I have seen a lot of small shop cajons on our travels and have never found one that is better than the model I was used to. Well, all that changed that day in Boise. I played around on the different cajons available and the Chavez cajon was by far the best sounding cajon of the bunch. Needless to say, I picked up the drum that sounded the best. Once I got back from the tour, I reached out to Todd to thank him for the excellent sounding drum and requested a custom build that mimicked the larger body size I was used to. He was more than happy to accommodate and built me a great sounding drum that has the low end punch that I have come to expect from my cajons.
Long story short, I had the pleasure of talking cajons with another man that is as enthused about these drums as I am. He showed me some prototype ideas he is working up (nothing that I can share with you here) and we exchanged ideas and feedback. I will get a picture of my cajon posted up here soon for y'all. In the meantime, head over to chavezcajon.com and check out what Todd has to offer. These are definitely some of the best American made cajons I have had the pleasure of playing