> > > BeatIt Test: Meinl Direct Drive Heel Activated Cajon Pedal

Very recently, we have received yet another parcel from Germany, Gutenstetten, to be exact. All drum maniacs around the world know that that is where the Meinl company is based. Inside the parcel, there was a number of interesting instruments and drum accessories, which we are going to thoroughly test for you. We will share the results of our tests with you as we go along. We have taken a closer look at the Meinl Woodcraft Makah-Burl and Meinl Artisan Edition Cajon Tango Line cajons. Today, we would like to present our review of the Meinl Direct Drive Cajon Pedal.

To hit on this pedal and some other instruments, we invited Maciej “Mustafa” Giżejewski. He is a graduate of the Dept. of Arabic Studies at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland, as well as a professional percussionist collaborating with the top actress/singer Stanisława Celińska and his own Drum Work outfit. This makes him an excellent person to put the products we have received to the test.

Meinl Direct Drive Heel Activated Cajon Pedal

1. The product

We tested the Direct Drive Heel Activated Cajon Pedal at our own recording facility. Maciej Giżejewski presents single beater strokes on the instrument’s frontplate followed by a number rhythmic figures and grooves using the pedal.

2. Basic product specification:

  • Manufacturer: Meinl Percussion
  • Product type: Cajon pedal
  • Model: Direct Drive
  • Type: Heel activated
  • Material: Steel
  • Fits any common cajon

3. The Product

The Meinl Direct Drive Heel Activated Cajon Pedal is made from steel and, as such, it is very solid and sturdy. It is also unbelievably practical. The arm of the mount is placed under a cajon and fits any type of the instrument. Stability is obtained by screwing the counter screw to the rear plate and by sitting on the cajon. It just does not get any more simple. Mounting the pedal is a child’s play, as is playing it. Th ebeater is directed backwards, toward a cajon’s frontplate, which it hits when activated by a player’s heel. Soft foam on the beater brings out deep, low tones while the hands play rhythms and grooves. Good and nifty job.

4. Summary

We consider this to be an excellent instrument, however, we think we should let Maciej “Mustafa” Giżejewski himself sum up the whole experience:Meinl Direct Drive Cajon Pedal is the most comfortable foot pedal mechanism I have ever played. Although heel activated, it turns out to be even better when sitting on a cajon. This solution is applied by many cajon/guitar players when naturally tapping rhythms.”

Producer: https://meinlpercussion.com/

Distributor in Poland: http://www.meinldistribution.pl/



  • Sturdy construction
  • Well cafted
  • Fits any cajon
  • Easy to mount
  • Comfortable when playing
  • Deep cajon tone through soft foam on the beater


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Drummers and Drummerettes! It’s time to put the Direct Drive Heel Activated Cajon Pedal to the most important test of all, i. e. the en.beatit.tv viewers’ test! Exclusively for you, we give you Maciej “Mustafa” Giżejewski!