The Meinl Slap Top Cajon Makah Burl has an all new design that helps bring the playing surface up towards the player. The raised surface allows the player to sit more vertically while playing which helps your back and stamina. With the opening towards the audience, the sound projection is great! A snare effect is built into the sound board so that you can play different combinations of sounds. High and low tones give you a wide sound spectrum. The front plate is constructed of Makah-Burl.