Meinl CL4BK Professional Salsa Claves, material: african blackwood, colour: natural. The Meinl professional Salsa Claves are made out of a high density wood that allows these instruments to have a loud sound . They have a high pitch and are very durable.
This is so very well made and sound great (loud, crisp, nice tone) for such an inexpensive item! They are used regularly in an African rhythm group, and there is no problem with them being heard. The quality is good enough that it should last for years.
I bought these along with the LP 212R claves for some variety. The sounds on the Thomann site are OK to give an impression but will never truly reflect having them in your hands. You get two distinct tones from playing over the scalloped section and then towards the end. Compared to the LPs, these for me have a reasonable balance though feel a little light, in particular the smaller 'beater'. In my opinion they have a relatively hollow sound and just didn't cut the mustard for me. They do offer a lighter shade than the heavier LP 212Rs, but LPs win hands down for me. In short, The Meinls don't have many outings unless the LPs aren't in the building.
It's hard to get enthusiastic about a couple of sticks, but I'm going to try! I was after a rich sound with good resonance, but how the heck do you find that over the internet? I listened to all the samples & plumped for these. As good as any, I thought. Actually, I'm really pleased with them! They're a neat little pair, easy to put in your pocket &, for their size, the sound is good. Maybe not as deep as I would have liked, but plenty of resonance & good enough. I'm very happy with them for the money.
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