Caixas have either curly wire snares on the bottom or wound wires on the top.
Caixas with snares on the bottom are used for samba reggae, maracatu, and other rhythms from Bahia and the Northeast of Brazil. These caixa have a lot of ring and buzz from the snares, and are 12” or 14” in diameter.
Caixa with wires on the top are used for samba in the samba school baterias and blocos, and have a very short, dry sound. Traditional Rio caixa are 12”x20cm, with aluminum or steel shells.
A new innovation is a “skeleton” caixa that has a open vented skeleton in place of a standard shell. These drums are extra dry and loud and are best suited for playing in a samba bateria.
Ivsom Repicaixa 12” aluminum shell 6 lugs This unique drum is the same body as a regular repique with caixa wires added. It can be played as a repique on the non-wire side and as a caixa on the side with wires.
Artcelsior Tarol 12” x 10cm aluminum shell 6 lugs 4 wires This drum is shallower than a standard 20cm deep caixa. The sound is higher pitched and drier than a caixa. Used by Rio samba school baterias Salgueiro, Vila Isabel, and others.
RG Slim Caixa 12" steel shell This unique caixa has no resonant/bottom head. The wires run across the top head as usual. The result is an exceptionally dry sound, with lots of snare sound and very little resonance. It is meant to be played in a stand. It makes a great drum for playing pagode music, and can be incorporated…
Gope caixa 12” x 15 cm Wire snares 6 tuning rods For playing samba reggae and other Bahia rhythms, as well as maractu and rhythms from Pernambuco and the North East of Brazil The red "Dida" drums are part of a special line of drums designed to honor the group Banda Dida from Salvador, Bahia. The drums are the same…