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.
Caixas with wires on the top are used for samba in the samba school baterias and blocos, and have a very short, dry sound. 12”x20cm aluminum caixa with wire on top are the type most commonly used in most Rio samba schools. 14″ models are used by some samba schools including Mangueira. Some baterias (Salgueiro, Vila Isabel) also use the tarol, a shallower caixa with a higher pitch.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.
12″ caixas are lightweight and are often tuned higher.14″ caixas generally have a louder sound and a lower tone than similar 12″ models.
15cm or deeper caixas can be played with either a shoulder strap or a waist strap. Shallower caixas and tarols are often played “em cima” (holding the drum near the shoulder or are played on a stand in a band.
Ivsom Caixa 12” aluminum shell 6 lugs 6 wires on both top and bottom heads Caixa has a standard set of six wires on outside of the top head and an additional set of 6 wires on the inside of the bottom head. This produces extra snare sound with reduced resonance.
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.
Izzo Caixa 14” 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. Much lighter than typical American snare drums.
Ivsom Caixa 12” steel skeleton shell (painted white) 6 lugs 6 wires on both top and bottom heads Specially designed to play caixa em cima. Bottom rim is recessed and curved, making the drum more comfortable to hold in your shoulder or side.
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…