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||Posted - 12/06/2012 : 12:09:16
I'm surprised how little there seems to on this on t'interweb, but as huge fan of Pepote cajons, I was really angry to see the latest Meinl Artisan cajons...
From the heavily rounded edges, to the thumb-dip, even the inlay on the top, the mesh covering the sound-hole and the branded logo - it's pretty much an exact copy
If this isn't a licensed version (or a Meinl branded Pepote model) - surely Pepote have a right for payout?
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||Posted - 19/08/2012 : 21:06:24
Meinl Artisan cajons are made by Pepote.
Do you really think they'd have the manufacturing capability to produce instruments of that quality?!
||Posted - 21/06/2012 : 17:17:37
But it's not just the rounded edges - it's like they've literally taken a Pepote cajon and just copied it part-by-part.
It's not the same as your car analogy - there's a fairly limited way to make a cajon which is essentially a wooden box. It would be like Mercedes copying a 5-series, changing the shape of the headlights and sticking their badge on it.
Things found on Pepote cajons, and not any other (Artisan aside) as far as I know:
Heavily rounded design
Inlaid wooden square on top of the drum
Depression on top of front panel for thumbs - which Pepote have as "unique" to their drums.
Pop-shield mesh over sound-hole
Branded logo on side panel
How you can say they are "similar but not the same" intrigues me. Every other cajon maker manages to maintain something unique about their models. Meinl just seem to have ripped them off.
||Posted - 21/06/2012 : 10:09:24
I would not think Pepote had a claim to be honest. They are similar but not the same. I doubt Pepote have a patent on the use of a router for rounding wooden edges for instance. It would be like Mercedes taking BMW to court because their cars also have 4 wheels, lights front and rear and an engine to propel it.
If it is licensed it's good business. A major company can sell thousands more units which you will get a licence fee for. Those that want the real deal will know what they want and buy the Original.
Personally I like the look of the Meinl one :)
||Posted - 20/06/2012 : 15:28:43
Although Pepote are handmade spanish cajons, they're distributed by Drumport (A German company), so they might have license these, but would seem odd for a niche manufacturer to let a major sell an identical.
||Posted - 14/06/2012 : 20:08:18
You are absolutely correct, those look far too similar.
Certainly is a great idea, I just hope Pepote have a comprehensive patent for the design!