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 Post subject: Buying a Kaval.
PostPosted: Tue Nov 02, 2010 7:29 pm 
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Hi,

Any reccomendations as to where to buy one?

What's the best pitch to start out on?

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 Post subject: Re: Buying a Kaval.
PostPosted: Tue Nov 02, 2010 11:50 pm 
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Hi Harry,
the most common key for bulgarian kavals is D.
C kavals are sometimes used for song accompaniment and for solo playing, B, Bb and A kavals are very rarely used.
Children start playing on E kavals because of their smaller size.
Quality instruments are usually not being sold on the internet so you should avoid the stores selling bulgarian instruments.
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 Post subject: Re: Buying a Kaval.
PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 2:20 pm 
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I bought a D kaval made of ashwood about 5 years ago from shopbulgaria.com. I'm not an expert on kavals but I was happy with the one I received. Good customer service.


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As an FYI since this post is old...

Radoslav Paskalev from Virginia, USA is making fantastic Bulgarian kavals from African Blackwood and Delrin. Highly recommended.

He has made them in D, C, and Bb as well as E (for kids).

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2011 5:42 pm 
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cadancer wrote:
As an FYI since this post is old...

Hi, John ... Long time, no see!

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 Post subject: Re: Buying a Kaval.
PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 12:52 am 
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I've heard his instruments were very good, comparable with Zhechko's, as I've been told.
How can Rado be contacted?


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 Post subject: Re: Buying a Kaval.
PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 1:15 pm 
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I will get the "official" contact information for Rado and post it.

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Bulgarian Kaval Maker
Radoslav Paskalev
Virginia, USA
radoslavpaskalev@gmail.com

Kavals available in African Blackwood
Keys: E,D,C,Bb (Mi, Re, Do, Si Bemol)


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 Post subject: Re: Buying a Kaval.
PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2011 6:07 am 
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Thanks, John!


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 Post subject: Re: Buying a Kaval.
PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2011 5:40 pm 
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veso hasabaliev - also highly recommended:
http://kavalibg.com/en_index.html


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FYI, I just bought a Bulgarian Kaval from Radoslav Paskalev. Its a beauty! Its made from African Blackwood. The craftsmanship is superb. He is very easy to deal with. It came pre-oiled, very well packaged, and the delivery was super quick. Thanks to John (cadancer) for suggesting him!

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what's the price of this kaval?

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 Post subject: Re: Buying a Kaval.
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He had a "buy it now" price of $450, but was open to reasonable offers.

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 Post subject: Re: Buying a Kaval.
PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2012 9:44 am 
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fraserfifield wrote:
veso hasabaliev - also highly recommended:
http://kavalibg.com/en_index.html


+1. Veselin Hasabaliev makes great instruments. He'd also make you a seperate mouth-piece with an integrated mic/pickup, which works great in a live situation.
Nedyalko Nedyalkov (my kaval hero ;-) one of the best players around) and Lyuben Dossev (also a great player as well as a great teacher) both play instruments he made.
Veso uses almond and rosewood mostly, but has made grenadill (African blackwood) for kavals Nedyalko playes. He also experimented with a few other kinds of wood like Wenge. You could request a wood too, as long as it is suitable (some are too soft, others break to easily....)

I'd say that D would be the best key to start with. It is the most common, also the most common key in other folklores (Irish) to me it seems... Well playable. For children I'd say that E or higher would be better, sinche those require less air and have fingerhole-spacings more suitable to children's hands.


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