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BULGARIAN KABA GAIDA in D, NATURAL MATERIALS ONLY - M.Tashkov « Bulgarian Folk instruments « Home

BULGARIAN KABA GAIDA in D, NATURAL MATERIALS ONLY - M.Tashkov

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BULGARIAN KABA GAIDA in D, NATURAL MATERIALS ONLY - M.Tashkov

RARE Special kaba gaida made after old traditional technology from the times when plastic materials weren't envented  yet. Entirely hand crafted with traditional old style decorations. The wood employed for the gaida is plum tree and cow bone and horn. 
What is to note about this particular gaida is that it is made of natural materials only ! The master has followed the methods of old traditional technology.  The bag is of PERFECT QUALITY, treated on the best possible way.  Not only is the gaidanitsa (chanter) made of a combination of horn and bone, but this holds true about the insertion parts, too. This instrument is of rare mastership, subtle and excellent make that is rare to come across nowadays!
This is a traditional Bulgarian folk instrument "KABA GAIDA", the most popular type of Bulgarian bagpipes. It is characterized by a big bag, chanter and drone. The chanter is cylindrical or hexagonal with slight curve in its lower end. The sound is unique, deep and beautiful, it takes you away to the mild green hills of its home, the Rhodopi mountain.
Here is what the separate parts of the gaida we offer you are made of:
- for the make of the bag is employed young goat's skin
- all wooden parts are made of  well dried and selected Plum tree.
- the chanter is made of Plump tree on the inside. And it is covered with bone. The black parts on the outside of the chanter are cow's horn, whereas the white ones are cow's bone.
Please see the pictures provided.
- The hub of the chanter is made of one piece cow’s horn, the other two hubs are made of separate parts. 
- only the blow pipe’s upper part is not horn but blac plastic.
- the gaida and drone reeds are made of elder
ALL of the materials used for the make of the gaida you see are NATURAL. They've been used by the gaida master for centuries now.

Additional information about the master of this gaida

The name of our Kaba Gaida master is Manol Tashkov. He has been making gaida instruments for more than 30 years now. He started playing the bagpipe when he was a little child. He took part in the famous ensembles in the village of Guella, the towns of Devin, Smolyan and Shiroka Luka. He worked for the Devin cultural activities club both as a musician and a gaida instructor. Manol Tashkov has been an inseparable part of the world known folk ensemble 100 Kaba Gaidi.
He has been awarded a great number of prizes: 5 gold medals of Koprivshtitsa folklore festival (the most popular Bulgarian festival of recent times). Four of the medals were awarded for individual performances, and one- for a folk ensemble instructor. Mr. Tashkov was also honored with 2 silver medals from the Rozhen gathering, numberless certificates, badges and other prizes from both Bulgarian and foreign competitions.

The reason why Manol Tashkov is such a popular and respected gaida master is that he manages to preserve the authentic sound of Kaba Gaida. He avoids combining the way kaba and djura gaida sound. He insists on the purity of sound and specificity of Kaba Gaida, the voice of the Rhodope Mountain.

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