419 kavál

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wood, with water buffalo horn at the mouthpiece, the lower end, and the joint: L. 63.7cm
fingerholes: front 7, back 1

A counterpart of the West Asian ney or nāy. In addition to the fingerholes, there are two holes at the lower end of the instrument, and one hole on each side. These are called dushnisti or dyavolski dupki(devil holes), and are not used for performance. The instrument is held at a slight angle when played. Originating as an instrument used by shepherds, it is today played in ensemble with the gaida and the gadulka.

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