The Moldavian Kaval is a fipple flute and has a similar mouth-piece to the overtone flutes. It has 5 finger-holes. Its tuning has semitones that give it an oriental or balkan character.
5-hole kaval in C:
C D D# F# G G#
A B C D# E F
As Neyval or 7-hole kaval I make it with 6 holes on the front and one for the thumb.
Fingerholes for Neyval in C or in A (the thumbhole can be tuned a halftone higher or lower on demand)
C D D# E F# G G# Bb
A B C C# D# E F G
Commonly I make these flutes in C,B, A and G
other tonalities on demand
The Kaval is available in a version with tuning slide. This slide permits fine tuning to other instruments in a range about 20cent up or down.
Traditionally it is sung into it in same key in which it is tuned.
In some places a very windy tone is produced whereby the lips are brought to the end of the labium, so disrupting the tone (Picture).
Max Brumberg Kaval in A (moldavian style 5-hole)
Archer & Tripp, Samantha Archer playing a 7 hole Neyval in C
Live “proof of concept” pour Vlad Lăutarescu et le SolOrkestar : un concert de rue, des champs et des campagnes. Réalisé avec Sooperlooper, Ardour, Kdenlive. Caval roumain réalisé par Max Brumberg.
Improvisation with Julien Aslak Aho (Soma Handpan) and Max Brumberg Kaval in A (moldavian style 5-hole)
Cezar & Anatolie Cazanoi--Hora din caval
traditional Caval playing
other tunings on request
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