‘The Last Hutsul Musical Magician’

I bought my tsymbaly (hammered dulcimer) from the Tafiychuks—a family of musicians and instrument makers that lives in the Carpathian Mountains. Mykhailo Tafiychuk, or “the Last Hutsul Musical Magician” as Cobblestone Freeway dubbed him in this article, makes many different ancient instruments such as the hurdy gurdy, tsymbaly, and duda (Ukrainian bagpipe).

Very few master craftsmen of traditional Ukrainian instruments remain. Fortunately, Mykhailo’s son has also learned to make instrument, and in fact he made my tsymbaly.

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  1. Thank you for your site, photography and bringing our ancestors’ lives to the net for us to experience.

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