Thanks to all who replied. I had been aware of Gega/Gega New but had assumed they were a wholly separate operation (which it seems they are). All signs led to Balkanton's demise in the late 90s, until I received the definitive answer from Suze Stentz of the East European Folklife Center list, via Joel (thanks!) -- copied here for all who are interested. Best, Aaron ***************** Hello guys, As of June 2008, Balkanton is still alive and as well as can be, given the economic situation. We saw the Balkanton ladies in a pastry cafe, although we had no shopping to do. B'ton has no web presence that we know of; still in their original location in Sofia. They issue new CDs occasionally but mostly of the compilation variety. Balkanton is located at No.6 Haidoushka Polyana St, Sofia BG email: [log in to unmask] and [log in to unmask] [copy to both because email addresses are fleeting] The folks that interact with customers only speak Bulgarian, but there's probably someone there who reads English. Somewhere in my notes, I might have a phone number, but I feel sure that conversation would be in Bulgarian. Of GegaNew, who replaced Gega, I'd say they are a more modern rival company (colleague company??) with better financial resources to make new productions, but who also specialize as Balkanton does, in classic music, with a sideline of folk offerings.There have always been 3-4 other flourishing companies in Sofia, each with a small number of folk titles, as well as companies in other BG cities.