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East Bulgarian apparently makes a distinction between soft “a” and a hard “a” sounds, following the same rules as Russian. Do note, that the vowel qualities are still very different from Russian.

https://audio.dict.cc/speak.audio.v2.php?error_as_text=1&type=mp3&id=192504&lang=bg_rec_ip&lp=BGDE

Баня from dict.cc user stuny

https://audio.dict.cc/speak.audio.v2.php?error_as_text=1&type=mp3&id=192504&lang=bg_rec_ip&lp=BGDE

https://audio.dict.cc/speak.audio.v2.php?error_as_text=1&type=mp3&id=1079035&lang=rec&lp=BGDE

Ям from dict.cc user stuny

https://audio.dict.cc/speak.audio.v2.php?error_as_text=1&type=mp3&id=1079035&lang=rec&lp=BGDE

The “a” in баня noticeably backer than a Sofian pronunciation and the “a” in ям is noticeably fronter. I would describe the east hard “a” as similar to the one in Standard German, which I also believe to be the same as the LOT vowel in Standard American (unmerged). TODO: draw on vowel chart and compare the soft a to some other sound I know.