March 26, 2018

N Ramani: La Flute de N Ramani [ESP 165516] an LP released in France in 1978

This was the 7th in a line of very distinguished LPs of Indian music released by Disques Esperance with the assistance of the French Association of Friends of the Orient. 

The AT-440MLb cartridge was having some difficulty with this slightly warped record. I recorded the entire LP only to listen on headphones and hear a high shrieking sound in the right channel intermittently throughout the first few minutes of each side. So I re-recorded it with the M97xE and there was no shrieking (thankfully).

It's a little amusing to see the differences between the names of the tracks on the label and the back cover -- I think maybe someone's handwriting was difficult to decipher.

N Ramani: flute
Paighat R Raghu: mridangam
Joanne: tanpura

Equipment used in transfer: 
Preparation: Ultrasonic cleaning for 20 minutes in pure clean water
Turntable:  Audio-technica AT-LP-1240
Cartridge: Shure m97xE
Pre-amplification: Vintage refurbished Pioneer SX-780.
Recorder: Sony PCM-M10 at 24bit/96kHz resolution
Software: AudacityClickRepairand xAct


  1. Hi Richard - Thank you for sharing. Seems like you have a number of cartridges. How do you figure which cartridge is right for a particular record? Isn't there a generic cartridge one can use safely for all?

  2. Waouh.... many thanks, I have some LP of this collection (the Hariprasad Chaurasia N 12 14 17 18), they are more than excellent, but it's quite difficult to discover the others of the serie, much appreciated !

  3. Thanks Richard. By the way your scans are really fantastic, I assume you're using a large scanner? I only have my phone to work with but am now starting to do a bit of post fix-up work with creases and reflections that often occur with this method.