August 12, 2018

Himangshu Biswas [SMOCE-1068] an LP recorded and released in India in 1967

This is a nice copy of a flute recital LP by a musician who recorded half a dozen or so LPs for EMI and Music India -- about half of them being duets. As can be seen, this copy has had its share of hard times, but the vinyl inside was in excellent shape.

Bansuri: Himangshu Biswas
Tabla: Shankha Chatterjee

Side one: 
Raga Narayani with compositions in slow Ektaal and fast Teentaal
Side two:
Thumri in Raga Khamaj

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: Sound Devices MixPre6 at 24bit/96kHz resolution
Software: AudacityClickRepair, and xAct


  1. Happy to see your post after a long time!

  2. nice.. an unheard of musician for me

  3. Thank you very very much. Always liked this artist because of his very charming music.

  4. Very interesting rip after a long gap! Thanks Richard1

    One of my internet buddy is a novice in ripping the LPs. Could you please help him in steps to be followed? Pl. suggest.

    Thanks you again,



    1. Hello, Prasad ji. I am certain that there are many "how-to" videos on YouTube. I am not sure if what I have to say would apply to your friend's set-up -- each will be different and the work flow will be different as well.

      My best words of advice are to make sure the turntable and cartridge (in that order of importance) are in good shape. The next most important step is making sure that the surfaces of the vinyl are clean. This is more difficult than it sounds, because many cleaning methods people use will be self-defeating because they will leave a trace of chemicals on the vinyl.

      Let me think about it for awhile and see if I can write a blog post that is helpful but does not make it sound like i am saying my way is the best way (a danger in writing anything, especially on a blog).

      In the meantime, anyone can ask me a question of any kind in the comments here. In fact I think I will put up a post that will always be at the top inviting questions of a general nature which I can answer at length in the comments section -- that way people don't have to give me their email address.

      Take care and keep listening, ji!

  5. Thank you very much.It was a real pleasure. Beautiful flute playing.

  6. Quite a rare record, been waiting to listen to this somehow.. Thanks so so much!!!


    1. You are so welcome, Kirrin. I believe the great sitar master Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan was touring in your approximate part of the world last month. I hope you had a chance to see him.

      Take care of yourself.

      I always look forward to reading your great blog!

  7. Sure. Write about what you know or about what you want to know better. Make sure you consistently post — this is a big challenge for those of us with filled up schedules.

    Good luck on your blog!

  8. Many thanks again for sharing this music.