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Clean and accurate wouldn't be the Voodoo you were originally looking at. Clean and accurate, for me, puts me in mind of the AKG 414. In fact, i find them a little too clean and accurate. Certainly no stranger to piano and strings.
Personally I do not like the AKG C414 for piano.
For clean and accurate I would look at:-
Sennheiser MKH 20 or MKH 8020
Neumann KM 131 or KM 131-A (or the KM 183 or 183-A if you want it brighter).
The Schoeps and DPA omnis are also good as are the Gefell M296 and M221.
Thanks for the info John. The Sennheisers are pretty expensive and I have used the Neumann's before (183's/184's), and whilst they are OK they are maybe not the sound I am looking for. I've looked at Schoep's and DPA (which are also recommended by a friend of mine who records a lot professionally) but they are expensive too. I have no idea how the Gefell would sound on strings or piano although I know they are supposed to be OK.
Many years ago the old AKG C414's were used by the BBC and I was recorded on a daily basis with these mics and found them OK for strings, but they have gone through some changes since the mid 1970's. The Coles ribbon was very fine too, but I'm moving away from ribbons somewhat now, as they are a bit too delicate for my use and I want something a bit tougher.