John Willett wrote:My approach works well for me when recording a solo piano recital - which is what I do most. (and the question asked by the OP).
With more complex music and a less than perfect acoustic, other methods may be preferable.
But I *did* say that placing mics where it sound best to my ears is what I do first - I would alter that if listening proves it's needed.
But I do like the minimalist approach (yes, I know that's unusual for someone who sells microphones ;) ) but the more microphones you use the more multi-path distortion you get.
I have to take my hat off to you John, regarding your piano recordings, anyone that can record a good piano sound is a hero AFAIC.
I've never got a piano sound that I've been happy with, there's always something glaringly wrong. I've got the gear, good mic's etc, but it's always awful.
Now I just use the piano sound in Reason if I need a piano for my own music, it's simpler and less hassle.
I always tend to get unwanted resonances on my piano recordings, major humps in the frequency range, or the dynamics are all over the place, then you have to get into compression, sometimes I think I'd be better off not using mic's at all, it's one of those things that you've either got it, or you haven't, and I definitely haven't.