Originally Posted by Fletcher
... when you set up the session, don't have the mic positioned when the player walks into the room and starts to warm up. During the players warm up, they will gravitate to the best sounding spot in the room... they always do this. When they find "the spot" [which is usually near a wall somewhere], I usually place the microphone so it's aimed just above the bell toward the keys about a foot, foot and a half sometimes two feet from the instrument.
This is the part I took for granted and assumed was the norm.
Next time I won't be so presumptuous.