Originally Posted by nomraun
Mic placement advice: 1 small diaphragm condenser on a full-length Steinway grand for classical accompaniment. If it matters at all, the piano will be accompanying trumpet.
Any advice greatly appreciated!! Thank you!!
It's been a while since I have done this, but I recall getting a nice detailed sound that accentuated the note attack this way:
Piano lid at short stick with the mic just inside the case above the plate, with the mic diaphragm pointing towards the tuning pins/dampers and down slightly towards the soundboard. A PZM centered in front of middle C taped to the underside of the lid above the pin block has also worked for me (good luck convincing the owner to let you use gaff tape on the Steinway, tho).
If you have the option of removing the lid, a stereo pair placed directly above the frame and in the same orientation works really well.
Hope that helps.