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Old 24th March 2010
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With the oktavas, the mr816 sounded better than the ff. I was hearing some strange harmonics with the ff/012 combo.

But the biggest difference was not between interfaces, but between mics- the schoeps sounded much more clear than the oktava and were able to handle the harmonic information in a much more intimate and compelling way.

Best combo might be the 816 and schoeps. I think if piano is your main instrument, you should look for a better front end. The 816 isn't bad, but there are better, more transparent pre amp options. (I have an 816 on loan, and can say this with some experience).