Last night I recorded my daughter playing some bari sax etudes for a band camp application. I used mid-side with a K2 as the mid and a C414 as the side. Put the mics about 2.5 feet from the sax a little below the bell. I didn't experiment around too much with mic placement since Alice was working on pieces that she is struggling with, and I didn't want to distract her with a lot of comparative playbacks. (Besides, they say the recording quality doesn't matter. Well, maybe not to them.) Anyway, the interesting thing is that of all the recordings I've made since I've done acoustic treatments to my studio, this had the biggest difference between the sound of the live instrument, the sound of the recording on my monitors (M-audio BX8) and the sound of the recording on the various consumer stereo systems that I test it on. Basically the sound on the monitors was honkier, with much less richness in the bass and the low mids than the live instrument. The sound on my living room system (flabby old Crutchfield sub/satellite speakers) was a much better reproduction of the sound of the instrument (a nice Keilwerth SX-90). Here is sample. (It's the shorter of the two pieces, but the one that Alice has the most trouble with. Have at my recording, but please be nice to Alice. The idea is to have the pieces down by next year for college auditions. ) It's a pretty stripped down mix - only a 4-band eq added with a low mid boost and an upper mid cut. (I had to do this quickly. The CD had to be in the mail this morning. Nothing like leaving things to the last minute.) Of course, I'm used to consumer systems having pumped up bass, but the translation of the mix has been far less abrupt for vocals, acoustic and electric guitars - even upright bass. For some reason, the bari is highlighting problems with my monitoring process. My room is about 18'x15' and pretty asymmetrical. I have 30 OC703 panels and about 20 linear feet of Auralex Lenards (sp?) distributed as best I can. In general, I've been very pleased with the increase in the quality of my recordings since treating the room. I realize my monitors are low end. I've been planning to upgrade pretty soon, but I've been able to make reasonable mixes so I wasn't in a big hurry. So is there any consensus on the problem here? Any other ideas about recording bari sax? Thanks for any comments.