Here's the reposted item on how you can record grand pianos - I'll explain what made me do it. It's quite common to record what I've always called 'natural acoustic' recordings. Solo singers of all kinds, or duos, small ensembles or choirs - often in really nice venues with great acoustics and it's the sort of thing that seems to encourage stereo recording techniques.
I prefer the 160s to the 451, but I don't like either that much for solo piano. I can post examples of my test recordings.
I'm planning to record my demo CD at school's practice room with baby grand Steinway. The repertoire is just classical piano, such as mozart, beethoven, schumann, brahms, and rachmaninoff. I'll record it with a field recorder H4n. Now i still need to get a good mic (or a pair?) From my research, it seems that some good choices include: Oktava MK-012, Shure SM57, and NT55...
I am new to these forums as a poster, but I have read them hours a day along with other sites such as gearslutz. These forums definitely have the most talented recording engineers on them, and I would love if someone could take me in, and help me.
I'm really curious to hear everyone's favourite way to record the piano. To me, this is one of the most interesting challenges in recording classical music. I know it's a huge area, and there are so many ways to do it that there could be an entire classical piano forum.