Hi all -- I just recorded a live orchestra with piano (Rachmaninoff's third concerto) for the first time. Can't say I did a terrific job... But I think the recording will be adequate; I just want to learn to make it better next time. I know now that I probably should have used an X/Y setup; I used ORTF instead. I also didn't have the mics placed the proper distance from the stage or at the proper height. What I need now is your help in pinpointing how particular aspects of my setup may have caused particular problems. The recording took place in a high school auditorium. Here was my setup: two AKG CS 1000 mics (small condenser), in ORTF setup, at about 10 or 11 feet high, about 15 feet from the stage (in the audience seating, which was lower than the stage). BTW, there was NO room on the stage for a mic stand; the piano was literally hugging the edge of the stage extension. My mics were probably only about 5 or 6 feet above the stage floor. Also, the piano's lid was removed altogether, so there was no sound bouncing off of an opened lid. I know these mics aren't the beefiest, but they're what I have. I recorded through a Yamaha mixer into a TASCAM cd recorder (with a TEAC recorder as backup). So here are some of the problems: My mic setup didn't pick up a lot of the hall reverb; effectively, it was close micing. I felt wary of placing the mics further back than I had them. My mics picked up a fair amount of audience noise: chairs creaking, etc. When the piano and orchestra were playing together, the piano seemed a little soft at times. The pianist had asked me to mic the piano separately, but I was worried about phase problems. As a reminder, I was recording into a single stereo track. But the main problem I hear is that the recording doesn't sound nearly as full and wide (voluminous) as the orchestra sounded live. So, any suggestions would be welcome. Thanks!