I was experimenting with mic placement trying to get the best recorded sound on my piano. I am relatively new to recording, am on a limited budget and I am not a piano player. I am simply noodling around to record the sound. Setup: In my living room, Baldwin Hamilton Series upright piano ~1997. It was tuned in the last 30 days. Top lid open. Spaced pair of mics about 1/4 of the way from either side pointed directly into the lid opening but about 12" above the opening. Mics routed into a Behringer Xenyx 802 mixer with each mic panned hard left and right respectively. Mixer output into a Roland TriCapture interface and into my laptop running Sonar X1 LE. It went to a single stereo track. I put no effects on the recording to keep it as raw as possible for comments but I slightly adjusted EQ at 115 Hz (+2dB), 800 Hz (-3 dB) and 10 kHz (-6 db). The lower end of the piano where you typically play in the bass range definitely has a midrangey sound which I think can be typical of uprights. The -3 dB at 800 hZ was an attempt to tame that a bit. Things I already know: 1. You can hear my kids briefly early on in the recording, sorry. 2. I get some clipping in places and I am aware of that and can fix that the next time I record. I think the issue was gain staging between the mixer and the interface. I am saving up for a decent pair of monitor speakers. My small computer cubes + subwoofer aren't helping in the critical listening department. Your input on improving the recorded sound of my piano would be greatly appreciated. My typical mix scenario is a combination of electric bass, saxophones, piano and hand percussion. I play all the instruments. Piano will never be soloed and will always be part of the ensemble. For effects I only really use a small bit of reverb and EQ to taste.