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Agreed... Piano is arbiter of a hifi system.But, the kick drum from a system doesn't even come close to the real thing.
Totally agreed. For discussions sake, have you ever listened to a kick drum from the drummers position then from the other side of it? It's a completely different sound, right? Then, if you listen near the port hole on the front of the kick drum head it sounds different there too. Then, if you listen from 10' away it's different again. So, which sound would you prefer to be on the recording?
Agreed. The bass drum is tuned to make the presentation on the resonant head to the "public" side. So, yes, it sounds quite a bit different out there versus sitting behind the drum on the batter side. So, do we want folks to hear the batter side or the resonant side?Having owned a baby grand and knowing what they sound like and being a drummer, I am always yearning for the tone, especially tom heads to come through.
I agree with the piano being the most difficult. Here’s another question, does analog (phono) or digital do it better?
I think it's important to consider if the recording has ever been in the digital domain also. Was it recorded to tape and stayed analog until it was put on the record? Or was it recorded to digital then a record was made? That isn't always easy info to find out.My opinion is that analog usually sounds better in every way, but digital has certainly come a long way to getting closer.
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