What are the best microphones for recording an acoustic piano?

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    #1Rode NTK Tube Condenser Microphone

    Rode NTK Tube Condenser Microphone
    The RODE NTK is a tube mic designed for recording professionals who need to capture everything from every instrument. The kit includes a power supply, a stand adapter, a 30 foot cable and a carrying case. 




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    Sofía Cervantes
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "This is super expensive, but I am sure if you were recording music in a studio or at home, this would come in handy. This as well has the ultra low noise control and comes with a stand, 30 ft cable and carrying case. This also has a wide dynamic range as well. I wish it said what it was compatible with. It wouldn't fit in my budget, so I hope they make something that it a little less pricey."
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    #2BEHRINGER C-1

    BEHRINGER C-1


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    Ajay Malhotra
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "This is a great bargain and does everything I need from a microphone when recording my daughter's piano lessons. It has has fantastic dynamic range and picks up everything. I definitely recommend this!"
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    #3Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB

    Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB
    Designed for both studio and stage, this rugged microphone features two outputs: an USB output that will allow you to connect it to your PC for digital recording, and an XLR output perfect for most conventional sound systems. 



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    Virginia Hernandez
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "This is a fair solution to the topic. While this microphone has some good reviews about using it to record many things, I do not know if this would be the best solution for an acoustic piano. There is nothing about it in the description for it to be used in that way, but I would imagine that you could. Since it is not made specifically for that but could work I would think it would be a fair solution. "
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    #4Shure SM81-LC

    Shure SM81-LC
    The Shure SM81 is an amazing unidirectional condenser microphone, specifically designed for studio recording. Thanks to its wide frequency response, it is perfect for recordings involving acoustic instruments. 





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    Wayne Holland
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "one of the best dang microphones around, you should get it like yesterday"
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    #5MXL 770 Cardioid Condenser Microphone

    MXL 770 Cardioid Condenser Microphone

    The MXL 770 is a multi-purpose condenser microphone that will allow you to capture with professional quality vocals, pianos and any acoustic instrument. Even drums can be captures with high detail thanks to its wide range of frequency. 

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    Mark Taylor
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "This mic is amazing for musicians. It outperforms professional recording quality mics. The golden look is classy. It's fantastic."
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    #6Shure SM57-LC

    Shure SM57-LC
    Trusted by professionals from all over the world for their studio records, this unidirectional microphone is everything you will need to show the world how impressive your musical skills are. 




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    Bobby Guzman
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "I record a lot of music for people, either just me and my piano or some friends join with me with guitars or other instruments. My old mic would show higher levels on different instruments and I would manually have to adjust the balances before sending off to my clients. That is not a problem with this mic. The recordings are beautiful and any adjustments I have to do are very minor. This has saved me a ton of time. Crystal clear quality each time. Great product."
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    #7Audio-Technica AT2020USB+

    Audio-Technica AT2020USB+
    Thanks to its USB output, this microphone will allow you to perfectly capture your voice or instruments, and edit them with your favorite audio editing software to give them the perfect final touch. 





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    Sean Torres
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This microphone is a great tool for a blogger, podcaster or someone in that field. I am none of the above but I must say it is an impressive tool. "
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    #8Fifine Wireless Lavalier Lapel Microphone

    Fifine Wireless Lavalier Lapel Microphone
    Fifine Wireless Lavalier Lapel Microphone is a lapel condenser microphone that can be powered by two AAA batteries. It is very easy to operate and is very convenient to use. 
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    Tiffany Freeman
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "This mic can be a little finicky, but if you can figure it out, it produces nice, clear sound. However, I would probably go with a different set-up for recording piano, as you can find a better mic if you don't really need the lapel feature."
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    #9Blue 1967 Yeti Pro USB Condenser Microphone

    Blue 1967 Yeti Pro USB Condenser Microphone
    This Blue 1967 Yeti Pro Mic is a professional-grade USB/XLR microphone with 3 custom condenser capsules and 4 polar pattern settings. It has a headphone amp and has a 24-bit, 192kHz resolution.
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    Angélica Guerrero
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This is a great microphone for recording piano! It has different color settings as well which makes it fun to use! I would recommend this. "
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    #10Blue Snowball iCE Condenser Microphone

    Blue Snowball iCE Condenser Microphone
    This Blue Snowball iCE Microphone is a USB condenser microphone that can record crystal clear audio for videos. It is plug-and-play to both Mac and PC computers. It is both compatible with USB 2.0 and 3.0.
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    Paul Meyer
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "With its stand included, and its comparability with USB 2.0 or 3.0, this microphone is not only versatile, but one of the best recording mics at its price point. Useful for recording acoustic instruments as well as electronic instruments, this condenser mic is definitely solving all my difficulties with it. "

Summary

Best What are the best microphones for recording an acoustic piano
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Rode NTK Tube Condenser MicrophoneElectronics 21 Paid
2BEHRINGER C-1Electronics 15 Paid
3Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Electronics 14 Paid
4Shure SM81-LC Electronics 12 Paid
5MXL 770 Cardioid Condenser MicrophoneElectronics 11 Paid
6Shure SM57-LC Electronics 10 Paid
7Audio-Technica AT2020USB+ Electronics 6 Paid
8Fifine Wireless Lavalier Lapel MicrophoneElectronics 5 Paid
9Blue 1967 Yeti Pro USB Condenser MicrophoneElectronics 3 Paid
10Blue Snowball iCE Condenser MicrophoneElectronics 1 Paid
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