Just for grins, I decided to take my minidisc recorder with me to work this morning, and record the Purgatory Creek piano test file on the Baldwin SD10 grand piano that we have there. It has a Pianodisc 128 Plus player system installed on it, so I just copied the file to a disk and played it. The recording was made on minidisc, using a pair of Audio Technica AT853 microphones into a Denecke AD-20 preamp. The preamp was connected digitally to the minidisc recorder. I recorded a close miked sample (about 8 feet with the mikes pointed towards the open lid), and a distant sample with the mikes about 20 feet away (in a room that is about 40 feet long). I copied the files digitally to my PC, and used the db-L mastering limiter to bring them both up to the same (close) apparent level. Then I encoded them with the Lame encoder at the 256K bitrate (fixed).
This way you can compare a real piano playing the midi with samples.
You can download them at:
Anyone that wants to post these (with attribution) on a website as a comparison to your samples, or for whatever reason, feel free.