Thanks for taking this one on Michiel. My votes go for:
1) Choice of close and distant micing. This would satisfy both camps and ensure that the sample would have enough brilliance or natural ambience for its specific application.
2) As many velocity levels as possible. Someone recently suggested that we could introduce looping to compensate for the additional size. I think this would be perfectly acceptable.
3) Pedal down and pedal up samples. Pedal down being less important, I believe. (Perhaps the pedal up samples could be looped!)
4) Reverberating release samples - vital! Kip\'s Bosendorfer excelled in this area. Is it feasable to record the piano in a concert hall?
5) Above all, a full bodied, consisent, well maintained instrument. One of the biggest strengths with the EW Steinway in my opinion is the regularity across the keyboard. (People may disagree with me here ...) Also, the brighness thing is quite important to me. I really don\'t like having to apply EQ, as I would be limited to the built in NFX EQ for live use.
All the best ..