Will we come closer and closer to getting the same sound that we hear when we sit at the piano? With good monitors with big cones, and more velocity layers, a piano recorded from the player's position should sound a lot like what the player hears, yes?
What is missing to achieve this? Very large speakers, possibly with the wooden saki-soaked cones that are now out, so we really are hearing wood vibrate? Several more mics and a "surround sound" arrangement, but with the speakers all placed facing the player?
Ideally, would a piano cabinet be needed, with the strings close mic'ed at 8'' or so, so the physical instrument vibrated from the recordings in the same way that a real piano vibrated from striking the strings?
(Some of the sampled pianos I have already approach this sound: the Gigfiles, the Trachtman, possibly because they seem to have more of each note's overtones recorded.)
Has anyone tried the new speakers with wooden cones for piano samples? I could imagine them making a big difference. Or do you have to drink the saki, too, to hear the difference?