John Robson wrote:
There are indeed soft parts of this posting, but a friend who is a radio sound engineer installed a PAD (?) on the cord to my pre-amp so I could increase the input volume level without so much clipping. I think it helped. I also placed the microphone a little further away from the strings to allow for a little reverb. My friend told me my music room is very "alive" and I shouldn't need any artificial reverb. I know nothing about that sort of thing. Perhaps I'm gradually learning a little.
Don't you hear yourself that distorting noise on the loud places (and there are plenty of them
Then you should have a look at how your recorded waveform looks like in an audio editor like Audacity or CoolEdit or whatever shareware program.
I did, it is that uggly digital clipping what bothers. Instead increasing the input level you drastically need to decrease the level until no clipping occurs anymore. That does not take much time - playing, looking at the resulting waveform - adjusting the level and remembering the level for every recording. That's an effort of some minutes and would greatly help to get a better recording quality.