The Petrof is a huge improvement! Way better sound, and yes you can even hear differentiated dynamics now. It takes at least a week, sometimes two weeks, for a piano to settle into a new environment. So best to wait awhile before tuning it in your home. I think the sound captured by your recorder is certainly good enough. I'd leave well enough alone on that for the time being.
If you'll permit me, a performance tip: In the Chopin prelude, the trick for the left hand is to play the chords "inside the keys". By that, I mean don't allow the keys to return to rest position. So you'll always be playing the chords below the level of the keys. That means you'll be imparting less energy to the keys, which in turn causes the hammers to strike the strings with less speed, thereby enabling the chords to be softer. You can also apply soft pedal there if needed. As for voicing the chords, the note in each chord that merits voicing attention is the one that is changing the harmony. I hope this is helpful.
I'll listen to the other pieces a little later tonight. Enjoy your Petrof!!
Thank you, david!
As I mentioned before, these are just trial recordings, to see how the piano goes. The music certainly needs practice, taking into consideration what I now can attempt to do again. You must consider this is the first time I actually have a piano which is not a console at my disposal.
Your tips ar things I was taught to do and whuch I used to tried doing, but it was impossible, as the keys simply would not play! By definition, vertical pianos do not allow for the half-key technique (and half-pedal), but I will need to see if it works on this one.
Yes: Half-key and half-pedal work! This is the best piano I have ever had, either bought or rented.