well after much research/ consternation I'm just going to bite the bullet
and pick up a C414. Not sure XLS/ XLII etc but seems to be the go to ldc
best suited for the job. Then a sdc pencil for the hi end. Have to look thru
Marketplace. tks all.
While the C414 has a generally good reputation, and for the price I have them quite far down on my list sound-wise. If you're going to spend that much money, get yourself a matched set of good SDC's. Earlier I recommended the KSM141 which I consider as good or better than the 414...and you can get a pair for the cost of the AKG.
In the long run I'd recommend purchasing a matched pair over a single mic. The flexibility and utility inherent in pairs over singles will be much better use of your funds. Like you, I chose LDC's in the beginning, but experience has taught me that for working with grand piano in ensembles, LDC's are not the best choice.