johanibraaten If you do like the Bechstein sound from a lite version, it is already a good point. There are two versions of BDG : the Essentials : 10 velocity layers, and the "normal" version with 26 velocity layers (no layer gaps). Both versions has a Bright/mellow knob which I appreciate. The Full version can also be tweak note per note with 4 axis (base, partials, body, mellow), but I find that tweaking note per note could be a too heavy task.
It is one of my favourite. (The competition with Garritan CFX, VSL is hard !). But it is quite CPU hungry. Each note on the full version triggers 4 or 5 voices (I guess base, partials, body, mellow..... and aura which is a global setting). My 6 years old i5-3330 only supports 150 voices (30 notes) which is quite low. My newer i5-12600 supports happilly 500 voices (100 notes) and more. Check https://www.cpubenchmark.net/ and see how much powered your CPU is.
Pete14 Sampling is a snapshot (picture-like) replica of a musical event that took place in the ancient past; perhaps played by unknown hands, so the modern pianist is simply reliving the past verbatim; and no, I don’t want to relive the dreadful, filled-with-angst, hunger, and “no-toilets” past!
Don't worry, some VSL are recorded with a robot or a Disklavier like system (CEUS on Bösendorfer).
No seriously : if I play a note with a 3.67 m/s velocity and get a note recorded by someone else at a 3.7 m/s, mixed to be as loud as a 3.67 m/s, I don't think this would hurt my ears. Nowadays, there are enough velocity layers to make the timbre evolution between two consecutives layers to be very very tiny. When we play near a velocity layer edge, such a gap would be heard very easily. I can spot it with EWQL Bechstein which is very badly done, some Imperfect Samples (which are well named !), beeing carreful, on Pearl Concert Grand (only 8 layers... this is quite low), but all other virtual pianos I have have not such an issue... Then this "snapshot replica" is good enough for me to play with.