Oh well; I guess it's just the miking choices they made. I thought the developer's hints had to do with mic distance and balance, but it was just the simple statement about turning the reverb off, which did not yet result in what I consider a usable sound for a blend with other instruments. It sure doesn't seem like a close mic to my ears. The duduk is a very subtle instrument, and much of its sound is lost at much distance. Most players mic it in an ensemble. In the studio, you'd get pretty close indeed! My other sources are way closer miked.