You know what's lovely about all this?
If there's some high end sample-based synth/workstation on the market, like a V-Synth or an Oasys, there's never someone to compare the piano to a Steinway, never someone to compare the strings to real strings, never someone to compare the brass to real brass, never someone to compare the guitars to real guitars.. and keep in mind these sample ROMs are usually miles away from what they could or should be. Until these ROMs get into the hundreds o' gigabytes, I'll hone 'm a bit..
But when some clever software engineer comes up with a simulation that's about 99% faithful, then there's a whole horde rushing in to complain about that 1% difference which makes no point in the mix in the first place. A difference, in addition, not even within the complex realm of acoustic instruments, but in the realm of sawtooths, blocks/pulses and filters.
But.. in this happy new year I'll continue using a certain practical and vast softsynth while I return to threads like these to read the occasional rant. ^_^
PS. do the older members here remember the 80's organs and consumer keyboards that had a "piano"-preset which was in reality a filtered narrow pulse? Weren't we all like 'whoa, nice piano!' ?