Thinking about what it must have been like for an audience of young ears to sit so close to a piano being played in a pre-recordings style, i.e., with lots of audible overtones: I wonder what they actually made of it.  Could they even say that it was different from the sounds they are used to coming from recordings or heard from the back of a large hall?
It's a gamble I take, that the sound quality will haunt them, whether or not they are drawn to it.  What would keep them at a distance - a distance of their own manufacture - is the strangeness of it in comparison to the cool, vibration-free sounds to which they have become accustomed.
 


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