We were recently talking here about how "real" sampled instruments need to sound.
I started out performing as an acoustic guitar player in clubs and coffeehouses in the Midwest in my college years and beyond.
I have always enjoyed an "unplugged" sound. But I recently found an older recording where I play the 12-string "guitar" on my Kurzweil K2000, along with an fiddle-type violin sound, mandolin, strings, woodwind, and acoustic bass...all on the Kurzweil.
And while every single "instrument" did not sound particularly "real" all by itself, in the mix it all "worked" quite well and sounded warm and "acoustic"... to my ears, anyway.
It cemented the thoughts I have been having lately that an individual instrument doesn't need to sound perfectly "real" to sound quite pleasing nonetheless.
I have it listed below as my "latest recording". (due to the mix, you need to play it a bit loud for the vocals to cut through as they should. I was still learning).