The word 'synth' has become the phrase 'physical modeling' but the sound remains the same: synthetic chorusy bell tones. Yet every few months another of these synths comes out with a new version and the astroturfers browbeat the posers into singing the praises of their new monstrosity. The call goes out, "This time we did it, and we really mean it, truepianos/pianoteq sounds BETTER than a real piano." The statement is absurd but every time a new piano synth comes out it is dressed up in this pomposity. This brings me to point #2: there's a lot of bad piano samples out there. From the pure horrible like Sonart to the fake 12 layer cut/paste jobs, to the hiss laden, to the out of tune, to the uneven, to the poorly mic'd, to the badly edited, to the FX imbued. So I can understand that some people actually believe the hype. But seriously, no synth will ever perform better than the instrument it's modeling, and even though it's not perfect, sampling is the closest we can get without actually playing the real thing.