I don’t see anything hideous and would give my left lung to be able to play in such a setting. Maybe you prefer a more austere setting?
No offense intended! I just don't see the point in adjusting one's dress to the music. I mean, consequently you would have to play Bach or Mozart wearing a wig.
A narrower key on pianos back in Chopin’s day implies that people all had smaller hands than we do today.
I don't think so. Maybe the increase in size goes along with the increase in dynamics of the instruments and piano pieces becoming increasingly virtuosic, especially including huge jumps etc. Or maybe it's just coincidence, who knows.