I guess Rock guys would also be skeptical if you show up with congas instead of a hi hat. You better make that setup work if you don't want to get angry looks.
Right, you'd have to play exceptionally well, or be dismissed as an outsider to the scene who doesn't understand the music. That would happen in any area of music where you brought a weird piece of equipment. “WTF is that for, what's he planning on doing with that, is playing with him going to suck?”