Well I, for one, would be interested to see how the shot turned out using the bare bulb flash! It's easy for me to say that, as I'm not on the hook to produce the photograph. My interest stems from my high school days in the 1960s when I had a Braun Hobby wet-battery flash = shoulder battery pack, big coiled cord feeding the flash head with removable reflector. (Can I get an amen?) With the reflector off, the three inch tube was vertical and threw light the full 360 degrees. The advantage was that light bounced everywhere, filling in the shadows, so less harsh lighting than with a directional flash.
I've always wanted a Sunpak 120J just to be able to play with bare bulb again. I say, go for it! Maybe mixed with a few remote triggered small flashes, if you wish.