Off stat race class combinations are always a touchy subject. In some editions they simply didn't work. In others they were only a little less effective than their counterparts. Of course if you go back far enough they didn't exist as your race was your class. Some people swear you're doing it wrong if you play races that don't have a bonus, or heaven forbid, a penalty to a necessary class stat. Others enjoy the challenge of not having everything as high as it could be for their character. That said, orc bards still get no respect.