How vital is the sample chain for preserving the tonality of drums that are lifted from wax?
Over the years have you gravitated toward certain needles(DJ or Hi-Fi), turntables, or mixers that capture the sound you're looking for?
Deadringer was composed with modest gear, but still has a great aesthetic.
Are the characteristics of your drums developed more through the layering techniques you discussed earlier?
Bob Power talked about layering snare drums with the attack of a cowbell to provide that extra "pop!" The level of craftsmanship that goes into this stuff is amazing.