I'm wondering what the most extensively sampled single instrument is...?
Not including multiple mic positions for the same strike.
Not including performance samples (e.g. VSL performance set).
Not including loops or pre-recorded licks or phrases.
In other words - what single sampled instrument contains the most single stroke/hit/bow/blow samples.
For example - SampleTekk White Grand would probably be a contender. But you could only count one of the mic position sets, as the other positions are only different in their ambience - i.e. there is no difference in the actual key strike.
Another good example is DFH Superior. It contains loads of samples, many of which are multiple mic positions of the same strikes. There are also many different drum kits. For DFH Superior to qualify it would have to be for one of their kits only, and from one of the mic positions. Scarbee Imperial Drums, BFD/XL would be in the same boat.
Another example - VSL Horizon Concert Guitar would qualify (as it's a single instrument) but not for it's performance samples or chords. On the other hand, VSL chamber strings wouldn't qualify, as it's contains recordings of string sections, not single instruments.
I think you get the idea.
In case you're wondering why I'm asking this - I'm trying to discern wheter or not ns_kit7 (the drum-kit library I'm working on) is a contender for most extensively sampled instrument ever. Also, it's quite a fun exercise to challenge all you sampled instrument boffins.