Hardware Sampling is awesome. I am a particular fan of the Kurzweil K2000 & K2600, Emu E6400, Roland VP9000, Circuit Bent Akai S01
If you are into your Hardware sampling, you might well find this interesting. (not my work), I think it is fascinating and want to promote this chaps awesome effort. He needs to get his Kurz on tho.
Here is the sauce: http://sampler-shootout.fromafarawayplace.com/