This is a philisophical question: Drums/percussion seems to have the highest dynamic range of any instrument. They punctuate the music. Because of this, however, compressors grab drums first, it seems, in a stereo mix. Thus, drums get hammered down by compression, losing that flavor of punctuation more, typically, than most instruments. This seems wrong somehow. I end up doing it myself - yet I love the sound of the uncompressed drums in the final mix. Do most people feel this way, or is everyone cool with smashing the crap out of lovely percussion sounds - which seems to be the case on 90% of released CD's?