I read an interview of producer Elliot Scheiner in Electronic Musician who said something I have heard on occassion. I've not tried it because I don't have a vintage compressor but I was wondering how popular this is: "Scheiner almost always straps a stereo compressor across the stereo bus when mixing. 'I love the sound of the Neve 33609,' he says. 'I don't use it for compression as much as for the sound of the compressor." He uses a maximum of 2 to 3 dB of compression on peaks, with a 1.5:1 ratio." Is that what people use the LA-2A and 1176's for?