Got it now.
I made a couple of attempts at doing drums M-S, once with a Schoeps 501, once with a custom-diaphram C-24. I simply couldn't find a placement that gave me real width on the snare, and, well..., size on the kit. Yes, the localization was pretty good, but who's listening to *that*?
At Goeff Emerick's suggestion, I've tried 4038's on drums, and for very certain things they're wonderful. And you're right about the high-hat pickup.
Re: my mic-pre on drums, and why I don't have an input pad. Well, I hate 'em. Hey, if after turning the gain down to 15dB total you still have too much level, just terminate the darn mic somehow into 2kohms and run it into a good line input. Works fine - eliminates a gain stage. Nuff said.