We synced up on IRC and went through the same stages:
overall we did:

1. cleaning all samba bits via apt purge (and rm if stale files were around)
   after that my test container as well as his system were in this state: 
   Since on the Desktop there is a dependency chain mplayer -> libsmbclient -> 
samba-libs I was 
   adapting my container to the reported case. The new overview is:
2. clean out files of samba-libs:i386 as defined by 
    While we haven't found a reason it should be on the system, it is - so 
removing those makes apt&reality match again.
3. installing samba via "apt install samba"
   On the apt report before Y/N watch the "The following additional packages 
will be installed:"
   That should have no i386 packages listed - please report if it does.
   That hopefully gives a clean and working system again like:

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  package samba 2:4.3.11+dfsg-0ubuntu0.16.04.1 failed to
  install/upgrade: subprocess installed post-installation script
  returned error exit status 1

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