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characteristics of Drum Hoops

Characteristics of Drum Hoops

When choosing a new drum the hoops really are a major factor to take into account and each hoop will work much differently with various shell materials and thicknesses. When customers visit the Tee Drums showroom/studio, we take time out to go through various shell thicknesses and materials and then demonstrate the difference In sound that the hoops will make. Tee Drums shells are either vertical grain or half and half vertical/horizontal construction which have slightly different characteristics to the most common and what seems to be the industry standard snare shell, a Maple 8-10 ply, difference being that our full vertical or half & half vertical/horizontal will be a little dryer than a full horizontal grain which will resonate much more. Taking this into account and with a Tee Drums snare shell averaging between 10-15 ply we are able to achieve a fantastic controlled snare drum with using triple flanged hoops where as a thinner shell will be more suited to the direction of the Die Cast hoops which being the heavier hoop will soak up the ring that is created with the softer Maple shell. There are of course other matters to take into account… if you are a drummer who constantly plays powerful rim shots then maybe you should be looking at the 2.3 triple flanged hoop as the folded steel is stronger at withstanding hard impact force than the cast steel.     



Triple-Flanged: (2.3mm) Constructed from a cylinder of metal that is bent three times which allows the drum to breathe more providing a more airy, open and  focused tone  This has become a standard among many of the drum manufacturers today. 







Die Cast Hoops: Metal is poured into a mold and formed as a single hoop.  This makes a more rigid and heavier hoop which, in turn, reduces overtones and offers a more meaty and full sound  with enhanced rimshot and cross stick. Being a more heavier and rigid hoop, this will be easier to tune and stay in tune longer than the 2.3 triple flanged hoop. 






Wood Hoops: There are several types of wood hoops ranging from segmented to thick ply (Yamaha style) and the vintage style hoops that require claws (like a bass drum), they all have common features.  Wood hoops have the most flex of any hoop and therefore resonate more freely.  This in turn results in a fatter rim shot and cross stick sound.  





At Tee Drums we pay attention to every little detail on your drums so we welcome you to come and visit us at our showroom/studio in the Cotswolds where you can see over 50 finishes on shells. try various shell constructions/blends and compare. You really do get a say with your drum build as far down as the wood used in the shells construction. To arrange a visit, please email Alan at alan@alantocknell-drums.com all appointments are on a 1 to 1 with Alan (the owner and drum builder of Tee Drums)       

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Tee Drums are leaders in the design and development of Drum Shells, utilising Birch, Maple and African Mahogany. Professional hand made custom drum shells designed and built by Alan Tocknell and supplied to custom drum companies and DIY drum builders Worldwide. This website is dedicated to drum building and custom drum builders who want some input into the design and sound of the drum shell. We listen to your requirements and make them into drum that will both look and sound amazing.
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