I recently received a pair of diecast aluminum hoops directly from China like are on some of my Yamaha drums. I couldn’t resist the price which was $41 for the pair (shipped) and I put them on a 5 1/2 inch copper Yamaha concert series snare drum that I wanted to love but could not get happening. I have to say that the diecast in aluminum just smoothEd out the copper overtones and seemed to snug up the fundamental pitch to a very pleasing and usable tone! And, I got them in 11 days!...Yamaha Aluminium die cast = good. Otherwise: triple flange.
I've never liked die cast hoops and get rid of them when them come on snare drums (or any other drums) that I acquire. But ... BUT, I play live. If I were a studio drummer I might feel differently. Same with moongel. Never used it' never will. But if I found myself in a studio I might think it was indispensable.Let’s hear whatha got!
I’ve got a USA custom that I recently swapped out w 302s - Bang - infinitely more open, warm, and rim shots sound great. Same with my SQ2 snare.
I just put aluminum cast hoops on my BB and it tamed the overtones a bit but mostly Kept the sound I loveIt depends on the snare drum. I usually buy a drum for the sound I'm hearing, so I just go with the whole package and don't worry about the hoops. Usually, I strongly prefer drums without die casts, but I love both my Yamaha drums that have them (Recording Custom Aluminum 5.5 and AHM 6x14). The aluminum die casts are pretty great.