I'm thinking about getting one of those student Ludwig or Slingerland 3-ply snares with the 6 lug pattern due to their relative cheapness. I can tell from videos that the sound with the stock hoops won't be my cup of tea, but I figure if I change out the hoop(s) to something more rigid it would behave more like an 8 lug drum. I'm wondering if S-hoops are rigid enough for what I want to achieve, or if I need to splurge for an elusive 6 lug die cast hoop. Has anyone here ever done something like this? Would love to hear your thoughts. Thank you.