Yes, I have an S-Hoop on a CX Series 5x14 maple shell drum with PureSounds and an HD Dry head. Cured that drum of any ills it may have had. Dry, woody sound.I had a Gretsch Catalina Jazz 5x14 snare with just the top hoop being an S-Hoop and I used that thing sometimes over the Brady that I had and a lot of it had to do with the S-Hoop! I was impressed and they feel so good too, strong cross-stick and of course, great for backbeats...get a pair!
Ok, since this has been brought back from the dead I might as well chime in. I had an S-Hoop on a snare once and found that my brushes did get caught under the inward flange every now and then. Never had an issue with TF hoops. It´s really just a matter of getting used to, but if you tend to get too close to the rim when playing brushes the S-Hoops are not the best choice.Anyone have any issues playing brushes with the S-Hoops??? On a regular triple flanged rim or a single flange rim, once in a blue moon a single wire will get stuck between the rim and head. Has anyone noticed that this is less of an issue with these rims or is it worse???
Apologies if I'm hijacking. I have the same snare. I've had some problems getting the tuning I want out f it. I have a zero-ring on it and it sounds great, but I want to learn to tune it without one. Any tips or suggestions? The problem is a lack of snare sensitivity if you hit it away from the center...you get a sort of hollow boinging. The heads are in tune, I think I have a bad match between top and bottom head.I have them on a bunch of drums... LOVE them on toms, not so much on the snare I tried them on... I got a pronounced muffly effect on the snare I tried, not a good muffly, but like a boxy, inside a pillow muffly.
Full disclosure: I only tried them on one snare drum - the SLP Hickory - which is a shallow drum with a very clean, crispy pop, meant to be pretty wide open. The S hoops didn’t play well with it at all, but I suspect that they’re just not a good match for this drum.
You won’t find a better value - the fit/finish/quality to price ratio is ridiculous. They’re VERY nicely made, and at $20ish are a no-brainer. Sticksavers are nice too, and some are very affordable. But to get the fit/finish level of the S-hoop in a sticksaver style, you’d be looking at Tama Sound Arc hoops which are exponentially pricier.