I was once in a band that was a cross between Johnny Cash and QOTSA. I hit pretty hard - like, rimshots-all-night 5B stick-splintering levels - and I did find my 5" Acro with stock hoops would be prone to choking.
My fix was to cut a 1.5" hole in the snare-side head, about an inch in from the edge, perpendicular to the snare wires. It just opened up the drum again and gave it some extra headroom. Sensitivity and tone were unaffected.
That is all.
Yeah, I kinda look at it like this:... you do bring up a good point about the Acro, in that—to my ear—they are not a particular cutting drum.
That’s why I love mine, the way it’s so well behaved.
When the stage volume ramps up like my in laws discussing the politics of the Middle East at Thanksgiving, then it’s a Supra, or Black Beauty (if arak is involved).
If it is, I'm sure John Good will either try to patent it, or failing that, give it a three letter acronym, and then trademark it.A ported snare side. Oh, this is probably going to be a thing at some point.