Cross-stick sound seems to me to be a combination of hoop type, stick position and the design of the stick. I don't know that you can say it's inherently "better" just because a hoop is COB.Doesn't a COB batter hoop also give a better cross stick sound? It seems that way on my drums.
Fair enough. I guess my point is all other factors being equal (hoop type, stick position and stick, etc) it just seems "better" to me.Cross-stick sound seems to me to be a combination of hoop type, stick position and the design of the stick. I don't know that you can say it's inherently "better" just because a hoop is COB.
I agree with this.Yes. COB hoops add a brassy, musical overtone to the ring. It's a little softer and more refined compared to the brighter, aggressive ring of steel.
We're not talking HUGE differences here but subtle and, yes, noticeable ones.
Hi Ken,Which is preferred... what is the difference in sound
K.O. is correct with his explanation! If you were to swap out Ludwig COB hoops for COS hoops, both at 1.6mm thickness, I doubt you'd hear a difference from a few feet away. The real difference is in the thickness of the hoop, with "standard" thicknesses being 2.3mm. I've got a custom NOB 8-lug drum, made with hardware from a Galaxy Sparkle Acrolite, that uses 3mm triple-flanged hoops. That 3mm thickness gives rimshots almost identical to die cast hoops!I know there is a difference and I prefer the sound of COB hoops but the difference is very subtle and I doubt that anyone farther away than the player is going to be able to hear the difference. An exception might be in the recording studio with the drum close miked but in a live setting the slight difference probably isn't going to be particularly noticeable to anyone except, maybe, the drummer him (or her) self.
Modern hoops tend to be made of thicker metal and I think that has a bigger overall effect than the underlying material.