What are the best triple flange batter hoops?

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Brass hoops indeed sound great (not necessarily brass-coloured but the core being brass instead of steel).
With steel hoops, there are mostly two different thicknesses, 1.6 and 2.3 mm. I guess there aren't too many manufacturers that make them, so they might all be pretty similar. The chroming could be of different quality, and then there was/is this issue of 2.3mm hoops being larger and causing lug "splay" with Ludwig snares, for example.
 

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Chrome over brass 2.5mm from drum factory direct. I don’t play anything else on my drums.
on toms for me. But not rim shot backbeats. They're too thick for my aging hands. I'd rather used older Ludwigs..
 

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A lot of brands are similar these days, most probably made in the same factory. I have found Pearl superhoop II’s to be the most consistent as far as being flat, and the chrome doesn’t flake. DW has their “true hoops” which are supposed to be guaranteed flat, but I don’t go out of my way to buy DW products.

I’m usually fine with Gibraltar ones, but I do buy a few at a time and send back the ones that are a little off.
 

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For me it's more about the sound; brass is richer in overtones. Then again, this might not always be what you want.
 

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A lot of brands are similar these days, most probably made in the same factory. I have found Pearl superhoop II’s to be the most consistent as far as being flat, and the chrome doesn’t flake. DW has their “true hoops” which are supposed to be guaranteed flat, but I don’t go out of my way to buy DW products.

I’m usually fine with Gibraltar ones, but I do buy a few at a time and send back the ones that are a little off.
Gibraltar is now owned by DW so they're still getting your $$$$
 

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I find the COB softer on my hands than steel for backbeats on my supra.
Brass hoops are definitely softer than steel and if you're a heavy hitter that always plays rim shots you can actually deform the hoop over time.

The DW "True Hoops" are decent hoops but at 3.0 mm really zap a lot of life out of a drum.

Pearl Super Hoop 2 hoops are very consistent and great quality hoops at 2.3mm, which is strong enough to withstand abuse but not choke the drum.
 

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Drum factory direct 2.3mm are basic and well priced......I'm not a fan of 1.6mm and 3mm is too much. I'd rather have stick choppers or die casts at that point.
 

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My Slingerland sticksaver hoops are my favorite hoops.
Imo they are a cross between triple flanged and die cast. At least they feel that way.

But. They are vintage. I haven't checked to see if anyone makes sticksaver hoops
 

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Agreed on those TK, I feel like the 2.5mm cob are very similar. Maybe because a little thicker than most trip flanged and also brass.
 

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I use the regular steel 2.3mm from DFD, the Stick Saver style from DFD, the 2.5 COB from DFD, and the Pearl Fat Hoop.

The Pearl Hoops are my favorite steel hoops. They have a weight and feel in between 1.6 and 2.3mm hoops. The brass hoops are just bad ass.
 

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A lot of brands are similar these days, most probably made in the same factory. I have found Pearl superhoop II’s to be the most consistent as far as being flat, and the chrome doesn’t flake. DW has their “true hoops” which are supposed to be guaranteed flat, but I don’t go out of my way to buy DW products.

I’m usually fine with Gibraltar ones, but I do buy a few at a time and send back the ones that are a little off.
I have found that Gibraltar hoops are inconsistent in the space between the tension rod holes and the top flange. My Yamaha drum keys (which are thicker than most), get jammed between the head of some of the tension rods and that top flange making it difficult to tune those rods.
 
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