Counter Hoops

Counter hoops (hoops) allow tension to be applied to the drum head, providing a playable, resonant surface. Hoops "retain" the head as pressure is placed against the bearing edge of the shell. Tension rods pass through holes in the counterhoop (or through the claw on single-flanged hoops) and thread through threaded inserts in the lug. This allows the hoop, and in turn the head, to be drawn to various degrees of tension across the bearing edge plane. Hoops are available in four primary styles (outlined below), including our soon to be released hardwood hoops.

Hardwood counterhoops!
Specify them as an option on your custom drum purchase, or buy just a hoop-set for an instant upgrade to your current snare!

  • Your choice of over ten hardwoods
  • Countersunk tension rod holes
  • Relief-cut outside rabbet flanges
  • Segmented construction
  • Splined with matching or contrasting hardwoods
  • Darker, warmer sound compared to metal hoops
  • Hand-rubbed wax or oil finish

Die Cast Hoops

Die Cast hoops are cast from molten metal into their final shape. These rough blanks are then smoothed and plated. This process results in a heavier, stronger end-product, resulting in a slightly less resonant, slightly louder sound. Another feature of die-cast hoops is less de-tuning problems. Because of the mass of these hoops, stick impact causes less vibration and, therefore, less de-tuning. Die Cast Hoops are available in brass, chrome, and black plated finishes.

Triple-Flanged Hoops

Triple-Flanged hoops are made of steel, and are rolled and formed to produce the hoop's profile. The ears are then formed and the tension rod holes drilled. They are available in 2.0 mm and 2.3 mm material thickness and all three finishes. These are the "standard" hoops that come on most commercially available toms and snares. Note: The 2.3 mm "Super Hoops" are a nice upgrade that cost only $10 more per drum.

Single-Flanged Hoops

For those of you who prefer a more vintage look, there are single-flanged hoops. These hoops require the use of hoop claws. The tension rod passes through an opening in the claw and hooks over the edge of the hoop, allowing tension to be applied.