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Is there any difference, sound wise, of having wood hoops as opposed to steel hoops in your drums? Does the wood affect the sound, or tone of the drum?

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A short summary:

  • flanged hoops: cheap and popular. Their low mass produce rich overtones which may lead to a headache when it comes to tuning.
  • die-cast hoops: really solid and easier to tune. Some say they produce a "focused" sound, maybe because they kill most overtones.
  • wood hoops: produce a warmer sound on the drum. Probably in the middle of flanged and die-cast.

The hoops DO affect the sound of your drum along with the drumhead and its construction. I understand they are not always made of steel. You can find aluminum and brass as well. I would suggest to try and see which one fits you best.

Some physics: The sound is a vibration of air masses in the audible spectrum. When you hit a drum, the whole thing vibrates and thus, creates sound. The vibration is induced mainly by the drumhead but the mass of the drum contributes to it. Die-cast hoops dampens this vibration due to their high density. Wood and flanged hoops allow some vibrations through themselves, then contribute differently to the sound.

  • Could you give more details about your answer? I still don't how the material affects the sound. – Baratier ErebusDuHalm Feb 1 '17 at 3:45
  • Well that depends on how deep you want to go into the subject. But I can try... do you have an specific question? – Alexis Feb 1 '17 at 16:05
  • What is the science behind how the wood/metal changes the sound – Baratier ErebusDuHalm Feb 2 '17 at 4:36
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    I used to know a couple of things about vibration mechanics. The sound is a vibration of air masses in the audible spectrum. When you hit a drum, the whole thing vibrates and thus, creates sound. The vibration is induced mainly by the drumhead but the mass of the drum contributes to it. Die-cast hoops dampens this vibration due to their high density. Wood and flanged hoops allow some vibrations through themselves, then contribute differently to the sound. – Alexis Feb 2 '17 at 17:07
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    You are wellcome. I will include last comment into the answer so you can mark it as correct ;) – Alexis Feb 3 '17 at 15:26

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