Which are better, metal or wood bass drum hoops?
by Joe Cahayla
(Clifton, NJ )
I have a vintage Gretsch set with a 20" bass. Many years ago (before the internet) one of the original hoops broke and the only replacement I could get was a chrome hoop. Since then I've been playing with one metal and one wood hoop, and no real noticeable difference in sound.
I'm working again now playing classic rock and I would like to buy matching hoops. I know I'll never find original Gretsh hoops with my finish, and if I did they would cost a fortune. I think the chrome hoops look better, but is there a benefit in going with mapel?
It is GREAT that you are playing again! I would go ahead with the Chrome hoops. As you have noticed, it really does not affect the sound, and if you like the looks, why not?
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