i own segmented walnut & maple wood hoops
they make the sound warmer and add a more wood like tone
only con is they dent easily
well thanks for that!Don't fret the denting of the wood hoops. If properly made, this isn't really a con. What is happening is the "denting" is actually compressing the wood and over time actually makes the hoops stronger and rim shots and cross sticking will sound better in the long haul. So don't be afraid to give them good whacks now and then.