I LOVE this drum but like yours, my rims are taking a beating, and are starting to, for lack of a better word, dent up. Now I'm not an especially hard hitter and none of my other 25 or so snares have dents, regardless of hoop type. These hoops feel great and help the drum sound great but what was Tama thinking? At some point, we're going to need to order replacement hoops. Unacceptable.The customized mighty brass hoops (shaved down), I think are the hoops that came with my Star Reserve HH Copper snare. I love the sound, but the rims are soft enough that I've noticed some marring from rim shots. That makes me sad.