Originally Posted by evilg99
Hi there...really like what you did there with the Ayotte style wood hoops and that kind looks like the Ayotte style claws as well. A major Safari upgrade!!
Could you please share with the rest of the class what you did here?
Where did you get the hoops and claws....did you have to use 'taller' gaskets under the lugs when you added the wood hoops or was there enough play in the lug insert to properly thread the tension rods?
Thanks for the kind words Neal.
The hoops are Champagne Drum Woody Hoops, and the claws are Champagne Woody Hoop Claws. Lucky for me, we are both based in Winnipeg, so there were no shipping charges. I've used Greg's lugs for 4 years on all of my custom snares that I make. http://www.champagnedrum.com
I did have to make some gaskets to get the clearance for the hoops, as they are Hide-a-Head style. But that was no worries by me! I find that the gaskets makes the lugs have a bit more visual separation and "pop" from the silver sparkle wrap.
When I gig with the Bop kit now, nobody says anything other than that the drums look and sound great. Nobody is the wiser that they were less than $500.
The difference of having the wood hoops, along with new bearing edges, and the Evans Level 360 heads has made a world of a difference. I plan to keep gigging with this kit for the foreseeable future.