Originally Posted by scarlit
The wood hoop is a little small for the head. See the picture below. I can get close to centering it on the head, but the wood hoop is not touching the metal ring at all. I don't know if that would be an issue going forward.
OK, you are having exactly the problem I thought you were having. It is a pretty common issue, but that is the WORST case of hoop-to-head fit I have seen! That's really severe.
You may need to try another brand of head or even contact the drum manufacturer to see what they have to say. Worst case scenario - you could pick up a new set of hoops or bevel the inside edge of those hoops if you can find no heads that fit well (and that you WANT to use).