Re: Die-cast hoops
You could look for a used drum that already had diecast hoops that cost around $100 or less. I have seen a few snare with diecast hoops use for that, and I have robbed some hoops that way once or twice in the past. Some of the snares I kept for a while with the old hoops, but I eventually I sold them and made most of my money back.
Drumfactorydirect.com has them for about $50 a piece and shipping would be free if you spend over $100.
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