Originally Posted by Tuxido
How are the wood hoops holding up? Do they mark when you do rimshots? Are wood hoops supposed to last long?
So far I've only managed to remove some paint coat from the snare drum's hoop with loud rim shots -- no dents or any structural damage. Normal hits cause light stick marks but won't make the finish chip off. Wood hoops will probably last forever on tom-toms, and many, many years on a snare drum. Of course, it all depends on the player and his technique: some drummers have managed to destroy even die-cast hoops with their rimshots.