Originally Posted by Wavelength
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.
I just saw your new YouTube video and left a comment. I love your tom sound. How much of it do you attribute to the wood hoops? I'd love a set for my NC's if they're tonally worth it.