I get many emails about equipment issues. Some are related to what gear to choose for different gigs, some are about why I use certain pieces, and some concern tuning. I’ve been involved in the design of gear for more than twenty-five years, and in the next few articles I want to clear up some confusion about the function of certain parts of the drumset. This month, I’m discussing the five different types of hoops, and what they’re designed to do, so you can determine which would be best for your personal needs.

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