NEW from NAMM 2015, the Ahead SH1412 Chrome Steel 12 Hole Marching Snare 14" S-Hoop is 3mm thick and is like a triple flange hoop except with a different design.
The S-Hoop(TM) is a patented new drum hoop designed by the President and Founder of Safehoop Company, Rick Barrickman. Shortly after that he was awarded at patent for the design and The Safehoop Company was formed. The S-Hoop has many advantages to offer every drummer no matter what level of player they may be.
From this new design came an overlying edge that turns in and bevels down towards the drum head covering the bearing edge and leaving plenty of room for different tuning tensions. This added steel density made the hoop more rigid like a die-cast hoop therefore giving it the consistent tuning characteristics of a die-cast hoop. This new design also gives the S-Hoop a smoother playing surface for rim-shots and side stick creating less impact to the hands and wrist. The patented design allows the toms to sing more and give's the snare a fatter sound than hoops of previous design. We like to call it a "Best of Both World's Hoop" because it incorporates all the characteristics of a die-cast hoop and a triple flange hoop all in one. People will find that the S-Hoop is definitely a unique product.