I prefer triple-flanged hoops. They are very malleable and sound good.
I'm probably the most boring drummer as far as gear goes.....my only piece of exotica is a Dunnett 6.5x13 Titanium snare drum. Other than that, I play a silly little 4pc kit. 2 crashes, a ride, a set of hats, and (gasp) a china, not even turned upside down. Oh the shame.....
and (gasp) a china, not even turned upside down. Oh the shame.....[/quote] LOL!!
I like triple flange hoops as well. I had an Ayotte set with wood hoops, and although I liked the sound and look, they weren't very hardy. I like to do lots of rim shots on the toms and after awhile the hoops began to wear away.
I also like superhoops it's a nice tradeoff between diecast which I think choke the sound too much and triple flange.
I wish they still made the old Slingerland hoops which had the flange that bowed in a little.
I also love wood hoops especialy on a snare.