Yugi, was here for the S-Hoop too!! This new design gives the S-Hoop a smoother playing surface for rimshots and side stick, less impact to the hands and wrist. The patented design give the snare a fatter sound compare to other Hoops, basically is a Hoop that incorporates all the characteristics of a die cast hoop and triple flange hoop. And Yugi can't wait to put the S-Hoop on to his snare! Thanks man!