Originally Posted by keep it simple
True :) Even the stock heads supplied with high end kits & supposedly "made by" are typically crap. I must confess, I fail to understand the logic in these decisions. If you make a "high end" kit, surely you want it going out sounding it's best? - Apparently not, although they'll all deny that of course.
Buying all new heads (& yes, the reso's are just as important) is a significant cost, & should absolutely be taken into account when comparing kits to buy.
And not to derail the thread a bit, but why do beginning players never budget for good cymbals as well?
And when people complain about spending hundreds for an entire new set of heads, you should realize that eventually you're gonna spend that money. If you were going to take the drums out on a gig, its doubtful you'd use the supplied stock heads.
Drumming is expensive, and if you're going to do it right, it will require a change in priorities. I suppose it's good that people are getting their feet wet, though.