Re: Brand new Ludwig Kit...do my heads really suck?
Change the heads! The Ludwig heads are aweful. I have a similar set of classic maples 10,12,14,16 and 20 When they arrived, I spent days trying to dial in a great tone with only minimal success (and I know how to tune a drum). Switched the Ludwig heads for a set of Evans G1's and it was like night and day. Not only did the drums sing beautifully, but they sang in a variety of tuning ranges. I was able to get a wonderful lower tone as well as medium range and they even sound killer in the bebop tuning ranges. Beautiful drums, but head selection really does matter.