When talking about the Ludwig heads shipped with the Classic Maple kit, in my opinion, yes most of them do suck. The only ones I kept was the snare batter and reso head, that combination sounds killer. I also kept the bass drum resonant head. There was very little consistency with the Ludwig tom heads. After much trial and error, I ended up with Evans G2 coated over G1 clear heads. I'm sure I could get equal results ( or better) using Emperor coated over Ambassador clear.