Re: Brand new Ludwig Kit...do my heads really suck?
I used Ludwig Medium Coated for a little while, and I found the amount of tension needed for me to get the sound I wanted was WAY less than I used on any other brand head. The Heavy model as well, but I just didn't dig the tone of their film as mch as Remo's.
The Heavy is nice for the snare, and on my 16x26 I do like the Heavy coated a lot, but they don't do anything for me on toms. On my 18" and 20" deep bass drums I like the Coated Ambassador better.
DW's USA heads are Remo, but they use (or used--they change stuff so much) Ludwig's crimp hoop method.
Remo offers heads with the crimped hoop, but most people don't know about them because they don't advertise it.
Have fun with your kit drums360!!