Originally Posted by bermuda
Unfortunately, not everything is going to be 100% custom unless you go with a boutique builder who offers head options (and more.) I imagine guitar and horn players go through the same thing replacing stock strings and mouthpieces, etc.
Guitar was my primary instrument for 25 years and the first thing I did when buying a new OR used guitar was to change the strings to my preferred brand/size. I guess it's different, because it was only like $5.00 for a pack of strings compared to $100+ to change heads on a drum set.
I still like to get "nice" stock heads on kits, whether or not it's the brand/model I use. I chuck them to the side to experiment with later or use as backups. I probably wouldn't do that if they were crappy stock heads.