Originally Posted by The Old Hyde
I find it hard to believe that stock heads are really as bad as people think.
They're certainly workable and they'll satisfy most beginners until they're shot. But generally speaking, they don't get swapped out for no reason mate. Daylight separates a proper Remo from a Remo UT on an Asian imported kit. The difference is noticeable even to the untrained ear......under the scrutiny of a drummer who's been at it for a while and knows exactly what kind of sound he wants from his drums, there's no comparison. I'd wager the vast majority of experienced players would swap them out immediately. I know I do. You can still gauge the overall characteristics of the drum you're buying, even with crappy heads.....but you know you'll be able to bring it alive by swapping them out.