Originally Posted by Pocket-full-of-gold
As I said, you can gauge the characteristics of the drum even with a Remo UT on it.....but you can bring that drum alive by using a quality head. After nearly 30 years of buying intermediate kits with stock heads I know that there's a remarkable difference between a Remo UT and a Remo USA. I've proven it to myself time and time again by making the switch.....to the point that I don't even bother with stock heads any more. That is how convinced I am that there's a difference. Never have I had to return a drum because I didn't like how it sounded once I put a quality head on it.....just like no-one ever sent back a car after replacing stock components with performance components. That argument is a bridge too far. It makes it sound better is all. It's worth swapping. This is the first time I've ever seen this disputed. Until now, I thought it was just an accepted fact. :-)
trust me, its the first time for me that I heard that stock heads are supposed to be switched out before playing :-)
I don't fully understand your car analogy but as you can see from my avatar, I raced this particular bike with stock pipes. I ran product and unlimited on this bike usually on the same day ( and won a ton of races, I was a ranked expert). My point is and was that Kawasaki spent millions on r&d getting the setting right for this engine and exhaust, why slap some headers on and think you made it better?