Drums and Cymbals
This kit is my set for bigger gigs, and road work, its a bigger set up and allows me to cover a lot of styles. its an all maple and African Wengae Wood, and sounds great!
Toms: 10x7, 12x8 and 14x13 16x15
Snare: 14x6 Anton Fig snare, 10x4 stage Side Snare
Live and Club Kit (Yamaha Birch Custom Absolute)
This kit is the kit i use for club gigs and smaller gigs around town, Its an older Birch custom kit, where all the toms are mounted so its easy to throw in the car and take to clubs,
Toms: 10x8, 12x8, 16x14
Snare: Yamaha Anton Fig 14x6
I have been using Zildjian Cymbals since I can remember. I like a mix of K's and A's. With cymbals it really depends on the gig I am playing, so I keep a vast arsenal of Zildjian Cymbals at the ready to cater to any music situation.
SNARE DRUMS (Ludwig & Yamaha)
Yamaha Anton Fig Signature Snare 14"/6"
This is my main live gigging snare drum and by far my favorite snare drum of all time! Its also my only non Ludwig drum. this thing just sounds amazing, and it's toO bad Yamaha does not make it anymore. if you can get your hands on one I STRONGLY recommend it!
In January 2018 Ian Officially started using Drumtacs! Drumtacs are a sound control pad that removes high frequency and often annoying overtones from your drums, These pads help you get a great sound more quickly while achieving a deeper focused tone with improved response and greater attack. Ian says, "For years i used other gel based products and after 3 or 4 gigs they would melt and be a gooey mess. Drumtacs are so clean looking and make my drums sound incredible! I absolutely love them!!"
In 2019 Ian starting using Cympad cymbal washers, These amazing washers inhance the sound and tone of your cymbals much better then traditional felts. Ian comments, "I love Cympad cymbal washers, they make my Zildjian K's and A's absolutely sing and i no longer have any more rattling on my stands, its like the cymbal is on a perfect cloud."
as of June 2013 Ian Offically switched to Evans drumheads, the Level 360 technology is fantastic and innovative, Ian comments "I love Evans, the sound is fantastic and they are so easy to tune, they are by far the most consistant drumheads I have ever come across, they make the drums sing!" Ian will be using a Power Reverse Dot on the snare, G2's on the toms, and an emad on the bass drum.
In June of 2014 I switched to Promark drum sticks, I really like these sticks, they are very comfortable, and they feel great to play with. I don't have to worry about them breaking and not being cosistant, I can pick up any pair and just start playing. I cant wait to use promark on all my gigs and session and in my teaching.