Last week, a handful of Joystiq crew got to make fools of themselves on the mini-stage before Harmonix's Rock Band Bash featuring The Who. Set up for them on stage was the new Ion premium drum set for RB2. Over the span of the night, 1UP drummed through a handful of songs to get a feel for the set.
The drums themselves are very sturdy, and the cymbals are quieter and responsive. If you get a chance to play, 1UP's first recommendation is to make sure the cymbals are placed as far as comfortably possible from the pads so that you don't accidentally hit one while intending for another. 1UP did that more than a few times and it threw them off a bit and caused them to miss a few more notes than they normally would have.