Mike Portnoy

Born: April 20, 1967
Long Beach, NY, USA
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Instruments Played / Skills:
Drums Percussion

Genres:
Heavy Metal Progressive Rock

Bands That Mike Portnoy Has Played For:
Dream Theater

Mike Portnoy Has Worked With:
Derek Sherinian

Mike Portnoy Was Influenced By:
Frank Zappa

Artists That Were Influenced By Mike Portnoy:
Darrell Nulisch

Mike Portnoy's Gear:
    Mike's #1 drumkit"Purple Monster" broken down:
    • Tama Starclassic 5.
    • 5x14 snare drum(with custom foot-operated snare strainer)
    • 16x24 bass drum(2)
    • Octoban(model 343)
    • Octoban(model 390)
    • Octoban(model 443)
    • Octoban(model 472)
    • 8x8 tom
    • 8x10 tom
    • 10x13 tom
    • 14x14 tom
    • 14x20 gong bass
    • Octoban(model 536)
    • Octoban(model 600)
    • 9 1/4" timbilato
    • 10" timbilato
    • tambourine
    • cowbell( LP Ridge Rider)
    • percussion table
    • Sabian cymbals(all w/Brilliant Finish)
    • 6" CD cymbal disc on top of an 8" cymbal disc on top of a 10" bell disc
    • 18" AA Chinesse
    • 8" HH China King
    • 14" AAX hi-hats
    • 17" HH thin crash
    • 12" AAX splash
    • 18" AA medium thin crash
    • 8" AAX splash
    • 10" HH china Kang sitting on top of a 10" AAX splash
    • 18" AA medium crash
    • 22" HH rock ride
    • 19" HH medium thin crash
    • 13" AA rock hats
    • 6" AAX splash on top of a 6" LP icebell
    • 12" AA mini chinese on top of a 14" Jack DeLonhette Encore crash
    • 20" HH thin Chinese
    • high-octave crotales
    • 20"x30" thundersheet
    • Hardware: Tama, including their 1st chair throne, DW 5000 Acceleator bass drum pedals
    • Sticks: Pro-Mark 420 model with nyoln tip(Mike's custom stick)
    • Heads: Remo coated Cs on snare batter, clear PINSTRIPES on toms and bass drum batters, clear EMPORERS on Octobans and gong drum
    ***It should be said that Mike Portnoy's "Purple Monster" drumkit is painted a custom violet/white/violet finish. He also has two duplicate setups of this kit,...one stored in Japan which has a custom red/white/red finish,... and one stored in Europe which has a custome green/white/green finish for his performances there!***
      Mike Portnoy's kit #2 " Ol' Faithful"
    • Drumset: Tama Imperialstar in custom "Dream Theater" logo finish
    • 5.5x14 maple snare drum(Starclassic)
    • 10x13 tom
    • 16x16 floor tom
    • 16x24 bass drum
    • Cymbals: sabian (all w/ Brilliant finish)
    • 14" AAX stage hi-hats
    • 17" HH thin crash
    • 10" AA splash
    • 22" HH rock ride
    • 20" HH thin crash
    • 14" AAX mini Chinese
    • Remo coated Ambassadors heads on everything
    NEWEST KIT: The Siamese Monster
    • DRUMS:Tama Maple Starclassic
    • 18x22 kick drum
    • 18x20 kick drum
    • 5.5x14 Melody Master snare drum(Mike's signature snare)
    • 5x12 Melody Master snare drum(Mike's other signature snare)
    • four octobans
    • 8x8 rack tom
    • 9x10 rack tom
    • 10x12 rack tom
    • 11x13 rack tom
    • 10x10 rack tom
    • two octobans
    • 10 1/4" LP steel timbalito
    • 16x16 floor tom
    • 5x10 timp-tom(wood)
    • 14x20 gong bass drum
    • CYMBALS:Sabian
    • 14" HHX Studio crash
    • 18" HHX Chinese
    • 18" HHX Studio crash
    • 18" AA medium-thin crash
    • 20" HHX Chinese
    • 19" HH fierce crash
    • 17" HH thin crash
    • 20" HH Chinese
    • 16" HHXtreme crash
    • 14" AAX Stage hats
    • 7" MAX splash
    • 9" MAX splash
    • medium MAX STAX(w/7" Radia bell on top)
    • 22" HH rock ride
    • 13" HHX Groove Hats
    • low MAX STAX
    • 7" MAX splash
    • 11" MAX splash
    • 12" Ice Bell over high MAX STAX
    • 8"hi-hat(two MAX STAX bottoms)
    • triple hi-hat
    • 28" Zodiac gong
    • PERCUSSION:Latin Percussion
    • wind chimes (single row)
    • Cyclops tambourine
    • Ridge Rider Rock cowbell
    • Cyclops tambourine
    • wind chimes (double row)
    • Granite block set
    • HARDWARE: Tama, including Iron Cobra Rolling Glide pedals and hi-hats, slicknut fastener locks on all cymbal stands
    • HEADS: Remo coated Ambassadors (with black dots) on snare batters, clear Emperers on tom batters with clear Diplomats on bottoms, PowerStroke 3s on bass drums, Pinstripe on timp-tom
    • STICKS:Pro-Mark Mike Portnoy 420 model
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