A 2004 inductee into the Modern Drummer magazine's Hall of Fame with a 12-year run as the best progressive rock drummer in the magazine's reader's poll, as well as various live and clinic awards, means one thing: Dream Theater's Mike Portnoy knows his way around a drum set.
But when it comes to Portnoy's playing, percussion timbres are integral. That's why Latin Percussion is pleased to announce the LP Mike Portnoy Percussion Kit, a limited-edition pack, with only 250 available. Each kit consists of an LP Rock Ridge Rider Cowbell, based on the Rock Cowbell. It features a red Jenigor plastic bar across the top edge, secured firmly with specially designed rivets. The Jenigor bar has a damping effect and, in addition, protects the bell's metal edge from denting. According to Mike's preferences, the LP Rock Ridge Rider Cowbell is somewhat higher in pitch than the LP Rock Classic Ridge Rider bell. It has all the body of the traditional rock bell but with a little more high-end cut.
The LP Mike Portnoy Percussion Kit also contains another essential instrument for capturing both the Sixties sound and the range of tonalities in prog: the LP Mountable Cyclops Tambourine. Its rounded edges provide extra durability against sustained drumstick striking, while nickel-plated steel alloy jingles deliver the bright, projecting sound that defines Brit pop! A patented jingle pinning system locks the jingles in place. The inclusion of LP's forged eye-bolt assembly enables secure placement on standard 3/8" diameter rods, or on hi-hat stand pull rods.
In addition, there's an LP Mount-All Percussion Bracket, which includes a black powder-coated Z-rod that is ideal for any 3/8" diameter mountable percussion.
Well, all that's fine, but what about the goodies? Here's the goodies: an 11" Mile Portnoy Max Splash Cymbal from Sabian, a set of Pro-Mark sticks (TX420N -- Portnoy's favorite), a Mike Portnoy: In Constant Motion DVD (personally autographed by the man himself), and an extra-large, long-sleeve t-shirt with a facsimilie of Portnoy's signature on the right chest area and the words "Carpe Diem" neatly scripted in black along the left sleeve. U.S. list price is $429.85.
There'll be no complaining -- Portnoy's or otherwise -- with this package.