NAMM 2012: Tama unveils two new Mike Portnoy signature snare drums

NAMM 2012: At the NAMM Show next week, Tama will unveil two exciting, updated versions of Mike Portnoy's steel signature snare drums.

The first, a 5x12-inch, is exactly the same as Portnoy's previous 12-inch model but with a new badge, an ambigram that reads "Mike Portnoy" even if you turn the drum upside down. (Go ahead - turn your computer upside down and check it out!) Cool? Absolutely!

Tama is also introducing a 5.5x14-inch version of the Mike Portnoy's steel signature snare, featuring the same steel shell material, matte black finish and newly designed badge.

In addition, later in 2012, Tama will announce a new wood 5.5x14-inch Mike Portnoy signature snare drum to replace his previous MP1455 Maple signature snare.

Stay tuned to for more info and other highlights from the show.

Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.