NAMM 2012 VIDEO: Mike Portnoy on his new Tama Melody Master signature snares

NAMM 2012: How cool is this? Fresh from a marathon autograph signing session at the Tama stand, drum superstar Mike Portnoy gave us an exclusive look at his two new Melody Master steel signature snares.

The Melody Masters come in two versions: one is a 5x12-inch that shares the same specs as Portnoy's previous model, and a second is an all-new 5.5x14-inch. Both feature a three-way strainer that offers additional sound capabilities, as well as a special ambigram badge that reads "Mike Portnoy" even when flipped upside down. Like we said - pretty cool!

The Tama Mike Portnoy Melody Master steel signature snare drums will be available soon, and you can expect to see Portnoy himself play them on stage with his bands Adrenaline Mob and Flying Colors.

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.