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Mike Mangini’s Drum Kit

Mike Mangini

Mike Mangini took a page out of Billy Cobham’s drum setup strategy by designing a symmetrical kit in which the left side looks remarkably like the right side.

“It has to do with the shapes that I see,” he told the Australian magazine Drumscene. “The design of the kit has a certain geometry to it, with triangular shapes, circles, squares, whatever built in. I mean, here that I see these shapes on my kit in terms of the motions that I can utilize. It helps me come up with new patterns all the time, and it helps me play a cohesive solo where I don’t mix too many sounds and ostinatos that can clutter up the music. The shapes that I ’see’ and ’hear’ on my kit keep me playing more musically.”

Let’s take a closer look.

Drums: Pearl MMP Masters Series
22" x 18" Bass Drum
10" x 8" Tom
12" x 9" Tom
14" x 14" Floor Tom
18" x 16" Floor Tom
10" x 6" Popcorn Snare Drum
14" x 5.5" Snare Drum

Cymbals: Zildjian
14" A Custom Hi-Hats
13" A Custom Hi-Hats
14" ZHT Hi-Hats
13" Mastersound Hi-Hats
21" Rock Ride
20" Oriental Crash of Doom
18" A Custom Crash
17" A Custom Crash
22" Oriental China Trash
18" Oriental China Trash
14" Oriental China Trash
14 ZXT Trashformer (x3)
6" A Custom Splash
6" A Zilbel

Hardware: Pearl
DR501C ICON Rack x 2
DR501E ICON Extension x 2
PCX100 Clamp x 5
PCX200 Clamp x 4
CH2000S Cymbal Holder x 4
P2002B Eliminator Belt-Drive Double Pedal (Red Cams)
S2000 Snare Stand
CH2000 Cymbal Holder x 2
RH2000 Remote Hi-Hat (Red Cam) x 2
CLH1000 Closed Hi-Hat x 2
D1000 Throne
DCL300P Drop Clutch
TH2000S Tom Arms x 2
TH2000I Tom Rrm x 3
AX25L Adapter x 2
AX25 Revolving Adapter x 4
PS85 Pedal Stabilizer
CH70 Cymbal Holder x 2 IS08N/C with BT3 mount
UX80 Universal Mount x 2

Drumheads: Remo
Toms: (10", 12", 14", 18") Clear Emperors (top), Clear Ambassadors (bottom)
Bass Drum: (24") Clear Powerstroke 3 with Falam Slam Patch (back), Standard Pearl Ebony (front)
Snares: (14", 10") Coated CS Controlled Sound or Coated Ambassadors (top), Clear Ambassadors (bottom)

Percussion: Pearl
Primero 6" Cowbell
Mid-Pitched Clave Block

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