Mike Upah's "Burnt Toast" Pork Pie

By Jordan Liffengren Published August 17, 2010

Mike Upah, the drummer for a cover band called Riot Inc., found this baby on Ebay and decided to swipe it. Here's the story:

“Greetings, my name is Mike Upah. I have a Pork Pie 5-piece high gloss lacquer in the color Burnt Toast Fade with black powder coat hardware,” Mike explains. “I have been a fan of Pork Pie for many years, ever since I started using their snares. I recently found this gem on eBay, had some cash laying around, and splurged. The story with the set is a guy’s wife bought it for him, but he wasn't a drummer. So it sat unplayed in his living room for five years before he decided to sell it. It still has the original heads on it — soon to be changed, but just the same. I didn't see any Pork Pies on your site, so I thought, what the hell. Here are the specs..."

  • 20" x 20" bass drum (burnt toast)
  • 10" x 8" tom (burnt toast)
  • 12" x 9" tom (burnt toast)
  • 14" x 10" tom (burnt toast)
  • 12" x 6" Pork Pie USA snare (main, blue glass wrap)
  • 14" x 6" Pork Pie USA snare (auxillary, red glass wrap)
  • 20" Paiste 3000 Power Ride
  • 14" Zildjian K Mastersound hi hats
  • 19" Sabian AAX AXplosion crash
  • 16" Sabian AAX Stage crash
  • 17" Zildjian K Custom dark crash
  • 10" Sabian AAX splash
  • 13" Sabian AA El Sabor salsa splash
  • 19" Sabian AAX Axplosion China
  • DW 5000 double bass pedal
  • DW 5000 Hi Hat Stand
  • Gibraltar Rack
  • 12" Yamaha Manu Katche snare stand 12
  • 14" Premier Snare stand
  • Yamaha cymbal stands
  • Ridge rider cowbell and woodblock
  • Sabian Paragon Flight case for cymbals from King Kong Kases
  • SKB hard shell cases for the rest

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  • Beautiful kit Mike. You have an interesting mix of cymbals and hardware. Love the red and blue Pork Pie snare drums. Very cool.

    Keep on drumming,

    John Odom-Drumsense Tutor

  • True. It makes me miss my auxiliary snare drum. It was a Pork Pie like Mike’s, only it was a little “popcorn snare” — like 10” x 5”. The thing had tons of crack, but I actually only used it on one song with a band that I played with in the early 2000s. It sat in my closet for years after I left the band (the fewer cases I have to carry to gig the better). But still, it was a blast to go to that secondary snare during key moments.

  • Very Nice Mike! what a find! love the gridation of the wood color on the shells, have a drum-filled day! Frank

  • Nice kit. More pics please.