Re: Mike Portnoy
I saw him on this 20th anniversary tour. It was great. He played it like it was just an extension of his body. He was all over the kit with minimal effort.
On a side note, I just received the Liquid Drum Theater DVDs.
He talks about playing on a smaller kit! It is still pretty huge. One bass drum, 3 toms, 2 timbales, a double pedal and probably 10 to 12 cymbals and effects along with 2 hihats!
So, that is a 8 piece (I include an extra bass drum since he uses a double pedal) and tons of cymbals.
When this seems like a smaller kit, you know the other kits are monsters!