Originally Posted by finnhiggins
The rest of your post was pretty reasonable, but not this bit. I'd argue there's plenty of drummers who've gone a lot further than Portnoy on a conventionally sized kit. A few examples that spring to mind:
* Buddy Rich
* Joe Morello
* Elvin Jones
* Tony Williams
* Joey Baron
More drums doesn't equal more headroom in terms of your ability to expand what can be done with the instrument.
All of those guys nail solos that run rings around Mikes.