PEARL Drums, Hardware & Epro Kits
REMO Drum Heads
ROLAND Drum Electronics
VATER “Slicknut” Cymbal Fasteners
ZILDJIAN CYMBALS & GEN16
ZIDLJIAN “Mike Mangini” Signature
Mike also uses Frozen Ape Metronome Apps. (See Links Page.)
Mike uses different drum kit configurations for different situations. (At some point in the future, you’ll be able to link to all those on this webpage.) As he came up with different drum kit possibilities over the years, he practiced to develop the necessary skills to play each kit. The biggest change he made was in configuring a totally ambidextrous set up that he brought to the stage in 1995. There is big a difference between setting up pedals and things to hit and truly playing ambidextrously. Mike is not ambidextrous, but has learned to play both right and left handed while mixing the two. This is important to know about him because every change he made was based in his not being able to express the musical ideas he wanted to without the skills to do so, or the proper equipment.
Here’s a quote summing up Mike’s philosophy about endorsing equipment companies:
“I want my relationships to be a win/win situation. I’ve never asked for something I don’t need and I don’t take things for the sake of it. I think that goes a long way because in times of real need, all my companies have provided the goods. I appreciate that, so I work hard to promote what I use and give constant feedback on it. I often end up using something I didn’t think of at the suggestion of somebody in the company. Likewise, I come up with ideas based on need and necessity and they often make something to suit that need. I want the connection to feel like a family one. These relations are very, very important to me.”
Mike has used many kit configurations over the years. It will take time to add all those pictures and information about them to this website. For now, here are some pictures:
Specific information about each kit is still needed on the following pages. However, there are pictures on some.
Small Kit- Petrucci G3 Tour 2012
Small Kit- Home Quiet Kit Practice
James LaBrie- “Elements of Persuation,” “Mullmuzzler II,” Mullmuzzler I all in the Studio.
Steve Vai & G3- 2000 & 1999 Tour, 1997 & 1996 Tour, 1996 “Fire Garden” in the Studio.
Extreme- 1995 & 1994 Tour, “Waiting for the Punchline” in the Studio.
Annihilator- “Meta”l Recording, “Set the World on Fire” in the Studio