Steve Maxwell Vintage and Custom Drums is Chicago and Manhattan's only Vintage and Custom Drum Shop and Museum. We have an extensive inventory that is constantly changing so keep checking back for new and unique vintage drums and cymbals. The links to your left will guide you through the web site. Please email us if you would like to sell any of your vintage drum gear or would like to discuss an item you see on this web site. We also carry new cymbals, heads, drums, sticks, books, and hardware. Let us know if we can help you in any way with your new and custom drum needs.
REGULAR HOURS: NY Store: Mon-Fri 11-7. Sat. 11-6. Sun Closed. Glendale Heights Store: Fri 11-6, Sat 10-5, other times by appointment. Our Illinois shop has relocated to a new, larger facility . Details HERE. Call us on our new number 630-237-4997. Come see us at 2000 Bloomingdale Rd Unit #110. Glendale Heights, IL. 60139. Fridays 11-6. Sat 10-5. Other hours by appointment.
OUR VIDEO CHANNEL: HERE
OUR PODCAST CHANNEL: HERE
And, our podcast is now available on iTunes!!
See the latest on Steve's Drums Facts. We talk about the differences in shells, edges and sound quality of the 50s-70s USA drums. HERE.
7/16: Block out August 5th and come to Steve Sr's tuning clinic (5-7pm) followed by the Joel Spencer trio (8-11pm) at our Illinois monthly jam session. Details are HERE. And, also more information HERE.
PIC OF THE DAY: Another incredible Craviotto snare: HERE. See Steve's DRUMMER NATION interview. HERE. Steve's Drum Facts. A brief piece on the ride cymbal beat. HERE.
- NEWS UPDATE: CYMBAL LATHING comes to our Chicagoland store as our "Genesis by Maxwell" line of re-lathed vintage cymbals! See details! HERE.
NYC SHOP ANNOUNCES "CYMBAL-CENTRIC"! Bosphorus just added 4/19 and new stock will be here by June 5th!. What does it mean? See details HERE. Maxwell Drums is your exclusive US dealer for Adrian Kirchler's AK drums for 2017! See what we have on order. Select and pre-order now, or let us get a custom quote for you. HERE.
- 7/13: Steve's tribute to Johnny Craviotto as we approach the anniversary of his passing: HERE.
- 7/19 INVENTORY UPDATE: 3:00 pm. I JUST ADDED LOTS MORE. SEE LINE-BY-LINE LISTING BELOW AND ALSO CHECK Latest Products.
- 7/19: Bargain on a great bop kit! HERE. See entire Maxwell reproduction hardware line HERE. Gretsch bop kit Jasper shells 12/14/18/5.5. HERE. Noble & Cooley rare 80s six pc kit. HERE. Rare Premier Resonator kit. HERE. Gretsch Brooklyn series mardi gras wrap bop kit. HERE. The BEST $15 you'll ever spend: HERE. Mod Orange! Incredible and probably unique. HERE. Craviotto Ash kit! HERE. Incredible 60s Ludwig WMP kit HERE. Official Ludwig Buddy Rich Centennial Drum Sets. Only available through us. Order now. Kit #1 and #2 are pre-sold already. HERE. Three sets, Gretsch Brooklyn series in Mardi Gras! HERE, HERE, and HERE. Craviotto serial #1 of 250 Mahogany 6.5x14 from 2004! HERE. Craviotto 5.5x14 2010 Oak! HERE. Amazing first generation Yamaha Recording Custom kit. HERE. New repro part! . Available complete or separate parts. See them all HERE. ESPRESSO BURST on Gretsch Brooklyn kit!! HERE. More Craviotto kits! HERE. and HERE. Ludwig 20/12/14 HERE.
Johnny Craviotto's personal set of Spizzichino cymbals hand picked for him by Roberto. HERE. Original Gladstone snare drum! HERE.
NEW!!! SNARE BUMPER! No more snare rash on your tom! See it and buy it now for only $15. HERE.
V Classic cymbals up with sound file! HERE. Tama Star Bubinga AMAZING ONE OF A KIND. 12-14-18-5.5 HERE. Craviotto signed shell 2013 5.5x14. HERE. Rogers red sparkle Clev. 13/16/22. HERE. Ludwig Adrian Kirchler NOB 1930 "Standard Reissue" snare drum! HERE.
Istanbul Ks and tons of old As just listed. HERE. Craviotto Ash 12/14/20/5.5 signed shells. HERE. Great Slingerland 12/14/20 player's kit deal. HERE. JOHNNY CRAVIOTTO'S PERSONAL SET OF SPIZZICHINO CYMBALS HAND PICKED BY ROBERTO! HERE. The LAST of the Craviotto AK 7x14 Masters Bronze snares: HERE. Gretsch Brooklyn series NOW AVAILABLE IN MARDI GRAS AND ESPRESSO BURST! Ten sets coming. Reserve now! HERE. Craviotto one-of-a-kind stipple gold maple snare drum with new pics just added! HERE. Craviotto 6.5x14 Sycamore. Only a handful were made. HERE.
Rare Fibes copper over fiberglass snare drum. HERE. Slingerland WMP canister throne. HERE. Canopus NV 60-M1 12-14-18 Bop kit special deal. HERE. Teakwood! Amazing stave shell kit from Parra Drum! HERE. Craviotto stacked solid, signed shell, wood hoops: HERE. Super cool DW Classic Series WMP 12/14/18 bop kit and rare, unique DW WOOD 5.5x14 True Sonic (Dynasonic-style) snare drum. HERE. DW Classic Series 12/14/20. HERE. Gretsch USA Curly Maple HERE.
Gretsch USA unique and cool Jazz Legends series drum set: HERE. NEW and exclusive for us with DW. Incredible Classic Series and Mardi Gras wrap!! HERE and HERE. Craviotto birdseye maple wood Dynasonic snare drum! HERE. Super hip: Gretsch USA 8x12, 14x14, 12x16, 5.5x14 Mardi Gras! HERE. Leedy 1950 drum set. HERE.
NEW CATEGORY: 3/17 updated 3:30pm. STEVE'S SNARE DRUM PICKS: HERE.
NEW CATEGORY: 3/17 update. PLAYER GRADE KITS. HERE.
- CURLY MAPLE Gretsch USA Jazz Legends kit with video! HERE. Gretsch USA CURLY MAPLE bop kit. HERE.
NEW! Rogers cymbal L arm and swivo tilter repro!! HERE. In stock:
NEW! Steve's Video Selections page. HERE.
UPDATE: NEW! Introducting the limited edition Craviotto/Gladstone snares! ORDER NOW. INFO HERE. Video and pics HERE
Gretsch repro 4 point butt plate! HERE. More parts just added for Ludwig and Slingerland. Vintage Reproduction Parts! order now! HERE. Video info page on the entire Craviotto line! 22 videos for you to choose from! HERE.
May 8, 2015: Our Maxwell Drums Nesting Kits reviewed in the June issue of Modern Drummer. Great review! See and buy the kits HERE. Or, call us at 212-730-8138 and place an order for one! READ THE MODERN DRUMMER MAXWELL NESTING KIT REVIEW HERE.
Latest Videos: Steve demos a wood dyna: HERE. Steve on Louie Bellson's kit: HERE. Steve on WFL vintage kit: HERE. Steve on new Ludwig Legacy Mahogany: HERE. . Steve on Craviotto Center Stage kit: HERE.
Jan 7: Read Steve's comments about DW acquiring owned and licensed KMC brands, including Gretsch. HERE.
Jan 8, 2015:
See our Maxwell Drums line re-launch for our new snares! Taking orders now! And check out this pic of the 6.5!!
9/10: Steve's brand new personal website is up and running as of right now! This personal website will be my portal for communicating lots of information to all of you. It's called "The Lounge" and you can see it at www.stevemaxwelldrums.com or simply click HERE.
Updates and Specials:
Our Gretsch Jazz Legends series is here. 3 sets in stock! Same set up as Elvin and Art Blakey with 12x16 bass drum. HERE.
Anyone out there wondering if they should buy a Gretsch USA jazz kit? We'll settle that for you. Just click HERE.
Here we go for 2014! Steve's new Gretsch USA "Jazz Legends" series for 2014 is here and he has just ordered a massive amount of other Gretsch USA Custom and Brooklyn for delivery in 2014. Call to reserve your set and see it all HERE.
Link over to our new PODCAST channel. We'll be posting lots of podcasts for your listening enjoyment. Many podcasts are up: a) Billy Gladstone. b) Vintage Gretsch drums. c) Vintage Ludwig drums. d) Charlie Donnelly, vintage drum guru and more. More coming soon!
9/17/13: Billy Gladstone drum set news!HERE.
VIDEO CHANNEL: See all of our videos here: youtube.com/stevemaxwelldrums We've got over 130 videos.
LATEST PRODUCTS: cymbals, drum sets, snares, all items STEVE'S PICKS 06/05: Here ALL THINGS GRETSCH: sets, snares
ALL CRAVIOTTO: Here VINTAGE & NEW: sets, snares CYMBALS VINTAGE & NEW: vintage, other used, new
SEE HOW WE SUPPORT MUSIC VENUES: Here
NEWS AND INFORMATION SECTION:
3/17/12: Now, Maxwell Drums brings you even MORE custom options for your Craviotto drum set! Click Here:
8/23/11: NEW! Craviotto "hybrid bearing edges" are here!! See our exclusive video of this great new innovation from Craviotto: Click Here.
NEWS! We have a new Video Program section of our site. It is managed through MaxWeb Productions, which is the video production division of our business. Our website is evolving into a mini media station and the new video section is a big part of the website evolution initiative. We'll have product specific videos, interviews, instructional videos, special interest and more. Check this section out frequently. Updates will be made often. Click Here.
LATEST PRODUCTS: Click Here Items are coming in FAST. Lots of vintage up here already, and LOTS more going in daily with some very cool recent additions!
EBAY auctions. Some special deals! Click Here
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