Welcome to Steve Maxwell Vintage and Custom Drums
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.
7/16/16: The loss of my friend Johnny Craviotto. Here.
- 8/25 NEWS!!! Stanton Moore clinic and Master Class in our NY store 9/8/16. Click HERE. Steve takes you on a tour of the NY shop. HERE. We are now your exclusive midtown NYC location for the Tama Star series sets!!! Details HERE.
- 8/4: PIC OF THE DAY: HERE. Steve's Drum Facts. A brief piece on the ride cymbal beat. HERE.
- 8/26: 1:00 pm: Gretsch yellow satin flame bop kit. HERE. Cleanest ever 3 ply Gretsch kit with video. HERE. Gretsch USA rare ginger ale glass bop kit with video. HERE. Capri pearl Radio King and a Leedy B'way Dual: HERE and HERE. Craviotto kit mahogany with wood hoops: HERE. CURLY MAPLE Gretsch USA Jazz Legends kit with video! HERE. Gretsch USA CURLY MAPLE bop kit. HERE. Craviotto micro bop kit. HERE. One owner 60s Ludwig kit! HERE. Craviotto Ash kit! HERE. Gorgeous 60s Ludwig full Downbeat kit. HERE. Gretsch USA Mardi Gras Jazz Legends kit. HERE. Look at what's INCOMING HERE. Incredible kit HERE.. Craviotto 12/14/18/5.5 maple kit HERE. Ludwig 60s 12-14-20-5.5 oyster blue! HERE. Deagan vibraphone HERE.. LP Giovanni Hidalgo Galaxy 4 drum conga set. HERE. DW 6000 series Ultra Light hdwe pack and bag! HERE. Rogers blue onyx 12-14-20 and a 16x16 too! HERE. Ludwig Rose Marine Pearl! HERE. The NEW Sabian/Crescent line has arrived and we are a dealer! See inventory HERE. THE FIRST GRETSCH Peacock Satin Flame kits a 12-14-18-5.5 and a 13-16-22-6.5! HERE and HERE.
NEW! Rogers cymbal L arm and swivo tilter repro!! HERE. In stock: The most amazing Top Hat and Cane set ever! HERE.
NEW! Steve's Video Selections page. HERE.
UPDATE: Prototypes and serial #00, 01, 02, 03, 04 and 07 now sold! Call now. 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.
Incredible Craviotto caddy green/curly maple/caddy green kit with video and sound in 3 different tunings. Truly amazing versatility. HERE.
LOADS of vintage cymbals just added in Latest Products HERE. See our new video on our Maxwell snare drum line HERE. And see our current Maxwell snare stock 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 new Premier bop kit: HERE. Steve on Craviotto Center Stage kit: HERE.
Jan 15th: AND NOW..... New from Ludwig USA! The 50s era mahogany shell is back!!! Legacy Mahogany!! See it HERE.
Jan 15th: ARE YOU READY!!!! NEW PRODUCTS FROM CRAVIOTTO FOR 2015!! The new Craviotto solid shell $3600 Center Stage 3pc drum set HERE. And, the new $649 solid maple Johnny C series snares HERE. INCREDIBLE DEALS!!! And, see Steve's overview of the 2015 Craviotto mid line product offerings 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.
Naperville (Chicago-land): 630-778-8060. Hours: 11-6 Fri. 10-5 Sat. Other hours by appointment. Mgr. Steve Maxwell Jr. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Manhattan Shop:212-730-8138. Mgr. Jess Birch email: email@example.com Hours: Mon-Fri 11-7 and Sat. 11-6
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:
12/15/11: THIS IS INCREDIBLE! The rarest set I have ever seen! Far more rare than Top Hat and Cane. One of a kind, Leedy Autograph of the Stars over WMP! The only example ever to surface, and it is a 71 YR OLD FULL, COMPLETE KIT FROM THE ORIGINAL OWNER'S FAMILY. UNREAL! 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
STEVE'S FEATURED PRODUCTS: Click Here
STEVE'S SPECIAL SALE ITEMS: Click Here
STEVE'S CELEBRITY AND ULTRA RARE DRUM GALLERY: Click Here
STEVE'S VINTAGE TIPS: Click Here
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Please always feel free to call Steve's cell directly at 630-865-6849630-865-6849 ANYTIME at all. We definitely want to communicate with you. The highest quality service is our hallmark, and we take this very seriously. Steve
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