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. Phone and address: 630-237-4997 2000 Bloomingdale Rd. Unit #110. Glendale Heights, IL. 60139.
VIDEO CHANNEL: HERE . NEWS UPDATE: CYMBAL LATHING comes to our Chicagoland store as our "Genesis by Maxwell" line of re-lathed vintage cymbals! See details! HERE.
5/24/19: We're trying a new main page format. We'll leave the main page for pics of cool items below, but for "TODAY'S NEWS AND UPDATES" click HERE.
DRUMS OF THE WEEK:
A box??? I wonder what this is? More details HERE.
Ludwig 4x14 20s era Black Beauty Super! With sound file. HERE.
Ludwig Van Buren 6.5x14 Legacy Mahogany 110th anniversary snare drum. HERE.
Sonor Delite series bop kit. Dead mint! HERE.
Rogers WMP 13/16/16/22 Buddy style 60s era kit. With sound file. Amazing sound! HERE.
Noble & Cooley's first drum set! 1982. Made for Denny Carmassi for his stint with Heart. HERE.
Ludwig circa 1991 engraved Black Beauty 6.5x14. Complete with hard case as issued, $2200. Contact Steve 630-865-6849.
DW Santa Monica series. This is THE Camco shell!!!! Rare Padouk! I have the only sets in 13/16/22/6.5 $5400 and 12/14/18/5.5 $4845 that will be made with this rare Padouk. Just one set in each configuration. These sets are in my IL store and will be posted soon. The set in the pic below is different sizes and we sold it already, but this shows the beautiful Padouk. Call Steve.
Rogers! Incredibly clean champagne sparkle! HERE.
Sonor! Fabulous early 70s kit and hardware! HERE.
Craviotto 5.5x14 Private Reserve curly maple signed shell! HERE.
DW Pure Almond Limited Edition! Very rare and extremely limited! Only 50 made and we have the ONLY TWO in these special sizes: 7x10, 8x12, 14x14, 14x20, 5.5x14 (NY) and 6.5x14 (Fork's)! See the NY listing HERE. See a video done by DW's John Good. HERE.
ONLY ONE BOP KIT LEFT! See Steve's video! Gretsch USA Custom Red Gum! Ltd Ed. Bop kit in IL with video! HERE. Only 25 sets in each configuration worldwide. Also, larger size kit in our Fork's Drum Closet store HERE, and in our NY store HERE.
Sonor SQ 2 Vintage Maple Tiger 8x10, 9x12, 16x16, 18x22. At Fork's Reverb store. HERE.
Gretsch Broadkaster Vintage Champagne Sparkle!! The real deal color! Shell bank coming soon. Contact Steve for pricing at firstname.lastname@example.org. 5% extra, but worth it for that color! And, see Steve's video on a Broadkaster 12/14/18/5.5 kit just like this one. Unreal sound. HERE.
DW Collectors Exotic in rare Moabi. Special trade show deal. HERE.
Craviotto Ash signed shells. Chris McHugh's incredible kit! HERE.
DW exotic Padouk drum set. In Stock. Brand New. 10,12,14,16,22. Video too! HERE.
Gretsch Broadkaster shell bank, Satin Classic. 28 drums! Pick your sizes! HERE.
Incredible rare Padauk DW kit with video. HERE. $275,000 OF GRETSCH SHELL BANK! Check out the first installment coming in. USA Custom, Broadkaster, and Brooklyn. Shell bank for each series in all 3 of our shops! All the best selling colors. HERE.
READY NOW! Gretsch USA Red Gum bop kit 12/14/18/5.5 SOLD in 1 DAY, but also have a 10/12/16/22/5.5. Truly amazing! HERE.
READY NOW! Incredible Ludwig 110th anniversary Ltd Ed Legacy Mahogany Van Buren set 13/16/18/24/6.5: HERE.
NAMM purchase: Unreal Tama Star Bubinga Exotic, 1 of only 5 sets to be made 8x10, 8x12, 14x14, 16x6, 14x22, 6.5x14: HERE
NOW: Ludwig Aged Exotic Tamo Ash 10,12,14,16,22. HERE.
NAMM purchase: DW Santa Monica series (Camco-style shell!). I have the only Padauk kits in these sizes: Three sets 12/14/20/5.5 at $5070 ea. One set 12/14/18/5.5 at $4845. One set 13/16/22/6.5 at $5400. Order now. Check out an example HERE.
MORE OF OUR NAMM 2019 PURCHASES. AVAILABLE NOW. DON'T WAIT: HERE.
MEINL CYMBALS COMING TO OUR NYC SHOP: We have many Byzance and Byzance Foundry Reserve cymbals coming to NY. And, the new Meinl stick line too! We will be THE place for Meinl in NYC! Stay tuned!
- Clearance sale on British Drum Company sets. HERE.
- Gretsch USA Custom black nitron. IN STOCK, NO 16 WEEK WAIT, BEAT THE FEB 1 PRICE INCREASE. 12/14/18/5.5 HERE. 12/14/20/5.5 HERE. 13/16/22/6.5 HERE.
- Craviotto 10/12/14/20/5.5 antique bronze sparkle! HERE. Craviotto mahogany 8x12, 14x14, 14x16 bass drum, 5.5x14 snare, wood hoops with inlay on toms and bass drum. One of the very first kits made with the new cast lug. HERE. Craviotto mahogany 10/12/14 floor/15 floor and a 20. See it HERE.
- Fabulous DW Classic Series "Radio King" style drum set. HERE. A&F Maple 13/16/22 with wood hoops! HERE. Craviotto Private Reserve Birdseye maple 5.5x14. HERE.
- Over $50,000 of Gretsch USA Custom and Broadkaster ARRIVING DAILY! Broadkaster in true vintage champagne sparkle is in and moving fast, almost sold out and more on order now. Also USA Custom in black nitron. (Broadkaster classic satin maple still en route). See these WITH VIDEO LINKS HERE and HERE. And, see the list for the incoming Broadkaster classic satin maple HERE.
- Sonor AQ2 series Martini drum set with video demo: HERE.
- BRAND NEW MICRO BOP BROOKLYN kit from Gretsch. We have the first ones! HERE. Lots of new listings for drum sets HERE.
- Tribute to Johnny Craviotto: HERE.
AK Copper shell 12/14/18/4x14 Bop Kit sold in 24 hours but we can order one. HERE.
Lots of new listings for vintage cymbals. HERE. HERE. See entire Maxwell reproduction hardware line HERE. The BEST $15 you'll ever spend: HERE. Gretsch Brooklyn series in Mardi Gras! HERE, and HERE. New repro part! . Available complete or separate parts. See them all HERE. ESPRESSO BURST on Gretsch Brooklyn kit!! HERE.
NEW!!! SNARE BUMPER! No more snare rash on your tom! See it and buy it now for only $15. 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.
NEW CATEGORY: 3/17 updated 3:30pm. STEVE'S SNARE DRUM PICKS: HERE.
NEW CATEGORY: 3/17 update. PLAYER GRADE KITS. 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.
Our Gretsch Jazz Legends series: Contact us to order.
Anyone out there wondering if they should buy a Gretsch USA jazz kit? We'll settle that for you. Just click 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.
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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.
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