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.
HOURS: NY Store: Mon-Fri 11-7. Sat. 11-6. Sun Closed. Naperville Store: Fri 11-6, Sat 10-5, other times by appointment.
OUR VIDEO CHANNEL: HERE
OUR PODCAST CHANNEL: HERE
And, our podcast is now available on iTunes!! (New episode posted March 4th!)
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.
Mar 19: Our new custom drum key is here. Machined by Trick Drums and laser engraved for us. Best key on the market: HERE.
SAD NEWS: Lennie DiMuzio passed away March 7th. See Steve's tribute to Lennie 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.
Items Coming Soon: HERE.
Mar 14: Canopus Zelkova 6.5 just in! HERE. 16 Craviotto snares in our Chicagoland store with new, lower 2015 pricing. See them HERE.
1): With the new Johnny C solid maple snare making its debut we are clearing all of our older Diamond Cast solid maple snares at great savings. Every 45/45 edge 5.5 and 6.5 is now $645. Any 5.5 or 6.5 with special bearing edges is only $745. In stock and ready to ship! See them all HERE.
2): We have the Mehmet Tony Williams tribute series sets coming in. VERY limited. See them and get info HERE.
3): See the new Sabian Big & Ugly ride series. We have them NOW! HERE.
4): The new Sonor Vintage Series is coming to our shops!! HERE.
Jan 19th: EXCLUSIVE for us with Ludwig: Rose Marine Pearl!! See it 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:
Cool Grestch Broadkaster bop kit in satin copper HERE. Insanely beautiful Craviotto kit with sound file HERE. Great deal on a Gretsch USA 12,14,20,5.5 HERE.
See our Maxwell Drums line re-launch for our new snares! Taking orders now! See them and see Steve's video as well: HERE and HERE. And check out this pic of the 6.5!!
Lots of very cool kits just listed HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. Some incredible special Sabian cymbals hand picked for the recent Sabian Meet The Master session that was held at our NY store. These are fabulous and are specially priced for you. HERE.
One of Johnny's most stunning sets ever: HERE.
10/11: NEW FROM CRAVIOTTO!! SOUND FILES UP! Here it is! The Craviotto aluminum shell snare drum. The new standard for the workhorse metal shell drum is here. Craviotto Solitaire!. See and buy it HERE.
10/25: We announced this special offering on 10/6 and four of the five sets are already sold. Don't wait too long! Big News: Time to "Go For The Gold"! This is a VERY special and unique offering of ours for Gretsch. The last of a special breed, we offer The Gold Series. Only 5 unique sets and we have them all. No two are alike and these will never be available again. See it all HERE. And, see Steve's video of the gold finishes with espresso burst and burgundy sparkle HERE.
10/16: Three amazing Craviotto kits with sound files! HERE. HERE. HERE. YOU NEED TO SEE THIS: HERE.
10/10: The first of our satin copper Broadkaster kits is here. 13/16/24/6.5!! HERE. More just ordered, and, Broadkaster kits ready to deliver! See the video then call Steve at 630-865-6849. Video is HERE. Broadkaster SOUND FILES!!! 13/16/24/6.5 UNREAL!!! HERE. And, Broadkaster 12/14/18/5.5 sound file HERE. More kits coming and delivery dates updated! THIS IS THE BIGGEST NEWS WE'VE SEEN IN A LONG WHILE: THEY'RE HERE! Gretsch introduces a faithful reproduction of the wonderful Gretsch 3 ply sound! You will LOVE these! We have more sets than anyone worldwide! THIS IS FABULOUS!! Made in the USA by the wonderful Gretsch team in Ridgeland. Here's what I have for you: 1) Details of the new product. 2) Photos provided by Gretsch. 3) My 3 ply vs. 6 ply analysis. 4) All the details and pricing for the kits we have on order so you can pick yours now. SEE IT ALL HERE.
9/12 5pm: Brand New Product from Craviotto: Super Swing solid maple snare drum. Custom built by Johnny and an incredible price and video demo from Steve! HERE. NEW: From Dunnett, George Way birch bop kits 12/14/18 and only $1850! HERE. An incredible Craviotto kit in beautiful whitewash lacquer with wood hoops. Same configuration that received rave reviews in DRUM! Magazine's October 2014 issue: HERE. WOW! Check this out: INSANE Craviotto burgundy sparkle bop kit. The very first one. HERE.
9/10: Check this now for information about an important collection we are brokering! 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.
9/4: Amazing review in DRUM! Magazine for the Craviotto 2-in-1 set and the floor tom/bass drum conversion. On news stands now! Don't miss it. And, I just ordered 14, yes 14, new Craviotto kits! See what's coming in and call me for more information and to discuss further. See the incoming sets HERE.
Updates and Specials:
1) LOTS of new items listed. Sets, snares, cymbals, you name it. Check recent updates in Latest Products HERE or just click at top of page on "Latest Products"
2) Angel Drums: These are amazingly good segment shell snares from a young company that not only builds their own shells, but they machine their own rims, lugs and strainers. All in house and superb. Click HERE.
See the NY Gretsch USA showroom. World's largest. Over 250 drums on hand. See the video HERE. and see showroom photos HERE.
Check it out!!! All new, Angel Drums: HERE.
Our Gretsch Jazz Legends series is here. 3 sets in stock! Same set up as Elvin and Art Blakey with 12x16 bass drum. HERE.
Our new line of drum sticks is here: "STX by Maxwell". Our first model is in and we have a dozen more planned. And, Steve has a video showing how the stick performs on various cymbals etc. See it all HERE.
Anyone out there wondering if they should buy a Gretsch USA jazz kit? We'll settle that for you. Just click HERE.
Need a Craviotto snare drum? This is just what we have on the NY 4th floor alone. 25 more on 3rd flr:
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!
For sale: One of only 3 Paiste drum sets and the ONLY double bass kit made. Carl Palmer's set!HERE
9/17/13: Billy Gladstone drum set news!HERE.
8/14/13: Need a shot of espresso to get you going? How about our new Espresso Burst finish from Gretsch? See below. Go straight to the espresso burst sets in stock HERE. And, see our Espresso Burst video HERE.
5/22/13: THE FIRST OF OUR EXCLUSIVE GRETSCH USA CUSTOM ESPRESSO BURST KITS HAS ARRIVED. MORE ON THE WAY. CALL US AND GET A PRICE QUOTE. THIS WAS A BIG HIT AT THE CHICAGO DRUM SHOW WHERE WE DEBUTED THE SET. HERE'S A PHOTO BELOW AND THEN FOR MORE DETAILS CLICK 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
Steve's email: Drummermax@aol.com Steve's cell phone: 630-865-6849
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:
3/11/12: Gretsch Stick Chopper style replacement rims ARE HERE: Click Here.
3/11/12: NEW AND EXCLUSIVE TO OUR STORE. GRETSCH SEA FOAM GREEN. BOP SETS, ROCK/BIG BAND AND MUCH MORE, AND WE'LL CUSTOMIZE THEM FOR YOU TOO: Click Here. And, see Steve's video about these sets here: Click Here. Also, see and hear Steve on the bop kit with studio quality sound here: Click Here. And, here's Steve with a 6 pc rock kit: Click Here.
2/17/12: OUR NY STORE FEATURED IN THE NY TIMES SUNDAY 2/19. ONLINE 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. And now we also have: One of Joe Morello's drum sets. Very cool and lots of history here. Click Here:
11/16/11: CARL PALMER fans! We have Carl's ELP one-off Remo kit for sale. Click Here. Another First From Craviotto: New lug style bop kit!! 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.
Lots of snares, sets and cymbals just added. See them broken down in categories by clicking on the word "Latest Products" in the home page banner at the top of this page, or you can see all items together by clicking here: Latest Products
See our latest video and sound file for the new Maxwell bebop drum set! Click Here VIDEO TOUR OF OUR NEW CHICAGO-LAND STORE: Click Here.
5/7/11: NEWS!! Maxwell Custom Drums. Our line of custom drums reintroduced with three great set configurations and lots of options. See the new sets and also our video: Click Here
4/5/11: Steve's Craviotto drum set product video is on line. Click Here and you'll also have this link embedded in every Craviotto drum set listing as well.
3/16/11: You can help contribute to Joe Morello's estate by purchasing one of his personal cymbals or one of our Joe Morello Ludwig Tribute drum sets. We contribute all net proceeds from cymbal sales to Joe's estate and a portion of the proceeds on every Tribute set. For Joe's cymbals Click Here. For the Joe Morello Ludwig Tribute drum set 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.
Steve Jordan's vintage Trixon Kit!! 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
STEVE'S DEAL OF THE DAY: Click Here
MORE FUN STUFF BELOW:
We have Elvin's Camco kit!!! What more can I say? Check this out because it's truly amazing. CLICK HERE. Plus, many more items added to Latest Products. CLICK HERE for a run down of details.
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
SPIZ, VINTAGE As and Ks WITH SOUND FILES! Click Here
OUR NEW RAIL CONSOLETTE IS HERE!!! Click Here
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NEW YORK DRUMMERS UPDATE: WE HAVE PRACTICE SPACE AVAILABLE FOR RENT!! CALL JESS AT 212-730-8138212-730-8138 FREE. Teaching studio now open with Ron Tierno, noted Manhattan percussionist and instructor.Click Here.
RECORDING STUDIOS: WE CAN HELP YOU! CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO.