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
NEW! OUR PODCAST CHANNEL (3 new episodes added 2/1): HERE
And, our podcast channel is now on iTunes!!
BIG NEWS: 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. Next Craviotto "Meet the Master" session is Aug 27th and 28th in our NY store from 11-6. Save the date and come on down!
Fred Gretsch visits our NY store July 30th! Fred Gretsch will be visting with us at Maxwell Drums in NYC on July 30th from 4pm-6:30pm. Fred will be in NY visting us as the final stop after his walking tour of the old Gretsch buildings. Fred will be on hand with us along with the folks from KMC (Gretsch Drums distributor) and he will be available for autographs and photos. Come on down! And, we'll be on the 4th floor in my shop in our Gretsch USA Showroom which is the world's largest showroom of Gretsch USA drums and we will have SPECIAL DEALS that day!
Updates and Specials:
1) July 23rd 11am: 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) July 23rd 11am: Gretch vintage build yellow satin flame bop kit, rare. HERE. Three incredible Rogers kits HERE. Amazing Ray Ayotte kit, rare and unique HERE. Fabulous Rogers dyna snare drum HERE. Craviotto walnut bop kit 12/14/18/5.5 45 edges kit #379 HERE. Craviotto ASH demo kit deal HERE. WFL 13-16-22-5.5 HERE. Craviotto sets just up: HERE. HERE. HERE. Espresso Burst Promotion. HERE. Craviotto 7x14 incredible figured maple. Steve's demo snare HERE. Gretsch USA 12-14-18 vintage build in vintage copper lacquer only $2200. HERE.
3) July 23rd 11am. Gretsch USA Custom shell bank with over 250 in stock Gretsch USA drums ready to ship. Click HERE. We have an incredible selection on hand in the NY store and also some in our Chicagoland store. We have satin millenium maple, satin walnut, and our espresso burst wrap. Call the store and ask for sizes and then ask for the special deal for today only! Also, Gretsch New and Used sets HERE and Gretsch Vintage sets HERE and Gretsch Espresso sets HERE now all updated!
4) Remarkable Angel Drums snare 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.
5) July 23rd more Gretsch kit deals 11am: Here's another special for today: Gretsch Renown set in sea foam green which was a special custom color and a very limited run. 8x10, 8x12, 16x16, 14x22, 6.5x14. Only ONE set. Special!! HERE. And,the last of the same color in 8x12, 16x16, 14x22, 6.5x14! HERE.
6) Special deal July 23rd: USA Custom Gretsch kit: HERE.
7) Check out these two drum set listings: Gretsch: HERE and Rogers: HERE.
More coming later.
New and wonderful Brady snares just in and all with video files. 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.
Craviotto 10th Anniversary snares are here. VERY limited. Only a few left. Unreal! See them HERE. Sample pic:
New website section. Vintage As Hand Picked by Steve. 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!
10/19/13: Steve's second installment of the "Vintage Videos" series: Rogers. See it HERE
9/20/13: 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.
8/02/13: NEW! Rob Cook and John Sheridan's Gretsch Book is HERE. See the Gretsch room video: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): 630-778-8060630-778-8060. Hours: 11-6 Fri. 10-5 Sat. Other hours by appointment. Mgr. Dave Victor email: email@example.com
Manhattan Shop:212-730-8138212-730-8138 FREE.Mgr. Jess Birch email: firstname.lastname@example.org Hours: Mon-Fri 11-7 and Sat. 11-6
Steve's email: Drummermax@aol.com Steve's cell phone: 630-865-6849630-865-6849
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
Click Here for all of the Maxwell News and Latest Updates.
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.