Phone: 630-237-4997
2000 Bloomingdale Rd #110
Glendale Heights, IL 60139
Steve's Cell: 630-865-6849 Phone: 212-730-8138
242 W. 30th St
New York, NY 10001
  Top » Catalog » Museum Archives » OLD WEBSITE DATA » Drum Sets » Gretsch New & Vintage » Vintage Gretsch Sets » Log In |  Cart Contents  |  Checkout | 
Use keywords to find the product you are looking for.
Advanced Search
Follow Us
Twitter Facebook InstagramYouTube
1. Chicago-land store update

1. Drum Art Fat Boy snare drum

1. Drum Art Other Stave Snares



1. Steve's "From the Past" column for Modern Drummer

1. The Curated Vintage Museum Collection

ASBA Drums are here

Black Lives Matter

COVID-19 UPDATE plus fun things to do

Cymbal Lathing at Maxwell's

DW buys Slingerland

Joe Segal, Jazz Showcase founder, passes away at 94

Papa Jo Jones 4x14 Ludwig Black Beauty Snare Drum

Special Finishes

Steve's Travel Schedule

Steve's Website Updates


Craviotto ->

Special Collections ->

Cowbird Music - Illinois Recording Studio

Maxwell Newsletter

Steve's Tuning Tips and Weblog

Steve's Videos: Craviotto

Steve's Video Media Classroom

About Our Sound Files


Maxwell Announcements ->

Steve's Drum Facts ->

Museum Archives ->
|__1. Dave Mattacks clinic 10/26 NYC
    |__Schagerl Drums
    |__Ludwig (New)
    |__Ludwig (Used/Vintage)
    |__Maxwell Custom Snares->
    |__Camco/George Way
    |__Vintage Japanese and Imported Drum Sets
    |__AK Drums
    |__Drum Sets->
        |__Gretsch New & Vintage->
            |__Gretsch 6 ply versus new 3 ply Broadkaster. Steve's analysis
            |__Gretsch Broadkaster 3 ply PHOTOS!
            |__Gretsch Broadkaster 3 ply series is HERE!
            |__Gretsch Brooklyn Special Finishes
            |__Gretsch USA Custom, Broadkaster, Brooklyn Shell Bank
            |__New & Used Gretsch Sets
            |__New Gretsch Espresso Burst Drum Sets
            |__Vintage Gretsch Sets
            |__Exclusive! Vintage Tribute Kits. Gretsch USA Custom
            |__New Incoming Gretsch Sets
            |__Unique Available Gretsch Finishes
            |__Gretsch News and Cool Stuff
        |__Maxwell Custom->
    |__Snare Drums->
    |__Roland Electronic Drums
    |__Tama STAR Series
|__Museum (Not for Sale)->

|__Dynas Recently Sold
Maxwell Drums Philosophy
Shipping and returns
Shop Addresses
Contact Us
Your Account
Your Email Address
Your Password
Payment Methods We Accept
Gretsch 20/12/14" Drum Set - Mel Lewis' Burgundy Sparkle

SORRY, THIS SET IS NOW SOLD. THIS DRUM SET IS IN THE MUSEUM AT OUR MANHATTAN STORE. This is truly a holy grail. It is beyond belief that this set has survived and that it is now back home in Manhattan! This drumset is the 8x12, 14x14, 14x20 used by Mel Lewis throughout the 60s and beyond. It is the set that he had when the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis big band was formed and Mel used this set on the first 5 albums and played the set live with the group. This is truly one of the rarest sets in the world, and also one of historic significance.  This set has wonderful documentation including a letter from Mel to Syd Levin, who is the person who acquired the set when Mel sold it. Mel later indicated to Syd that he kept the snare drum from the set since he liked the sound so much.  Syd Levin was a British drummer who was also a journalist who wrote record reviews for Jazz Journal Magazine. He knew Mel and in fact often reviewed Mel's recordings. In addition to Mel's letter there is also very detailed documentation from Synd and all owners up to the present. The original documentation will be provided to the new owner, as well as our opinion of authenticity as well. This is jazz drumming history. Call Steve for more information at 630-865-6849.  BELOW IS AN EXCERPT FROM THE HAND WRITTEN AND SIGNED LETTER FROM MEL TO SYD LEVIN DATED MARCH 21, 1981:

...."Also learned that you bought my old Gretsch burgundy drum kit. That is the last of the old "Brooklyn" Gretsch and a very good outfit. It also has some history as it was the drums I had when we started the band in 1965 and it is on the first 5 albums we recorded. Use them in good health and all".....

Ownership history of this set:

Early 1960s - 1981   Mel Lewis

           1981 -  1993   Syd Levin (England)

           1993 -  2007   Eric Ford (England)

           2007 -  2008   Garry Allcock (England)





This product was added to our catalog on Monday 02 June, 2008.
Gretsch 20/12/14" Drum Set - Mel Lewis' Burgundy Sparkle - Share with facebook Gretsch 20/12/14" Drum Set - Mel Lewis' Burgundy Sparkle - Add to Google Bookmark Gretsch 20/12/14" Drum Set - Mel Lewis' Burgundy Sparkle - Tweet This

Copyright © 2003 Oscommerce
Powered by Oscommerce
Using Version [CRE Loaded6 v6.1]

Comodo SSL Certificate