WE NOW USE REVERB FOR ALL ONLINE SALES. SHOP OUR STORES - ILLINOIS REVERB: HERE FORK'S REVERB: HERE. Maxwell shop hours and locations: HERE .
11/21/22: DW 50th Anniversary! Drum set and both snare drums are ready for pre-order. Very limited quanitities. See them HERE.
Maxwell Private Auctions update! Almost ready to go live! Some info on the first wave of items! See HERE.
See my newest update on the Collector Market and the potential for the drum sector. HERE.
11/23/22: IMPT NOTE: Red and Green Vistalite! Remember, these two colors will be discontinued for 2023. ALL ORDERS MUST BE IN BY 12/28. I have several kits in stock and also on order in 12/14/18 and 12/14/20, but if you want a special size or want to reserve one of my incoming/stock sets DO NOT WAIT. Contact Steve at email@example.com and order before 12/28.
Steve's Holiday Sale in full swing on Reverb! Check out the deals HERE. BIG EVENT: Matt Wilson and his Christmas Tree-O at our Glendale Heights shop for a FREE performance on Dec 14th, 6pm. Check this out: HERE.
AVAILABLE NOW. Two Ludwig Jazzette kits in the style of Roy Haynes! Pricing and more info HERE. Just for fun, check this pic out. The kit on the left is Classic Maple with mahogany stain, on the right is Legacy Mahogany with mahogany stain. Video to follow.
AND, our second group of Vistalite kits with 18" and 20" bass drums has been ordered! Due in April. Pre-order yours now. See the list HERE.
10/23/22 UPDATE: All of the remaining Vistalite kits from our initial order are now listed at our IL store Reverb page. Check them out HERE.
IN OUR IL STORE: THE MOST AMAZING ARRAY OF VISTALITE KITS EVER! RED, GREEN, SMOKE, YELLOW, AMBER, BLUE, PINK, CLEAR. A LITTLE SAMPLE PIC BELOW: Many new Ludwig Vistalite kits with 12/14/18 and 12/14/20 are in. Red, Blue, Green, Smoke, Yellow, Pink, Amber. (Clear Vistalite is coming). 18" kits $2349. 20" $2499. 5x14 snares $599. Only available from us in these bass drum sizes.
HUGE shipment of Ludwig and Gretsch kits has landed in our IL shop. We have what you need. Full details soon.
9/26/22: Amazing Ludwig Classic Maple "Golden Slumbers" lacquer in stock. 12/14/18/5x14 HERE and 13/16/22 (snare special order) HERE.
9/26/22: Gretsch kits in our exclusive finishes in stock: USA Custom 12/14/20/5.5 Espresso Burst HERE. Brooklyn 13/16/22/6.5 HERE. Brooklyn Fiesta Pearl in 12/14/20/5.5 HERE. 13/16/22/6.5 HERE. 12/14/18/5x14 HERE.
8/31/22: IMPORTANT COOL NEWS ABOUT OUR NYC STORE!! See it HERE.
9/10/22 MAXWELL PRIVATE SALES IN FULL SWING. We are your go-to source for buying and selling the rarest vintage drums. We have Larry Bunker's 60s era Gretsch 12/14/20 with his Ludwig COB pre-serial 5x14 Supra and all of his cymbals and cases from his Bill Evans era. HERE. UPDATE: I also have Larry's Gretsch 50s 3 ply copper mist 12/14/20 that he used with Zoot Sims and others. HERE.
8/15/22 Just in!
- Craviotto 8x12, 14x14, 14x20, 5.5x14 Ash. Grab it now. HERE
- Craviotto one-off Private Reserve, burnt curly maple with wood hoops, 9x13, 15x16, 14x22 unique kit. Will be ready this week. See in-process pics HERE.
- Gretsch Broadkaster Espresso Burst 12/14/20/5.5x14 $3700 and 13/16/22/6.5x14 $3825. See the 12/14/20/5.5 HERE. Contact Steve by text at 630-865-6849. Both ready to ship now. Gretsch orders are running 25+ weeks now, so grab these while you.
- Ludwig Classic Maple ready to ship! Oyster Pink! 12/14/20 HERE and 13/16/22 HERE.
8/6/22: Unique! Louie Bellson's custom 12 lug 4x14 snare drum. HERE.
8/5/22: Ultra rare. VERY few Craviotto 6.5x14 birdseye timeless timber snares were ever made. I have a unique one for sale. Check out the details HERE and contact me for more information.
8/2/22: Killer video of brand new Ludwig Vistalite 8x12, 14x14, 14x18, 5x14 in bebop and low tuning. Put on some headphones and check this out. The sound of these sets is incredible! These kits with 18" and 20" bass drums are only available through us, and are in stock right now in with 18" BDs in red. $2349 for 12/14/18, plus $599 for optional 5x14 snare. Contact Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org or by text at 630-865-6849. Ready to ship! See the video HERE.
THE RAREST GRETSCH FINISH EVER! CAMEO CORAL. Direct from the 1950s! This is the only known example and it is mint! And, Gretsch is making an exclusive run for us in this finish. Pre-order now. Contact Steve for all the details.
Huge consignment of kits, snares, cymbals. Sneek peak and details for some of the sets HERE.
7/14/22: Steve's Vintage Marketplace Update. Read it HERE.
See our IL Reverb store HERE.
THE FIRST LUDWIG DOWNBEAT VISTALITE SET MADE IN 40 YEARS!! Here it is: Clear Vistalite 8x12, 14x14, 14x20 and 5x14 snare (snare en route). Our exclusive Vistalite kits with 18" and 20" bass drums are starting to ship. We have 30 sets coming. See this set and a yellow Vistalite Downbeat during the Chicago Drum Show 5/21 and 5/22and at my Chicagoland shop. This first kit below is not for sale. We're keeping #1 for the collection.
Ludwig. Exclusive Rose Marine Pearl.
4/6/22: LUDWIG VISTALITE IS BACK! And, we have exclusivity for kits with 18" and 20" bass drums!!!!! See all details HERE.
SOLD. It's HERE! See my video HERE. Gene Krupa's Billy Gladstone snare drum! Incredibly historic and one of the rarest and most desirable drums in the world. I have the honor of brokering this drum. The drum will be avalable to view by appointment in my Illinois store. Serious inquiries to email@example.com.
And here it is in my office along side Buddy's wood dyna and Louie's wood dyna. Gene, Buddy and Louie together. Drumming royalty!
2/8/22:You want Craviotto Timeless Timber?, most New Old Stock? The finest and rarest? You have come to the right place! Here are 8 and there are more coming! HERE.
Incredibly rare Gretsch 50s era 3 ply 12/14/20 in copper mist and owned by a prominent jazz artist. See some pics and a link to my video HERE.
1/28/22: Buddy Rich's Rogers WMP Dynasonic snare drum that he gifted to Irv Kluger. This is truly a historic piece that I once again have the honor of brokering for sale. See photos and a link to my video HERE. 1/28: And, check out this video slideshow with Buddy's Dyna AND Louie Bellson's Dyna, plus a cool back story: HERE.
4/19/22: Gretsch drum sets on order. We have over 30 kits in the queue with many in our special proprietary finishes (Mardi Gras, Espresso Burst, Fiesta Pearl, Burgundy Sparkle, Satin Copper Mist). Gretsch delivery dates are running 6 months or more due to supply chain issues, so we have a large number of kits queued up to arrive throughout the year. You can reserve one by contacting Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org. See the list HERE.
MORE JUST IN: I have a very large collection of superb instruments that we just acquired. Most of these will be handled through private sales. Here we go:
1/19/22: See my video for Craviotto Timeless Timber birdseye/gold 5.5x14 #149 and Timeless Timber Birch #100 of 100 HERE.
1/19/22: JUST POSTED. New video for Craviotto Timeless Timber 5.5x14 1 of 1 birdseye/gold and also Timeless Timber Birch 4x14 #12 of 25. See the video slideshow HERE.
1/19: Just Posted: 1 of 1 Craviotto Timeless Timber birdseye/gold 5.5x14. This shell is what Johnny called "curlybird" since it is both birdseye and some curly maple. Contact Steve at email@example.com or by text at 630-865-6849. I have more pics:
Next: Another incredible New Old Stock Craviotto 5.5x14 Timeless Timber snare drum. This drum is #100 of #100 Timeless Timber Birch. The grain on this drum is stunning and much more interesting than standard birch. Amazing, historic and ready to go to a new home. Contact Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org for more pics and info.
Next: Amazing AK copper bop kit. New Old Stock 12/14/18/4x14. Adrian made 3 kits several years ago and these were his first drum sets. He kept one, we had one which we sold, and this is the third one. This set was sold and kept in NOS condition and then sold to my client who also kept it in NOS condition. See the listing HERE.
The Billy Gladstone drum set has been sold and now resides in the museum at Percussive Arts Society in Indianapolis, IN in a permanant display. See details and videos HERE:
ORDER NOW: Craviotto. I have two others in the queue, which will be ready in 7 months: 9x13, 16x16, 14x22, 5.5x14 and 8x12, 14x14, 14x20, 5.5x14. Inquire now to reserve one. Buildout is exactly like my personal kit below. Contact Steve at email@example.com and also see it HERE:
SOLD IN 24 HOURS. AND....THE FINEST BY FAR, AND LIKELY THE ONLY SET IN THESE SIZES, COLOR AND CONDITION! Ludwig Oyster Pink Downbeat 8x12, 14x14, 14x20, 4x14 with all stands and pedals. This is the catalog pic. More pics of our kit coming soon, but see the two below the catalog pic which show our set (cymbals not included). This will be a private sale so contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
Craviotto 4x14 birdseye maple from Johnny's personal collection. HERE.
Craviotto's FIRST 4x14 snare drum! HERE.
11/14/21 UPDATE: Truly historic event: - THE GLADSTONE DRUM SET will be permanently on display at the PAS museum in Indianapolis, IN. We brokered this sale and our client graciously donated the set to PAS. The set made its debut at the PASIC convention 11/11-11/13. The PAS display will be enhanced in 2022 to include the first two original Gladstone snares (from Shelley Manne and Buster Bailey) as well as more Gladstone related information. The display will be named for the donors, David and Colette Wood. See Steve's quick video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRPqnASWu-I
Tuesday 9/28 we unveiled one of the rarest and historic drum sets in the world of vintage drums! It's here: One of only 2 complete Billy Gladstone drum sets. Pristine condition and superb provenance. One of the rarest sets in the world. And: Billy's 1940s era Gretsch Gladstone (gold hardware, gold painted shell, 2 way tuning) snare drum with replica of Billy's original gold drum stand. We will be posting social media updates as well as YouTube blasts. Stay Tuned!!!! Some pics. More coming today. And, see our 15 min video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XIsmWRuisg
AND: Steve Jordan's rig for the Stones tour. Gretsch 9x13, 14x14, 14x24 and Craviotto Timeless Timber Birch 6.5x14 (600 year old wood).
- Slingerland 40s era Radio King white painted lacquer 9x13, 16x16, 14x28! Mahogany shells!!! HERE.
- See our IL Reverb store for more. HERE.
Sad news: Charlie Watts passes away at age 80. See my tribute to my friend HERE. And see my You Tube tribute HERE.
8/24/21: My good friend Arnie Lang passed away July 5th. See my tribute here.
Lots more new drums below and even more on our Illinois Reverb store HERE.
- In honor of the 5 year anniversary of Johnny Craviotto's passing, we built kit #1000 from 600 year old Timeless Timber birch. Johnny pioneered the solid shell timeless timber drums back in the very early 2000s. Those were snare drums, no sets. Incredibly, Sam Bacco was able to find some 600 year old Timeless Timber birch and was able to craft kit #1000 from this wood. 9x13, 16x16, 16x18, 14x22, 6.5x14. Triple inlays. This set is a milestone in Craviotto history and will soon be in my IL store along side kit #1. We will do a video featuring both of these sets.
Our exclusive Glacier Blue Ludwig Classic Maple kits are in stock! 12/14/20, 13/16/22 and 12/14/12x18 "Jazzette"size bass drum. Matching snares in stock also. And we have 3 of our Ludwig Classic Maple Rose Marine pearl kits in 13/16/22/6.5 and 3 sets in 12/14/20/5x14. Purchase with or without the snare. On our Reverb store. HERE.
- ILLINOIS REVERB STORE: HERE.
Louie Bellson's Rogers WMP Drum Set and his wood Dynasonic snare drum! HERE.
The story of the Rogers wood Dynasonic snare drum reissue with pics of the prototypes and the first two drums! HERE.
1/6/21: Chad Crowmwell rejoins Craviotto as Artist and VP, Artist Relations: HERE.
1/3/21: IT'S HERE! Diamond by Craviotto. Proprietary maple ply shell drums designed by Sam Bacco and built in the USA at the Craviotto workshop in Nashville, TN. All details and photos are HERE.
1/3/21: NEW! SHOWROOM HIGHLIGHTS. Starting with Steve's 14 piece Slingerland copper set! HERE.
Ludwig Classic Maple Rose Marine pearl in stock now! See all of our in-stock sets on our Reverb site: HERE.
2/6/21: How about some links to fun videos? Here we go:
Steve playing his Fibes 8x12, 14x14, 12x18 acrylic prototype kit: https://youtu.be/RG5fqnSPM3E
Steve playing the Gretsch Catalina Special Edition bop kit: https://youtu.be/q-__bfZWVKE
Incredible Rogers 60s double bass kit 12/13/16 with 14x22 and 14x20 and matching 5x14 Poweretone. HERE.
Steve playing his personal 60s Rogers kit 13/16/16/22/5x14 matching wood Dyna. HERE.
Steve introduces the Maxwell 2-in-1 drum key/hex wrench. HERE.
Our podcast where Steve talks about the Fibes Drum Company. HERE.
Steve's podcast talking about the Rogers Drum Company catalogs. HERE.
2/6/21: HERE IN IL: INCREDIBLE CAMCO OAKLAWN 12/12/16/22/22/5x14 ONE OWNER! All stands and pedals, rare 3D MOIRE!! Just like the catalog kit but ours has two 22s. Pics and video soon!
It's BACK! Our proprietary Rose Marine Pearl! Our exclusive Ludwig finish is available to order now. (Just like the vintage "lavender pearl" that Ludwig used to offer in the 30s and 40s). Stock has been selling fast. Right now I am down to one kit 13/16/22, but we can order one for you. And, we can also do Legacy Maple and Legacy Mahogany! Limited quantities so contact Steve now for pricing (email@example.com).
See the 13/16/22 kit HERE.
7/21/20: MORE AUDIO SLIDESHOWS ADDED TODAY PLUS "STEVE'S SESSIONS" #3 "FINGER CONTROL". OUR PODCAST SERIES IS BACK! LOADS OF NEW EPISODES! For info and link click HERE. These are up on YouTube with video, as well as on audio podcast with Apple, Podbean, Podbay and Spotify. More to come!
See It's BACK! Our proprietary Rose Marine Pearl! Our exclusive Ludwig finish is available to order now. (Just like the vintage "lavender pearl" that Ludwig used to offer in the 30s and 40s). Four Classic Maple were ordered and they sold already. I have more on order as we speak. This finish is available to order in any other standard Classic Maple size. And, we can also do Legacy Maple and Legacy Mahogany! Limited quantities so contact Steve now for pricing and lead times.
See the kit (and see Steve's video) HERE. Contact Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can help you.
4/11/20: See the banner at left titled Steve's Videos Craviotto. This will cover lots of sets and snares we have had, and will be a great learning tool for different wood types and features such as different bearing edges etc. We'll also do this for Gretsch sets and cool vintage kits so that you can see and hear the differences.Also check out Steve's Video Media Classroom which has lots of past videos about products, vintage gear, past events and "around the shop". It's an archive of fun data for you to view at your leisure. Also check out Steve's Drum Facts, and Steve's Tuning Tips for more info.
OUR CUSTOM STICKS ARE HERE: STX by Maxwell. "modern wood, vintage roots". The first of this new series is the SMBB. Get info and buy them HERE.
CHICAGO-LAND STORE UPDATE AND PHOTO TOUR: HERE. Steve's Website Status Updates: HERE. Steve's Travel Schedule: HERE. DW buys Slingerland from Gibson! See Steve's video HERE.
ALL GRETSCH SNARES AND SETS INCLUDING OUR USA CUSTOM, BROADKASTER, AND BROOKLYN SHELL BANK DRUMS. We have them IN STOCK, OVER 200 DRUMS. NO WAITING 22 WEEKS! See them on our Reverb stores: ILLINOIS: HERE. NYC: HERE. Fork's Drum Closet, Nashville: HERE. We are the largest dealer worldwide of USA-made Gretsch drums!
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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.
NEW! Steve's Video Selections page. 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 19th: EXCLUSIVE for us with Ludwig: Rose Marine Pearl!! See it HERE.
Anyone out there wondering if they should buy a Gretsch USA jazz kit? We'll settle that for you. Just click HERE.
9/17/13: Billy Gladstone drum set news!HERE.
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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: 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.
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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