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HELLO EVERYONE: We now utilize REVERB as our commerce outlet so please go there for things we have for sale, (since the product categories on the left of this page will be going away). The Reverb links are directly below, and you can always call Jess in NY at 212-730-8138 or email Steve at vintagedrums@aol.com: 
SHOP ALL THREE STORES: ILLINOIS REVERB STORE: HERE. NEW YORK REVERB STORE: HERE
FORK'S DRUM CLOSET REVERB STORE: HERE. Maxwell shop hours and locations: HERE.

Going forward we will use this main website page for highlighting certain interesting items we have on Reverb; provide updates about cool incoming items; post interesting articles, videos and the like.

3/26/20: 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.

3/26/20: ASBA drums are here! Hand made in France and truly incredible. Read about them and see our stock HERE.

****NASHVILLE TORNADO UPDATE****. You can help. Click HERE.

3/26/20: COVID-19 UPDATE: HERE. Including fun things to do and some inspiration while we work through these times.

WORKING FROM HOME? HAVE EXTRA TIME? BUY FROM US ONLINE! We are going to start daily online specials. For those of you working from home this can add some fun and variety to your day. All of our stores will participate. You'll see some of our IL and NY specials here, some on our Reverb stores, some on the Fork's website and we will also blast them to social media. New special deals every single day. 

3/26/20: ILLINOIS DEAL OF THE DAY.  3/26: A Sonor SQ2 kit. 3/24. Five more snares added and a new DW kit in rare Padouk. 3/22. Another Sonor SQ2 kit added. Zildjian cymbal bag. Nice 6.5x14 Ludwig blue/olive alloy shell Super Sensitive! Gretsch vintage kit, new Sonor SQ2 kit, 2 new Gretsch USA-made kits, a brand new Ludwig snare, a vintage Ludwig snare, a vintage Ludwig kit and a new Ludwig kit for our daily special. You can see them all. HERE.

3/26: LUDWIG TOP HAT and CANE drum set! HERE.

OUR PODCAST SERIES IS BACK! New episodes are up on YouTube with video, as well as on audio podcast with Apple, Podbean, Podbay and Spotify . And, in the next week Steve will be adding lots of new content for you to enjoy. For info and link click HERE.

Craviotto 10/12/14/20/5.5 dead mint. Tony Williams Yellow lacquer (TWY)/Curly Maple/TWY. Recent kit. Contact Steve at vintagedrums@aol.com


HOT OFF THE PRESSES AND SHOWN AT NAMM 2020! Ltd to 30 sets. New for 2020, and we have 2 sets coming: 12/14/18/5x14 at $4599, This is Gretsch USA Custom 12/14/18/5x14 with incredible River Cypress from a log that was submerged for 60-150 years. Pre-order the bop kit HERE




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 vintagedrums@aol.com and I can help you.

 

SNEAK PEEK AT THE DRUM ART DISPLAY IN OUR IL. SHOP. Videos coming soon!

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.

SEE OUR NAMM ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR NEW PRODUCTS AND PARTNERS HERE.

New listings in our NY store!!! Cool stuff:

 Craviotto Mahogany kit.  HERE.

   

Gretsch 60s 6ply 13/16/22. In IL. WITH VIDEO!!!! Buy it HERE


 

MORE GREAT NAMM DRUMS FROM DRUM ART ON THEIR WAY TO ME. SEE THEM HERE.

 

NAMM 2020! SEE MY VIDEO AND BUY THE INCREDIBLE NEW "FAT BOY" SNARE DRUM from Drum Art, Italy $699!: 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.

 

 

We're proud and honored to be the #1 Gretsch dealer for 2019. This was presented to me at NAMM and will be proudly displayed in my office. Don Lombardi, Chris Lombardi, John Good, Fred Gretsch, Paul Cooper, Andrew and the entire DW/Gretsch team are like family to us. Can't think of better partners!

 

The largest inventory of USA made Gretsch drums in the world! Here are 83 in IL alone, plus we have 20 more in the IL warehouse, plus our inventory in NY and at Fork's! Contact Steve at vintagedrums@aol.com or at 630-865-6849.  NY call Jess or Eddie 212-730-8138. Fork's call 615-383-8343.

 

Gretsch USA Custom, Broadkaster and Brooklyn. A few of our in-stock kits in IL below:

   Broadkaster Mardi Gras 12/14/18/5.5 HERE.        

 

USA Custom Sat Wal 12/14/20/5.5 HERE. and  Brooklyn Satin Maple 12/14/20/5x14 HERE.
 

  Broadkaster Gold Spkl 13/16/24/6.5 HERE.  and  Broadkaster Mardi Gras 13/16/22/6.5 HERE.

   

 USA Custom Vintage Champagne Spkl 12/14/14x16 BD/5.5x14. HERE. and Brooklyn Creme Oyster 12/14/20/5x14 HERE.

 

USA Custom Vintage Champagne Spkl 12/14/18/5.5x14 HERE.  and Brooklyn Creme Oyster 13/16/22/6.5x14 HERE.

 

 

We are 'Sonor Central' for your SQ2 kits. Six kits in stock now (the four below just arrived, more details soon).  See our Sonor Central page HERE.

Sonor SQ2. Amazing drums! 12/14/18/6.5 Video too. African Marble over vintage maple shells. HERE

Ludwig 110th anniversary Diamond Flash Legacy Mahogany 13/16/22 and 6.5x14 available. Very limited. IN STOCK AND READY TO SHIP. See it on our Reverb page. HERE

Tama Star Walnut Japanese Sen Burst at Fork's. Three sets! HERE. HERE. HERE.

    



 

 

HERE IS A GRETSCH BROOKLYN KIT. 13/16/22/6.5 WITH VIDEO! HERE.


Gretsch one-off factory 3D Moire 8x12, 14x14, 12x16 BD! See it at our NY Reverb store 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!

 

OUR VIDEO CHANNEL: HERE

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.


 

 


 


NEWS

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.

 

VIDEO CHANNEL: See all of our videos hereyoutube.com/stevemaxwelldrums  We've got over 130 videos.  

LATEST PRODUCTScymbals, drum setssnaresall items      ALL THINGS GRETSCH: sets, snares  

ALL CRAVIOTTO: Here  VINTAGE & NEW: sets, snares  

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:

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 oftenClick 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:

Please always feel free to call Steve's cell directly at 630-865-6849 ANYTIME at all. We definitely want to communicate with you. The highest quality service is our hallmark, and we take this very seriously. Steve

 

 

 

 


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