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.
REGULAR HOURS: NY Store: Mon-Fri 11-7. Sat. 11-6. Sun Closed. Glendale Heights Store: Fri 11-6, Sat 10-5, other times by appointment. Phone and address: 630-237-4997. 2000 Bloomingdale Rd Unit #110. Glendale Heights, IL. 60139.
VIDEO CHANNEL: HERE OUR PODCAST CHANNEL: HERE And, our podcast is now available on iTunes!! 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.
- NEWS UPDATE: CYMBAL LATHING comes to our Chicagoland store as our "Genesis by Maxwell" line of re-lathed vintage cymbals! See details! HERE.
11/7/18: Major chain-wide expansion updates:
- Over $50,000 of Gretsch USA Custom and Broadkaster en route: See the list and pre order HERE.
- The Power of 3: Our new chain-wide marketing plan is underway: HERE.
- Nashville Fork's Drum Closet update HERE. PICS OF THE NEW SHOP! HERE.
- NYC Maxwell shop upcoming redesign and expansion: HERE.
- Our annual Zildjian K Day in NYC is set for Dec. 8th: HERE.
- Introducing the "Nashville Special" kits. DW & Gretsch. Special finish & Craviotto solid shell snare drum. HERE
- 11/7/18: Reverb stores up now for both IL HERE and NY HERE. And, see the Fork's Drum Closet Reverb store HERE. We are a Reverb Preferred Seller and use Reverb Direct for payments and, you can take advantage of Reverb's financing plan for larger purchases! LOTS of new listings and some "sale price" items too.
STEVE'S FEATURED ITEMS: 11/7/18:
- UNREAL: New Old Stock 2013, made in Japan, Yamaha Recording Custom 12/14/18. We took these out of the boxes ourselves! HERE. Ludwig Trans Badge 13/16/20/5.5x14 and extra 12" tom silver sparkle. HERE.Craviotto walnut solid shell 10/12/14/20! No waiting! HERE.
- Three incredible vintage kits heading down to Fork's in Nashville: HERE. HERE. HERE.
- Sonor AQ2 series Martini drum set with video demo: HERE.
- BRAND NEW from Gretsch, limited edition snare! We have 6 of the 30 being produced. HERE.
- BRAND NEW MICRO BOP BROOKLYN kit from Gretsch. We have the first ones! HERE. Lots of new listings for drum sets HERE.
Amazingly rare 50s era WFL kit 8x12, 12x14FT, 12x22! HERE. A & F Mahogany 8x12, 14x14, 14x20 with mahogany wood hoops! HERE.Rare transition badge COB 5x14 Ludwig Supra! HERE.
Gretsch of course! see it HERE.
- 7/15: Tribute to Johnny Craviotto: HERE. LOTS OF NEW ITEMS. Grestch "30th St" bop kit made for Maxwell Drums. HERE. Craviotto Birdseye Private Reserve snare! HERE. Incredible Adrian Kirchler "Full Dress" Nickel over Brass snare drum! HERE. VERY cool Lang/Gladstone snares HERE. HERE. Loads of new listings for snares HERE. UNREAL! Gretsch vintage RB caddy green in 12/14/20/4x14 sizes! One of only two known complete kits. HERE.
More cool "vintage kits": Amazing 60s Ludwig kit: HERE. Fabulous Gretsch 60s kit HERE. Drop dead killer 1954 one-owner Premier kit complete with stands and pedals and original calf heads. HERE.
AK Copper shell 12/14/18/4x14 Bop Kit sold in 24 hours but we can order one. HERE. British Drum Company Lounge series kits and Big Softy snares are in stock. Wonderful stuff. Audio/video too. See kits HERE. See snares HERE. BDC Big Softy snare drum! HERE.
Lots of new listings for vintage cymbals. HERE. HERE. See entire Maxwell reproduction hardware line HERE. Noble & Cooley rare 80s six pc kit. HERE. Gretsch Brooklyn series mardi gras wrap bop kit. HERE. The BEST $15 you'll ever spend: HERE. Gretsch Brooklyn series in Mardi Gras! HERE, and HERE. New repro part! . Available complete or separate parts. See them all HERE. ESPRESSO BURST on Gretsch Brooklyn kit!! HERE.
NEW!!! SNARE BUMPER! No more snare rash on your tom! See it and buy it now for only $15. HERE.
Gretsch USA unique and cool Jazz Legends series drum set: HERE. NEW and exclusive for us with DW. Incredible Classic Series and Mardi Gras wrap!! HERE and HERE.
NEW CATEGORY: 3/17 updated 3:30pm. STEVE'S SNARE DRUM PICKS: HERE.
NEW CATEGORY: 3/17 update. PLAYER GRADE KITS. HERE.
NEW! Rogers cymbal L arm and swivo tilter repro!! HERE. In stock:
NEW! Steve's Video Selections page. HERE.
UPDATE: NEW! Introducting the limited edition Craviotto/Gladstone snares! ORDER NOW. INFO HERE. Video and pics HERE
Gretsch repro 4 point butt plate! HERE. More parts just added for Ludwig and Slingerland. Vintage Reproduction Parts! order now! HERE. Video info page on the entire Craviotto line! 22 videos for you to choose from! 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 Craviotto Center Stage kit: HERE.
Jan 7: Read Steve's comments about DW acquiring owned and licensed KMC brands, including Gretsch. HERE.
Jan 8, 2015:
See our Maxwell Drums line re-launch for our new snares! Taking orders now! And check out this pic of the 6.5!!
Updates and Specials:
Our Gretsch Jazz Legends series is here. 3 sets in stock! Same set up as Elvin and Art Blakey with 12x16 bass drum. HERE.
Anyone out there wondering if they should buy a Gretsch USA jazz kit? We'll settle that for you. Just click HERE.
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!
9/17/13: Billy Gladstone drum set news!HERE.
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:
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.
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
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