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
OUR PODCAST CHANNEL: HERE
And, our podcast is now available on iTunes!! (New episode posted March 4th!)
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.
SEE DRUM! MAGAZINE ON NEWS STANDS NOW. REVIEW OF CRAVIOTTO SNARES! Buy one from us HERE.
7/27: SAD NEWS: Vic Firth has passed away at age 85.
JUST ADDED: The ultimate vintage Slingerland bop kit. Ultra rare and ultra hip. HERE. Gretsch repro 4 point butt plate! See it and pre-order it HERE. More parts just added for Ludwig and Slingerland. Vintage Reproduction Parts! Pre-order now! HERE. Video info page on the entire Craviotto line! 22 videos for you to choose from! HERE.
7/27: 4pm UPDATE. Items are moving fast from this list. Check back daily. JUST IN:
Call the NY store at 212-730-8138. Just in: Huge shell bank shipment of Gretsch USA drums satin millenium maple and satin walnut.
Fibes early Farmingdale, NY snare. HERE. Many more snares listed. HERE.
Incredible Craviotto caddy green/curly maple/caddy green kit with video and sound in 3 different tunings. Truly amazing versatility. HERE.
Gretch 3 ply 12-16-22 lightly used satin maple HERE.
Sonor Benny Greb 5.75x13 snare drum HERE.
Gretsch USA 12/14/18/5.5 new chestnut duco satin with video! HERE.
LOADS of vintage cymbals just added in Latest Products HERE. Craviotto cherry 12-14-20-5.5 just in HERE. Ludwig Legacy Mahogany 12-14-20-5.5 in burgundy sparkle! HERE. See our new video on our Maxwell snare drum line HERE. And see our current Maxwell snare stock HERE.
NO WAITING. I have 27 Craviotto kits IN STOCK! NO ONE stocks more. These three Craviotto kits just arrived: #572 12-14-18-5.5 Ash 45/45 edges $5450 HERE. Kit #575 13-16-24-6.5 Cherry BB/45 edges $6100 HERE. Kit #577 13-16-22-6.5 Mahogany BB/45 edges $6900 HERE. Call Steve 630-865-6849. Craviotto 12/14/20/5.5 cherry #576 HERE. Ludwig WMP 13/16/16/22/5x14 only $995! HERE. Ludwig 60s silver sparkle 12-14-20 and Jazz Fest snare $1500! HERE. LOTS of newly added cymbal listings. HERE. Insane Craviotto kit! HERE. Fibes kit!!! HERE. Gretsch Brooklyn one of only 8 kits! HERE.
May 8: 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.
Not one but TWO kits that were originally owned by Art Blakey! HERE and HERE.
Our new custom drum key is here. Machined by Trick Drums and laser engraved for us. Best key on the market: HERE.
SAD NEWS: Lennie DiMuzio passed away March 7th. See Steve's tribute to Lennie 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.
The new Sonor Vintage Series is coming to our shops!! HERE.
Jan 19th: EXCLUSIVE for us with Ludwig: Rose Marine Pearl!! See it HERE.
Jan 15th: AND NOW..... New from Ludwig USA! The 50s era mahogany shell is back!!! Legacy Mahogany!! See it HERE.
Jan 15th: ARE YOU READY!!!! NEW PRODUCTS FROM CRAVIOTTO FOR 2015!! The new Craviotto solid shell $3600 Center Stage 3pc drum set HERE. And, the new $649 solid maple Johnny C series snares HERE. INCREDIBLE DEALS!!! And, see Steve's overview of the 2015 Craviotto mid line product offerings 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! See them and see Steve's video as well: HERE and HERE. And check out this pic of the 6.5!!
9/10: Check this now for information about an important collection we are brokering! 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.
9/4: Amazing review in DRUM! Magazine for the Craviotto 2-in-1 set and the floor tom/bass drum conversion. On news stands now! Don't miss it. And, I just ordered 14, yes 14, new Craviotto kits! See what's coming in and call me for more information and to discuss further.
Updates and Specials:
1) 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) Angel 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.
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.
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!
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.
Naperville (Chicago-land): 630-778-8060. Hours: 11-6 Fri. 10-5 Sat. Other hours by appointment. Mgr. Steve Maxwell Jr. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Manhattan Shop:212-730-8138. Mgr. Jess Birch email: email@example.com Hours: Mon-Fri 11-7 and Sat. 11-6
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.
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.
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
STEVE'S VINTAGE TIPS: Click Here
STEVE'S DEAL OF THE DAY: Click Here
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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
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