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WE NOW USE REVERB FOR ALL ONLINE SALES. SHOP ALL THREE STORES - ILLINOIS REVERB: HERE  NYC REVERB: HERE FORK'S REVERB: HERE. Maxwell shop hours and locations: HERE . Fork's is back open. NY and Illinois still TBD but operating online.

 

Sad news: My good friend Arnie Lang passed away July 5th. See my tribute here.

Maxwell Private Auctions bid page is being developed and will be ready soon for online bidding. We will also be having private viewing events as well. Stay tuned. We still have a few items left from the Chicago Collection. See the items on the left side.

 

 

 

JUST IN:

- 7/24/21: 15 new Zildjian cymbals. 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. 

 

 

 

 

 

Some killer sets we just listed on Reverb!

Steve's store demo Sonor SQ2 12/14/20 in "traffic yellow". See listing HERE.

 

Gretsch Broadkaster 12/14/20/5.5x14 in our exclusive Mardi Gras wrap. See listing HERE

How about Gretsch Brooklyn in our exclusive Mardi Gras? 13/16/22/6.5x14. See listing HERE.

We have Ludwig Citrus Mod!!!! Brand new and we have some of the first sets and they are fantastic! I also have a video posted as well. See them on our Reverb store. HERE.

 

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.

- Amazing Sonor SQ2 kit. Store demo set that was used in a home studio for a few times. Truly beautiful. See the listing HERE.

- EXCLUSIVE for us from Zildian. 21" mini cup and 21" flat rides designed by Steve and made only for our shops. We have 25 mini cup in stock now in the range of 2008-2180 grams. The flat rides arrive next week. Will be on Reverb soon. Contact Steve at vintagedrums@aol.com for more info. $325 ea.

 

- Amazing Zickos acrylic kit. Truly innovative. With video. Don't miss it. See it listed HERE.

- Ludwig's new Burgundy Marine pearl (matching snare available too). On our Reverb store HERE.

 


- Pristine Tama Star Classic drum set. Listing is HERE.

 

- Ludwig dead mint Emerald Green Ltd Edition with gold hardware. Listing is HERE.

- ILLINOIS REVERB STORE: HERE.

Vintage items just in: More coming soon!


- Absolutely incredible 20s era Ludwig brass shell Super Sensitive 5x14 snare drum. Complete with both strainers and wires, and in superb shape.

 - A VERY special Craviotto snare drum: 5.5x14 Birdseye maple #18 of 125 from Johnny's first birdseye run, signed and dated 2004.

- TONS of cymbal listings, both new and vintage. See them all HERE


Louie Bellson's Rogers WMP Drum Set and his wood Dynasonic snare drum! HERE.

Private Auction

The "Chicago Collection". Amazing collection with items to be available soon. Sample HERE. See some of the listings Craviotto NOS HERE. Craviotto NOS HERE. Gretsch 40s era 13/16/24 with 6.5x14 Gretsch Gladstone snare: HERE.

3/13: MORE FROM THE "CHICAGO COLLECTION":

Ludwig WMP late 60s. 13/13/16/22/22 original heads! Also a 10x14. Details soon:

 

Gretsch 135th Anniversary engraved snare drum. The last one off the production line. New Old Stock: HERE.

Incredible mint Trixon 60s kit 13/16/20/4.5x14. Buy it HERE.

Gretsch USA Custom Red Marine Pearl 12/14/20/5.5 vintage build. But it 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: SONOR! We have a huge shipment of Sonor drums. SQ2, SQ1, and Vintage series.12 pallets of drums arrived in our IL store on 12/21. See some pics HERE. Also, we have 9 kits (SQ2, SQ1 and Vintage) that just arrived at our Fork's Drum Closet shop in Nashville. We will be your go-to source in Nashville, the Midwest, and the NYC area for this entire line. SPECIAL TREAT: Our Chicagoland store will have on display Jack DeJohnette's famous black Sonor kit with copper hardware that has a two page long discography! Stay tuned!!!

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.

 

We have 28 unique Gretsch kits coming in! Finishes you can't get anywhere else! See them and pre-order 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 a Fibes "Double Forte Plus" kit: https://youtu.be/BW5QxdqsrfE

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 (vintagedrums@aol.com).

See the 13/16/22 kit HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7/23/20: NEWS! COMING TO THE IL STORE, the Curated Vintage Collection, Added even more sneek peak pics on 5/8: HERE. Steve will be writing a monthly column for Modern Drummer magazine. Details HERE

WORKING FROM HOME? HAVE EXTRA TIME? BUY FROM US ONLINE! Here's one for you: Ludwig Legacy Mahogany Jazzette in Aged Onyx 8x12, 14x14, 14x18. Special deal: 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 vintagedrums@aol.com 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.

4/11/20: ASBA drums are here! Hand made in France and truly incredible. Read about them and see our stock HERE.

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.




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.

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 


 


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  

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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

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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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