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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.

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.


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!!! We are now your exclusive midtown NYC location for the Tama Star series sets!!! Details HERE.

BIG NEWS!!! DW, Gretsch and LP NYC Artist Lounge and Showroom coming to the 4th floor!! See press release HERE.

Daniel Glass upcoming workshop in NYC at Drummers Collective!! Details HERE

- 5/24: Our Illinois shop has relocated to a new, larger facility: Details HERE. Call us on our new number 630-237-4997. Come see us at 2000 Bloomingdale Rd Unit #110. Glendale Heights, IL. 60139. Fridays 11-6. Sat 10-5. Other hours by appointment.  

- 5/27: 3:00 pm: Chicago Drum Show vintage sets are selling fast (just added Gretsch RB silver sparkle 12-14-20-5.5! Camco Oaklawn, Gretsch RB tangerine 18" bop kit, dead mint Radio King kit, and another Gretsch RB kit) so check the link to see today's status update for the 12 rare vintage kits HERE.  We're adding stuff like crazy! Craviotto walnut Marquise lug kit. HERE. Ludwig 60s WMP 12/14/18! HERE. Craviotto NEW Marquise lug drum set. HERE. THE FIRST GRETSCH Peacock Satin Flame kits a 12-14-18-5.5 and a 13-16-22-6.5! HERE and HERE. HUGE Zildjian K Con order just in NY! Gretsch 18" bop kit Jasper shell bargain. HERE. Grestch RB 13/16/22 deal. HERE. Gretsch copper and bronze new snares HERE. Amazing Craviotto bop kit with sound file! HERE.  Leedy 40s era kit! HERE. Ludwig Trans Badge kit! HERE. Gretsch 12/14/18/5.5 special. HERE. Canopus "The Maple" snare deal. HERE. Gretsch USA Shell Bank in NY fully stocked!! Call NY 212-730-8138 and grab yours. See pic HERE. Gretsch "vinyard" Jasper shell jazz kit! HERE. K Istanbul 20" HERE. K Istanbul 22" HERE.  KITS OF THE DAY:  Special Deal on Gretsch 12/14/18/5x14 deal! Last one at this special price!! HERE.  Another Gretsch kit: See details HERE.

Very cool 50s Slingerland kit. HERE.  

Gretsch Broadkaster 18-12-14-5.5 one-off drum set! HERE.  Mitch Mitchell's 60s era Ludwig drum set! HERE. Beautiful vintage Sonor Phonic kit in rosewood. HERE.  Beautiful Tama Star series bop kit in stock and ready! HERE.  Gretsch CURLY MAPLE is back!! HERE. 

NEW! Rogers cymbal L arm and swivo tilter repro!! HERE.  1/10 Ludwig 12/14/18! HERE. Craviotto Black Diamond 5.5x14 #25 of 25!!! HERE. In stock: An amazing one-off Gretsch USA! Unreal. HERE. 12/31   Ludwig Jazzette in rose marine pearl!!! HERE. The most amazing Top Hat and Cane set ever! HERE. Rogers set with cocktail set up. HERE.  

NEW! Steve's Video Selections page. HERE. Craviotto ash kit HERE. Special Craviotto maple kit HERE. Beautiful and special Craviotto snare HERE. Craviotto unique WMP 5.5x14 from the first wrapped kit ever made. HERE. Craviotto 6.5 maple HERE.  Ludwig 5x14 60s pre serial era alloy Super Sensitive HERE.

- NEW from Craviotto! Center Stage kits in new sizes! Info HERE. 12/15/22 kit HERE. 13/16/24 kit HERE.


UPDATE: Prototypes and serial #00, 01, 02, 03, 04 and 07 now sold! Call now. 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.

Incredible Craviotto caddy green/curly maple/caddy green kit with video and sound in 3 different tunings. Truly amazing versatility. HERE.

LOADS of vintage cymbals just added in Latest Products HERE.  See our new video on our Maxwell snare drum line HERE. And see our current Maxwell snare stock 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.

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: 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 or simply click HERE.

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" 

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.

Naperville (Chicago-land): 630-778-8060.  Hours: 11-6 Fri. 10-5 Sat. Other hours by appointment. Mgr. Steve Maxwell Jr.

Manhattan Shop:212-730-8138. Mgr. Jess Birch   Hours: Mon-Fri 11-7 and Sat. 11-6 

VIDEO CHANNEL: See all of our videos  We've got over 130 videos.  

LATEST PRODUCTScymbals, drum setssnaresall 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  



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







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

Click Here for all of the Maxwell News and Latest Updates. 





Grestch 20/12/14/5.5 60s silver sparkle drum set
Grestch 20/12/14/5.5 60s silver sparkle drum set
Zildjian 15" A. Hi Hats 815/945g
Zildjian 15" A. Hi Hats 815/945g
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Camco 20/12/14/5.5 Oaklawn Purple Moire rare drum set

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