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.
We support Black Lives Matter: HERE.
8/11/20: Joe Segal, Jazz Showcase founder, passes away at age 94. See our tribute HERE.
11/20: We have 28 unique Gretsch kits coming in! Finishes you can't get anywhere else! See them and pre-order HERE.
11/20: COOL STUFF JUST IN AND ON OUR REVERB STORE.
Craviotto Private Reserve 5.5x14 Curly Ambrosia: HERE. Cool Jasper shell Gretsch 12/14/18 from the early 1980s. HERE.
Not one, but two cool Rogers early 60s kits! HERE and HERE. Mid 60s Ludwig champagne sparkle kit! HERE.
Ludwig Classic Maple Rose Marine pearl in stock now! 12/14/18/5x14 HERE; These will be posted soon: 12/14/20/5x14; 13/16/22/6.5x14; 13/16/24/6.5x14; 10x14, 16x18, 14x24.
11/9: The Craviotto "Tonal Balance" series is back! The new version utilizes our small diamond cast lugs and is the same great shell design. Toms and bass drums have extra-shallow depths. The shorter depth with the solid maple shells allows the drums to "speak" quickly and the tone is superbly pure. This is an ideal configuration for the studio and also for live venues with small stages. The depth of the Tonal Balance toms is half the head diameter, so we have 5x10, 6x12, 7x14, 8x16 and these are accompanied by a 10x18 bass drum. This set will be in my Illinois store shortly with a video demo soon after. You can order any configuration of sizes here. Contact Steve at email@example.com for more info.
11/9: Absolutely the most stunning Craviotto snare drums imaginable. Check out this quartet of Private Reserve snares that just arrived in my IL shop. Left to right on bottom row: 6.5x14 Curly Ambrosis Maple; 7x14 Curly Maple; 6.5x14 Curly Ambrosia Maple; top drum is 5.5x14 Curly Ambrosia Maple. The figuring and color of the two 6.5s is unlike anything I have ever seen. All four are superb masterpieces and truly worthy of the Craviotto "Private Reserve" designation. Contact Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing information.
11/4: Craviotto Fall/Holiday special! 6.5x14 Maple solid shell, 8 lugs, 45/45 edges, classic double flange hoops and classic 3 point strainer. There's will only be 5 red, 5 green, 10 amber. We will have one red, one green and two amber. Shipping soon so order now! Contact Steve at Vintagedrums@aol.com or text me at 630-865-6849.
11/4:How about some links to fun videos? Here we go:
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
Noah plays a terrific "Ray Ayotte era" Ayotte kit. Three different tunings. GREAT set: https://youtu.be/_oWt_1_BefU
Slingerland 60s vintage kit 12/14/20/5x14 and all stands and pedals!! HERE.
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.
9/30: JUST IN! This has to be the cleanest Radio King kit I have ever seen! 13/16/22 and 5x14 solid maple shell Radio King snare drum. This set will be in the museum room in the IL store!
9/30: The BEST value in a low-cost bop kit by far!!!!! $899!!!! Grestch Catalina SE maple/walnut hybrid with wood hoops. Back before these were introduced to the public I was able to play these kits. I was 100% blown away by the sound and the quality. Visually, the kit is stunning and unless you knew if was a low-priced kit you’d think it was a $2500 set at least. Sonically it is fantastic. The maple/walnut shell within 30 degree edges is warm and articulate, and the wood hoops create what I call a more “organic” and “airy” sound. Then, there is the extra benefit of the wood hoops making each drum significantly lighter in weight. They are a breeze to move around. I can easily say that I would take this bop kit to ANY jazz gig and be proud to play it, and I don’t say things like this lightly. The purity of the tone with these shells and the wood hoops means that this set will record beautifully as well. At this price point the set is a must-have. Very limited quantities and these will no longer be made after the current stock is gone. Do yourself a favor and grab one. See it HERE.
SPECIAL DEAL: LUDWIG SUPRAPHONIC 400s. World's most recorded snare drum. SAVE! New. HERE.
WHAT HAVE WE HERE?????? MORE INFO SOON!!
And, another mystery set!!!! More info soon!
8/7/20: NEW! Craviotto clones of the Slingerland "Buddy Rich" style. One done with our Diamond Cast lug and one done with the Slingerland style lug. See them at our Reverb store HERE. HERE. You can even order these with wraps to match your set.
7/31: How about a Craviotto solid maple "Buddy Rich" "Slingerland style" snare for your kit??? See it HERE:
8/7: 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 (email@example.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!
7/21/20: Incredible Ludwig 5x14 SOLID SHELL 30s era WMP snare drum One of the best I have ever played. Collector piece or fine player! Text Steve at 630-865-6849.
Steve's audio/slideshow of Ludwig LM402 Supraphonic 6.5x14 snare drums. Two identical drums, one tuned low and one tuned high. This gives you a great sense for the versatility of this model. And, special pricing too! Buy them 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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!
Gretsch USA Custom, Broadkaster and Brooklyn. A few of our in-stock kits in IL below
USA Custom Sat Wal 12/14/20/5.5 HERE. and Brooklyn Satin Maple 12/14/20/5x14 HERE.
Brooklyn Creme Oyster 13/16/22/6.5x14 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.
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.
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.
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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 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!
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