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1. About Maxwell Private Auctions

1. Billy Gladstone Drum Set

1. Buddy Rich's Dynasonic Snare Drum

1. Craviotto Sequoia 2750 years old. 1 of 3.


1. Gretsch 50s Copper Mist 12 14 20


1. Louie Bellson's Rogers Set and WMP 5x14 Dynasonic

1. Ludwig Oyster Pink is back!




1. The Curated Vintage Museum Collection


1. Vintage Marketplace Update from Steve

1.Paul Francis Cymbal Craftsman

Arnie Lang

ASBA Drums are here


Charlie Watts

Chicago-land store update

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Cymbal Lathing at Maxwell's

Drum Art Fat Boy snare drum

Drum Art Other Stave Snares

DW buys Slingerland

Joe Segal, Jazz Showcase founder, passes away at 94

Papa Jo Jones 4x14 Ludwig Black Beauty Snare Drum

Rogers Dyna Prototypes and First Two Drums

SOLD. 1. Chicago Collection Craviotto Kit 436. 13/16/22/6.5 NOS

SOLD. 1. Chicago Collection Ludwig 12/14/20 Psych Red with rail

SOLD. 1. Chicago Collection. Ludwig 60s Pysch red 13/16/22 with

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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 . NOTE: Our NYC store is now closed on Mondays. Open Tues-Sat. 


6/30/22: Steve's Vintage Marketplace Update. Read it HERE

6/30/22: CHECK THIS OUT!!! List has been updated with new "incoming" items, including a dead mint one owner 60s Ludwig burgundy sparkle 13/16/22 with Supra and all stands and pedals; Camco Oaklawn super clean white moire 12/16/20; a Craviotto kit and a Rogers champagne sparkle 13/16/22. AND, incredibly, another transition badge 1960 Ludwig oyster pink set! This one is 13/16/22. And, we have a Ludwig black panther 12/13/16/22 coming in. Is it citrus mod sitting under that thin wrap??? See the updated list HERE.

SOLD in 1 day. 6/24/22: Ludwig. Original oyster pink 50s transition badge 12/14/20! Only about 30 drum sets were ever made, very few exist, and most were 13/16/22. Incredible rarity. See listing and detailed photos at the link below:




SOLD in 1 day. 6/24/22: Incredible 100 year old 4x14 Ludwig Black Beauty, ex Chad Cromwell. Superb drum and the famous heavy Ludwig 2 pc shell that is "THE" sound of so many hit recordings. One pic here, but see detailed pics at the link below:




6/24/22: Unique! 1 of 1. Craviotto Timeless Timber 600 yr old Birch. 5x13 with abalone inlay on shell and on wood hoops. Sneak pic here. More pics and details at the link below:

6/24/22 Lots in stock! Check our IL Reverb store HERE

THE FIRST LUDWIG DOWNBEAT VISTALITE SET MADE IN 40 YEARS!! Here it is: Clear Vistalite 8x12, 14x14, 14x20 and 5x14 snare (snare en route). Our exclusive Vistalite kits with 18" and 20" bass drums are starting to ship. We have 30 sets coming. See this set and a yellow Vistalite Downbeat during the Chicago Drum Show 5/21 and 5/22and at my Chicagoland shop. This first kit below is not for sale. We're keeping #1 for the collection.




Ludwig. Exclusive Rose Marine Pearl.



New Gretsch drum sets. In Stock, no 8 month wait! : Broadkaster Walnut  HERE. Brooklyn Fiesta Pearl! HERE. Broadkaster Millenium Maple and Walnut. HERE.

4/6/22: LUDWIG VISTALITE IS BACK! And, we have exclusivity for kits with 18" and 20" bass drums!!!!! See all details HERE








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




It's HERE! See my video HERE. Gene Krupa's Billy Gladstone snare drum! Incredibly historic and one of the rarest and most desirable drums in the world. I have the honor of brokering this drum. The drum will be avalable to view by appointment in my Illinois store. Serious inquiries to

And here it is in my office along side Buddy's wood dyna and Louie's wood dyna. Gene, Buddy and Louie together. Drumming royalty!



2/8/22:You want Craviotto Timeless Timber?, most New Old Stock? The finest and rarest? You have come to the right place! Here are 8 and there are more coming! HERE

Incredibly rare Gretsch 50s era 3 ply 12/14/20 in copper mist and owned by a prominent jazz artist. See some pics and a link to my video HERE.

1/28/22: Buddy Rich's Rogers WMP Dynasonic snare drum that he gifted to Irv Kluger. This is truly a historic piece that I once again have the honor of brokering for sale. See photos and a link to my video HERE. 1/28: And, check out this video slideshow with Buddy's Dyna AND Louie Bellson's Dyna, plus a cool back story: HERE.

1/20/22: It's back!!! Ludwig Oyster Pink!! I have kits coming in! Check out the details HERE.  

1/19/22: Gretsch drum sets on order. We have over 30 kits in the queue with many in our special proprietary finishes (Mardi Gras, Espresso Burst, Fiesta Pearl, Burgundy Sparkle, Satin Copper Mist). Gretsch delivery dates are running 6 months or more due to supply chain issues, so we have a large number of kits queued up to arrive throughout the year. You can reserve one by contacting Steve at See the list HERE.

MORE JUST IN: I have a very large collection of superb instruments that we just acquired. Most of these will be handled through private sales. Here we go:

1/19/22: See my video for Craviotto Timeless Timber birdseye/gold 5.5x14 #149 and Timeless Timber Birch #100 of 100 HERE.

1/19/22: JUST POSTED. New video for Craviotto Timeless Timber 5.5x14 1 of 1 birdseye/gold and also Timeless Timber Birch 4x14 #12 of 25. See the video slideshow HERE.

1/19: Just Posted: 1 of 1 Craviotto Timeless Timber birdseye/gold 5.5x14. This shell is what Johnny called "curlybird" since it is both birdseye and some curly maple. Contact Steve at or by text at 630-865-6849. I have more pics:


1/19: Just posted: #12 of 25 Craviotto Timeless Timber Birch 4x14. Contact Steve at or by text at 630-865-6849. I have more pics:



Next: Another incredible New Old Stock Craviotto 5.5x14 Timeless Timber snare drum. This drum is #100 of #100 Timeless Timber Birch. The grain on this drum is stunning and much more interesting than standard birch. Amazing, historic and ready to go to a new home. Contact Steve at for more pics and info.







Next: Amazing AK copper bop kit. New Old Stock 12/14/18/4x14. Adrian made 3 kits several years ago and these were his first drum sets. He kept one, we had one which we sold, and this is the third one. This set was sold and kept in NOS condition and then sold to my client who also kept it in NOS condition. See the listing HERE.




1/28/22: Here now! The next phase of Genesis by Maxwell cymbals, created through an alliance with Murat Diril. We have our new batch which includes 14 hats, 18s, 20s and 22s. Fantastic and hand hammered. See the listings on our IL Reverb store HERE.  Video and sound files soon!

Time to feature some great items in our NY store:

- Yamaha 20th Anniversary Recording Custom set 12/13/16/22/6.5. Killer! HERE.



The Billy Gladstone drum set has been sold and now resides in the museum at Percussive Arts Society in Indianapolis, IN in a permanant display. See details and videos HERE


ORDER NOW: Craviotto. I have two others  in the queue, which will be ready in 7 months: 9x13, 16x16, 14x22, 5.5x14 and 8x12, 14x14, 14x20, 5.5x14. Inquire now to reserve one. Buildout is exactly like my personal kit below. Contact Steve at and also see it HERE

SOLD IN 24 HOURS. AND....THE FINEST BY FAR, AND LIKELY THE ONLY SET IN THESE SIZES, COLOR AND CONDITION! Ludwig Oyster Pink Downbeat 8x12, 14x14, 14x20, 4x14 with all stands and pedals. This is the catalog pic. More pics of our kit coming soon, but see the two below the catalog pic which show our set (cymbals not included). This will be a private sale so contact me at if interested.




Craviotto 4x14 birdseye maple from Johnny's personal collection. HERE.

Craviotto's FIRST 4x14 snare drum! HERE.

11/14/21 UPDATE: Truly historic event: - THE GLADSTONE DRUM SET will be permanently on display at the PAS museum in Indianapolis, IN. We brokered this sale and our client graciously donated the set to PAS. The set made its debut at the PASIC convention 11/11-11/13. The PAS display will be enhanced in 2022 to include the first two original Gladstone snares (from Shelley Manne and Buster Bailey) as well as more Gladstone related information. The display will be named for the donors, David and Colette Wood. See Steve's quick video here:

Tuesday 9/28 we unveiled one of the rarest and historic drum sets in the world of vintage drums! It's here: One of only 2 complete Billy Gladstone drum sets. Pristine condition and superb provenance. One of the rarest sets in the world. And: Billy's 1940s era Gretsch Gladstone (gold hardware, gold painted shell, 2 way tuning) snare drum with replica of Billy's original gold drum stand. We will be posting social media updates as well as YouTube blasts. Stay Tuned!!!! Some pics. More coming today. And, see our 15 min video here:




AND: Steve Jordan's rig for the Stones tour. Gretsch 9x13, 14x14, 14x24 and Craviotto Timeless Timber Birch 6.5x14 (600 year old wood).

In Stock:

- Slingerland 40s era Radio King white painted lacquer 9x13, 16x16, 14x28! Mahogany shells!!! HERE.

- See our IL Reverb store for more. HERE.


Sad news: Charlie Watts passes away at age 80. See my tribute to my friend HERE. And see my You Tube tribute HERE.





8/24/21: My good friend Arnie Lang passed away July 5th. See my tribute here.













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. 









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.




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


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:

Steve playing his Fibes 8x12, 14x14, 12x18 acrylic prototype kit:

Steve playing the Gretsch Catalina Special Edition bop kit:

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 (

See the 13/16/22 kit 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 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.


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.


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!



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.


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

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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 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 630-865-6849 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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