Updated 10/06/2010 02:54 PM
Midtown Shop-Museum Displays Great Drummers' Kits
The Steve Maxwell Vintage & Custom Drum Shop & Museum in Manhattan is a haven for drummers and music fans alike. NY1's Roger Clark filed the following report.
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Above the streets of Times Square, drum store owner Steve Maxwell pounds the skins on a kit once used by the great drummer Joe Morello.
"That it is Joe's kit that he used with Dave Brubeck from ’61 till about ’67," says Maxwell.
It is just one of the historic drum kits at the Steve Maxwell Vintage & Custom Drum Shop on Music Store Row, around Seventh Avenue near 48th Street.
Maxwell has been collecting drums for some 40 years, and eventually opened a store in Chicago. Two-and-a-half years ago, he decided to open up shop in Times Square.
"Have some high-end vintage stuff, have some celebrity stuff and things a working musician can use too," says Maxwell.
Visitors get to see some drums and kits that provided the beat for some of the greats of jazz, like a kit used by Elvin Jones kit from the 1970s, a snare drum used by Buddy Rich and another snare used by Gene Krupa.
"Slingerland made that drum for Gene when he left the Benny Goodman band to start his own band in the late ’30s," says Maxwell.
People at Maxwell's store say many of the world's top drummers come to shop and are in awe of the vintage kits, because some of their idols once played on them.
"Quite a few of the really well-known players come in and they have quite a bit of reverence for some of these kits because these were their mentors and teachers also," says store manager and drummer Jess Birch.
The store is on the third floor of 723 Seventh Avenue. For more information, visit www.maxwelldrums.com.