The Green Machine Cocktail Kit
Where the Graham Pedal was Born
Inventor Andy Graham loved the simplicity and portability of the cocktail-style drum kits of the 1940's, but avoided them because they lack a functioning, foot-operated hi-hat.
Because you have to stand up to play, cocktail kit players have only one free foot to play the bass drum pedal with.
Being a drummer influenced by Neil Peart and Stewart Copeland, a working hi-hat was essential. Adding a stationary X-Hat to the kit, as many cocktail kit players do, just wasn't going to be enough.
A machine designer by trade, Andy went to work to find an elegant solution to this problem, and built the Green Machine from scratch using 2 floor tom shells and various cymbal stand parts.
It uses a dual-lever system to operate the hi-hat pedal and worked perfectly after just a little practice. Since then, the Green Machine has been Andy's main kit for bands, recording, and his unique solo performances.
International Attention in 2016
After the Green Machine was featured in the May 2016 issue of Modern Drummer Magazine , Andy received many requests to build similar kits for other drummers.
Realizing quickly that it would be too time-consuming (and expensive) to reproduce the kit, Andy offered a free 'How to build the Green Machine' tutorial video, then went to work building a series of prototype stand-alone units - the predecessors to the Graham Pedal.
Later, Andy improved several of the Green Machine's features and made a walk-thru video:
Andy's Main Kit
Andy Graham now performs his solo act exclusively with the Green Machine and his hallmark Triple Didgeridoo Rack: