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Best Pedal for Casio Keyboards.
on October 19, 2012
I've been playing piano for most of my life (24 years), and Casio keyboards for almost 15 years. I've used several different kinds (and brands) of pedals with my keyboards.
At first, I had a Casio Pedal in a lower model - Either the current SP3R or the equivalent that was available 15 years ago. Either way, it was a small black plastic square, which is obviously different than the sustain pedal on an actual piano. Likewise, it felt just about as real as it looked; it consstantly slid out of place was very stiff - i pretty much had to stomp on it to make sure it was all the way down. One night, it literally broke into pieces in the middle of a gig, and I started using more life-like pedals from other keyboard brands.
I had borrowed friends' pedals from Yamaha (and a few more brands i don't remember) and quickly learned that they worked the opposite way of how they were supposed to work; when i didn't step on the pedal the notes would sustain, and stopped when i stepped down. Appearantly, all Casio keyboards are made with the opposite polarity of most brands ... great. I knew a couple of keyboardists who could play with a pedal like that, but I could never get the hang of it.
So I eventually got a "universal" pedal from OnStage Gear. It has a polarity switch on the bottom so that it should work with any keyboard. For a year or two, it worked fine (with a little slippage here and there). But gradually it became unreliable. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't. I tested the switch on a friend's Yamaha keyboard and it worked, but not on my Casio. I got another one that immeadiately started acting funny on me, and the third one didn't work for me at all, though they all worked fine on my friend's Yamaha.
Then I finally found the Casio SP20. It looked and felt real, the rubber textured bottom kept it from slipping, and most of all IT WORKED! The only reason i just got a new one after three years is because I sold it with my old Casio keyboard (in order to get a higher model Casio). So far, this new pedal works just as great as the last one does. The Casio SP20 truly is the ONLY sustain pedal I've found that works RELIABLY with Casio keyboards.