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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on October 17, 2013
This pedal works with my Yamaha keyboard and my Roland electronic piano. All I had to do was flip the switch on the bottom. The pedal is heavy, so it does not slide. It is also well sized for the foot--not too small. Feels like a real sustain pedal! You can't beat the price either. I recommend!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2011
3 stars due to false claims.

True Statement: High-quality chrome foot pedal

It is a very nicely built unit. I had one of these already and it works well and has held up great.

False Statement: with expressive half-pedal capabilities

It did not do half-pedal damper with my Korg M50. After finding that it doesn't do this, I looked through the opening that the pedal sticks through to see that there are soft-membrane switches not a potentiometer like the half-damper pedals have. I ordered a Korg DSH1 pedal and that does do half-damper so I know it wasn't a problem with my keyboard. I'm bummed about this because the DSH1 is overpriced and doesn't have the nice rounded pedal that the M-Audio unit has.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on July 4, 2008
The description leaves out an important feature of this pedal--a polarity switch. Some keyboards interpret the signal from the pedal differently, meaning that if you match the wrong pedal with the wrong keyboard, then the sustain is on when the pedal is up.

This pedal has a polarity switch, so it can be used for either style keyboard.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Hate to have to do this because I generally like M Audio's stuff (BX5a monitors are awesome!), and hate writing bad reviews, but this pedal is not worth the money. The pedal itself slides back and forth in its casing, and when mine slides to the left, it cuts my sustain off. Poor construction. Huge disappointment. Never had a problem with a piece of gear in 18 years until now. PLEASE don't put gear out unless it can withstand the rigors of performance! Again, I like M Audio just fine and am sorry to bag on them, but this product is a huge disappointment.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on June 14, 2010
This pedal looks, feels, and works just right. It has a switch on the bottom for pedal up/circuit open or pedal up/circuit closed control so it easily is made compatible with any keyboard. Mine started squeaking, as others have complained about in some of the negative reviews. The problem is that the heavy-duty spring presses against metal at both ends. By unscrewing the five screws on the bottom of the pedal, I had no problem applying some high-quality bike chain oil to the bushings that hold the spring in place, which completely took care of the squeak. At first I thought that a rubber or plastic pad at both ends of the spring to prevent the squeak would have improved the design, but considering that rubber or plastic would eventually degrade with the constant rubbing of the spring, I think M Audio made the right choice. The rare application of oil really is not an unexpected or difficult maintenance requirement, and the pedal will last a very long time.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2012
had this pedal about six months, light use... died at a gig, really let me down. mAudio stuff seams to be getting cheaper & cheaper in quality : (
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2011
I am shocked by all the positive reviews on here. I have had THREE of these now. Each of them have broken after about 50 - 100 hours of use. I have been full time professional piano player for over a decade... this is the only product of any kind that I have ever specifically noticed is unreliable and inferior.
Avoid.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2009
I've used this on two different casio-brand keyboards. It works like it's supposed to. It sustains notes when your foot presses down. It lets the notes go when you lift your feet.

I've had mine for a year and a half with no problem. It's not something that will break easily. It's pretty durable and reliable.

There is a button on the bottom that changes the way the pedal sustains. In one setting, it works just like a real piano pedal. In the other setting, it works in reverse. In other words, it will sustain every note you play if the pedal is NOT pressed. Then when you press the pedal down, it stops sustaining. I believe the purpose of this is to account for different electrical wiring in pianos. If you find that your pedal is sustaining when it isn't supposed to, check the switch on the bottom.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 7, 2009
I bought this sustain pedal last spring for a Yamaha CP300 digital piano, and from outward appearance, and the reviews, the pedal seemed to be of high quality. After using it a few months however, I found that I couldn't keep it from moving along the floor, despite its rubber backing. No matter what I have done, short of velcro, the pedal will slide on the carpeted floor -- this is very annoying. Secondly, the pedal will squeak excessively when I push it with my foot. Pushing the pedal down by hand doesn't seem to create any noise so the squeaks must be due to some side-to-side motions that occur only when pushed with the foot. My wife has even complained about the troublesome squeaking and can hear it several rooms away. I can't see having to lubricate a new pedal with WD-40. Not recommended, and I am looking into alternatives.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2006
The good stuff: It feels like a proper keyboard pedal, the base is wide enough so that it doesn't flip over, and the rubber base is sufficiently grippy. A nice touch: a removable plastic cover is included so you can protect that shiny pedal if you like. There is a normally-open/normally-closed switch on the bottom for a little added compatibility.

The bad stuff: It can be noisy (the spring, not the signal) on springing back if your foot isn't positioned squarely, so mind your foot.

The obscure stuff: On this example, when set to closed (on) with foot off, resistance is 150 ohms closed. When set closed with foot down, it's 88 ohms closed. In both cases, open (off) is truly open. Whether or not this matters is between you and your keyboard.
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