Yamaha FC3 Dual Zone Piano Style Sustain Pedal
- Brand: Yamaha
- Product Code: FC3
- FC3 offers continuous sustain performing exactly as an acoustic piano would
- FC3 has a unique continuous zone that allows for different types of sustain
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Doesn't work on my PSRe-313. A little research showed that it works with only a few portable grands, most P- models, and a few others. The rest of us need the FC4(similar design) or FC5(cheapest, just on/off sustain) . Look in your owner's manual or go to yamaha.com and find your model, then look under "Assessories" to see what sustain pedals are compatible with your keyboard. Probably not compatible with any non-Yamaha keyboard.
I, and every serious player I know who has had one of these pedals, has had problems with it squeaking annoyingly. Usually it takes a while playing for this to start, which may have to do with the grease lubricant becoming warm over time, and less viscous. Otherwise the pedal operates well and covers the entire midi range from 0-127, unlike the Roland DP series half damper pedals which frequently don't cover the full range, but perhaps somewhere between 16-104 (it varies). So, the Yamaha pedal works properly but frequently produces an extremely distracting squeak that can be quite loud, and the Roland pedal generally doesn't squeak, but doesn't always cover the full midi range, which can leave notes hanging, sustaining when the pedal is not even being used.
In my opinion, both companies make excellent instruments and many other high quality items, but neither company has taken the time and care to fix what are DOCUMENTED PROBLEMS with their half damper pedals. That's a shame, really. I'd happily buy either of these pedals again if these issues were addressed.
Synopsis from reading the reviews and my experience.
* Performs well at simulating the pedal of an acoustic piano. Including half pedaling with a continuous range of sustain and damper control.
* Check your board's manual for compatibility, as it works only on keyboards that will support the two level sustain function that allows for continuous pedaling.
* From reviewers- Compatible with P75, P105, P155 and some others.
* From Yamaha- The FC3 is only compatible with: S90ES/XS, MOTIFXS/XF, P120,140,155,P250, P60, P70, P85/P95,NP30, All CP series digital pianos.
* All bets are off for use on other keyboard makes.
S. Guzman- "Even if you have a Yamaha, only certain models are compatible. Many keyboard only have a "sustain" pedal input, which is just an on/off switch." They may not know what to do with a continuous pedal."
mychiros- " Doesn't work on my PSRe-313. A little research showed that it works with only a few portable grands, most P- models, and a few others. The rest of us need the FC4(similar design) or FC5(cheapest, just on/off sustain) . "
* On either the FC3 or FC4, If polarity gets reversed there is a reboot method to fix it.
Ken Mabuchi- " Just unplug it. Turn off your keyboard. Plug in the FC-4. Then turn on your keyboard."
* Some complaints of squeaks after extended use.
* Pedal travel- the FC3 has a metal bottom with two strips of rubber pad near each end. My new pedal stays put pretty well on wood, tile and carpet. These single pedals take a lot of stress that fixed pedals might not. When it slips to an odd angle, sideway stress is put on the pivot point. I carry around a 25lb.Read more ›
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