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Yamaha FC4 Piano Style Sustain Pedal
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- Piano Style Sustain Pedal
- The FC4 can also be utilized as an FS controller for synthesizers, tone modules, and drum machines
- Works with any keyboard utilizing a sustain pedal with a 1/4" connector
- 1/4" phone plug
- 6 foot cable
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I plugged it in and tried it, and indeed, it was backwards. When it wasn't pressed, it sustained. When it was pressed, it didn't. There was no polarity or mode switch.
However, after about 20 minutes of Googling, I found an online PDF of the model 220 owner's manual that contained this snippet:
"Make sure that the footswitch plug is properly connected to the SUSTAIN jack BEFORE turning on the power."
It turns out I hadn't bothered to turn off the DGX-230 before plugging it in. When I followed the instructions, everything worked fine.
I also noted this caution as well:
"Do not press the footswitch while turning the power on. Doing this changes the recognized polarity of the footswitch, resulting in reversed footswitch operation."
So, although the FC4 apparently doesn't have a polarity switch, the DGX-230 can switch its OWN polarity.
Other models of course may work differently.
So far I'm quite pleased with both Yamaha products and I'm impressed with the thought Yamaha has put in to them.
Just remember to plug it in, BEFORE you turn ON your keyboard, or you'll end up with the sustain on all of the time, except when you trigger it. Just unplug it. Turn off your keyboard. Plug in the FC-4. Then turn on your keyboard.
It worked for about two weeks, then the staff began complaining of intermittent failures. Within another two weeks, it failed completely. We replaced it with a Roland DP-10 (awesome pedal, highly recommended), while the FC4 went on a shelf in the office.
Fast-forward several more months. Tinkerer that I am, I "rediscovered" it on the shelf, and removed the cover to examine it. It turns out that the pedal failed because one of the wiring connections had NO SOLDER at all... the twist in the bare wire was the only thing holding it together. I'm amazed it lasted as long as it did!
As a result, I really can't recommend this pedal for professional use.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This worked out great! It really helped my daughter progress in her piano playing skillsPublished 9 days ago by M. Elaine Graitge
Works backwards to a sustain pedal on a piano but does function well.Published 5 months ago by Leonard R. Smyntek