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Great product and really what I needed to ensure my progress continues. The feel is fantastic with good resistance and as others have said, the pedal has a good non-slip base. The standard pedal that came with my Yamaha P-125 slipped all over the place on my wooden floor, but this stays put.
I would just like to add that an earlier review suggested that the pedal only sustains upon releasing - if using a Yamaha electric piano, if you have the pedal pressed down when you turn the piano on, this reverses the polarity of the pedal, so could be the cause of and solution for this.
if you check out gigging musiciand forums you'll find that the Yamaha FC7 pedal is highly rated for both performance and durability. Now having experienced this pedal myself I can confirm that their claims. The gradual volume response as you press the pedal is even and the quality of the build gives you confidence under a heavy foot. I have used this pedal on both Yamaha and Roland keyboards and the results are the same. However do note, the Roland keyboards need the polarity of the plug switching over, which you can do by cutting and resoldering the jack plug if you feel competent or by purchasing a couple of Hosa tech cables (YPP117 & YPP136) that effectively switches polarity without any cutting. Mu main use is for volume control and in particular organ sound expression and can highly recommend this pedal to all. it may cost a few ££ more than others, but well worth the extra.. I've had other and other pedals and learned my lesson the hard way. buy this one, you won't regret it.
Does as its suppose to and sustains the notes for as required. It's only a foot switch so doesn't look, feel or operate like other available pedals with half-pedal function but it works fine for me & mine. This has a metal base so more weighty than the cheaper plastic options so no chasing around with your foot as it stays in place well. Ideally suited for keyboards and beginners rather than more expensive digital pianos due to it not having the half-pedal function, but a wide surface area for foot contact which makes it easier for using. Keyboard Sustain Switch is the best description.
Excellent volume/expression pedal. Up until recently, I had a Hammond SK2 dual-manual organ "clone" - and used the corresponding Hammond EXP-50 expression pedal. While the EXP-50 pedal is built like a tank, it is perhaps too heavy. My main gripe with the EXP-50 is I play the organ, standing up, as I have my e.piano below it. The EXP-50 isn't great to use standing up. I sold the EXP-50 with my Hammond SK2. I bought a new Hammond "clone" - a Mag C2 organ. I needed a new volume/expression pedal - and my main thought was the Yamaha FC-7 pedal as everyone else raves about it. I now can see why. It does look a bit too generic for my taste though - not very stylish. It feels as solid as the EXP-50, and feels just as solid. I haven't noticed it sliding around on the floor either. However, I works great - and important for me, with a 3 min adjustment (unscrew ONE screw, pull out a metal clip, slide the whole mechanism and footplate itself, further back about 1cm, then replace the metal clip and screw) - it now works easily standing up - without any strain on the ankle or knee. Great result. And, it's much less expensive than the EXP-50. Also quite handy, the cable wraps up inside the pedal when being stored - although that is a bit fiddly to do.
This is hands down the best expression pedal you will find. Built extremely solidly from metal and hard wearing plastic and rubber, it has a much more sturdy construction and larger footprint than the Roland EV-5 or M-Audio pedal but it's not as cumbersome as the Boss. It does use a 50k pot, rather than the rather more normal 10k one. This means it's not compatible with some makes of keyboard - check first; you should be fine with Yamaha and I'm using mine with a Kurzweil with just a small wiring modification (instructions searchable online). It has an adjustable angle to suit standing or sitting (or just personal preference) and you can have it so it goes all the way to maximum or stops a little way short with the final bit on a spring - use it for a bit of extra volume when you're playing a solo or whatever. Basically this pedal gives you all the options, is built like a tank and easily fixable in the event that wear and tear should eventually occur. It's for this reason is the preferred pedal for many West End shows and tours.
I have a Yamaha keyboard which has a built-in sustain feature but it was never designed to be used for practical reason. Without a doubt I need to invest on an external sustain pedal that I have more and better control of. Thankfully my keyboard has an external jack. The Yamaha FC5 came on top of my selection list. Apart from the obvious brand, I thought on the safe side I should get a Yamaha make. The other brand may work but I did not take that chance.
Build and appearance: It looks and feels sturdy. It is very compact and easily stored away in one of the side compartment of my portable keyboard carrying case.
Performance: I was very impressed and well pleased. The sustain sensitivity level is just right, very close to what I was expecting, being a pianist myself. However, the non-slippery base does not hold the pedal well on floor surfaces such as vinyl and carpet. This means I have to keep using my foot to position it when playing. Not a big issue as I have since added a better quality non-slippery base.
Conclusion: It is very unlikely that you will experience compatibility issue if you have a Yamaha keyboard and a safe one to go for. But there is no reason why this will not work on other make. I feel the price is at the top end hence I only give it 4 stars.
We have had positive feedback from our piano teacher and our child has begun using it straightaway. It makes a huge difference to the sound and he appears very inspired. The delivery time took a few weeks but this is understandable. We loved the fact that it was wrapped in Japanese newspapers and kept them for a week as they were fascinating to look at! Thank you.