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Yamaha FC5 v traditional sustain pedal

Postby dh12345 » 17 Apr 2019, 12:07

I'm looking to slim down the size and weight of the pedals I use for live performances and was wondering how the FC5 compared in feel to a typical sustain pedal i.e. the one that Nord supply.

I'm a pianist more than a keyboard player so I'm used to the traditional sustain pedal feel....I've read comments in other threads that the range of movement isn't as deep on the FC5.

The dimensions of the FC5 appeal to me but I don't really want to compromise too much on function so I'd welcome views of those who have used both. To be clear, my query relates to sustain only rather than rotor/latch/control etc.

Thanks in advance for any help

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Re: Yamaha FC5 v traditional sustain pedal

Postby venro » 17 Apr 2019, 13:31

Im very happy. Even after 2 years when it broke down, Thomann gave a New one in return.
My E5D has a parameter to install the depth of the pedal.
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Re: Yamaha FC5 v traditional sustain pedal

Postby analogika » 17 Apr 2019, 15:57

They break all the time on me. I only use them because they fit perfectly in the gigbag, and they’re cheap to replace.
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Re: Yamaha FC5 v traditional sustain pedal

Postby PScooter63 » 17 Apr 2019, 18:02

I dunno - I prefer to buy stuff that tends to break less frequently than others. I've been happy with the Boss FS-5U for 5+ years. Not quite as small as the FC5, but you get a little more tactile feedback (still nowhere near as much as a "traditional" sustain pedal, of course).
If you need multiple pedals, these slide together nicely to make a single unit.
Only downside is you must bring your own TS cord. But the pedal itself is very sturdy.

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Re: Yamaha FC5 v traditional sustain pedal

Postby modalmixture » 18 Apr 2019, 22:23

I played a yamaha digital piano using the FC5 for years. The range of movement is quite shallow compared to a traditional pedal, and the lightweight pedal will slide around on the floor unless you find a way to make it stick. This is very frustrating becuse the pedal is already small and hard to see, especially on a darkened stage. But all this said it's a perfectly serviceable pedal that lasted more than ten years...it's made of metal and more durable than it looks.
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