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The Yamaha Fc5 Sustain Pedal


A light weight and portable sustain pedal. Can also be used as a footswitch for drum machines and synthesizers.






A lightweight and compact pedal. Ideal for where space is at a premium. Will fit snuggly under any keyboard and allow sufficient space to pedal, even if your keyboard is placed right against a wall. (Unlike some of the larger "full-size" pedals, such as the Yamaha Fc3 or Fc4)

Has a rubber base to help prevent slipping and sliding underfoot.

Price - this is the cheapest Yamaha pedal available, and amongst the cheapest generally.

It's five foot cable is sufficient for most purposes and is not to long to become cumbersome and tangled.

Uses a standard 1/4 inch jack (6.3mm), making it compatible with negative polarity receiving keyboards.

Can also be used as a footswitch for controlling other MIDI transmission events, such as changing instrument presets.




The Fc5 only works in the negative polarity ("-" or "Closed" position). The pedal will only work on Yamaha keyboards and other electric pianos that take negative polarity pedals. E.g. this will not work on most Casio or Korg keyboards, for example.

Although it has a rubber base, this is generally insufficient to stop the pedal from sliding away from you under intensive use. This is a critical factor in performance situations - you will need to go armed with gaffer tape if you intend to use this pedal live!





A competitively priced sustain pedal for those on a tight budget. Would suit beginners and entry-level keyboard players. Unadvisable for heavy-duty or professional users of Yamaha keyboards. Instead, consider the Fc4 and Fc3, the latter offering full control over pedaling, with "half-pedaling" (this feature only works on certain models).





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