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Sustain pedal on Yamaha DGX not working

When pedal is plugged into jack, the tones are sustained even if I'm not pressing the pedal. Ironically, when I do press the pedal, the tones are not sustained. Do believe the problem does not lie in the pedal itself.

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Hi, I had the same problem, but I have an easy solution. I am trying to connect an FC5 to a Casio CTK-3000. The problem is open vs closed circuit in the pedal and the way that the casio interprets the info. Paulll's fix is correct, but you do not have to use soldering. Simply remove the cover, unscrew the silver screw, and you will notice that the black contraption that holds the two metal strips has one side that pops off. Pop off this side.
Now, notice that the short strip is on top and the long strip is on the bottom. The way the strips bend mean that the circuit is closed when there is no pressure on the pedal. When you press the pedal, the white knob on the long strip pushes the long strip down and breaks the connection with the short strip.
What you need to do now is remove the two strips and slide them back into the black contraption with the long strip on top and the short strip on the bottom. The white knob on the long strip should be facing up. Make sure when you do this that you hook the short strip over that little horizontal black plastic rod so that it will easily contact the long strip when the long strip is pressed down.
By bending the top (long) strip a little, you can make it so that the long strip does not touch the bottom (short) strip in the relaxed position. Make sure that the ends of the strips where the wires join do not touch each other either. You now have an open circuit in the relaxed position, which is what Casio recognizes as NO PEDAL.
Pop the side piece back on the black contraption and screw the black contraption back in place with the silver screw. Set the spring back in place and reattach the 'pedal'. Make sure that there is enough clearance between the top of the white knob and the inside of the pedal so that the circuit remains open in the relaxed position.
Now, if the two strips are NOT touching each other, when you plug it into your Casio, the Casio will not recognize the pedal, which is good. When you push on the pedal, you will close the circuit and the Casio will recognize the pedal.
If you push on the pedal and nothing happens, then the two strips are not contacting each other in the fully pressed position. Take the unit apart and try again.
If the Casio still recognizes the pedal even though you are not pushing on it, then the two strips are contacting each other at any place along their length. Take the unit apart and try again.
Enjoy your new working pedal!
Greg
PS. If you Casio won't work with your computer, there is a fix out there for that too. It involves removing (or renaming) some files that Logitech loads on to your computer when you install a webcam. Weird, but true.

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  • cswag Dec 31, 2010

    Hey thanks Gregberd this solution worked for my Yamaha FC4 as well with the exact same procedure. Very thorough instructions thank you!

    A couple of things to note (at least on the FC4)
    1. The side of the black casing that is removable has what looks like tiny screws. Don't try to remove these, the side just pops off

    2. BE CAREFUL not to snap the wire. Mine was VERY delicate and snapped.

    Thanks again!

  • lonnie Jul 29, 2012

    THANKS!!! this procedure worked with my fc-4 pedal.

  • lonnie Jul 29, 2012

    Thanks!! this helped with my Yamaha Fc-4 pedal.

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I had the same problem, its to do with the polarity of the pedal. My pedal had a polarity switch on the bottom just flick this over and this should fix the problem. Otherwise another solution was to hold the pedal down and turn the keyboard on.

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I had the exact same problem with my Casio keyboard and a Yamaha sustain pedal I bought.

I'm not an electrical genius, but I was able to get it to work by opening it up and doing a little modification. Of course I first just tried switching the white wire with the black one but that didn't change anything at all when I tried it. It turns out the Casio wants the circuit completed to sustain, and broken for no sustain, which is the opposite of what the Yamaha pedal does.

I opened it up and mine had three three flat metal strips let's call them Top, Middle and Bottom. The Middle and Bottom ones were joined together on the right side, and the Middle and Top ones were touching on the left side when the pedal was not pressed. These seperated when the pedal was pressed, thereby breaking the circuit because the wires were on the top plate and on the joined Middle/Bottom plate.

So to flip it I:
1. Unsoldered the Bottom wire
2. Cut apart the Bottom and Middle plates on the right.
3. Bent the Middle plate on the right to touch the Top plate instead and soldered those together.
4. Soldered the Bottom wire back on.

That's it! Once I figured it out, it took only a few minutes to fix.
Good luck!
Paul

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