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Why won't my drum pedal work anymore, it always has in the past? Is there a switch on the machine that might have been bumped?

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Sometimes the sensor in the pedal goes bad.

There is usually a sensitivity setting that you might want to check in the unit as one of the user setable parameters.

Posted on May 03, 2010


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