Yamaha FC3 Reviews3.7/5.0 based on 10 customer reviews
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from Brighton, MI
November 12, 2012Music Background:
Former bar band rocker turned home Jazz studio hopeful.
Does it's jobGreat feel and sensitivity. Not your average sustain pedal - much more. I use it with the Yamaha S90xs - no complaints...
from Trinidad, CO
December 2, 2007Music Background:
Music educator, pianist and composer
Excellent half damper pedalThe Yamaha FC3 half damper sustain pedal is truly an excellent addition to one's keyboard tools. It is much nicer than a traditional electronic footswitch and it feels and acts like a real grand piano's pedal. Half pedaling is not just a sales pitch with this pedal--it really works! Combine this pedal with a hammer action keyboard and it should more than satisfy the descriminating player who expects acoustic response from an electronic instrument!
from Salisbury, MA
February 26, 2012Music Background:
44 years piano and keyboards
this is what you wantYou're hear for a good reason, you can't control your sustain properly with the less expensive on-off sustain pedals. For compatable yamaha gear this is the one you want.
from FTC, CO
February 19, 2013Music Background:
Lifelong Student, and theatrical techie
Yamaha FC3 pedal is the closest to the C3 grand's in feel and action.The FC3 with the MOX8 and S90 is as close to the C3 grand's as I have found. Not as much variation for the amount of travel but close enough and better than on /off pedals. Seems to stay in place as well as expected but I stll gaf tape it in place. I have had none of the sqeeks that others have reported. It is a tad larger than I would like but better than too small and unstable like some other models. No regrets...still the best unit for the Motif series, in my opinion.
September 27, 2012Music Background:
FC3 Sustain PedalYamaha's sustain pedals will last a 1000 gigs or more. I know, my old Yamaha sustain pedal was purchased with my M01 DX7 and saw 1000s of gigs with my Yamaha keyboards through the years. FC3 half damper pedal performs like an acoustic piano pedal. Some getting used to if you haven't used 1/2 damper on synths but will come quickly. the FC3 has a wide base, impossible to flip over accidentally at gigs. Check out M-Audio MGear pedals too. They're less expensive. I just used MGEAR via our Backline company in Orlando and they worked great. No worries though about paying more for Yamaha. The Yamaha pedal will easily pay for it self.
February 21, 2009Music Background:
great pedal but doesn't stick to floorsounds great, works great, but slips right out from under the keyboard
these things work for a couple of bucks, though:
Surface Gard, 1/2" 13mm Foam Pads
from greensboro nc
June 26, 2009Music Background:
¡¡Squeaky!!It does what it is supposed to do with my motif xs. Soooooo squeaky at times. Frustrating if trying to play quietly with headphones as to not disturb others.
from Iowa City, Iowa
May 9, 2008Music Background:
Cool and SqueakyI like it. I just wish it wouldn't squeak every time I press it down. Barely used it, but there's a loud mouse in it!
from Medford, MA
May 1, 2009Music Background:
Squeak, honk, squeak... blech.The pedal seems to function as designed as far as providing half-damper effects, but is extremely squeaky. I'm hoping to find some lubricant for it that will kill the squeak without killing the electronics.
May 12, 2008Music Background:
Bachelor degree in music theory and composition
ArcSynthThis pedal is mediocre in quality. As a music graduate (piano is my main instrument), a serious pianist will know that a grand pedal is normally timed for quarter (not half) pedal travel for partial damper lift. Also, the FC3 has a rubbing sound during movement (not bad, but I would expect more from Yamaha). I ordered another pedal but it had the same rubbing sound. I prefer the way the FC4 feels, although it doesn't offer a partial damper effect. The FC3 pedal concept is a great idea. Yamaha needs to make a better pedal.