martin_greenwood Posted October 8, 2007 Share Posted October 8, 2007 I've recently acquired a second hand console which I am adapting to use as a practice instrument at home. Unfortunately the pedal action on the "new" pedalboard is very flimsy compared to my previous pedalboard, the latter which is slightly too large to fit in the new console. Looking at my old pedalboard, the rear of each pedal has a 10*5mm vertical slot drilled down through each pedal. The rear of the pedalboard itself has a series of short steel vertical rods sticking up from the base of the frame, onto which the vertial slot in each pedal is seated. Thus the pedal is not permitted to twist, though the slight change in angle from raised to depressed pedal position is accomodated by the rod being in a slot as opposed to simple drilled hole. This seems to work very effectively. The "new" pedalboard uses altogether different approach. Extending along the base of each pedal is screwed a 20*60mm steel fixing plate; 1/2 on the pedal, 1/2 extending beyond the pedal. The 1/2 that extends beyond the pedal has then been screwed onto the rear frame of the pedalboard. Thus the hingeing effect is achieved by the fixing plate having to bend slightly each time the pedal is depressed. In practice this isn't 100% restricting movement to just the vertical plane, since the spring effect of the fixing plate is also allowing a small amount of lateral twist. I do also worry about metal fatigue, and whether one day a fixing plate will just snap in two. I'm really not convinced by this particular hingeing method. I'm considering how to improve the hingeing on this "new" pedalboard, and would be interested to hear of any other approaches that are typically used. Thanks. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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