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Pedal extender recommendations? #939294
11/06/07 08:28 PM
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I am looking for pedal extenders for my 6-year-old to practice. This one is reasonably priced, but I would prefer that there be a place for my son to rest his feet.

Does anyone have other recommendations? I searched ebay and found nothing. Here are some others that turned up in my searching, but all quite expensive:
http://www.vandaking.com/us-shop/index.html?loadfile=itembn-939.html
http://cpsimports.com/foot_pedal_stool.html
http://www.dphmusic.com/pedals.html
http://www.clicshop.com/Stores/thepianoshop/c49483p16236893.2.html

Thanks.

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Re: Pedal extender recommendations? #939295
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By all means, it's better for him to learn pedalwork with a place for his feet to rest. This is especially so since proper tecnique is to keep the heel on the ground at all times. It's even more important now while he's still learning everything to learn it the right way, and enforcing it by having something to actually put his heels on.

Another suggestion might be to buy just a separate small footstool with legs that won't get in the way of the first set of pedal extenders, to give a cheaper solution to the problem.

If worse comes to worse, he doesn't necessarily have to learn pedal yet...he can still work on many other things before having to add the complexities of pedalwork.


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Re: Pedal extender recommendations? #939296
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romanticpianist - the 1st, 3rd & 4th listing are all the same. These are made in China to US specifications. Dr. Ping Hu lives in Maryland, if I recall correctly, and is a fellow piano teacher. Anyway, this is far and away the best model available, and it's the one I use in my studio and have for several years now. I was chatting with him last week (we were both at WPPC). What's great about his device is that the student can learn proper foot placement, maintain proper posture, and the pedal, because of the teflon roller, has the real feel of the piano's pedal. For what you get, this is actually a bargain.


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Re: Pedal extender recommendations? #939297
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John:

Thanks for your feedback. I thought the 1st, 3rd, and 4th listing looked similar, as you pointed out. However, the specs differed slightly, eg, one goes as low as 2.5", another 3", and another 3.5".

Do you actually use the one on Dr. Ping Hu's website, or did you get it from another source?

Thanks for your help!

Re: Pedal extender recommendations? #939298
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Whatever you do, don't get #2. I've had negative experiences dealing with the owner.


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Re: Pedal extender recommendations? #939299
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Yes. If I wasn't so klutzy at digital stuff, I could send you a foto of it in use.

I purchased it directly from Dr. Hu at WPPC a few years back. UPS mangled it in shipment, and he sent me another one, no questions asked, and paid for the return postage of the bad one.


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Re: Pedal extender recommendations? #939300
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Hello

The following link shows a picture of the platform we used, although I don't think I bought it through the link below. I can tell you it worked well (starting at age 5 1/2) and by 6 1/2 we found that sitting closer to the edge of the bench (and scooting the bench a bit further away from the piano)my daughter was able to reach well and not interfere with arm/hand position- so the platform became history.

That platform is heavy (to me), bulky to carry to lessons, however, it was highly worth it for her to be able to use the pedal.

She never had need of 2 pedals at that time so the one was fine.

http://72.14.253.104/search?q=cache:hd56DI_zNL0J:www.sheetmusic1.com/pedal.extensions.html+piano+pedal+platform&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=4&gl=us

Hope that helps.

Re: Pedal extender recommendations? #939301
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OP, I have the last one you linked to...the platform with two pedals. Most of the time I use it just as a platform for my very youngest students. I find that I need to have them sit on a cushion to bring their arms to the right height (my bench is not adjustable) and then I put the platform under their feet.


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Re: Pedal extender recommendations? #939302
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Just a little update, now that my daughter is barely 8, we find she is better off with the extender once again...her arms are a little too close to the keyboard if the bench is where it needs to be for her to reach the pedal.

Now that we're using the Jansen platform again, we are having trouble with it. It's moves around, slips off the pedal and makes some noise (metal on metal rubbing) unless she concentrates harder on keeping it quiet than on her music.

So, that said, it's okay, but the more serious the student, the less acceptable this model might be.

Re: Pedal extender recommendations? #939303
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Originally posted by romanticpianist:
I am looking for pedal extenders for my 6-year-old to practice. This one is reasonably priced, but I would prefer that there be a place for my son to rest his feet.

Does anyone have other recommendations? I searched ebay and found nothing. Here are some others that turned up in my searching, but all quite expensive:
http://www.vandaking.com/us-shop/index.html?loadfile=itembn-939.html
http://cpsimports.com/foot_pedal_stool.html
http://www.dphmusic.com/pedals.html
http://www.clicshop.com/Stores/thepianoshop/c49483p16236893.2.html

Thanks.
Our daughter uses the model shown in your 2nd link. We've been using it for 2 1/2 years now and have been pleased.

Re: Pedal extender recommendations? [Re: MnMsMom9902] #1173213
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We've also been using the piano pedal extenders from cps imports for almost a year now. It's a great product. Very satisfied!

http://cpsimports.com/foot_pedal_stool.html

Re: Pedal extender recommendations? [Re: Wendy456] #1173279
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The problem that I find with CPSimport footrest, is the child outgrows it quicky.

In otherwords, it does not go low enough as the child grows.


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Re: Pedal extender recommendations? [Re: pianobuff] #1177692
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I purchased Dr Hu's extender for my 6 year old daughter and have found the product to work extremely well. It is very well made and simple to adjust. My daughter still uses it a lot (she's nearly 8 now) especially as she is learning new pieces and to re-enforce good pedal technique. As she gets closer to recital or festival time she'll practise without it to get used to a situation where she won't have the extender.
If I remember correctly we purchased it from an online piano supply outfit based in FL

Re: Pedal extender recommendations? [Re: gmf001] #1178213
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Thanks for the information. I'm a very short adult and can barely reach the pedals without sitting on the very edge of the bench. I have a Steinway upright with a higher set keyboard and higher bench than my previous piano.

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Re: Pedal extender recommendations? [Re: pr3lude] #1183134
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Based on the recommendations above, I bought a piano pedal extender for myself from Dr Ping Hu. I'm a 5 ft 1 adult, but with my new piano having a higher keyboard I could not comfortably control the pedals. As a result, I was getting chronic back, leg and neck pain - but not anymore. Dr Hu's pedal extender is absolutely wonderful. It doesn't slip around, or make noise. Now I can play the piano for as long as I like and no more pain.

Re: Pedal extender recommendations? [Re: Heidi S] #1183179
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I'm 5'1" but have never needed the pedal extender, so I'm wondering where on the bench you're sitting. You should be sitting all the way forward on the edge with both feet on the ground, or heels on the ground if you've got both feet on the pedals. I'm also wondering if you have an adjustable bench - that makes a huge difference.


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Re: Pedal extender recommendations? [Re: Minaku] #1198166
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Hello Minaku - I just checked in with piano forum this evening and noticed your response. Thank you! My piano bench is adjustable. The problem was that when my feet were on the ground, the keyboard was too high for me to play comfortably. It did not matter where on the bench I sat; I still had to reach up for the keyboard. The pedal extender allows my feet to comfortably rest on the ground, so to speak, while my arms hang relaxed at my sides. For me it's wonderful and I wouldn't be without it.


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