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This organ works except, since there is no longer a manual, we cannot figure out how to activate the foot pedals.  Is there a tab for this or is something blown?

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Hello Ellen!  Many of these instruments have circuitry that is designed to take over the responsibility of playing the pedals so people can concentrate on playing the manuals.  Usually when engaging the pedal auto-play circuitry, the pedals themselves disengage so they cannot be played manually.  Therefore, if some tab or button is turned on that is engaging the "FunMachine" or other auto play feature, you need to turn it off.  Make certain ALL the buttons that can be pressed are in the outward position (unless it is an off button) and the speaking pedal stops are depressed so they are turned on.

Another common problem occurs when the console is placed on plush carpet.  The heavy console can sink down into the carpet and lift the pedals up so they cannot be depressed sufficiently to be playable.  A quick fix for this would be to set the four corners of the organ onto furniture cups.

Lastly, the pedals could be due to rodent or moving damage, in which case the back of the organ will have to be removed and the pedals checked for damage such as broken wires, etc.

If nothing suspicious is found, a pro should be contacted to troubleshoot the organ.  

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