Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/organ repair

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I have a 1983 Kawai organ. It has a few things that no longer work but it plays for the most part.  Recently the lower "C" pedal broke.  It now rests on the floor and the note plays continually unless you raise it up with your toe.  My question, is it expensive to repair or would I be better to just junk it?

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Hello Ranell,  I will assume the hinge that keeps the pedal in alignment is OK.  If so, repair is a simple matter of determining how the return mechanism is at fault.  It could be the return spring simply needs to be repositioned.  This is usually a matter of removing the back of the organ and visualizing the pedal from within.  The cause of the problem may be intuitive upon inspection and with a bit of ingenuity the pedal's function could be easily restored.

If, however, the fix is not obvious, and the only issue is the pedal will not return to an upright position, I suggest finding an appropriate compression spring at a local hardware store that you can firmly tape to the underside of the pedal to force the pedal's upward return. A spring that is roughly 3/4" in diameter and 1 1/2" to 2" long should do nicely.  The spring should be more on the stiff side.

If necessary, you can tip the organ up on end to gain easy access to the underside of the pedal.  Use tape pulled as tightly as possible around the pedal and one end of the spring.  The idea is, a spring placed between the underside of the pedal and the floor should be all that is necessary to bring the pedal back to playing condition as long as the pedal is otherwise intact.  

I saw an organ with a similar problem where the owner simply placed a small piece of foam rubber beneath a broken pedal.  I figure if it works it's good...and the price was right.  

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