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Proper Way to Operate the Foot Pedals

This may sound a little odd, but some people are not too sure how to operate the foot pedals. The correct method, or technique, is to push the pedals down in an alternating fashion. When one pedal is depressed, the other one is not. As soon as one pedal has been pushed all the way down, the lowered pedal should be released while the alternate pedal is depressed.


It's important to point out that at no time should both pedals be pushed down at the same time. Push one down, then the other, in a back and forth action. However, if, you find that you're doing this and nothing is happening, chances are you have some serious leaks in your bellows system, which means they need to be recovered, or you may have some other issues that need attention.


Here's an important note: Be sure you have some of the stops pulled out. If you don't, you're not going to hear anything even if the bellows are in good working order. If you're not sure which ones to pull out, pull them all out! You might think pulling out the stops a pretty obvious thing to do, but you'd be surprised how many people are not aware of that.


One more thing: By controlling how hard you work the pedals, you can control, or vary, the sound volume. Hard foot pedaling will give you a bigger sound, however, if you get too carried away there's a good chance you'll break one of the pedal straps -- happens all the time.



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