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Who sells the lightest MIDI pedalboard for mobile setups?

I made a mobile setup with two MIDI keyboards, but it would be nice to add a MIDI pedalboard C-d' to it. More compass not needed. Should be lightweight for obvious portable reasons. Swell pedals optional.

Who in Europe sells them?

-Adrian, in Belgrade, Serbia

by adri
Apr 30, 2023 03:08 PM

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RE: Who sells the lightest MIDI pedalboard for mobile setups?

You could post this on Facebook 'Hauptwerk Virtual Organ Users' and probably get a few ideas from people in your local area. I see builders of consoles and pedalboards now and then who are located closer to you than most. It would probably have to be custom built if you want a 'lift with one hand' pedalboard. Roland used to make a small one but I don't think they do now, there may be used ones on ebay or other used equipment websites. Facebook also has used equipment for sale on some groups or the Facebook Marketplace. There's also the Bass Coupler in Hauptwerk which is sometimes not adequate but might do for simple pieces. I'm sure you know about it already but sometimes my brain overlooks things I never use.
by bayless
May 3, 2023 12:24 PM

RE: Who sells the lightest MIDI pedalboard for mobile setups?

Hi Adrian,

Though I do not sell pedal boards, I've built several for my own use. My latest has 17 pedals, C though e, and weighs 11 kg including the swell pedal. It is a radiating design, but is not concave. With a short pedal board you may obtain most of the benefit of concavity by suitably raising its left side.

Each natural pedal comprises a length of 3/4" (19mm) square aluminum tubing having a 1/16" (1.5mm) thick wall, and is fitted with a thin maple top about 12mm wider than the tube. Each accidental pedal is a similar tube encased in black (or a chosen color) heat-shrink plastic tubing. The front of each accidental pedal is fitted with a solid cherry foot piece. The front of each pedal, whether natural or accidental, is fitted with a piece of oil-impregnated polyethylene, which runs in the vertical slot provided by a short length of the same aluminum extrusion usually used to make 3-D printers. Two curved, and one straight, aluminum plates are screwed to standard fasteners designed to engage one slot of each vertical slot extrusion, forming a strong front assembly. The rear of each pedal connects by a polypropylene hinge smaller assembly also made of three aluminum plates. Each pedal is fitted with a return spring made of thick music wire. This design departs from tradition radically, but I wore out two motors testing it to over 200,000 cycles, with no measurable wear on the pedal parts.

Within the front assembly, a circuit board having an optical sensor is fitted to each vertical slot extrusion very close to the body of each pedal to sense its position. The circuit boards of all pedals are connected in what is called a "shift-register" to have their signals converted to MIDI by a circuit board contained in the housing of the attached swell pedal.

I've built similar pedal boards with wooden pedals, but minimizng weight requires complex lamination of several species of wood, which requires excessive labor.

I'll be glad to send you an e-mail with pictures of these pedal boards. I'm too old to waste my life dealing with governments to try to export pedal boards, but might be able to guide a craftsman in your area to build something similar.


by morharn
May 15, 2023 08:36 PM

RE: Who sells the lightest MIDI pedalboard for mobile setups?

I was also looking for a light midi pedalboard, but I bought a 30 keys finally.
However, I answer your question because I've just found some marvellous pedalboards this morning, and they are very small, light and midi equiped, and VERY CHEAP for such a nice pedalboard.
Here is the link to them : ( you have to scroll down a little bit to see the tree midi pedalboards...)

Here it is, I hope you'll find what you're looking for
Or there is this one, but much more expensive :
May 20, 2023 07:46 AM

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