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#1982863 - 11/05/12 04:08 AM Yamaha P105 - Leslie control?
Floyd Tatum Offline
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Registered: 07/11/06
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Loc: Toronto, Canada
I got a P-105 recently, to replace my P95. I'm still working on tweaking it to my liking, but basically, I'm enjoying it, and I think it's a worthwhile improvement from the P95.

Anyways, I was wondering if any other P105 owners might know the answer to the question of controlling the 'rotary speaker' (Leslie) slow/fast speed. The manual says you can control it using the left pedal of the optional 3-pedal attachment (LP-5A). The 3-pedal unit is designed for the permanent, wooden(particle-board), home-use stand.

I use the P105 for gigs, so I don't have that home-style stand, and I won't be getting the 3-pedal unit. I use an x-stand, and a standard one-pedal sustain pedal.

So, are there any other ways to control the rotary speaker slow/fast speed?

I'm not sure why I'm even bothering to ask, because I'll probably never use any sounds except piano, rhodes, and possibly bass. The drum beats might be fun for practicing with. Still, you never know.

Speaking of sustain pedals...

I like to use Roland sustain pedals that have that swing-out rubber base which keeps the pedal from sliding around.

I have a Roland DP-10 pedal, which can work in either on/off mode, or continuous mode, for pianos that support half-pedalling.

I found that the DP-10 doesn't work in continuous mode with the P105, only in on/off mode. I suppose I could use a Yamaha pedal that supports half-pedalling, but I'm hooked on that swing-out rubber base thing on the Roland one.


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#1982866 - 11/05/12 04:21 AM Re: Yamaha P105 - Leslie control? [Re: Floyd Tatum]
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Richard, I expect it's probably possible to change the slow/fast Leslie using a switch pedal into the other pedal jack.

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#1982928 - 11/05/12 09:10 AM Re: Yamaha P105 - Leslie control? [Re: Floyd Tatum]
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Originally Posted By: Floyd Tatum
I'm hooked on that swing-out rubber base thing on the Roland one.

What is the advantage of the swing-out rubber base compared to a pedal with simply a solid rubber base that doesn't swing out?

#1983047 - 11/05/12 01:49 PM Re: Yamaha P105 - Leslie control? [Re: Kawai James]
Floyd Tatum Offline
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Registered: 07/11/06
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Loc: Toronto, Canada

The other pedal input is not a standard 1/4" input, it's a small, round, multi-pin connector, the kind you might see on the back of a computer. So, if you could find a pedal with that kind of connector, then it might be possible to do what you suggest. But, I don't know what kind of pedal that would be.

#1983053 - 11/05/12 02:00 PM Re: Yamaha P105 - Leslie control? [Re: anotherscott]
Floyd Tatum Offline
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Registered: 07/11/06
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Loc: Toronto, Canada
Originally Posted By: anotherscott
What is the advantage of the swing-out rubber base compared to a pedal with simply a solid rubber base that doesn't swing out?


The swing-out rubber base doubles the length of the pedal. When you play, your heel goes on the extended rubber base, holding the whole thing in place.

That works quite well for me, although I suppose it might not work for everyone, depending on the length of your foot, the way you play, and so on.

I find that other pedals, that don't have that swing-out base, move around too easily.


#1983132 - 11/05/12 05:15 PM Re: Yamaha P105 - Leslie control? [Re: Floyd Tatum]
1John Offline
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Registered: 09/25/12
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I have one of those swing-out pedals, and appreciate how they don't move around as much. Maybe you could attach a piece of rubber to the Yamaha one. It'd end up longer, but may not be a problem.

#1983190 - 11/05/12 07:46 PM Re: Yamaha P105 - Leslie control? [Re: 1John]
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Only thing I could think of would be to somehow have for example two wood blocks- have a hole drilled into both and then screw the ends of the pedal base (left and right) into those to stabilize.

Its a custom workaround that might be good. The weight would gravitite and the pedal board itself would not move.

I will though go try the Organs on mine- and tell you how the speed changes- I sold the P95 but like you upgraded since I had the custom stand and pedals.
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#2067153 - 04/19/13 02:17 PM Re: Yamaha P105 - Leslie control? [Re: Floyd Tatum]
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The triple pedal connector looks a lot like an old Mac mini din 8 cable connector, with maybe less posts. It's hard to tell by enlarging web photos.

I'm getting a P105 next week myself, and I think that the jazz organ might be ok in a pinch, if the Leslie could be slowed down, so I'll probably be experimenting too.

What would probably work is getting a cable with similar connectors, chopping it, and touching different pairs of connectors until it affects the Leslie speed, then wiring up a footswitch. Or else, a company like Digikey might have the right connector.
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