Casio SP20 Piano Style Sustain Pedal reviewed here. The Casio SP-20 is a traditional piano-style pedal that plugs into your Casio keyboard or digital piano. It is designed to sustain notes in the same way as the damper pedal on an acoustic piano. It works with almost all the Casio keyboards and digital pianos.
- PROS: Good feel, stays put, simply plug in and play, works well with most Casio keyboards
- CONS: May not work with other piano/keyboard brands
There are other good universal pedals out there, but because this is from Casio, obviously they like to promote it. And that is why on the Casio site, you’ll find this pedal listed as an accessory to almost all the Casio keyboards. And it works as expected.
In case you’ve not had a good experience with pedals, especially with Casio keyboards, you need to consider this one. The Casio SP20 is the ONLY sustain pedal that works reliably with all Casio keyboards.
Here are the main features of the Casio SP-20 Pedal.
- Piano-style sustain pedal
- Long cord
- Black finish
- Long cord,Black finish
- Shipping Weight: 2 lbs
- Shipping Dimensions: 12 x 5 x 3 inches
Focus on Your Playing
With a box-style pedal you always have to check where the pedal has gone, as it keeps sliding, whereas a piano-style pedal is much better as it stays put in place. So no slipping or sliding, which makes it easier to focus on your playing. The SP20 is well constructed & feels like a regular piano sustain pedal.
With a box pedal, at times, you really have to stomp on it to make sure it goes all the way down, which may even cause it to break. So even more reason to use more piano-like pedals.
Just Plug In & Play
You just have to plug-in the pedal in the 1/4″ jack (standard plug) and its works as mentioned. The L-shaped plug is also quite innovative as it lets you move the keyboard closer to the wall.
Does It Work with Other Keyboard Brands?
Your safest bet is actually to use it with a Casio keyboard or piano, though its observed that this pedal works with other brands as well, but it may not be consistent. Besides, because of the way the polarity is built in a Casio pedal, these pedals work in reverse of how its supposed to work (holds when you let go of the pedal, and the sound stops when you press it) when used with other keyboard brands.
Casio pedals, even with their polarity switch, may became unreliable over time when used with the other keyboard brands. So it might make more sense to use a “universal” pedal (Onstage) for your non-Casio keyboard; they have a polarity switch on the bottom and are known to work with most keyboard brands.
However, if you have a Casio keyboard instrument, the Casio SP20 is actually a great piano-style sustain pedal that you may consider.
A great traditional style pedal that also feels like a real one. Now you don’t have to worry about the pedal slipping/sliding under your feet as you play your masterpieces. This is highly recommended especially if you’re a Casio digital piano owner. The Casio SP-20 does have a polarity switch though, so it should work with other keyboards as well.