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Names and descriptions of common parts you'll find on a pedal steel

Knee Levers

Knee levers are used to lower or raise various strings. A knee lever can used in several ways, including:


There are 3 basic knee lever configurations:

Non-Reversing (moves to the left)
This configuration typically uses a knee lever mounted directly on the cross-shaft to be activated.

 Non-reversing KL

Reversing (moves to the right)
Reversing Knee Levers come in 3 basic configurations:

Vertical (moves up)
Vertical knee levers typically are located above the left knee between the 2 left knee levers.

 Non-reversing KL

All together now...
The drawing below shows both reversing and non-reversing knee levers:

knee levers