“ Brand: Yamaha „
I have been collecting keyboards for about 8/9 years now, as I first took keyboard lessons at school then piano and guitar lessons. The Yamaha PSRK1, was the second keyboard I bought as I was looking for something I could record/playback with, and something with alot more voices and rhythms to choose from.
It was about 6 years ago when I purchased this keyboard, after ordering it from a music website and having it delivered to my house. Upon first glance after getting it out of the box, I was a pretty overjoyed kid and in all honesty I haven't stopped playing it much ever since.
For someone who is taking keyboard lessons and therefore needs the functions a keyboard has over a piano, (i.e specialist chords with the left hand, and rhythms and accompaniments for practice), I found it really helpful. It also has other amazing features like a karaoke setting, which at the touch of a button displays lyrics to the songs on screen, or alternatively you can view the notations of the song instead. The keyboard only comes with 5 initial songs, however there is the option to download more songs to the keyboard for this option if you wish.
If you thought the wheel on your ipod is clever, wait till you try the wheel on this keyboard which allows you to change the voice, tempo, transposition or song number. It allows for effortless transitions when playing and recording and is a feature you really appreciate especially when practicing.
Although it has been a few years since I initially purchased this keyboard, it has always been a great help to me and I still to this day use it for recording and song writing. The touch response is excellent, and is also adjustable so if you are practicing a piece which contains alot of dyanamics you can use this function to help your practice.
Like alot of keyboards on the market, it also has a headphone and sustain pedal jack. I haven't yet bought a sustain pedal for my keyboards, however if I did it would simply be a case of plugging it into the back of the keyboard, no installing required!
As I mentioned, it is a great keyboard for the range of sounds you get (486 voices!), which include pianos, harpsichords, strings, saxaphones, violins, percussion and some great synths (including the one used for the song "Popcorn!").
This keyboard was around £300 when I purchased it, and unfortunately through research of trying to compare the price to what it would cost you now, I have found it is only really sold in America nowadays. However if you do manage to come across one when searching for a keyboard, I would really reccomend this keyboard. It's stood the test of time, still works perfectly and I hope I will always be able to keep it in my collection as it's alot of fun and great to practice with.