Product Type: Yamaha keyboards and synthesizers
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An Excellent Buy
Member Name: Trixi
Date: 13/01/01, updated on 15/01/01 (17346 review reads)
Advantages: An Educational Suite & value for money.
Disadvantages: Not all songs are in songbook - difficult to follow LCD at times.
Main Features include:
The Yamaha Education Suite Portable Grand Function DJ Function
Other features include:
100 voice options which uses digital recordings of actual instruments.
Touch response (This helps to control the volume your playing strength - like a piano)
100 Playing Styles - this also offer Intro & Ending options with fill in patterns. The Styles also have easy control options including Tempo, Tap tempo & Accompaniment Volume.
An LCD screen which highlights notes, settings and chord indications.
100 pre recorded songs. - These can be used to listen to or used in conjunction with the Educational Suite.
4 Multi Pads
One Touch Setting for automatically calling up the appropriate settings for a song
A MIDI terminal for use with another MIDI device - this would allow you to record & play back your music.
Built in, good quality amplifier/speaker system.
A Sustain jack.
A Phones/ Output Jack. - No need to disturb anyone!
A songbook is also provided.
I used to play piano as a child. I would go to lessons every week and find it a chore. I was never all that great infact I would get quite frustrated and eventually I gave up.
As I grew up, I began to regret my action. At various places of work there was often a piano and I yearned to play "properly". Quite often, after a stressful day my colleagues would find me tinkering away - still not too great but they saw how relaxing I found it.
This Christmas knowing how much I miss these opportunities, my husband bought me a PSR 260.
I think it is great! I had kind of hinted to him that a keyboard would be nice but knowing I am not brilliant (and I haven't played for over 10 years) I would class myself as being back at beginner stage. This is where the Educational Suite comes into its own.
The Educational Suite has
100 songs pre recorded, most of which are in the songbook that comes with the keyboard. (Although not all of them, which is a bit annoying.) The suite can help you to learn these songs. You have buttons so that you can choose whether you wish to learn the right-hand, left-hand or indeed both. The grading feature also gives an indication of progress.
But I don't know Chords.
If you are like me, my right hand is far better than my left - but that shouldn't deter you either. The PSR 260 has an auto- accompaniment feature which allows you short cuts for chords.
I want to learn chords.
That's okay the Educational Suite has a dictionary feature which has an chord "encyclopedia" that can teach you.
The Portable Grand Option - This option allows makes your keyboard sound like a piano. If you have been changing the settings and experimenting with sounds, this option will take you back to piano with one touch. It also has specialist Pianist styles.
The DJ Feature.
This feature has a variety of sounds . This enables to mix sounds with your music.
Overall I think that this keyboard is fantastic value for money. The Educational Suite is a fabulous feature. Other features like the sustain jack and MIDI terminal however mean that, the you will not "outgrow" this keyboard. It can be used for a more advanced player. Altogether - An Excellent Option!