Synth Site: Yamaha: PSS-140: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.0 out of 5
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Adam a part-time user from usa writes:
I bought mine for 8 bucks today at a Salvation Army. I've always felt Casio ruled the 80's and Yammie ruled the 90's in terms of portable keyboards; I really can't stand that 2 operator FM sound!! But if you really look around, there were some cool Yamaha's from that era, and this is one of them. 100 patches on a 3 octave mini-keyboard is pretty cool, as are the lil drum pads, and the board has a full 3 octaves. You can sit with this on your lap, not worry about hitting the person next to you, and still have just enough notes to play with both hands.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Mar-22-2008 at 18:28
zetar a professional user from Kansas City writes:
I picked one up for 6 bucks at thrift store! This is a sturdy toy! The synth bass is cool as well as a backward effect sound. The "fantastic piano" is quite usable. Also if you press 2 bass notes chromatically down in auto chord mode you can make "minor" chords. The pan flute patch is good and so are the organ and marimba sounds. Great fun for the price I paid.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Oct-22-2004 at 13:16
Dav Bey a hobbyist user from United States writes:
The little PSS-140 is a good starter system for people who are being introduced to the keyboard. Not too expensive if you can find one these days. Think I paid $15 for mine at a pawn shop. It's got good sound, no MIDI, etc. But what do you expect for late '80's vintage board which was designed for home, not professional use? If you're good in audio tech, you can probably improve it with boosters, amps, etc.

Manuals for it available at Yamaha Japan: http://www2.yamaha.co.jp/manual/english/index.html in .pdf format.

It's a strong, inexpensive board rich in sound patches (100) with 10 rhythm patterns, 5 pad drum section for entertaining a small group of friends who don't expect a professional sound from you.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Jul-23-2001 at 15:08
Snarf This a part-time user from New Zealand writes:
Got this back in 198x, when it came out. The keys are half the size of my fingers. Definately a toy, but playing with it nowadays its fun to sample from. The drums are typically nasty 8-bit ditties, but the snare and hats are suprisingly distinct and usable.

The 99 patches do cover quite a variety, and are perfect if you like making mid-80s video game music. Some of the organ patches [and there are a great many] are very usable with a few external effects.

The built-in speaker is crap, just your average Dick Smith's 8ohm. Thank god for the headphone out.

No midi whatsoever [well what were you expecting]

Overall definately a toy, but still fun to play around with and sample the hell out of. I wouldnt pay more than $US25 for one.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jul-08-2001 at 20:37
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