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233 of 238 people found the following review helpful
on February 6, 2012
Turned out to be perfect for me. I love to play Bach and other baroque composers, so since they wrote for harpsichord and fortepiano (fewer keys than modern pianos), I can play everything they wrote on this 61-key Yamaha right here in my tiny apartment. This model has all the rhythm choices and instrument voices you could want without being so automatic that it feels like a toy. The headphones are a bonus when there's ambient city noise or it's late at night. Other reviewers had difficulty with the stand, but they must have assembled it incorrectly. The keyboard is designed to rest atop the crossbars, not fit into the stand in any way. Try sliding the rubber sleeve supports in or out on the crossbars to balance the keyboard properly atop the stand. Also, make sure you have the height adjuster knob facing away from you as you sit at the keyboard and that the wider ends of all crossbars are facing toward you (measure the screw-hole to end distance if you have to). This will give you enough legroom when you sit at the keyboard. The two longer bars rest on the floor, of course, and the two shorter ones support the keyboard.

Buying the whole package with stand and power supply is the right choice: you have everything you need to start playing in no time.
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241 of 255 people found the following review helpful
I like this keyboard. I got it here for only $129. Walmart has a lessor model without the stand, headphones, or AC power pack on special for about the same price as this one. Excellent product. Excellent value buy.

BUT...A few details should be pointed out that may make a difference to some shoppers. First, the bundler fails to mention the stand is generic and must be assembled differently in order to work with this keyboard. If you are not handy or do not understand the directions given here by another buyer for how to modify assembly so the stand fits, you may want to subtract the stand as a factor for choosing this particular bundle.

Second, I've registered a lot of products on line and none, even minor brands, limited me to online registration and then required so much time to do it. Registration is not straight forward and simple as you might expect. Be sure to enter the entire address as presented in the manual, or you will get goofy results, a demand for email and password. Try to register and you get odd rejections such as my favorite, "your email address is not proper format" Huh? Is the program expecting Japanese? You must enter that long address. Also, the registration utility is unforgiving and unclear. No AI engine employed here! The site refers to this keyboard two different ways, PSR 233 and YPT 230. Have fun getting registration to accept your long product ID entry.

Third. A truth in advertising issue. We are told music and music lessons are included. What you are not told is they are online. You must successfully register to get any of the manuals, the music, anything. Never encountered that one before! Beware of buying a Yamaha music products open box, used, or refurbished. You will not be able to get the user manual without registering and you cannot do that without the ID written on a page included in the box. The serial number is all that is on the keyboard & you MUST enter both the serial number & the ID on the paper.

Fourth. Because of the above, you want to think over getting a Yamaha music product for a gift. Make sure the child or youth has home access to Internet or that you do. Fortunately, I open, inspect, perform burn in (24hour non-stop play (while I still have the shipping box) to reduce probabilty of defects later. If it doesn't fail the first 24 straight hours, it probably will not) assemble, and register products like this that I buy for gifts. I fixed the stand, got it registered, downloaded the Midi package and music and put them on a small flash USB, so the child can readily use it.

The e-manual is handy because there are so many features and functions, the paper manual is full of fine print on low quality background. There is so much to read, many under 13 year old children will not get much use of the Keyboard without assistance. I bought this for an advanced 7 year old. There is no way she is going to read all the fine print.
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179 of 195 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2012
I think this is a great keyboard. It has a wonderful sound, great features including the Yamaha Educational Suite (Y.E.S.) built in (includes these features: Listen & Learn, Timing, Waiting, Chord Dictionary).

I am betting that the other negative reviews of the stand are because it was not put together right. I had mine together wrong for a couple weeks then yesterday took the keyboard off and looked at it and noticed the leg that was farthest from me (behind the other) had the support rest on top with the longer of its two sides coming towards me. This makes sense because that leg is further "away". Then I looked at the other one (the leg crossing closer to me) and it also had the longer side of the top rest coming towards me making the little plastic tab stops not align from side to side. I took out an allen wrench unscrewed the one holding that rest on and then flipped it around so the little tabs on the ends align with the opposite support rest. Now the slot on the front underside of the keyboard fits in these tabs perfectly and holds the keyboard from sliding left right or front to back. It works great.

I do imagine the keyboard stand is a generic one as a much deeper keyboard could fit on it but the fact that it has extra depth does not impact it at all. I am glad it came with it!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2012
I have bought hundreds of items from Amazon and never wrote a review, but after an extremely frustrating Christmas eve, I felt compelled to comment on this keyboard package. The keyboard is great and the headphones are fine. To be clear, the stand is made by another company and DOES NOT COME CLOSE to fitting the keyboard. At all. There is no way to assemble it to securely fit the keyboard, despite what other reviews seem to indicate. Plus, this package came with a power adaptor made by another company that had rust on one of the metal plugs when it came. For reference, the proper stand is Yamaha PA-130 which bolts to the bottom of the keyboard and the proper power adaptor is Yamaha PA-130, both of which I had to buy after Christmas. Buy the keyboard separately because there is no value in these substandard package "extras." Very disappointed that Amazon would sell this package.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on August 6, 2012
My granddaughter is taking piano lessons on this keyboard. She is 6 and it is working well. My son-in-law is also teaching himself to play on it and the headphones comes in handy because he can practice after the kids are in bed at night and not risk waking them up.
The sound is good and the features are great. It was a good deal for the money.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on June 3, 2012
The keyboard works well but beware that the stand sold with it does not allow the keyboard to lock in and as such moves around. This needs to be clearly stated in the product description but it was not
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2011
The actual keyboard is great...I don't understand why it's being sold with a stand that is clearly not meant for the keyboard. There is no way to make the stand fit in the keyboard grooves where the stand obviously is meant to sit.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2012
I bought this keyboard so that I wouldn't have to use the family piano that two other people use. This keyboard is great if you're a beginner. It has decent sound quality, VERY light keys, and a good price. However, I do have some complaints. First of all, this keyboard does not do dynamics (forte, piano, mezzo-forte, etc.). The songs still sound okay and recognizable, but I can't help but think how much nicer it would be if you could put more emotion into songs. Secondly, the stand they give you for the keyboard doesn't fit. I know many of the other reviews go over this, so I won't elaborate. Also, I would strongly recommend buying a pedal to go along with this keyboard.
Overall, I feel like this is a very nice keyboard for the price. If you really want to get serious in piano playing, buy a higher quality keyboard later on.
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41 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on April 12, 2012
I was looking for a keyboard to get back in to piano playing. I had lessons as a young girl, played some with my children and got busy with life and let it slide. I purchased the Yamaha and was delighted with the sound quality. It is small enough as to not take up too much room. The headphones are a great addition as I can practice without disturbing my husband.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2012
Model # PKBS1, Portable Keyboard Stand. Here are my set of instructions to assemble the keyboard stand.

You have six tubular parts. The two long square tubes form the X-frame. The two identical round short tubes go on the top of the X-frame to hold the keyboard. The two identical round long tubes go on the bottom of the X-frame to provide the stable base of the stand.

Choose any height to begin, and assemble the X-frame. Now choose and mark a top and bottom of the assembled X-frame. Then with the X-frame standing upright, choose and mark a front and rear of the frame.

Now with the front of the X-frame facing you, install one of the short round tubes on the top LEFT side with the shortest distance from the bolt facing the back of the stand.

Then install the other short tube on the top RIGHT side with the shortest distance facing the front of the stand.

Still with the front of the X-frame facing you, install one of the longer round tubes on the bottom of the LEFT side of the frame with the shortest distance from the bolt facing the front of the stand.

And finally install the remaining longer round tube on the bottom RIGHT side of the X-frame with the shortest distance from the bolt facing the back of the stand.
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