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Despite appearances, my example (shown above) does not have damage to
its button strip. This is actually the original protective plastic film
which has never been removed from the buttons, and is torn in a few
The PSS-130 is a basic little keyboard with a nice selection of sounds,
many of which sound very similar to the PSS-160
the Vibrato effect is rather more severe. It has 8 voices and 8
rhythms (consisting of "blips" and metallic-sounding noise pulses, not
unlike the PSS-160
's rhythms) but sadly no
auto accompaniment. Polyphony is only 2-note.
There is also a Melody Memory which, like on the PSS-160, is rather
small and low-resolution, so is not of much use.
The built-in Demo tune is a rather boring, monophonic rendition of
"Yankee Doodle". It is interesting to note, however, that while the
demo tune is playing, it is still possible to play the keyboard
manually, and the full 2-note polyphony is retained for manual play.
Additionally, it is possible to select different voices which affect
manual play only, while the demo tune continues to use its programmed
voice. So, by playing along to the demo tune, it is possible to achieve
3-note polyphony and two different voices sounding simultaneously.
(This differs from the PSS-160, which disables manual play while the
demo is playing.)
There is no output socket provided, but the built-in speaker is quite
respectable. Unfortunately, the volume control acts "digitally" so
reducing the output volume affects the quality of the sounds.
Quite a nice little keyboard, but it's a shame there is no output
socket, and no "proper" volume control.
Sorry, there are no
audio samples of the PSS-130 available yet.
The Operating Manual for the PSS-130 can be downloaded from the Yamaha Manual Library