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This is one of my favourite-sounding keyboards. In fact, it is probably
my overall favourite of all the keyboards I own.
It has 10 voices and 10 rhythms with auto accompaniment (dubbed "Auto
Bass Chord"). Each accompaniment pattern has two variations available,
and a fill-in. The fill-in affects the percussion only and the
accompaniment continues unchanged.
There is also a melody memory, which is quite low-resolution and small,
so it not really of much practical use.
Polyphony is 4-note, but this drops to just 2-note when the auto
accompaniment is enabled.
Some of the accompaniment patterns give a nice bass lead-in to the next
primary chord when you play a seventh chord. For example, when you play
a C7 chord, the bass at the end of the fourth bar leads in nicely to
the F major. It's difficult to describe in words, but if you heard it
you would know what I mean. The downside to this is that it sounds very
clunky if you weren't going to play the F major at that point.
Suprisingly, the demo tune (a rendition of "Camptown Races") does not
make use of this feature, even though there are several opportunities
As normal for a Yamaha keyboard, the built-in speaker is remarkably
good for its size, but there is an output socket for playing through
The PSS-160 retailed for £69.99 in a 1986 Argos
The Operating Manual for the PSS-160 can be downloaded from the Yamaha Manual Library