Synth Site: Yamaha: PSS-270: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.5 out of 5
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tom a hobbyist user from Brussels writes:
I just like it. Actually I have learned music by myself with it. The rythm section with auto bass is ok.

The only thing I dislike is this kind of pulse you can hear with headphones and when amplified.

Today I use it as a rythm box with my electric organ.

When I got it, I loved it for two reasons (I was really young...) : look like a computer (at the time) and the Yamaha logo on the visible part for the audience

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Nov-19-2002 at 10:18
Mark S. a part-time user from New Orleans, LA USA writes:
Apparently I'm the only person who unreservedly likes the Yamaha PSS-270. It was my first electronic keyboard and I got a lot of mileage out of it. My love of the 270 might have a lot to do with the fact that I'm primarily a guitarist, so I didn't judge it by the same standards that a real keyboardist would. I also have small hands, so the small keys didn't bother me.

I found a lot of sounds on this machine that were very usable, especially when I ran it through stompboxes and other outboard gear. It could be "hissy," but that's what they make noise gates for, isn't it? I liked a lot of the sounds. They were totally unrealistic, for the most part, but I always enjoyed that unrealistic aspect. I didn't expect the tuba preset to really sound like a tuba, but it sure was a cool noise when I ran it through a flanger and used the resulting sound as a "synth pad."

Unfortunately I lost the keyboard when I moved to my new house. I don't know how it happened and I'm still very annoyed about it getting lost. I keep searching Ebay and pawn shops for another one, but I'm beginning to suspect I'm not the only person who liked the 270, because I haven't found a decent one yet! Anybody willing to dump their 270, let me know. I used to surprise people with the good sounds I got out of it. If you take it for what it is, you can get a lot of cool sounds. But maybe I should stop praising it! That might be why I can't find one...

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jul-02-2002 at 15:09
Nathan a hobbyist user from US writes:
I got mine from an aunt for christmas. It is a toy but is good for truly screwed up sounds when aggressively processed or run through some old distortion pedals. Fun to mess around with.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Oct-14-2001 at 16:02
Fred D. a hobbyist user from USA writes:
This was my first keyboard, got it in '89. Of course it's a toy, so I treat it as such. I once sampled it with my SY85, got some quirky sounds that when run through an effects processor actually sounded ok. Synth Tom 2 (97) actually makes a good bass drum on the lowest note of the keyboard if amplified. Occasionally I do entire multi-track songs on this thing when I'm bored. The sounds are plain bad, but fun for just fooling around. This is a classic, and it's built tougher than many pro synths today. But just to repeat the others, don't buy it!

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Aug-07-2001 at 18:36
Sambo the Elephant a hobbyist user from England writes:
This was my first keyboard (I payed about £30), I couldn't play it and the keys were tooo small. It kinda put me off keyboards and that and only now (10 years later) I am getting back into them.

I would reccomend it only for the ghost sound and the fact it is stereo (rare on keyboards of this price).

Try to remember though it is just a toy, but then the VL-Tone is too...

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Saturday-Mar-17-2001 at 08:14
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