Synth Site: Yamaha: PSR-500 Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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mike a part time user from usa writes:
I've used this keyboard 2/3 nights a week for over 5 yrs, It is starting to wear out, mostly the

rubberized contacts. I'm looking for tech info re parts, or reconditioning tips.

So far it has taken a beatin, but it has hung in there.

Buck for buck, a pretty good buy.

Please send info re parts list.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:23
Michael Zeoli a part time user from Mass, USA writes:
After reading a thorough amount of PSR500 bashing I felt obliged to put my two

cents in. The PSR500 is an OUSTANDING keyboard for the money. As far as physical

attributes go, keyboard responsiveness is excellent. Physical layout is as

good as any hardwired (by that I mean, static sounds) keyboard could be,

minus perhaps a slightly more informative digital display. String sounds are (as with most Yamaha kbds) quite good. Brass is a bit

muddy, and woods are a bit washed out. Effect sounds are an odd assortment, but

some are interesting enough. Perhaps the single most annoying factor is

the high polyphonic appetite of the effect sounds (you max out at 4 or 5 keys,

and forget about split boards with them). Memory and playback is acceptable, except for its tendency to drown out

percussion on downbeats. The mod wheel stinks (too much dead area in the

center position). Let's face it, this is an OLD keyboard, and people are still writing about

it... what does that tell you? It holds up from beginner to intermediate, and

I know quite a few advanced players (myself included) who simply use it

to drive their PC config and leave the standalone keyboards to things more

modern. For those of you who's biggest problem is lack of a manual -- that's not

the keyboards fault (hint, hint).

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:23
Bill Milam a 0 user from USA writes:
The PSR-500 and the PSR-85 are very close in their layout

and control functions, so if you can get your hands on a PSR-85

manuel it may help you figure out how to use your PSR-500

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:23
Skip Batesq a hobbyist user from RI in the USA writes:
The PSR500 is my second used keyboard. I moved up from the YPR-9(which I use

for practise)and am now learning th 500. I think it is a great keyboard for the money ($50.00 at a yard sale). Since I have not used any other

me. As I have not used other eyboards, I can not not really review it. I do

have the owners manual whichh I can copy and send to anyone who needs it. Just cover the cost and shipping, which

should not be more than $15.00.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:23
Skip Bates a hobbyist user from RI in the USA writes:
The PSR500 is my second used keyboard. I moved up from the YPR-9(which I use

for practise)and am now learning th 500. As I have not used anyother keyboards, I can not review it. I do have the manual if any one would like a copy. Just cover the cost and shipping. Shouldn't be more than $15.00.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:23
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