Yamaha PortaSound Voicebank PSS-170 Portable Toy Mini Keyboard Review

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Toy keyboards – the kind with miniature keys and built-in speakers that are made of plastic – are a popular purchase these days by people who are into unique-sounding analog music gear and aren’t brainwashed into thinking that music has to be made with thousand dollar equipment.

PortaSound ’80’s Entry Level Mini Keyboards for Beginner Players

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Back in the ’80’s, you simply never knew what would happen, although I’m pretty sure a lot of parents and grandparents hoped that by buying their kid a PortaSound keyboard, they might have the next Rachmaninoff on their hands. Instead, they probably heard a lot more stuff like this playing incessantly from the rec room.

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Yamaha PSS-170 PortaSound Portable Toy Mini Keyboard Review

Main Switches

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Keys and Drum Beats

pss 170 keys and drum machine

Voices, Effects

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In the above pic, you can see why this thing emphasizes that it is indeed a “voice bank”, because someone took the time to jam a whole helluva lotta different keyboard “voice” effects into this tiny beast.

Voice Selector

voice selector

Headphones / Aux Out / DC In

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Yamaha Electronic Keyboard Portasound Pss-170

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Here’s a song that Chad plays with the PSS-170 under his pseudonym, Telson Delmer, called “evening for penguins”…

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