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MF MD HG Record Your Music 02-20-15
Yamaha PSRE243 61-Key Entry-Level Portable Keyboard   (Open Box)
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Product# H95720
OVERVIEW

Great-sounding, features-rich beginner's model.

Primarily geared toward learning musicians, the PSR-E243 offers the built-in Yamaha Education Suite, which enables students to teach themselves piano as well as built-in accompaniment styles that make it possible to sound like full bands. USB TO HOST connectivity makes interfacing with personal computers and Apple iPad/iPhone/iPod touch easy.

For more seasoned music makers, the PSR-E243 can also be used as a MIDI controller for computers and high performance sound sources for music software applications.

The PSR-E243 offers built-in speakers featuring the Ultra-Wide Stereo DSP button that creates greater separation and a more spacious sound. It provides players with 385 voices and 100 accompaniment Styles.

Extend and enhance your keyboard by connecting to your iPhone/iPad/iPod. Add virtual pitch bend, mod wheels and an arpeggiator with Yamaha's Sound Controller app. Record your children's music progress as video and MIDI with My Music Recorder. Requires optional accessory i-UX1 (#H99901), sold seperately.

Additional features include a new power-saving mode and 61 full-sized keys. This affordable model also lets users play along with a band or use the dedicated Portable Grand button to instantly call-up a great sounding grand piano.

Optional Adaptor (PA-3C/PA-130) sold separately.

FEATURES
  • 61 keys
  • 385 sounds
  • iOS connectivity
  • Optional Adaptor (PA-3C/PA-130) sold separately
  • Sustain pedal sold separately

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YamahaPSRE243 61-Key Entry-Level Portable Keyboard
 
4.8

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (21)
  • Portable (17)
  • Responsive / good action (16)
  • Good audio (14)
  • Pre-programmed music (10)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Learning (19)
    • MIDI (5)
    • Electronic music (4)
    • Travel (4)
    • Accompaniment (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Novice (14), Experienced (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    BEST PRICE and SERVICE on Yamaha

    After buying and returning a no name brand keyboard, I read up on beginner keyboards. The consensus seemed to point towards Yamaha, so I shopped the brand. Musician's Friend had the best...Read complete review

    After buying and returning a no name brand keyboard, I read up on beginner keyboards. The consensus seemed to point towards Yamaha, so I shopped the brand. Musician's Friend had the best price, and calling them they even beat their own price. They also heavily discounted the stand and power adapter (don't forget to buy!. The phone rep spoke unaccented American English, was friendly and answered the phone right away!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    NO AC adaptor

    I bought this for my daughter for Christmas. Although the manual says an AC adapter is included, there was none in the package. How annoying to have to order it separately. It would...Read complete review

    I bought this for my daughter for Christmas. Although the manual says an AC adapter is included, there was none in the package. How annoying to have to order it separately. It would have been nice to know this ahead of time!

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    5.0

    Beginning Again

    By Clasical44

    from NH & FL

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Portable
    • Realistic Sound
    • Responsive / Good Action
    • Touch Sensitive Keys

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Enjoy Playing Again
      • Learning

      Comments about Yamaha PSRE243 61-Key Entry-Level Portable Keyboard:

      After decades away from playing and teaching piano, I am thoroughly enjoying getting acquainted with an old friend. I'm sure I will upgrade to a full 88 key keyboard in the future, but this "fills the bill" right now. I am pleasantly surprised that this keyboard so closely feels like a piano. The key action has reawakened old memories.

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      5.0

      Excellent product at a low price

      By Rick in the key of C

      from Southern Oregon Coast

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Portable
      • Pre-programmed music
      • Realistic Sound
      • Responsive / Good Action

      Cons

      • Not Pressure Sensitive

      Best Uses

      • Learning
      • MIDI

      Comments about Yamaha PSRE243 61-Key Entry-Level Portable Keyboard:

      This is a good keyboard to learn with. Although it was marked "blemished", I couldn't find anything wrong with it except that thd box had been opened. Keys are full sized. Great keyboard for the price.

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      5.0

      Perfect.....

      By None

      from None

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Portable
      • Pre-programmed music
      • Realistic Sound
      • Responsive / Good Action
      • Touch Sensitive Keys

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Learning

        Comments about Yamaha PSRE243 61-Key Entry-Level Portable Keyboard:

        Great for refreshing skills that have not been used for several years...and for introducing our granddaughter to the keyboard....

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        5.0

        Great price and portability

        By Traveller 1

        from BC, Canada

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Pre-programmed music
        • Responsive / Good Action

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Travel

          Comments about Yamaha PSRE243 61-Key Entry-Level Portable Keyboard:

          I purchased this for portability so I can practice while out of town on holiday

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Unbelievable Deal!

          By wiz4888

          from michigan

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Awesome Keyboard
          • Easy to Use
          • Portable
          • Pre-programmed music
          • Realistic Sound
          • Responsive / Good Action
          • Touch Sensitive Keys

          Cons

          • Cannot Think Of One

          Best Uses

            Comments about Yamaha PSRE243 61-Key Entry-Level Portable Keyboard:

            Super company to work with. Incredible fast shipping. Product is unbelievable for the price. Best deal I have received in a long time!

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome Keyboard

            By moran0816

            from Townsend, Ma

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Easy to Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Learning

              Comments about Yamaha PSRE243 61-Key Entry-Level Portable Keyboard:

              I bought this for my 10 year old for Christmas. He is taking piano at school and stated he wanted a keyboard of his own. This was much better than I thought it would be. This is a wonderful keyboard and he loves it.

              Comment on this review

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Dime store price; High end quality.

              By Cookie

              from Bowie, MD

              About Me Novice

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Portable
              • Pre-programmed music
              • Realistic Sound
              • Responsive / Good Action

              Cons

              • No Keyingfingering Assts

              Best Uses

              • Accompaniment
              • Arts Assimilation
              • Electronic Music
              • Learning
              • Therapeutic

              Comments about Yamaha PSRE243 61-Key Entry-Level Portable Keyboard:

              Being introduced to keyboard and as a novice I find this instrument fitting for performing arts activities. The controls and accompaniments allow me the ability to be creative, yet structured. I find this process to be soothing and cathartic.

              Comment on this review

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Worked for my needs...

              By mmcnenly

              from Bellflower, CA

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Portable

              Cons

              • Poor Battery Life

              Best Uses

              • Learning

              Comments about Yamaha PSRE243 61-Key Entry-Level Portable Keyboard:

              I needed a midi keyboard (no velocity sensitivity) to control VB3, GSI's Virtual B3 - the best tonewheel software synth ever!! This was for a reunion show for a band from the 80's. I hooked this up to my netbook (running VB3) via the USB hookup.

              The downside is a set fresh Duracell Alkaline batteries (not included) only lasted 5 hours of non-continuous use. Poor battery life - use an adapter (not included).

              Another bad thing is the volume knob does not transmit any midi data. That would have been a simple thing to include in the programming. I read the midi implementation PDF file on the web (again, not included), which said that it transmits midi volume (controller 7). This is incorrect, and a downright lie. This omission was a disappointment.

              But, for a kid's first keyboard, this would be great. It has decent voices built-in. And the price is dirt cheap!!

              4 stars when used as it was meant to be - a child's learning tool.

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              5.0

              Awesome!

              By susiebacti

              from Catonsville, MD

              About Me Novice

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Realistic Sound
              • Responsive / Good Action

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Accompaniment
              • Learning

              Comments about Yamaha PSRE243 61-Key Entry-Level Portable Keyboard:

              This is a great keyboard for the price! Just remember that you have to buy the power plug separately! It was bigger than I expected - harder to transport and store than I planned for. But still great.

              Comment on this review

              (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great beginners keyboard!

              By ggoldring

              from Tampa, FL

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Portable
              • Pre-programmed music
              • Realistic Sound
              • Responsive / Good Action
              • Touch Sensitive Keys

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Electronic Music
              • Learning
              • MIDI

              Comments about Yamaha PSRE243 61-Key Entry-Level Portable Keyboard:

              I decided to buy a beginners keyboard after not practicing the piano for about 9 years in order to get back into it. For about 8 years, I had played on my parents grand piano and wanted a similar experience for a much cheaper price as I am a college student. I loved that this keyboard had the 'portable grand' option and was a great price. Right now, I don't need anything super fancy so this was the perfect combination of sound, ease, and portability. I am currently working on a group of songs to perform for my boyfriend on our anniversary! So glad I ended up buying this keyboard!

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