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Yamaha 76 Key Portable Keyboard Including AC Power Adapter
Reviewed in the United States on November 29, 2017
Several keyboards share this page but this review is for the PSR-EW300 76 key keyboard and includes the AC power adapter. This is a portable keyboard, weighing just under 14 pounds and if desired, it can be powered by six AA batteries. Included is the keyboard with separate music holder (snaps into back of keyboard), power adapter and Owner’s Manual. There is no complicated setup. Connect the AC adapter to the back of the keyboard, plug into a wall outlet, press the power button and it is automatically in grand piano mode ready to play.
Before arrival, my main concern was whether the keyboard would have a similar touch and sound like a genuine instrument because although I never became proficient I lived with and tinkered on the full-size piano in my childhood home for at least fifteen years. The answer to that question is surprisingly, yes.
The touch is almost indistinguishable from the one I practiced on replicating things such as the instant reaction to various degrees of pressure exerted on the keys to the subtle sound made when my inept fingers slip-off rather than fully strike the key. This is level of response is what I would expect from a professional grade keyboard with a much higher price point.
The manual is an excellent resource to use when exploring the keyboard’s impressive array of features. But, nothing is difficult or complicated, it is just a matter of learning the steps. And some choices, such as switching instrument sounds, are printed on the face of the keyboard with confirmation appearing on the display screen, etc. So, much can be done intuitively.
Listen through earphones, connect a speaker to improve the small on-board units, connect to a computer, etc. The keyboard has many built-in bells and whistles which are clearly detailed in the product information so I won’t repeat them here.
After about a week of use I’ve played with many of the features but continue to gravitate to the grand piano mode. Granted, this reaction is highly variable and completely dependent on individual use but there is no doubt these different voices, instruments, styles, etc. add to the enjoyment and level of creativity that may be incorporated.
The only other items needed are seating and something to hold the keyboard. I had a small repurposed piano bench which is now being more properly utilized with the instrument. To support the keyboard I purchased a simple adjustable collapsible metal X style stand here on Amazon and it is working out well. I bought an On Stage basic model but there are many brands available with various price points and features.
Lightweight so it is easy to move, store and transport, this keyboard is a good choice for a beginner to learn on or as a way to return to the piano without making the physical space and financial commitment required for a full-size instrument. Excellent.