Let's take a look at the Yamaha PSR E423 keyboard. If you're searching for a beginner's keyboard and you're on a budget, this one may be an option. It sells for about $229.99 online - pretty cheap. But despite its low price it rivals many keyboards in its price range. I compared it to Casio for instance and have to recommend the E423 instead. This may or may not be the right keyboard for you so read on.
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If you're starting out on keyboard or buying a keyboard for a child who's learning to play, the Yamaha PSR E423 may meet your needs. If you're not sure whether your child will continue to be interested in playing the keyboard it's usually a good idea to buy a cheaper model (like this one) and later on if s/he continues to show interest, make a bigger investment.
If weighted keys are an issue, look elsewhere because this one comes with light-weight keys.
So what does the Yamaha PSR-E423 offer?
Firstly, it is a 61 key keyboard. It has basic features for learning how to play, like the Yamaha Education Suite and the Yamaha Portable grand. With the portable grand button your keyboard will be in piano playing mode with a touch of a button. With the Yamaha Education Suite (Y.E.S.) you can teach yourself how to play the piano thanks to its many built-in piano lessons.
Ready to perform live? There are synthesizer control knobs for real-time control of effects, sound envelope, filter and style tempo. Looking for arpeggio voices and patterns, you will be happy with the keyboard's arpeggiator.
Let's take a quick glance at the features of the Yamaha PSR E423:
One complaint I have is that the Yamaha PSR E423 doesn't have a decent output. You have to use the headphone jack which can result in a nasty hiss with high end sensitive speakers. Also I do not like the fact that you have to buy a power supply separately. I hate the fact that there's no USB cable. However, Yamaha offers the survival kit which you have to pay for.
Included in the Yamaha survival kit are:
I also think that there is no need for so many combo voices. These could have been obtained via dual and split according to the keyboard player's taste.
Overall, I think this is a good beginner's keyboard for the price. Compared to other keyboards in its price range, it is non-toyish. It's ok for students and children as well as beginner adults on a budget. If you're thinking of buying or you want to learn more about the keyboard, check out the Yamaha PSR E423 here.
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