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Offline Toril S

Have anybody owned a PSR-47?
« on: August 19, 2017, 08:54:37 AM »
I still have my old, old keyboard from 1990. It is a PSR-47. Anyone else who have had this keyboard? It was an inspiring instrument, and I occasionally play it for fun. It is not a professional instrument, but have some sounds/styles that I actually still miss :)
Toril S
 

Offline ticktock

Re: Have anybody owned a PSR-47?
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2017, 07:16:07 PM »
I have one in the attic.

After turned on, it plays about 10 minutes, then the sound dies down gradually. Wait about an hour, the same process repeats.
Hate to see it goes.

Ted

Offline SciNote

Re: Have anybody owned a PSR-47?
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2017, 12:59:54 AM »
I never owned one, but I remember selling them when I worked for an electronics store.  It kind of bridged the Yamaha lines from the older models that, in my opinion, sounded kind of flat, to the lines that included the PSR-500, which, to me, brought a level of sound and features to portable keyboards that propelled them to near-professional level.  I did own a PSR-500, and to give you an idea of how good I thought it sounded, I sold a DX-7 to get it.
Bob
Yamaha PSR-E433
Yamaha PSR-520
 

Offline Toril S

Re: Have anybody owned a PSR-47?
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2017, 05:56:50 AM »
Hello SciNote. I never tried the 500, but it seems that vintage keyboards are getting popular again. At least some models.
Toril S
 

Offline SciNote

Re: Have anybody owned a PSR-47?
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2017, 12:41:07 AM »
Yep!  You can tell by some of the eBay/Craigslist prices that the older keyboards are getting some attention.  The PSR-500 brought features like the ability to combine two sounds, and to also control the octave, volume, and reverb level of each sound, as well as split the keyboard.  It also brought the polyphony up to a level where these features could be useful (maybe 28 notes).  And, it included a 5-track-plus-rhythm/style sequencer -- not much different than what is on today's PSR-E4xx series, but with only about 3500 notes of memory, instead of 19000.  It's been a long time, but I believe the PSR-47 could combine two sounds and split the keyboard, but with a polyphony of only 8 notes or so, making it limited when you started implementing those features.  I'm not sure if you could control the octave, volume, or reverb of the individual sounds or not.
Bob
Yamaha PSR-E433
Yamaha PSR-520
 

Offline Toril S

Re: Have anybody owned a PSR-47?
« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2017, 02:34:16 AM »
Hi :) Polyphony of only 8, yes. But you could combine two sounds. It also had some features that I miss in newer models. If you used a certain button, the keyboard filled in some stuff in the style. It is a while since I played it now. I will post a song played with it some day to illustrate what I mean. i had much fun with it, and it was rather expensive in 1990, and it was not a toy, but a midrange instrument in those days. The keys where not touch sensitive, and that was a pity. I remember bringing the keyboard to a cabin where there was no electricity, and sitting on the porch making a melody. Wonderful that you could use batteries on it. I miss the light weight also, the arrangers are rather bulky and heavy.
Toril S
 

Offline SciNote

Re: Have anybody owned a PSR-47?
« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2017, 07:53:46 AM »
Well, the PSR-E4xx keyboards can also run on batteries, so that's an option.  And in my opinion, they sound great!  And quite light weight.

I got batteries for my E433 in case I was without power for an extended time due to Hurricane Irma (I'm in Florida), but fortunately, I was only without power about a day and a half.  But now, we're keeping an eye on Maria, so I may still need those batteries, but hopefully not!
Bob
Yamaha PSR-E433
Yamaha PSR-520
 

Offline WolfBack

Re: Have anybody owned a PSR-47?
« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2017, 10:08:39 AM »
This thread reminds me how I miss my old and my first keyboard.
Sorry for this off topic reply, but I'm really miss my old PSR18 back on 1991...

Make Music, Not War....

Antonis WolfBack (Athens, GR)
 

Offline Toril S

Re: Have anybody owned a PSR-47?
« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2017, 01:41:19 PM »
Hello Wolfback. These were wonderful keyboards then☺
Toril S
 

Offline SciNote

Re: Have anybody owned a PSR-47?
« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2017, 12:28:40 AM »
This thread reminds me how I miss my old and my first keyboard.
Sorry for this off topic reply, but I'm really miss my old PSR18 back on 1991...

There's one on Orlando, Florida's Craiglist for fifty bucks!
Bob
Yamaha PSR-E433
Yamaha PSR-520
 

Offline Toril S

Re: Have anybody owned a PSR-47?
« Reply #10 on: September 19, 2017, 01:39:23 AM »
Get hold of it!!
Toril S