The Stylophone's been around for over 40 years now, but it's never been as cool as this.
Choose between Classic, Synth or Bass sounds, with or without vibrato enhancement, or play along to any music on your MP3 player. It has a headphone socket and volume control too, and its tuning control gives you loads of octaves of sound. Just put in the batteries (not included) and start playing and experimenting with sounds.
The legendary Stylophone is a miniature analog stylus-operated keyboard. Invented in 1967 by Brian Jarvis, it entered production in 1968. It consists of a metal keyboard played by touching it with a stylus — each note being connected to a voltage-controlled oscillator via a different-value resistor - thus closing a circuit. The only other controls were a power switch and a vibrato control on the front panel beside the keyboard, and a tuning control on the rear. Some three million Stylophones were sold, mostly as children's toys.
The earliest known recording of the Stylophone was on Rolf Harris's 1969 live concert album released only in the UK called "Rolf Harris Live at the Talk of the Town", a London nightclub. After he demonstrates it for the audience, it is used on two songs, "Moon River" and "Let the Rest of the World Go By".
Other legendary Stylophone players: Jack White, Pierce Turner who performed "The William Tell Overture", David Bowie in "Space Oddity" and "Slip Away", Dr. Strangely Strange on their 1969 debut album Kip of the Serenes, Kraftwerk used the Stylophone on the track "Pocket Calculator" from their album Computer World in their middle era, the British duo Erasure on the single "Don't Say Your Love Is Killing Me", Marilyn Manson on "You and Me and the Devil Makes 3",...