New Era Stylophone Gadget

electronic stylophoneHave you seen an electronic Stylophone? Do you love music gadgets? Back in the Cretaceous Period (or was it the 70’s), when calculators were the size of small cars and an auto pop-up toaster was considered hi-tech, some geek sandwiched two circuit-boards together, chucked in some random wiring, and gave birth to a musical (sic) instrument that was to become an icon.

The Dubreq Stylophone is a miniature electronic musical instrument invented in 1967 by Brian Jarvis. It consists of a metal keyboard played by touching it with a stylus – each note being connected to a cheap voltage-controlled oscillator via a different-value resistor – thus closing a circuit. Some three million Stylophones were sold, mostly as children’s toys. Rolf Harris appeared for several years as the Stylophone’s advertising spokesman in the United Kingdom.

After nearly 40 years in the closet, the Stylophone pocket synthesiser made popular by the likes of Rolph Harris and David Bowie (he used it in timeless classic Space Oddity) is back. You tap the electronic keys with the integral stylus to make funky noises – now with additional Classic, Synth and Bass sounds, – and maybe you can produce some musical hits using this retro kit as the likes of Kraftwerk, Erasure, Orbital, Marilyn Manson, They Might Be Giants, and White Stripes have done in the past. You can play solo, or plug in your iPod/MP3 player and play along to your favourite tunes, and even add some vibrato enhancement to really annoy anyone foolish enough to be listening to you. It may have been invented in 1967, but 40 years on this re-invention is bound to be another hit.


  • The retro stylophone is back but now you can play along to your MP3 tracks.
  • Electronic keys.
  • Tap the keys with the integral stylus.
  • Funky new sounds including Classic, Synth and Bass.
  • Play solo or along to your MP3s.
  • Suitable for ages 8 years+.
  • Requires 3 x AA Batteries (not included).
  • Size: 22 x 12 x 6cm.

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