Monday, October 1, 2007

Stylophone


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.

Here is how it works and sounds:

Hexstatic - Stylophone

9 comments:

sonolor said...

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René Vis said...

Great instrument. And they produce them again. Tonight I ordered one. Can't wait for the thing to be delivered!

stylomeastro said...

Love these retro classics!
Dubreq is releasing the Stylophone Beatbox due on January 19th 2009.
Check it out
http://100milligrams.com/stylophone-beatbox-p-173.html
Rockin!!

HumanBeatbox said...

The page on the 100milligrams site has been updated and includes vids and pics of the new Beatbox.

Very cool! But have to wait until may to get one.

Mark said...

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Craig said...

The Stylophone was available in three variants: standard, bass and treble, the standard one being by far the most common. There was also a larger version called the 350S with more notes on the keyboard, various voices, a novel 'wah-wah' effect that was controlled by moving one's hand over a photo-sensor, and two styluses.
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