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Stylophone Retro Pocket Synth


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  • Miniature stylus operated synthesizer is a recreation of the 1967 classic
  • Choose from three different retro organ sounds, Optional vibrato effect
  • Tuning knob on bottom allows you tune the Stylophone or do pitch-bend effects
  • Built in speaker with volume control, Optional headphone jack
  • Input for MP3 player mixes your music with the Stylophone and outputs everything through the built-in speaker
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 4.8 x 2.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B000SKHSRU
  • Item model number: STYLO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #867 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2000

Product Description

The Stylophone is a miniature stylus operated synthesizer invented in 1967 and used by such iconic musicians as David Bowie, Kraftwerk and Erasure. It features a metal keyboard played by touching it with a stylus. That's right, over four decades ago with computers the size of a gymnasium and nary a PDA in sight the Stylophone was a portable electronic music instrument with stylus based control. This exact recreation of the original sounds the same as it did in the 60s. Simply remove the pen and tap any key for classic synth sounds. There is a switch to add vibrato and you can choose from one of three different retro organ type sounds. The tuning knob on the bottom allows for some pitch-bend effects if you must. The Stylophone is one of the simplest electronic instruments you will find, but it's minimal style is a big part of its charm.

Requires 3 AA batteries (not included)



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Customer Reviews

Awesome Synth Sound in a Compact Package.
The Diagnosis
She had a lot of fun playing songs and trying out the different sounds it can make.
D. Jean Fournier Smith
Bought this for my boyfriend as a Christmas gift and he seems to love it!
AJane

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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Andrew J. Wesolowski on September 4, 2009
I recently saw this thing for 25% off, and thought i'd give it a try. I wasn't sure what it would be like, but it is pretty fun. My favorite thing about the new stylophones is the MP3 jack, you can play your mp3s through the speaker and jam along, it's quite fun. I might have given it five stars, but after about ten minutes of playing the keyboard area was obviously scratched by the stylus. I'm betting the build quality is not as good as the original, but hey, it works and is very cheap to buy.If think you might like it, go for it. Even if it does break later on you barely spent any money on it and you had some fun.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Leonardo Lee on October 22, 2009
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This is something I bought for just because I needed a portable keyboard on the go. I have fallen in love with this piece of equipment. Not only was it cheap , but it can play in three octaves using a switch and it can bend pitch almost up an octave. It also works as a portable speaker (sadly its Mono). You can also use it with earphones or a Amplifier. Overall this stylophone synthesizer is loads of fun.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By L on August 17, 2009
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just got this in today, and i love it, it has that now antique synth sound, like out of a fellini movie, response is excellent considering the price, nice and loud, with three dif octaves and a pitch knob on the bottom, i love it, you cant get sounds from scary movie to church organ,and to beat all that, very very cool design, it looks like a anacronism embedded in the dashboard of a 57 chevy, or imagine a furturistic 350 style top panel on a fender tube amp, ok thats silly, but this things cool
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By DJ on February 17, 2010
The Stylophone is a fun instrument but its not a toy. Like any instrument, it can be used as a toy - as a means of entertaining oneself or a child. However the more you know about music and especially electronic music, the more likely you will be able to coax music from the Stylophone. I am a musician and I love it's quirky transistor organ sound. In this day and age of everything being digital its nice to have such an affordable electronic analog instrument available, if even just for the novelty of it. By running the Stylophone through a few effects (think Korg Mini-KP) via the 1/8th inch output you can really start to tap into some amazing sounds. It definitely has a cheesy retro sound to it, but this is part of its charm. Arranging music is all about color, texture, and contrast and the Stylophone can sometimes add just the right amount of slightly nasty wheeze to a track to really make it stand out. If you don't believe me just ask David Bowie.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By rocknurse56 on January 12, 2010
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I saw that Bowie used 1 of these little things in his song Space Oddity & decided to pick 1 up for kicks, due to its miniscule price & cool retro looks. I really enjoy playing around with this thing. It's kind of nerdy, but awesome at the same time. It sounds great in the right context. I played a duet with my husband a few hours ago. He has a Yamaha P155 digital piano, and the Stylophone blends quite well with its own unique little organ voice. Some of the sounds that the Stylophone makes are reminiscent of the the Nintendo and Atari games I played growing up(not bad kind of nostalgic actually). It's pretty easy to play. I'm more of a guitar player, but I've found it easy to pick out songs by ear. It's great for 80's synth pop & new wave covers. This gadget will in no way replace a real keyboard, but it's a fun addition to any musicians collection of STUFF. I like that you can hook it up to your MP3 player or run it through an amp with effects for more tonal weirdness. I've actually just ordered the Stylophone beatbox from the UK because the clips of it on Youtube seem equally awesome, and I can't seem to find a seller here in the US. Hey Amazon, how bout getting some Stylophone beatboxes on your site too!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Michael Martarano on November 12, 2009
It might be easy to pass this mini-synth off as just a useless toy. Yes, it is plastic and yes, it is dirt cheap!
However, this is a reproduction of a classic instrument invented in the 1960s and has found it's place in many influential recording since it's release in 1967. Featuring all the original features of the original with an added audio through input and volume control, this little bit of Electronic Music Gadgetry is one cool stocking stuffer for the Electronic Musician.

Noted recordings which feature this instrument are David Bowie's 'Space Oddity', Kraftwerk's 'Pocket Calculator' and it's featured regularly on a few They Might be Giants songs.

Most of us can afford the small penny this thing costs and I seriously recommend it!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ANLescure on March 3, 2010
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Great item. I bought this for my husband for Valentines day. Simple, easy to use, and comes with a few beginner songs to learn. He loved it. Something to add to his collection of musical instruments and show to the guys in his band.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Matthew T. Despres on April 12, 2010
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One of my friends bought one of these and after trying it for a few minutes, I knew I had to have one. Don't feel like jamming for a while? No problem as it could be a decent standalone mp3 speaker. I love the vibrato function.

WICKED AWESOME
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