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. After nearly 40 years in the closet, the Stylophone pocket synthesiser made popular by the likes of Rolf 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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Review of Stylophone
Brought it for my granddaughter, as it is different to nintendo and mobile devices, she liked the novelty.
Review of Stylophone
This was a present and the recipient was more than pleased with it
Rock with styl' !
Recently I attended with my son a concert in the picturesque inn of the "Moulin de la Pipe" in Ardeche (south of France). The spot is famous internationaly among rock climbers, but we were there for another kind of "rock". A group that are called "the Wackies" who only toy instruments! Among those devices, a Stylophone ruled the way with its hypnotic tones. Both my son and I made our mind up and realized that we wanted want one of those! So we went on IWOOT and purchased one.
The Stylophone is a childhood dream and an opportunity for some new sounds effects in the band!
The Stylophone took me back to being 10 years old when my brother got one of these. Plus there are a few enhancements now.
This Stylophone makes your childhood dreams come true. That's three down and four to go!
I bought this Stylophone for a musical friends 18th birthday after nearly getting it for him last christmas. I took it out of the packaging to test it before giving it to him and found myself on it for a good hour before I wanted to put it back again. He thinks it's brilliant and he's also the type of person to use it in recordings. I have no complaints at all with this product, it's a great little gadget. Well done IWOOT!
Really pleased with the Stylophone. I ordered it as a joke birthday present for my brother, as I remember he had one when we were kids. He absolutely loved it and the delivery was really fast too.
The Stylophone was bought as a gift for my husband and it was gratefully received. A unique gift that brings back childhood memories for us both, with the added bonus of updated MP3 integration. Hours of fun for the family!
The Stylophone is just what I wanted as a fun present for my grandson. Reminds me of my younger days too when this was all the rage.
The Stylophone is a brilliant little machine! My partner loves it and it sounds super. He mastered the songs in about 5 minutes too. I'd better get some more batteries, I can see this is going to cause hours of fun for all the family.
Spent ages trying to find something to go with my dad's birthday present. My sister and I wanted to give him something different but fun. This Stylophone is perfect. My mum has informed us that she is glad it comes with a headphone socket! However, she admits that she has had a go too and likes the fact you can get the MP3 player plugged into it! We have had a go and so have my nieces, a winner all round! Great fun.
Annoying yet addictive
I bought the Stylophone as an extra gift for my brother. Whilst I enjoy most music I did fear that my ears may have started to bleed, though admittedly the blood did help clog the sound. Seriously though, this item is very annoying but also very, very addictive. I'm not quite sure who would want to plug it into an MP3 but the option is there. I'd give this 3 stars, it's a fun gift addition. I'd advise never to let a child near one and if possible try to learn a tune so the noise isn't quite so grating.
Bought this primarily to keep my nephew's occupied during visits but I've found it totally addictive. Came with the instructions for 'Silent Night' and I mastered that in a few minutes. If only I'd bought it at Xmas. I entertained my wife and family for hours in a locked room with endless variations of 'Silent Night' and now I know what it feels like to be a rock star with thousands of adoring fans. I am not from a musical background and never thought I'd be able to learn any instrument.
Lots of potential
This is one of those toys that you get a little buzz of excitement about each time it is brought out. The Stylophone is a retro synthesiser which is a cult instrument used by the likes of David Bowie, and more recently, Mark Ronson, but it allows even novice musicians to express their creativity. Forty years after it first became a kitsch icon, the re-released Stylophone has all the features of the original, with the addition of a volume control and added audio input enabling you to connect to an MP3 player and jam along to your favourite tracks in style. The Stylophone has great novelty value but is also a great little item for children who wish to learn a new instrument. They will certainly be unique in their instrument choice! Its the perfect price and size to be a stocking filler and is also the perfect gift for the child who has everything!
I got 4 Stylophones for the kids and they love them. They're great fun for all the family, money well spent.
Stylophone.. goodbye air guitar
Stylophone... goodbye air guitar. Although older than time itself, the compulsory MP3 link and your marketing treatment ensure it has taken the jetstream into this Millennium. The output/noise/music/hurdy-gurdy stuff is amazing diversity itself. It's versatile too as the wee ones did their music homework and picked out tunes.
The Stylophone is a great little item, bought one for my grandson and son-in-law (aged 50). Grandson thought it was 'ace' and son-in-law said it brought back happy memories!
I bought the Stylophone for my 18 year old son. He soon picked up how to play a tune. My husband also enjoyed playing it. Great value and an ideal present.
Bought the Stylophone for my other half and he thinks it is great. He is usually quite a hard man to please when it comes to gadgets.
The Stylophone is exactly as I remember it as a small child in the 1970s. Many hours spent on Christmas Day playing, 'can you guess what it is yet?'
My son loved the Stylophone, we had great fun playing along to the carol service on TV!
The Stylophone was a fab retro gift, we've had such fun with it.
Music for the Masses
I had never been a keen musician, but this beautiful old toy from the '70s took me back. With an elegantly monotone sound, the Stylophone will keep you entertained in nostalgia for hours. With 3 instruments and even a 'Vibrato' option, the Stylophone goes one step further with headphone and MP3 connections, so you can play along with all your favorite tunes. The volume can be very loud, so you can show off your riffs to all your friends. The tuning stick on the underside allows for further tweaking. The battery also lasts for a very long time, meaning more play time! There are a few disadvantages. Firstly, the volume cannot be easily adjusted, as it is either very loud or very quiet. Secondly, there is no option to connect the Stylophone to a computer audio in to record music. Lastly, the general feel of the product is quite tacky compared to the original. The stickers keep peeling off, the metal grid has been replaced with plastic and the sound just isn't what it used to be, otherwise I would love it. The stylophone is a good, cheap buy for anyone who loves music or the '70s.
I have seen these before and I thought they were cool so I bought one and now is the talk of the house! Don't miss out on one of these!!
AMAZING! Hours of possibility okay more than one word but that's because it has more than one possibility!
Ahh this took me back and it was better than I'd remembered... I've had a queue of people (all from the 60s and 70s) in my office lining up to have a go and do their best Rolf Harris Impersonations....great fun.
blast from the past
bought this as a 4oth birthday gift for my brother who is well into retro toys. He was thrilled to bits and said" Ive always wanted one of those". The present arrived right on time and nicely packaged. I would recommend this site to anyone stuck for a unusual gift idea
This electro-pulsing piece of nostalgic kit is an intense flashback to those good old days of non-stop synthesising. An essential instrument for those prone to reminiscing and for those of a thoroughly modern mind what with it's decent quality MP3 playing capabilities, the Stylophone is a piece of enjoyably metallic genius.
Not what I was expecting.
Remembering the Stylophone from years ago I just had to have one but it is not the same as I remember. The stylus didn't work too well and it was laid to rest without really being played. However, I will give it another go.
Bought 2 of these for my boys - they are great fun and very noisy! Silent Night in January from one and the youngest discovered you can make lets say not very flattering "wind" noises with it. My husband is traumatised and doesnt know whether to laugh or cry - the words "trust your Mum to buy those" are ringing in my ears !!! They are brilliant
Great potential but there seemed to be a loose connection on one of the batteries so operation was rather intermittent. Unfortunately tested after the return time had run out as bought early for Christmas.
Probably more fun 30 years ago
Bought as a stocking filler, it ended up being used about twice over the whole Christmas period. Great fun for a minute or two and did take some of us down memory lane, but really too small to be much fun and unfortunately overshadowed by more modern technology toys :(
What a hit!
I boought 3 of these as presents for a vaguely musical 10 yr old girl, a grungy cool, music mad 15yr old boy and a 16yr old girl. Amazingly, all went down brilliantly. The stylophone remains as captivating now as it was when I was young.
Simple nostalgic fun!
Easy to pick up and play - great fun at a party. Don't expect it will entertain for much longer than the Christmas season, but we'll get it out again next year!
this is a great little item, so much fun and it's really cheap too. i believe we can achieve world peace with stylophone's.
This was just what I wanted . An old fasioned item that hadn't changed at all. The perfect fun gift for someone who has everything.
God what a great gift. I bought this as a gift for the man who had everything and he enjoyed it so much he has ordered one for a mates crimbo. This toy takes you right back to the 70's, memories of annoying your parents with it, Rolf Harris painting and making stupid noises. Definately the gift for someone who has everything.