But he did a great job (and
was quite a virtuoso on it) and the Stylophone was a huge commercial
success in its short life!
Marketed as a 'pocket electronic organ' that anyone could
play with no musical training, it used a stylus to play the notes
- you touched the metal 'keyboard' with the stylus to complete a
circut and a note was triggered.
It sounded truly awful! A horrible, buzzy pulse wave
through a small cheap speaker that sounded like a very butch wasp
There were two settings: a 'straight' sound and a vibrato
sound selectable from a slider switch to the left of the 'keyboard'.
There was no volume control either and the only way to
turn the annoying sound down was to place your hand over the speaker.
Given that it became a popular children's toy, parents must have
been driven demented by the whining, nasal warbling reverberating
around their houses and I am sure that many mums and dads at the
time had wished they'd spent a bit more on a Chopper bike instead!