The Stylophone

David Bowie may have used this instrument for one note on Space Oddity and Chicory Tip sounded like they had the mains powered deluxe model on some of their hits, but this forerunner to home keyboards didn’t last too long, despite celebrity endorsement from (the now disgraced celeb) Rolf Harris.

On the introductory record that came with your stylophone, Rolf introduced you to it’s many sounds (Normal & Vibrato) and to a stylophone orchestra that had formed and produced a catchy, up- tempo version of A Whiter Shade of Pale.

The idea was to introduce kids to music. The reality, in my case, was that after a while you got bored with reading the “How to Learn Scales” and began experimenting with switching the power off and on between notes or placing the pen half way down your tongue and touching the keyboard with the tip of your tongue to make noises which resembled a duck breaking wind.