By Andrew Liszewski
The Stylophone was apparently a big hit back in the 70’s, but since it was before my time I’ve never actually heard of the device. For those wondering it’s an electronic instrument that’s played by placing the tip of a stylus against a series of metal keys. As the stylus makes contact with each key it completes a circuit causing a particular set of transistors, resistors or diodes to produce a unique electronic sound.
While the re-issued version of the Stylophone looks and sounds exactly like the original, it does include a few upgrades like a volume control, some new sounds and a vibrato knob. If you’re curious what a Stylophone sounds like (as was I) check out this video of Finnish duo Mann Gegen Mann playing it alongside a drum machine.
For those trying to find their niche in the world of street busking or performing I suggest ditching the accordion and upgrading to a Stylophone. I guarantee your hat will be overflowing with quarters in just a few hours.
You can find the Stylophone Original at Firebox for about $30.