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2000/135/1 Stylophone electronic musical instrument and instruction booklet, metal / plastic / paper, Dubreq Studios Limited, London, England, c. 1970. Click to enlarge.

Stylophone electronic musical instrument and instructions

Made
The Stylophone was an early attempt to create an electronic instrument cheaply and that could be played with virtually no musical training. This development has parallels to previous attempts to produce cheap, easy to play instruments such as autoharps, zithers and harmonicas made in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This trend had been attempted as early as the late 18th century when the English guitar was modified with the addition of buttons to simplify playing to the point where it …

Summary

Object No.

2000/135/1

Object Statement

Stylophone electronic musical instrument and instruction booklet, metal / plastic / paper, Dubreq Studios Limited, London, England, c. 1970

Physical Description

Hand-held electronic musical instrument comprising a rectangular black plastic casing with a flat silver-coloured metal keyboard. A small pen-shaped stylus housed in the depression above the keyboard is used to sound the notes of the instrument when its metal tip makes contact with the keypads. The instrument is accompanied by a paper instruction booklet which features a diagram of the instrument's parts, instructions for use and sample tunes to play.

Marks

Patent and manufacture details on base, embossed 'REG. NO. 935545', 'World Patents Pending', 'Made In England' and 'ii' logo.

Production

Notes

The Stylophone electronic musical instrument and instruction booklet were made by Dubreq Studios Limited, London, England, c. 1970. Several different models of the instrument were manufactured.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Gordon Peck, 2000

Acquisition Date

6 December 2000

Cite this Object

Harvard

Stylophone electronic musical instrument and instructions 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 17 October 2021, <https://ma.as/8686>

Wikipedia

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