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Average rating: 4.0 out of 5
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Matthew M Ibbs a professional user from Britain writes:
The version that followed he original, the 35os is about the size of a typewriter. It features two styli but is not duophonic. The second stylus is for 'reiteration' and produces a nice bubbling, useful for baroque flourishes. 2', 4', 6' and 8' haromics are selectable via large rocker switches and a choice of either 'woodwind' or 'brass' timbres is available. The simple square wave sound of the original is beefed up nicely and works very well through some external effects- a good dose of reverb will transform the sound into something epic and unusual. An attempt was made to market this model as a professional instrument, but given that the casing is moulded entirely out of relatively lightweight plastic, its toy-like heritage is not easy to ignore. The photo sensitive cell is a great feature, easy to implement but unique and works well when reiteration is turned on making for good wah-wah rhythms. It also sounds like there's a resonant filter in there, which there probably is. Often, if you find one second hand, you might find the sound to be quiet or grainy. This is usually because of the 'key' plate being tranished, something which can be aided by metal polish. All in all a good but limited instrument, certainly better than its older counterpart. The 35os is very evident on the Pulp albums 'Intro' and "His 'n' Hers" where its glacial tones are often used for leads.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Tuesday-May-23-2006 at 08:48
Martin a hobbyist user from scotland writes:
This thing has become an integral part of my band (not bad for £10). Put it through an octaver and filter, and you have an amazing bass sound. The stylus allows for unique glissandos, which you couldn't do on a normal keyboard. Why don't they make a MIDI stylophone with a 5 octave keyboard? I would buy one.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-22-2002 at 11:02
Ron Bacardi a part-time user from United Kingdom writes:
Featured on Kraftwerk's 'Pocket Calculator' Absolute classic; I've picked up a few here and there - white ones, black ones, even one with a kinda wood-effect base panel - all cheap each well under 5 pounds UK. The wires from the stylus are a bit delicate! I believe each one has it's own distinctive timbre - most superb! As there's a few knocking about I'd be interested to find out about any simple mods....

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Sep-21-2001 at 10:31
JB a professional user from UK writes:
waveviolator - they have output sockets on them already.

Gareth, phew, £60 for a Stylophone isn't cheap, my friend paid £20 for a Stylohone 350S! If you ever see a 350 get it!

The only mod I have ever thought of attempting was to bolt my SH101 mod-grip (MG01) onto it and wire the pitch-bender to replace the Stylophones tuning knob on the rear, I never got round to it though.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-30-2001 at 11:41
Gareth Morris a part-time user from England writes:
There are hilarious little toys. I paid 60UKP - which is expensive, especially as I need to make some mods to it. I wish there was a (cheap) modern equivalent!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-30-2001 at 09:03
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