Because of the success of the Stylophone, a few companies attempted to come up with a rival (or cheaper) instrument.
This is a 'CHARLIE', made in Hong Kong for the German market around the mid to late '70s. The size is very similar to the Stylophone, at about half-inch bigger in length and width.
Common Stylo features are there:
There is one big difference however in the playing of the instrument - NO STYLUS!.
The ease with which you could play a recognisable tune however, may be a different matter.
It's cheap, cheerful...... let's be honest.... it's tacky!.
I'm really surprised this particular example has survived the years with the keyboard still intact.
The idea of including this model amongst these Stylophone pages however is not just to slate it.
Because of this, the 'CHARLIE' deserves some space here on the site.
Partly disassembled, the flexible keypad overlay is gently folded back to show the board contacts.
Speaker is held in place by someone going barmy on the plastic with a soldering iron
Output, volume control, and 9v adaptor socket.
a 'slide - on' battery cover, very similar to those models seen on the 'Hong Kong' page
same layout of on/off and vibrato controls
The sound this circuit layout creates can be likened to a cat - being trod on.