One of the wood finish variants eventually addressed the problem of controlling the volume from the speaker.
This model was marketed as the NEW SOUND Stylophone, and contained the '555' chip. This cut down considerably the actual amount of electronic circuit board components need to operate the unit satisfactorily. Apart from the addition of a volume control, when the back is opened on one of these, there is not a lot to see inside.
NEW SOUND component layout
The New Sound model, with its' wood effect finish, was quite different in appearance to that of it's earlier counterparts, together with the newly added volume control. There was only so much that could be done with these little boxes without losing its' unique size, design and appeal. Cosmetically, it is just the grill that has changed; the keyboard and stylus remain the same, and this example carries the numbered keyboard overlay as opposed to the musical notation type featured on the other wood effect Stylophones shown earlier.
The wood effect of the NEW SOUND Stylophone would mirror the appearance of the much larger and more versatile model 350S.
The bright yellow box packaging, with the familiar see through cellophane window still featured Rolf Harris on the front, but the free record was no longer included.
The tunes featured in the booklet that came with the New Sound model were:
Why fit a volume control when you have a spare hand!.