We talked with Moog’s TJ Mills, who gave us a tour of the Minimoog Model D assembly process:
In the video, Mills discusses what gets done at each stage of their assembly process, and how they calibrate and test the synthesizer once it is assembled.
They start from a collection of individual parts and pre-assembled components from suppliers. Moog had an ‘exploded’ Minimoog at the festival, showing each of the components that make up the new synth:
The circuit boards, for example, are supplied pre-populated, using a variety of new and ‘new old stock’ parts. And the metal and wood components are supplied preshaped and drilled to Moog’s specifications.
In the video below, Moog’s Nick Montoya gives a tour of the inside of the new Minimoog Model D, and explains how they looked for ‘new old stock’ parts and even had some parts manufactured, in order to reproduce the classic Minimoog sound:
The Minimoog Model D is priced at US $3,499. Details are still to be posted at the Moog site.
Here’s a collection of additional images from the Moog Pop-Up Factory at Moogfest:
Additional photos: Eva Lewin Photography