Moog Music announced today that they are ending production of their Minimoog Model D synthesizer, a scant thirteen months after the company announced, at Moogfest 2016, a limited re-issue of the iconic keyboard synth.
When it was introduced in 1970, the Minimoog Model D was billed as the world’s “first portable synthesizer.” It was originally in production until its discontinuation in 1981.
Today’s announcement explains the reason for the sudden and early end to the Model D’s production:
“Orders for the synthesizer quickly outpaced our initial estimates, leading to the addition of a night-shift to meet demand for the iconic instrument. Our parts-inventory for the Minimoog Model D project was originally expected to span multiple years of manufacturing, but is being consumed at a much higher rate than anticipated. Thus, this second historical production run of the Minimoog Model D will reach completion much earlier than intended, and this marks the final opportunity to acquire a new Minimoog Model D.”
Moog Music brought the instrument back just over a year ago, announcing at Moogfest 2016 the limited re-issue of the iconic synth.
At that time, we talked with Moog’s Nick Montoya about the new Minimoog Model D, about what had changed and what they’d kept the same. Moog Music gone to great lengths to recreate the iconic Minimoog sound – but had also added a new LFO, a better keyboard and support for additional control voltage options:
Here’s Moog’s TJ Mills, discussing what gets done at each stage of their assembly process, and how they calibrate and test the synthesizer once it is assembled:
Pricing and availability
Moog says that a ‘limited number’ of Minimoog Model D synthesizers is available, priced at US $3,749, as production draws to a close. More information about availability can be found via Moog dealers and distributors.
Moog Music marked the close of Minimoog Model D production with a visit last week from producer Mike Dean, who took the occasion to create a new track, Three Jewels: