The Bob Moog Foundation has announced its Fall Raffle, featuring a restored vintage Memorymoog Plus synthesizer, previously owned, played, and signed by Dr. Fink of The Revolution.
This Memorymoog Plus was part of The Revolution’s touring rig on the Purple Rain, Around the World in a Day, and Parade tours.
“When the Memorymoog Plus was released with MIDI capability, a sequencer, and the capability to hold 100 patches in its memory bank, I knew I had to have one in our touring rig.” notes Matt Fink, aka Dr. Fink, of The Revolution.
“I’ve loved Moog synthesizers since I bought my first Minimoog at the ages of 18 in 1976. It’s gratifying to see this Memorymoog get new life through this raffle, benefiting the excellent projects of the Bob Moog Foundation.”
The featured Memorymoog Plus was built at Moog Music’s Buffalo, NY factory, and has been fully restored by lauded synthesizer technician Wes Taggart. It is in excellent technical condition. It’s physical condition is generally excellent, but the Memorymoog Plus does have flaws consistent with vintage instruments and consistent with touring, which remain to retain the unique provenance of the synthesizer.
Particular to this instrument, the wooden end caps have been painted black to blend into the rest of Dr. Fink’s stage rig during the tours, and there are three modifications in the back of the synthesizer, including an output port allowing Fink to use the Memorymoog as a trigger for an early Linn drum, which is located in the second “o” in Memorymoog, and a strip of velcro in-between the “m” and “o” in Memorymoog, which was used to attach a small light to illuminate the control panel on stage.
The fully restored Memorymoog Plus, serial number 3527, has an estimated value of $8,000- $10,000. It combines six voice polyphony to create a unique polysynth with three voltage controlled, articulated oscillators. Each voice has its own 24dB voltage controlled filter. The Plus features a MIDI interface, making it among the very first electronic instruments to include a MIDI implementation, and a polyphonic and monophonic sequencer.
“The Bob Moog Foundation makes every effort to offer something very special for our supporters with each raffle,” remarked Michelle Moog-Koussa, executive director of the Bob Moog Foundation. “This one-of-a-kind Memorymoog Plus is no exception. We are honored and excited to offer this rare piece of musical history, and we are grateful to Reverb.com, Wes Taggart, and Matt Fink for making it possible.”
The Raffle begins on August 28, 2019 at 7am ET, and ends on September 23, 2019 at 11:59pm ET, or when all 4,500 tickets sell out, whichever comes first. Tickets are $25 each or five for $100, or 12 for $200, or 35 for $500.
Proceeds from the raffle will be used to expand the Foundation’s hallmark educational project, Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool, currently inspiring over 3,000 elementary school students per year, through the science of sound. The raffle will also help support the newly opened Moogseum, located in downtown Asheville, NC.
Images: Stephan Pruitt Photography