The Bob Moog Foundation has announced its 2020 Raffle, featuring a vintage, iconic Minimoog synthesizer signed by legendary keyboardist Herbie Hancock. Hancock has signed the back of the Minimoog, drawn a musical staff, and added the inscription “(Hey Bob!)” on either side.
The raffle begins today, and ends on March, 10, 2020, or when all 4,500 tickets have sold. Tickets are $25 each, five for $100, 12 for $200, or 35 for $500. All proceeds from the raffle support the Foundation’s educational project, Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool, and its newly opened Moogseum, located in Asheville, NC. Tickets can be purchased at this link. The Minimoog is valued at $5,000.
Herbie Hancock joins a long list of renowned musicians supporting the Bob Moog Foundation’s efforts. Recent raffles have featured vintage synthesizers signed by Stevie Wonder, Dr. Fink of Prince and the Revolution, Jan Hammer, and Rick Wakeman. Hancock, whose illustrious career spans five decades and 14 Grammy awards, helped pioneer the use of synthesizers in jazz, and has been at the forefront of using technology to make music. He is known for his ever-probing jazz sensibilities, his willingness to explore music across all genres, and is considered to be among the most elite and influential players of his time.
“We are honored to have Herbie Hancock’s participation in our educational and historic preservation work through this raffle,” noted Michelle Moog-Koussa, Executive Director of the Bob Moog Foundation. “Beyond his immense talent and stunning career, we are deeply gratified that he understands and embraces the importance of our educational work with young children.”
“The Bob Moog Foundation is carrying on the educational mission of Bob Moog, ensuring that the future will be left in the hands of young people who are constantly creating, constantly breaking barriers,” added Herbie Hancock. “I support the Foundation in their work with Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool because our future depends on inspiring today’s young children. They are our future.”
Hancock, who turns 80 this year, continues to make new music and tour worldwide.
10 thoughts on “Bob Moog Foundation Raffles Vintage Minimoog, Signed By Herbie Hancock”
Kudos to him, too, for helping out the Bob Moog Foundation.
I entered the Dr Fink raffle. Losing one’s enough for me. Sure love herbie’s music though.
All Minimoogs (and the Minimoog clones) should include the modification in Ultravox’s Minimoog:
Back around 2008 when I was marketing manager at Moog, I gave a young Italian psych-rock band a tour of the factory. Afterwards on their way out we stopped by the big commemorative poster of Bob so their keyboard player could sign it. As he started to sign it his hand started to shake. I asked what was wrong. He didn’t speak English but one of his bandmates did and asked him why. The answer, “He just realized that he is signing next to Herbie Hancock.”
Herbie is a legend but that’s a shitty looking signature. What’s the bit to the right? Looks live a staff with other scribbles
I’d love to judge your signature, Cocker. I’m sure you are a professional calligrapher, no doubt.
Yes a stave and Treble Clef, with what looks like a D (flat) and beam notes on F.
I only know “rock it” by Herbie Hancock.
I have absolutely no idea if Herbie did any other work.
I just don’t really get this whole signed by a celebrity nonsense. Cool if it was actually played by him on some legendary recordings but no need to sign it. At any rate, Rock it is cool, but it doesn’t really give you any idea of Herbie’s recordings at all. His early jazz recordings from the early mid 60s are great but I’d say he’s probably best known for his psychedelic jazz of the mid 70s. Check out albums like Thrust, Man Child, Sextant and Headhunters. Insanely good.
I don’t get celebrity raffles either. Honestly, I don’t care who played it, I just want a chance at a cheap mini moog. I never remember artists names anyway – it’s the music.
I’d love to win that Minimoog, hopefully some acetone will completely remove all that black ink lol 😉
I suspect acetone was for effect, but Isopropyl alcohol will take Sharpie off safely 🙂