The Bob Moog Foundation, an independent non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the legacy of synth pioneer Dr Robert Moog, has announced its spring raffle.
The raffle features a fully restored vintage Minimoog synthesizer, with a custom cabinet fabricated from rare African Makore wood, known for its beauty, strength, and durability.
Here’s a demo of the custom Minimoog in action, by Asheville-based trumpeter & synthesist Ben Hovey:
Funds raised from the raffle will be used to expand the Foundation’s hallmark educational project, Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool and to help support the Moogseum, which was closed for 5 months last year because of the pandemic.
The Minimoog is the most iconic synthesizer of all time. Its design has defined the layout and many of the features of keyboard synthesizers since its introduction.
This particular Minimoog, serial number 8903, was built at Moog Music’s Buffalo, NY-era factory during the late ’70s and has an estimated value of $6,500. It has been meticulously restored by Wes Taggart of Analogics, who also built the custom cabinet.
“This year marks the 50-year anniversary of Minimoogs shipping to customers from the original R.A. Moog factory in Trumansburg, NY,” notes Michelle Moog-Koussa, executive director of the Bob Moog Foundation. “The Minimoog set the standard for an entire industry that followed, with its robust build, iconic sound, and elegant design. We are excited to offer an instrument of this caliber to our supporters all over the world as the prize for our spring raffle.”
The spring raffle ends on March 29, 2021 at 11:59pm ET, or when all 4,500 tickets sell out, whichever comes first. Tickets are $20 each, six for $100, 14 for $200, or 40 for $500, and are available via the Foundation site.