Today the Bob Moog Foundation launches a raffle for a much sought after vintage Minimoog Model D synthesizer. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Foundation’s educational and historic preservation projects. Tickets to enter the raffle are $20 each, or 6 for $100 and can be purchased through the Foundation’s website.
The raffle, which is open internationally, closes at midnight on April 25, 2016 or when all 2,000 tickets are sold, whichever comes first.
The Minimoog Model D being offered, serial number 3137, was built at Moog Music’s Williamsville, NY factory on February 7, 1974, and is valued in excess of $5,000. It is in excellent technical and physical condition and has been serviced by a technician with a longtime expertise in Minimoogs. This instrument is one of the later generation of Minimoogs, with updated oscillators that are more stable than their earlier predecessors.
The stunning black walnut cabinet is brand new, handcrafted by Wes Taggart of Analogics and donated to the Bob Moog Foundation. His donation is made as a tribute to Bob Moog’s enduring work and legacy. Taggart is renowned in the synthesizer community for his craftsmanship and his adherence to original schematics and manufacturing specifications for the vintage Minimoog cabinets.
The Minimoog Model D is widely regarded as the most iconic synthesizer of all time, and was recognized as such in an international voters’ poll by SonicState.com. When released in 1970, it represented a musical and technological revolution, with its combination of portability, affordability, accessible user interface, and innovative sounds and functions. Its robust construction has allowed the instrument to withstand the test of time. Minimoog Model Ds are coveted by synthesizer enthusiasts and regularly sell on eBay for $4,000-$7,000.
The Bob Moog Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization founded upon Moog’s passing in 2005 to carry his legacy forward to future generations. The Foundation’s mission is to ignite creativity through the intersection of science, music, and innovation. Its projects include Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool, a 10-week innovative curriculum that teaches children about the science of sound through music and technology, and the Archive Preservation Initiative, through which the organization protects, preserves, and shares the vast materials in the Bob Moog Foundation Archives.