The Bob Moog Foundation is excited to announce the launch of its annual raffle for an iconic, highly coveted, vintage Minimoog Model D synthesizer. This year’s prize has been signed by the legendary Stevie Wonder, whose career has helped shape popular music and inspired people worldwide. Stevie pioneered the use of synthesizers integrated seamlessly with acoustic sounds, which influenced the development of electronic music. The Minimoog being offered has been played by Stevie, and his signature comes in the way of two fingerprints, which are affixed to the front panel of the synthesizer in a brass and plexiglass archival enclosure.
Tickets to enter the raffle are $25 each, or 5 for $100, and can be purchased through the Bob Moog Foundation’s website. The raffle, which is open internationally, closes at 11:59pm on Monday, April 22, 2019, or when all 5,000 tickets are sold, whichever comes first.
The vintage Minimoog Model D being offered, serial number 8207, was built at Moog Music’s Williamsville, NY factory, and is valued in excess of $5,000. It has been fully restored and is in excellent technical and physical condition, with minor physical flaws that are commensurate with the age of the instrument.
“Moog synthesizers provide a way to directly express what comes from your mind. It gives you so much of a sound in the broader sense. What you’re actually doing with an oscillator is taking a sound and shaping it into whatever form you want,” commented Stevie in a 1974 interview with The Guardian. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for Bob Moog’s dedication to pioneering the realm of synthesis, and I’m pleased to support the Bob Moog Foundation’s efforts to carry his legacy of innovation and inspiration forward to future generations.”