v1o wrote:Nothing beats a vintage model. The reissue will always pale in the shadow of the original.
Really? Then how come every original MiniMoog owner didn't hesitate to ditch it when something more modern came along, like Prophet V? I started going to see bands in 1979 and I have never, ever seen a MiniMoog on stage. I used to see them second hand in shops but never in anyone's set-up. OTOH, people held onto their ARP Odysseys right through the 1980s. I have never in my life seen one for sale second-hand anywhere so I get why people might revere the Odyssey and Prophet V but not the MiniMoog. If it hadn't been first I really don't think anyone would have noticed it.
It is also quite obvious from their early synths that both Roland and Korg took ARP far more seriously than Moog. Just see how much a MiniKORG 700 looks like an ARP Soloist or how much Roland's SH-1000 looks like a Pro Soloist and I don't think they were doing it for street cred.
People liked the MiniMoog because it was portable, not because of the way it sounded or because of what they could do with it. Personally, I liked it's oscillators but I thought the filter let it down and it's lack of features made it hard to do a whole lot with. A couple of times I almost bought a beat-up one but something better always seemed to stop me, first an ARP Axxe (way beefier filter) and later a Korg Delta (highly underrated synth).