The Bob Moog Foundation has announced a new raffle featuring a coveted, fully restored vintage Memorymoog Plus synthesizer formerly owned, played, and signed by Dr. Fink of The Revolution. The Memorymoog was part of The Revolution's touring rig on the Purple Rain, Around the World in a Day, and Parade tours.
The raffle begins on August 28, 2019 at 7am ET, and ends on September 23, 2019 at 11:59pm ET, or when all 4,500 tickets sell out, whichever comes first. Tickets are $25 each or five for $100, or 12 for $200, and can be purchased here.
Funds raised from the raffle will be used to expand the Foundation's hallmark educational project, Dr. Bob's SoundSchool, currently inspiring over 3,000 elementary school students per year through the science of sound. The raffle will also help support the Foundation's newest project, the Moogseum, an immersive, experiential facility that brings Bob Moog's legacy and the science of sound and synthesis alive for people of all ages. The newly opened Moogseum is located in downtown Asheville, NC.
"When the Memorymoog Plus was released with MIDI capability, a sequencer, and the capability to hold 100 patches in its memory bank, I knew I had to have one in our touring rig, " commented Matt Fink, keyboardist for The Revolution. "I have so many fond memories of using this Memorymoog on tour, and of the tours themselves. I've loved Moog synthesizers since I bought my first Minimoog at the age of 18 in 1976. It's gratifying to see this Memorymoog get new life through this raffle benefiting the excellent projects of the Bob Moog Foundation."
The featured Memorymoog Plus was built at Moog Music's Buffalo, NY factory, and has been fully restored by lauded synthesizer technician Wes Taggart. It is in excellent technical condition. Its physical condition is generally excellent, but it does have flaws consistent with vintage instruments and consistent with touring, which remain to retain the unique provenance of the synthesizer. Particular to this instrument, the wooden end caps have been painted black to blend into the rest of Dr. Fink's stage rig during the tours, and there are three modifications in the back of the synthesizer, including an output port allowing Fink to use the Memorymoog as a trigger for an early Linn drum.
The fully restored Memorymoog Plus, serial number 3527, has an estimated value of $8,000- $10,000. Given its provenance, it is truly priceless. It combines six voice polyphony to create a unique polysynth with three voltage controlled, articulated oscillators. Each voice has its own 24dB voltage controlled filter. It is often referred to architecturally as six Minimoogs, and is renowned for its rich sound. The Plus features a MIDI interface, making it among the very first electronic instruments to include a MIDI implementation, and a polyphonic and monophonic sequencer.
"The Bob Moog Foundation makes every effort to offer something very special for our supporters with each raffle, " remarked Michelle Moog-Koussa, executive director of the Bob Moog Foundation. "This one-of-a-kind Memorymoog Plus is no exception. We are honored and excited to offer this rare piece of musical history, and we are grateful to Reverb.com, Wes Taggart, and Matt Fink for making it possible."
Tickets will go on sale at 7am ET on August 28, 2019, and will be available through the Foundation's website.