MATRIXSYNTH: Restored Moog Minimoog Analog Synth with African Makore Hardwood

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Restored Moog Minimoog Analog Synth with African Makore Hardwood

via this auction

"You are bidding on a 1974 Moog Minimoog that has been extensively restored. This has been a long term project for me, and while it now works perfectly and looks beautiful, it really should be in a hands of a musician playing it every day, rather than a tinkerer like me. The work that has been done to this synth includes:

A brand new wooden cabinet made from African Makore hardood (this alone was worth 450 dollars).
All electrolytic capacitors have been replaced with high quality modern ones (with higher temperature ratings in many cases).
The 5 open type potentiometers have been replaced with closed higher quality clarostat pots. (this includes both volume pots).
The keyboard has brand new plastic caps (that's right, identical modern reproductions, so no cracked or scratched keys). The keyboard has also been leveled, all bushings replaced, and every key lubed with the same stuff they used in the 70s (what can I say, I'm a stickler for detail).
The Vinyl cover and the stickers have been replaced with modern precision replicas. • All the knobs have been replaced with identical brand new reproductions. (I'm told they were made by the same factory). These are shiny and new.
The tuning trimmers on the oscillator board have been changed from wirewound, to modern multi turn high precision trimmers. The downside is that you can no longer tune the oscillators with a screwdriver through the back. You have to take the cover off. The upside is that you probably won't have to, they keep in tune quite well.
The pitch bend pot has been replaced, the center notch adjusted to feel more obvious. The modulation wheel has been tuned to be dead zero when it's down. Previously it wasn't.
Brand new overload lamp, so you can overload to your heart's content.
Brand new hardware such as screws, washers, nuts etc.
Tuned and calibrated, as you would expect."

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