MATRIXSYNTH: Moog Memorymoog Plus

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Moog Memorymoog Plus


via this auction

"Thanks for checking the listing. I bought this keyboard new in the early 80's at Cintioli Musi in Philly. Initially I gigged with it and eventually when my band got signed, I used it extensively on several albums and live performances. However, as was the case with these synths, over time, it just wouldn't stay in tune. I got so frustrated with my local shop's inability to repair it, I drove to Buffalo NY and dropped it off at the Moog factory, got a hotel room, and waited for it to be restored to new working order. The reality was that by the time I drove home to Philly, It wouldn't tune all 6 oscillators lol...
Over the last 30 some years, It's been kept in the studio or in a road case and basically, I had forgotten about it. Recently I was alerted that there were a few people out there that had the knowledge and ability using new technology to restore it to new, actually better than new. I did some research and learned about Wes Taggert at Analogics .
Wes truly is a memorymoog whisperer. I was skeptical but it's true, he restored it to better than perfect working order. I had forgotten how awesome this keyboard sounds. So rich and wet and round. Frankly, there's no red Swedish synth, Moog 1, whatever, that sounds like this thing. Not even that close! The analog horn pads, strings, killer solo patches, sound effects, direct panel accessible editing. Forget about it, there's nothing that sounds like a Memorymoog period. And the greatest thing is that my memorymoog is rock solid. Since getting it back from Wes, once warmed up (about 10 min), the tuning is impeccable. I had it idling in the studio the other night and was making dinner, forgot it was on, crashed on the couch for several hours and when I played it it some 5 hours later, all 6 voices were rock solid in tune. I've had this keyboard since it was new. It was accepted back then that it had to be auto-tuned after every song! Not anymore.....
Among other things the repairs and upgrades include:
1)Total rebuild and upgrade to the power supply
2) Total rebuild and upgrade to the auto-tune circuit
3) Totally recapped
4) Voice cards re-calibrated and several resistor packs replaced
5) Keyboard contacts cleaned and more."

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