MiniMoog Help - OSC 1

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MiniMoog Help - OSC 1

Post by papajohn » Thu Sep 17, 2015 6:54 pm

I have been given a minimoog model D, but don't really know much about it other than reading online for the past couple weeks. The problem I have is that OSC 1 is not audible, If I put headphones on I can really faintly hear it. The odd part is every so often one key will all of a sudden work for OSC 1, anyone have any ideas/advice? OSC 2/3 work fine. Thanks!

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Re: MiniMoog Help - OSC 1

Post by thealien666 » Sat Sep 19, 2015 11:28 am

If you're lucky enough to actually have been GIVEN a Minimoog D, you can certainly spend money on having a qualified tech take a look at it, don't you think ? :wink:
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Re: MiniMoog Help - OSC 1

Post by JohnLRice » Sun Sep 20, 2015 7:17 pm

I might guess either a partially failed solder connection relating to Osc 1 or oxidized contacts in one of more of the multi connectors that connect the different PCBs and keyboard etc together?
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Re: MiniMoog Help - OSC 1

Post by papajohn » Sat Sep 26, 2015 1:36 pm

Thanks for the replies.

thealien666 wrote:If you're lucky enough to actually have been GIVEN a Minimoog D, you can certainly spend money on having a qualified tech take a look at it, don't you think ? :wink:


If I had the cash I most certainly would take it to a tech, but unfortunately I don't so I came here.

JohnLRice wrote:I might guess either a partially failed solder connection relating to Osc 1 or oxidized contacts in one of more of the multi connectors that connect the different PCBs and keyboard etc together?


I think you might be right! There's some pretty visible oxidized parts. From what I've read, the capacitors on these have about a 20yr lifespan (from what I know, mine is entirely original parts) so I'm guessing they're due for a replacement as well. Anyone have experience with this? I'm almost afraid to turn it on at this point until I can get a good grasp as to what needs done, it may end up sitting until I can gather some funds for a good tune-up!

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Re: MiniMoog Help - OSC 1

Post by torinkrell » Sun Sep 27, 2015 2:10 pm

Especially with a vintage Minimoog its often the simple things that need to be checked first. The 2 rotary switches and on/off switch associated with the reluctant oscillator need to be gently worked back and forth, and potentially the 2 connectors in the wiring harness under the mod wheels need to be cleaned.
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Re: MiniMoog Help - OSC 1

Post by thealien666 » Sun Sep 27, 2015 6:09 pm

As the excellent tech Kevin Lightner (RIP) would say, 90% of the time it's not the electronics that are to blame in a Minimoog D, but rather dirty or oxidized connectors and contacts, mechanical switches, trimpots, etc...
Especially the ones underneath the mod wheel assembly (the Cinch-Jones bakelite type), as torinkrell wisely suggested.

But in your particular case, I also agree with JohnLRice about the edge connector for board #1 (oscillators) that probably needs cleaning.

As for aging capacitors, I've checked mine for elevated ESR, and they're all in excellent shape (ESR well below nominal values). I've only replaced the ones on the rectifier board as a preventive measure, since they're of vital importance to filter out ripples for the PSU board, and because it was easy to do. Mind you, the original ones also showed excellent results when tested but since I was in there I replaced them anyway.

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Re: MiniMoog Help - OSC 1

Post by papajohn » Sun Oct 04, 2015 1:22 pm

The sticker is pretty faded but looks like a 77. Thanks for the info guys, I'm a little apprehensive about fiddling too much with the innards, but my excitement of getting to learn and play on this thing is likely going to force me to figure it out! :D

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