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HEM de Genève
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Need help to save our Moog

Post by HEM de Genève » Tue May 29, 2018 8:30 am

Hello,

I'm Christophe, sound manager of Geneva University of Music. I just created an account on this forum because I'm looking for informations and it could be great if you can help me and our old Moog. I'm definitely not a specialist of this kind of technology.

As I said, we got an old model, maybe for 50 years, and it begin to be really really ill. We think it's time to send it to the doctor and hopefully extend its life to the next 50 years. It's very precious for us and we need to find a way to save it as soon as possible. Particularly because the number of specialists decrease every years.

We already contact musique-serice.ch, a local business, but they stop restoration of that king of instruments. They only repair. And we could understand this, the job isn't the same. The problem is, because of our inexperience, we can't tell what's exactly is out of order. Even if we use it regularly, list problems is quite difficult. So we need to find somebody in Switzerland or in Europe to make this restoration.

So I ask : do you know somebody wish can help us ? Of course, I imagine that kind of restoration is very expensive. But in my opinion, and I don't know if my boss will have the same, it's important to save this wonderful instrument.

I could understand this kind of newbie questions can piss off some guy like you. Asking themself : "How can it be possible to have a nice Moog like this and don't even know how it really work. It would be better placed in my studio !" I can just answer that, as a member of a school, I perfectly imagine the value of the transmission of this original instrument to the next generation of composers. And our institution can have the money to take care of it.

Thanks anyway.
Christophe Egea

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Re: Need help to save our Moog

Post by red » Wed May 30, 2018 6:04 am

Maybe PEK can help... It's the official Swiss distributor and service point for Moog Music.

Contact: http://pek.ch/support/f_tech_support.php

Good luck !
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Re: Need help to save our Moog

Post by HEM de Genève » Thu May 31, 2018 6:06 am

Thanks I check that right now.
Christophe

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Re: Need help to save our Moog

Post by Rooftree » Thu May 31, 2018 8:54 pm

You might also try at the Muffwigglers forum. They are big into modular there.

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Re: Need help to save our Moog

Post by Flareless » Thu May 31, 2018 9:27 pm

The best place to go for information is the 5U forum on Muffwiggler.

Muffwiggler.com the best resource for modular synthesizers on the Internet. The 5U forum is for synthesizers like the absolutely beautiful Moog you have there.

Incidentally the term 5U refers to the size of the modules themselves. It can also be referred to as MU which stands for "Moog Units" as Moog defined the standard back in the day.

There are a lot of specialists at Muff's who would be more than happy to help you out.

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Re: Need help to save our Moog

Post by Trigger » Sat Jun 02, 2018 1:54 pm

Flareless wrote:Incidentally the term 5U refers to the size of the modules themselves. It can also be referred to as MU which stands for "Moog Units" as Moog defined the standard back in the day.


Actually, the modules were built as a specification to rack units, as in "5 rack units high." "Moog units" might be colloquial, but hardly official.

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Re: Need help to save our Moog

Post by EricK » Sat Jun 02, 2018 2:35 pm

STG coined the MU term if I remember correctly.
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Re: Need help to save our Moog

Post by ummagumma » Sat Jun 02, 2018 7:53 pm

surely there must be someone in the EU close to Switzerland, who can service this?

my bet is dried out capacitors...or whatever is in those bottles of fruit juice, sitting precariously above the keyboard :D

+1 to asking for assistance via muffwiggler

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Re: Need help to save our Moog

Post by EricK » Sun Jun 03, 2018 8:31 pm

If you are willing to take it to France, Sebastien Moumon of Mos-Lab (Moog modular clones) has on his webpage that he is doing restoration work.

Seb is one of the most stand-up guys in the modular manufacturing community. He is part of a community of synthesizer enthusiasts in France that between them all they have an incredible amount of knowledge about Moog modulars, one even runs a museum there, housing many of the original Eric Siday modules.

https://www.mos-lab.com
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