Custom wood on Minimoog Model D?

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Custom wood on Minimoog Model D?

Post by ikazlar » Thu Jan 05, 2017 10:12 am

Hello all,

has anyone requested a different wood or wood colour for their Minimoog Model D reissue? I have emailed Moog directly but haven't received an answer.

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Re: Custom wood on Minimoog Model D?

Post by sbell.sd » Thu Jan 05, 2017 1:41 pm

This not an answer...
Perhaps you could call them. Please let me know if you get a response.

I have been considering getting a Minimoog Model D reissue. However, when looking on the internet I notice that most if not all retail sites are posting stock pictures of a Minimoog Model D reissue. Meaning that the pictures are not of the actual machine. It is not "what you see is what you get." This is also true on ebay--thought that they had a policy that photographs had to be of the actual item--apparently not. Not only do you not see the actual item you also don't get to touch it.

There are 2 brick and mortar stores in my area, however, they are not willing to unseal the boxes to let me have a look.
One displayed demo unit was very yellow looking...not appealing to me.

Yes, I do realize the Minimoog is not a piece of furniture, but the other hand I have a vintage Minimoog (I bought in 1978)with dark finish (walnut?) with little wood grain characteristics. It sits in the center of my house. Although it is not particularly attractive, it also is more importantly not distractive. For example it does not have knots, skid marks, blotches etc...

If anyone has a "beautiful" reissue, please post a picture...

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Re: Custom wood on Minimoog Model D?

Post by Iaamusic » Thu Jan 05, 2017 5:02 pm

My beautiful model d reissue.......
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Re: Custom wood on Minimoog Model D?

Post by captainkidd » Thu Jan 05, 2017 5:11 pm

I'm not at home and don't have a really good photo of mine but mine is really nice. I've never seen an original Model D but from the pictures I've seen it appears that the finish tended to be a little darker than what mine is. Mine isn't real light by no means and yes although it isn't furniture it certainly could be. WIth that said the only other reissue that I've physically seen was at a local GC. It was about the same shade as mine but the wood piece along the bottom of the control panel with the Moog badge did have kind of what I would describe as a knot in th wood. That kind of surprised me. The only thing I can think of is that maybe GC got it as strictly a Demo unit. But then again it has disappeared a few weeks back so maybe they sold it?

Edit: I forgot to add that it just so happened that an original Model D Serial number #9898 came up on our local Craigslist. It says it's been referbished and what little photos there are it does seem to be in really good shape and actually about the same shade as my Reissue. It's also the same price as a reissue.

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Re: Custom wood on Minimoog Model D?

Post by ikazlar » Thu Jan 05, 2017 5:28 pm

I basically asked them if it's possible to stain the wood making it that deep chocolate color or as in the mahogany select series (which is the wood of my Voyager). They still haven't replied, I am going to wait a few days more and maybe I will call them.

I can't really judge from the pics, because the light might affect the perception of color.

Here's one of the colors I'd be interested in:

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Re: Custom wood on Minimoog Model D?

Post by ikazlar » Sun Jan 08, 2017 4:00 pm

Sadly it's not possible.. Here's the reply I got from Moog:

We get the wood from our manufacturer already stained. We do not make any changes to the stain unfortunately. We keep it close to the original as possible.

All the best,
Alice


and upon asking whether it would be possibly to request it from their manufacturer:

I'm sorry it's not. This is the only way we make the Model D. Everything is done in a specific way to meet quality control. Our production team is quite small so we're not able to do many custom changes.

All the best,
Alice


Oh well...
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Re: Custom wood on Minimoog Model D?

Post by Majstro » Fri Jan 20, 2017 6:01 pm

Itś kind of uggly looking but that´ s the charm with it, i think.
The Wood Will propably get darker at the year pass.

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Re: Custom wood on Minimoog Model D?

Post by udream » Sat Apr 01, 2017 4:26 pm

You may find these interesting:

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Re: Custom wood on Minimoog Model D?

Post by ikazlar » Thu Apr 06, 2017 2:45 pm

These look awesome but Moog doesn't offer any wood choices (not even at an additional cost).
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Re: Custom wood on Minimoog Model D?

Post by EricK » Sat Apr 08, 2017 12:13 am

Moog sold an all black Voyager to Kanye with even the keys blackened, and Bernie Worrell had a customized purple cabineted Voyager with all black switches (recently sold for $1875). Customization seems possible.

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Re: Custom wood on Minimoog Model D?

Post by ikazlar » Sat Apr 08, 2017 6:05 am

Well yes it seems possible but when I asked them about a different wood, they said they won't do it. I have pasted their response in this topic.
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Re: Custom wood on Minimoog Model D?

Post by Blackout » Thu Apr 13, 2017 11:19 am

there is a guy on Ebay selling replacement wooden cases for Minimoogs. Not cheap but you can request any color you like. He makes them himself but they look really nice. I was seriously considering it because quite frankly i was disappointed in the pale "babyshit coloured" stain of my reissue when all the originals ive ever seen were a darker richer wood color. i would just have to break open my minimoog and transfer the bits into the new case...and im still enjoying it so much at the moment im hesitant to do that. Plus I just havent found the $$$ to jump yet...

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Re: Custom wood on Minimoog Model D?

Post by ikazlar » Thu Apr 13, 2017 11:25 am

Thanks for the head up - I don't know how to dismantle a Minimoog and rebuild it using the new wood. It's really a shame that they don't offer new types of wood or other stains from the get go. Here's what they told me after I made a second desperate attempt:

Thank you for your email Ioannis,

The Model D is only made with 1 option for the wood. There are no customs workings with the Model D. We are keeping it as close to the original as possible.

All the best,
ALICE PRIOR
SALES ASSISTANT
MOOG MUSIC INC.


They won't do it even when I offered to pay more for a new wood and/or different stain. They keep repeating that they want it "as close to the original as possible" while we know that the new LFO, MIDI, new ins/outs, new modulation options make it no so close to the original.
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Re: Custom wood on Minimoog Model D?

Post by sunny pedaal » Mon Apr 17, 2017 3:05 pm

Get a carpenter to go over it
That would do the trick
No need to make a whole new case

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Re: Custom wood on Minimoog Model D?

Post by willi » Tue Apr 18, 2017 2:27 am

Depending on how it's sealed, you may be able to stain the stock parts without having to sand.
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