Need Some Advice

Tips and techniques for Minimoog Analog Synthesizers
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Need Some Advice

Post by TheFlamingHetero » Tue Apr 14, 2009 7:02 pm

Ok so my local music store has a MiniMoog Model D for only $1800!!!!
My only question is, if YOU had the chance to buy it would you? Or would you get a different synth? And if YOU would get a different synth what would you get within a $2000 price range?

PS Only Analog, possibly Virtual Analog.

PPS Please just try to refrain from the "Depends on the person, try it out yourself and then decide". My local music store only has workstations and digital synths. The Minimoog is the only analog they have and they only have one of them.

Thanks in advance!

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Post by Just Me » Tue Apr 14, 2009 7:07 pm

Where is this store? I don't need to waver on one. If it works, I'll take it!
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Post by TheFlamingHetero » Tue Apr 14, 2009 7:10 pm

hahahahah im in a real small town in VA

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Post by latigid on » Tue Apr 14, 2009 7:12 pm

For a little more you can get a new Voyager Old School with a warranty.

I'd say if you wanted the Model D, you would need to be sure on its condition, and be prepared to service it as it starts to age.

You could get a Little Phatty for $1300 if you don't need 3 Oscs and better tonal control. Then you'd have more to spend on effects e.g. Moogerfoogers.

VAs (e.g. Virus, Micro Korg) are much cheaper but won't sound "the same." That's entirely subjective though, and it really depends if you want to drop 2k on an analog monosynth.

There's also the DSI Mopho and Prophet '08/Evolvers.

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Post by LivePsy » Tue Apr 14, 2009 7:33 pm

I'd say it has already aged and you won't really know what is good and what is not right for several days of having it at home. Then you'll need to decide if you want it repaired and calibrated or if you want to live with the quirks. Some people like that, some people don't. Buy it if you want a piece of history, or are preprared to use it only for sampling if its not really playable.

Personally I'd love one but a brand new Voyager comes first.


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Post by Jrayk Roze » Tue Apr 14, 2009 9:41 pm

I bought an Old School, so I could watch it age.
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Post by LivePsy » Tue Apr 14, 2009 9:57 pm

Jrayk Roze wrote:I bought an Old School, so I could watch it age.
That's great, my Voyager is also a lifetime investment. It is mine now and it will still be mine in my old age. All my digital synths will be upgraded (euphemism for thrown out) as technology advances. The Voyager is an instrument in the sense that a grand piano is an instrument.

My concern is that when you buy a used analog synth manufactured decades ago, you don't know what you have bought for several days or even months. Entirely different to your moog changing over a lifetime.


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Post by dlearyus » Tue Apr 14, 2009 10:04 pm

buy it...its a steal....if you dont like it sell it on ebay and possibly double your money then buy a Voyager OS lol ;)

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Re: Need Some Advice

Post by acorkos » Tue Apr 14, 2009 10:50 pm

TheFlamingHetero wrote:Ok so my local music store has a MiniMoog Model D for only $1800!!!!!
does it come with a rat nest?

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Post by EricK » Tue Apr 14, 2009 11:01 pm

Man you better get that synth!
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Post by Voltor07 » Tue Apr 14, 2009 11:45 pm

I'd buy it! :shock:
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Post by jamezdd73 » Wed Apr 15, 2009 4:39 am

Definitely buy it if you've got the cash.
I mean, think about it... It's a model D! Even if you left it for a year, and then fixed it up when you saved more money, it'd be well worth it!
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Post by Christopher Winkels » Wed Apr 15, 2009 6:26 am

I'd buy it.

Nothing prevents anyone from buying a VOS some time down the line, but to own a Model D (even temporarily) is one of my "50 synth things to do before you die" goals.

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Post by wooperman » Wed Apr 15, 2009 3:06 pm

Yeah, some of Bob's DNA is actually on it. I kid - but seriously, that is a good deal from what I understand...if it's a value question, I think it will appreciate if you keep it for a few years and have to sell it.
If it's a "I need a keyboard to play now" issue, then get something with a warranty, and no headache - but still buy the Model D, c'mon dude. You can always do and be like, I wish I hadn't, but the "I wish I had.." feeling is much worse.

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Post by spittingoutteeth » Wed Apr 15, 2009 3:47 pm

As others have mentioned, if you're not a collector or tech wizard, simply buy it & put it up on eBay. If it's in proper working condition and cosmetically sound, you'll easily get enough for an OS & maybe enough for a Select Series.
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