Reissue Version from 2016
The press release regarding the reissue of the Minimoog is the perfect reason for us to provide you with our special about probably the most important synthesizer in history: 45 years – a synthesizer legend has its anniversary.
45 YEARS – THE LEGEND IS ALIVE
USA 1969: The eyes of the world are fixated on the event of the first moon landing. The crew of Edwin Aldrin, Michael Collins and Neil Armstrong safely completed their round-trip to the moon and back. Armstrong utters his famous words: „that’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind!“. A statement that could have just as well been used to describe the revolutionary development of a musical instrument that took place at the same time. Hardly anyone was taking notice back then about what was happening in the music instrument industry. Bob Moog had already built three prototypes with his engineers Jim Scott, Bill Hemsath and Chad Hunt in December 1969 when the famous variation „D“ saw the light of day. It was not quite ready for prime time, but it played its first few sounds. To perfect this version and to present it to a worldwide audience, Bob Moog had only six weeks left.
For the history of synthesizers, January 24, 1970, was a huge day. It was the day Robert Moog, better known as Bob Moog, presented the first Minimoog at the NAMM SHOW to a circle of professionals. Roughly 13,000 units of this remarkable instrument would be produced and sold throughout the world over the course of the next eleven years. During those years, this instrument was the blue print for many synthesizer generations to come.
Even today, despite the many synthesizers that followed for e.g. the Moog Minimoog Voyager and all its derivatives i.e. Old School, RME, XL, as well as all the color variations – the original Minimoog still fascinates us today.
The value of this monophonic analog classic has increased over the years in the secondhand market like no other synthesizer. Stores easily charge $3,000 and more, depending on the series and the condition it is in. If you find a shop that offers the restored version including warranty, they ask for considerably more.
This popularity can be explained on one hand by the large number of collectors that increase the price. On the other hand, the other explanation is simply that the Moog Minimoog is still an amazing instrument. And if we had to compile a list of all the hardware and software replicas that were ever built and created, we would simply not have enough space in this article. There are replicas which can hardly be distinguished from the original and often offer even more features than the original. So the question still remains, why does an original Minimoog still appeal to so many musicians.