The Bob Moog Foundation has launched its annual raffle for a highly coveted vintage Minimoog® Model D synthesizer. This year's instrument has been signed by legendary keyboardist Jan Hammer, who is known for his music on the ‘80s TV series Miami Vice and whose work with the Mahavishnu Orchestra helped define the Minimoog as a virtuoso performance instrument in the early ‘70s.
Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Foundation's educational and historical preservation projects. Tickets to enter the raffle are $20 each, or six for $100 and can be purchased through the Foundation's website: bit.ly/2017VintageMinimoogRaffle.
The raffle, which is open internationally, closes at 11:59 p.m on Monday, April 3, or when all 7,500 tickets are sold, whichever comes first. The Foundation's 2016 Minimoog raffle sold out in eight days.
The Minimoog Model D being offered, serial number 4311, was built at Moog Music's Williamsville, NY factory in 1974, and is valued in excess of $5,000. The synthesizer is in excellent technical and physical condition and has been serviced by acclaimed restoration specialists Perfect Circuit Audio in Burbank, CA.
"It's a saving grace having Jan Hammer playing the lead. He's done more to use a small keyboard synthesizer expressively than any other one musician.
There are 10,000 keyboard players breaking their fingers trying to do what he did."
-Bob Moog, Los Angeles Times, 1981
The Minimoog Model D is regarded as an iconic synthesizer, and was recognized as such in an international voters' poll by SonicState.com. Released in 1970, it’s well received for its combination of portability, affordability, accessible user interface and innovative sounds and functions. Vintage Minimoog Model Ds are coveted by synthesizer enthusiasts worldwide and regularly sell on eBay for $4,000 - $7,000.
For more information, visit moogfoundation.org.