The annual Bob Moog Foundation raffle is upon us with only a couple of weeks left to get in on the action. This year the prize is a vintage Minimoog Model D synthesizer signed by prog-rock keyboard legend Rick Wakeman.
Vintage Minimoog Model D
The Minimoog on offer was built at the Williamsville, NY factory on 9th December 1974. It’s in near perfect condition (other than Rick’s scrawling with a Sharpie) and serviced by New York City-based restorers Tone Tweakers. They reckon it’s worth $6,000.
A man renowned for his sparkly clothes, hair and a need for more keyboards for a single gig than can comfortably sit on a stage. He started off in the 60’s playing for Bowie as a session musician before landing a more regular gig with the folk-rock group Strawbs. Rick is best known as the keyboard virtuoso in prog-rock band YES in which he served from 1971 to 2004.
Rick had this to say about Bob Moog:
“Bob Moog not only changed the course of musical history, but he changed the dynamic for performing keyboardists,” remarked Wakeman. “With his instrument, we were no longer sonically buried by the guitarist and drums. Bob’s genius made it possible for us to truly be heard. He was a one-of–kind inventor, gentleman, and friend.”
It’s a raffle
To be in with a shot you need to head over to the Bob Moog Foundation website and buy a ticket. One ticket costs $25 which you can buy in bundles of 5 for $100 or 10 for $200 if you wish. All proceeds will go to the Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool which serves almost 2,000 students a year, and the preservation of the Bob Moog Foundation Archives.
The raffle is open to participants worldwide and ends at 11:59pm (EST) on 26th March 2018, or once all 4,500 tickets have been sold. The Bob Moog Foundation will pay up to $300 for shipping in the US and up to $500 internationally, the rest and any fees have to be covered by yourself.
Worth a punt I think!