Bob Moog Foundation’s Latest Raffle Features Vintage Minimoog Model D Signed By Geddy Lee Of Rush

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The Bob Moog Foundation has announced its latest fundraising raffle – and this time the prize is a fully-restored vintage Minimoog synthesizer signed by Geddy Lee, the legendary synthesist, bassist, and vocalist for the band Rush.

“Bob Moog’s legacy stands out as a pioneer, an inventor, and a stylist. He helped initiate styles of music that wouldn’t have otherwise been possible without his contribution,” said Lee.

Geddy Lee prominently used the Minimoog in some of Rush’s most iconic songs, including The Trees, Countdown, Xanadu, and Tom Sawyer.

“The Minimoog sets itself apart because it has a fat, identifiable tone. I really like that,” noted Lee.

The raffle begins on February 6 and ends on February 27, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. ET, or when all 10,000 tickets sell out, whichever comes first. The raffle is open internationally.

The Minimoog featured is serial number 4070, built at Moog Music’s Williamsville, NY, USA factory on Feb 14, 1974. It has a desirable modification: the Opto-Key upgrade, originally created by Kevin Lightner, which replaces the original mechanical contacts with infrared light sensors, eliminating contact cleaning or wear.

The Opto-Key upgrade also includes MIDI In and as well as MIDI Out. The MIDI jacks were modified in a very discreet manner, to prevent holes in the chassis. The Minimoog is in excellent technical condition, and has minor cosmetic flaws, as is commensurate with a synthesizer of this vintage.

The Minimoog has an estimated value of $10,000 USD. Due to the highly coveted nature of this archetypal synthesizer, and the signature from Geddy Lee, it is likely to increase in value. It has been meticulously restored by synthesizer technician Jareth Lackey of Synthpro Restorations, who specializes in restoration of vintage Moog synthesizers.

Funds raised from the raffle will be used to expand the Foundation’s hallmark educational project, Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool, which has inspired over 25,000 elementary school students through the science of sound. The raffle also helps support the Moogseum, an immersive, experiential museum located in Asheville, NC, which brings the science of sound and synthesis alive for people of all ages, through Bob Moog’s pioneering legacy. The Moogseum opened in May 2019, and has since welcomed over 25,000 visitors from all over the world.

“The Bob Moog Foundation is honored to offer this rare Minimoog synthesizer signed by Geddy Lee,” said Executive Director Michelle Moog-Koussa.

“Geddy’s distinctive and innovative use of the Minimoog and Moog Taurus Bass pedals was intrinsic to Rush’s early archetypal sound, and served as a hallmark of how those instruments could be artfully fused in a live setting. We are deeply grateful to Geddy for supporting our important work at the intersection of science, music, and innovation.”

Tickets are $25 each, five for $100, 12 for $200, or 35 for $500, and can be purchased at the Bob Moog Foundation website. The winner will be announced on Friday, March 3, 2023.

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