Want to win a vintage, restored, Minimoog, signed by Geddy Lee? The Bob Moog foundation has just started a new raffle. All you have to do is buy a ticket (or more) for $25 and when February 27th has come, or when all 10000 tickets have been sold, a winner will be selected. This raffle is international, so also participants from outside the USA are welcome.
Indeed, you are contributing to raise funds for Moog’s foundation activities to preserve the works of Bob Moog. More info can be found here.
This is what it is all about: win a fully restored vintage Minimoog
The outside appearance of the instrument is in very good condition, with minor flaws commensurate with a vintage instrument. It is in excellent technical condition. “This device is a modern-day warrior”: Geddy signed our Minimoog with a reference to the lyrics of the Rush classic, “Tom Sawyer.”
This Minimoog is serial number 4070, built at Moog Music’s Williamsville, NY factory almost exactly 49 years ago, on February 14, 1974.
It has a desirable modification: The Opto-Key upgrade, created by Kevin Lightner. The Opto-Key replaces the original mechanical contacts with infrared light sensors, which eliminates contact cleaning or wear. The Opto-Key upgrade also includes MIDI In and MIDI Out. The MIDI jacks were modified in a very discreet manner, to prevent holes in the chassis.
“The Minimoog sets itself apart because it has a fat, identifiable tone. I really like that. It’s also very approachable. The sections of the Minimoog are broken down into very understandable sections.” – Geddy Lee
Geddy Lee’s accolades include: 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, with Rush; 2010 “Living Legend” award from Classic Rock Magazine, with Rush; 2010 inductee into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, with Rush; 2010 Governor General’s Award for performing arts, with Rush; 1994 Juno Hall of Fame inductee, with Rush; and six-time “Best Rock Bass Player” in Bass Player magazine. Lee was also made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1996.
He prominently used the Minimoog in some of Rush’s most iconic songs, including “The Trees,” “Countdown,” “Xanadu,” and “Tom Sawyer.”
When? Ticket sales last only three weeks, from February 6 to February 27, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. ET, or when all 10,000 tickets sell out, whichever comes first. Tickets are non-transferrable.
Where? This raffle is open internationally; several past raffle winners have resided outside of the U.S.
What? A vintage Minimoog with an estimated value of $10,000 USD, meticulously restored by Jareth Lackey of Synthpro Restorations, who specializes in the restoration of vintage Moog synthesizers.
Tickets? Winter 2023 raffle tickets are $25 each, five for $100, 12 for $200, or 35 for $500, and can be purchased below.