OBERHEIM OB-Xa VSE

Oberheim OB-Xa – Very Special Edition

Finally, after over 6 months in detailed restoration we are delighted, and hugely proud, to present to you a very special edition 8 voice Oberheim OB-Xa.

As you can see, this is totally unique and one-off custom cosmetic finish, which we commissioned Jeff at Customsynth to work with us on, to look like the older SEM based Oberheim systems (2/4/8 Voice etc). The entire synth has been stripped – completely. The metal panels were stripped to the bare metal for the ground up restoration which had professional car grade paint (2 pack) applied and then oven baked, and then the bespoke graphics design and produced into screen for the screen printing process. The end-cheeks are the original wood items but re-finished in acrylic black lacquer which looks perfect with the SEM style panels and has a very hard and durable finish.

On the technical side for this project I worked with ‘Andy Jury from The Synth Proff’ who is an excellent & highly skilled UK based Synth Tech and he has worked countless hours to overhaul the entire electronic system, including the key-bed being refurbished and new bushes fitted. For your info on Andy, The Synthproff website can be found here: http://www.synthprof.com/index.html

In total there has been well over 200 hours of work invested into this OB-Xa and has involved several people over the last 6 months and the final results are stunning! If this restoration project had ben costed on an hourly rate then you’d be looking at several thousands of pounds having been spent to produce this synth to this level.

The reason why we decided to go for this special edition finish is that the original synth was in very poor cosmetic condition and we are unable to replicate the Oberheim paint/screen/lacquer finish that they used for the OB-Xa and OB8 etc. For some reason modern sprayers and printers just can’t do it. Faced with the choice of breaking up the OB-Xa for spares or being bold and undertaking this project…we thought it would be a great challenge to do what you see now.

We know this is not for everyone but if you are after a unique one-off OB-Xa that has had the highest level of professional restoration possible, looks stunning, works beautifully and will last for decades – then this is the one for you.

This Ob-Xa does not have a MIDI retrofit fitted but has the 120 memories option installed.

These pictures look good but still do not do this beautiful synth justice as it takes your breath away when you see in in the flesh!

This instrument is sold with a full 3 months warranty and runs on 110v and 230V voltage (switch on the rear panel). We do have a PDF copy of the Owners manual which will be supplied with the synth.

Price: £3950 UK Pounds

Availability: Sold on reserve as at 13th September 2012

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MOOG MuSonics MINI

Moog MuSonics Minimoog

We are honored to have the opportunity to offer this quite exceptional, super rare and immaculate early Minimoog.

Generally accepted wisdom on actual numbers of the MuSonics Minimoogs manufactured suggest there were only around 150 or so ever made. There is an informative website dedicated to the Minimoog serial number history and registrations here:

Lords of the Mini

http://monsite-orange.fr/MiniMoog/page1/index.html

From new, in 1971, this particular example only ever had 2 custodians and has been extremely well cared for, so much care in fact that the instrument looks & plays like new. looking closely at the cosmetic condition, both inside and out, she has never been used outside the home environment and all the keys, knobs and switches feel super smooth and pristine. The serial number is in the early 1300 range and the synth has the original (Moog Modular style) metal face-plate and wheel-housing with the clear perspex wheels etc.

All the internal components are original so; original oscillators, stunning RA Moog filter and no buffer board and playing this Minimoog is a joy – she tracks and holds tune beautifully.

We purchased her from a collector in the USA in 2009 with the plan to keep her for posterity but, regrettably, we need to raise some money for other projects so she must be sold.

This truly exemplarily condition example has just been fully serviced, thoroughly cleaned and calibrated and the original Walnut case has been lightly re-finished and waxed to her original condition – all done by our restoration experts KSR – and sold with a full 3 month warranty.

This instrument runs under her original and unaltered 110v power supply and even has the original brown moog 2 core power lead. There is also a stunningly high-quality custom finished and perfect foam fitted anvil flight case that the MuSonic Minimoog will be sold with (which is probably worth over 200 UKP alone) which will be included in the final sale, free of charge.

Price = 7990 UK Pounds

Availability:This MuSonics Minimoog is now SOLD as at 30th January 2013

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R. A. MINIMOOG

RA Minimoog Serial # 1049

By the end of 1970, the now incorporated R. A. Moog Inc. introduced the Minimoog manufactured in Trumansburg NY. The first of all the subsequent Model D Minimoogs ever made were called the ‘RA Minimoog’ named so after after Robert Moog’s initials.

I present you with a March 1971 manufactured RA Minimoog available for sale.

This Minimoog was sold to the Rochester Museum in NY direct from the Moog Trumansburg factory on March 20th 1971, and was in their possession for 35 years, or at least until 2006.

This amaziing instrument has the fabled and early desined matched transistor filter, also it has had the Octave Buffer Board modification fitted to it at some time in its life to improve scaling.

It doesn’t have it’s original mod-wheel housing (for some historic reason) but does contain a very early ‘Moog Music’ wheel-housing with smooth opaque wheels. It has been one of my life’s dream to own such an extraordinary instrument but I have to consider letting her go due to more pressing needs.

There is documented provence from the Moog archives for this RA Minimoog – it’s the 49th Model D ever made – this is a very special synthesizer!

It’s quite possible that Bob Moog himself had a hand in the assembly of this particular Minimoog and original Walnut cabinet and metal facia just adds to the experience in knowing this is the genuine article from the early Moog company in 1971.

So, what have we done in terms of restoration?

My trusted Vintage Moog restoration expert, Kent Spong of KSR – London, reported that the internal condition of this instrument is like brand new. It’s clear that this Minimoog has had very little use and we could not see any evidence that it was ever worked on by a tech since it was built in 1971. The key-bed has had new bushes fitted by KSR, and along with some minor cleaning to pots and switches, a full calibration has been carried out…that’s it, and that’s all it needed.

KSR also (very sympathetically) hand-finished the Walnut Cabinet to bring back the character and waxed finished it so, apart from natural aging and darkening of the wood, it looks like the day it was made.

Oh, and It plays beautifully by the way, and holds tune tune and scales like a late Minimoog, which means you can use this Moog to make music with and not just to lovingly stare at it. The matched transistor ladder filter is amazing and the last word in that classic Vintage Moog sound.

This extraordinary instrument is being sold with a 3 month warranty. It operates (perhaps obviously) under the US 110v voltage.

Price = 9000 UK Pounds

Availability:This RA Minimoog is now SOLD as at 30th January 2013

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ROLAND JUNO-106

Here’s a very cost effective way of dialing into that vintage analogue Roland sound – the Juno 106.

Without any doubt a true vintage synth and a very useable and practical analogue polysynth keyboard for live use as well as studio. The Juno 106 is among the first factory fitted MIDI synths from Roland in the early 80s, and with its on-board effects (chorus) and a really warm 24db/Oct filter, it sounds (and is) really retro whilst the DCO’s provide strong tuning stability.

The more advanced MIDI control on the 106 (SysEx) means you can use external patch-editors (Mac & PC) although in truth it’s not all that complex to program from the front panel…which is a big part of the joy of owing a vintage synth like this.

We picked up this super example from a UK collector who had owned it since new so it’s in immaculate condition – it certainly never left the home environment.

KSR have fully overhauled this Juno 106 and have given it a clean bill of health with no problems found with any of its original parts.

As you can see, the condition is fantastic and high-res pictures are available on request.

This example is sold with a full 3 months warranty and runs on UK/EU voltage. We also have the original owners manual for this 106 and that’s also in perfect condition!

Price: 780 UK Pounds

Availability: This is now SOLD as at 13th November 2012 but we have another being restored which should be available soon.

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MOOG MINIMOOG

Late Minimoog (Serial No. 12883) With MIDI

Another of the worlds most famous synthesizer from RL Music!

This very late model was one of the last few hundred to be manufactured, around 1981, which makes this a very stable in tuning and tracking – utilising the buffer-board (factory fitted) and late Moog VCOs…a players synth!

In addition, the S-Trig socket has been modified into a DIN socket to accept the Phillip Rees MIDI to CV cable. This very simple and elegant retro-fit enables this Minimoog to operate over MIDI. The Phillip Rees MIDI unit is supplied with the synth free of charge.

A note on the restoration:

On this particular example, we have had the original Moog cabinet re-finished by KSR and the results are pretty impressive. The wood has been stripped, stained and wax finished and shows beautiful character in the grain as you can see from the pictures.

Operationally speaking from the restoration standpoint, we do not change any electronic components that would compromise the integrity of the Moogs character. There might be some components that we will have prudently replaced due to age like but these are off-the-shelf components. The Keyboard is completely stripped and rebuilt with a full set of new bushings, all pots and switches cleaned, and the final calibration and test finishes of the restoration.

The aluminum real panel enclosure is completely original. We decided not to have the panel re-anodized as it contains some original Moog factory stickers that give this instrument complete authenticity. Restoration is a about balance, and although the cabinet is not the original brown varnished factory one, we think the work KSR have done does the synth great justice.

As you can see, the appearance of this professionally restored instrument is remarkable and high-res pictures are available on request.

Considering the age, outstanding condition, and additional care taken in restoring this Minimoog, we are confident that she will see at least another 30 years of faithful operation. Being a Minimoog, this is naturally an excellent investment or everyday useable music instrument.

This example is sold with a full 3 months warranty and can run either US or EU voltage through the power switch on the rear-panel.

Price = SOLD 6th July

Availability = No Longer Available

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