Minimoog #3175

We are Brokering this instrument for and on behalf of our UK client.

Came into stock: 

October 2021.

Service Status: 

Full service by KSR was carried out in late October 2021, so this instrument is ready for sale now.


This vintage Minimoog once formed part of the renowned ‘Turnkey Studio Museum’ under Jonny Arbiter’s ownership of Turkey Music in London.  We have been privileged to have Brokered a number of key vintage synths from this collection and this Minimoog is among the last of the museum instruments left.  The owner (our client) is in fact related to (the late) Jonny Arbiter, so everything we have as provenance is 100% verified.

Upon a quick visual inspection, you will see that this Minimoog was actually signed by Bob Moog, with the date clearly indicated, although we can see that the date was scribed by someone other than Bob, on 23rd March 1998.

As you can see from the pictures we have taken, the overall condition of this earlier production Minimoog (serial number #3175) is exceptionally good, and you can see that it’s not been over-restored, so all the panels are showing the expected signs of age and the wood cabinet looks superb.   Manufacturing date wise, we would estimate this was manufactured around 1974.  

The only unfortunate mark against the amazing cosmetic condition is the three indentations on the front wood panel that sits above the keyboard.  We have not attempted any restoration on this area as it would require the wood to be completely rubbed down, which would then lose the Bob Moog signature, so it’s been left as-is so that the new owner can decide what they want to do.  We’ve provided a close-up shot of the dents to the wood for full disclosure.  It might be that the new owner gets a new cabinet made, or just that piece of wood with Bob’s Signature, removed and replaced…and then frame the signature-wood piece perhaps?

This being an early Mini this one delivers beautiful deep and warm sound which is an artefact of its age and the components used in the earlier VCF/VCA PCBs etc.  Looking at the back panel, you can see that there is a full complement of calibration access holes, which tells us that this Minimoog is fitted with a later VCO PCB.  We’ve included a picture of the VCO & VCF PCBs, so you can clearly see the later oscillator board with more modern trim-pots fitted. In reality, this is actually optimal for a player as you get the sound of the early Mini but with the much better VCO stability and tracking capability of the later Minimoog.

Operationally, this Minimoog is 100% perfectly working, having just had a full service carried out on it by Kent at KSR.  The power supply has been fitted with new capacitors to ensure rock-solid power regulation for the Moog, where possible, all the controls have been cleaned, so no crackly pots or switches and the Pratt & Reid key-bed has been re-bushed and all the key contacts cleaned and adjusted as required.

As you might have seen from the pictures, this Minimoog only operates on US110V, so does not have the later model switchable power supply, so you will need a step-down transformer to use it in the UK or EU.  We don’t recommend trying to change out the original power transformer for two reasons; firstly because it’s a big modification to the originality of this 47-year-old historic instrument, and secondly, because why hack a perfectly working vintage Minimoog when a step-down transformer provides a very cheap and simple solution. We can recommend the best type to purchase, so just ask us about that when ordering it. We do have a user manual (in PDF format).  As the instrument is being Brokered through RL Music, it will be sold with a full 3-month warranty and we can ship worldwide.  

Packing & Shipping: 

We can ship this instrument worldwide, although the packing, shipping & insurance costs are not included in the sale price below, so are subject to quotation.  There may be some short delays in getting the packaging materials produced for shipping as they are custom ordered for the specific dimensions of each instrument.  We are happy to discuss your requirements so please email us if you have any questions on the logistics and/or need a quote.

Sales Price: 

£5,500 GBP – – This is now SOLD, listing update on 3rd November 2021 @ 17:35

As this is a brokered sale, VAT is not applicable on the sale of this Minimoog to UK buyers, however, packing & shipping/insurance is subject to VAT @ 20% should you need the goods shipped to you.


This Vintage Minimoog is available for sale now.

Click on the thumbnail for a higher resolution photo of the actual Minimoog #3175 for sale.  If you require specific pictures not already featured of the instrument then please contact us so we can try and accommodate your request but there may be a short delay in getting this done for you as the instrument is currently in secure storage.