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#31 pfretrock

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Posted 07 September 2017 - 12:31 PM

View Postfftc, on 29 June 2017 - 07:54 PM, said:

If anyone was thinking of a Model D best get one now.

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Not sure if my memory is correct here.... Sometime in the mid 80's I picked up a couple of keyboard magazines (they had interviews with Keith Emerson in). It seems everyone wanted a DX7 and was re-mortgaging, or something to get one.
And whoever took over Moog at the time was selling off Model D's, for a couple of hundred dollars. Nobody wanted them.
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Posted 07 September 2017 - 12:59 PM

View Postpfretrock, on 07 September 2017 - 12:31 PM, said:

Not sure if my memory is correct here.... Sometime in the mid 80's I picked up a couple of keyboard magazines (they had interviews with Keith Emerson in). It seems everyone wanted a DX7 and was re-mortgaging, or something to get one.
And whoever took over Moog at the time was selling off Model D's, for a couple of hundred dollars. Nobody wanted them.

I can well imagine that. When FM and digital was new and hot that's what everyone wanted. Old analogue subtractive stuff was yesterdays news. Now analogue is the cool kid again the old ones cost a packet. That's why it made sense for Moog to re-issue the D. Cash in on the retro money. They might well be worthless again in 15 years but anyone who buys musical instruments as investments is missing the point IMHO.
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Posted 07 September 2017 - 01:13 PM

View Postpfretrock, on 07 September 2017 - 12:31 PM, said:

Not sure if my memory is correct here.... Sometime in the mid 80's I picked up a couple of keyboard magazines (they had interviews with Keith Emerson in). It seems everyone wanted a DX7 and was re-mortgaging, or something to get one.
And whoever took over Moog at the time was selling off Model D's, for a couple of hundred dollars. Nobody wanted them.

You shouldn't have needed to re-motgage anything. The DX7 when it came out might still have cost about £1200, but it was stupidly cheap compared with all the other decent polyphonic synths of the time, and much better specified than any of them. 16 voice polyphony, aftertouch, breath control, 32 user memories, expandable with plug-in cartridges, and a decent feeling keyboard.

The problem with the Mini Moog wasn't that it was old hat or that analogue subtractive synths were considered out of date, but it was monophonic and didn't have patch memories. As a synth player at the time when the DX7 first came out (one of the other members of my band had one of the first DX7s in the UK) these were the things we wanted most of all. If someone could have made a polyphonic Mini Moog with programmable memories for the same price as a DX7 we would have been just as happy.

IMO in those days if a synth had a sound, it was down to missing features - only one VCO and/or envelope generator per voice. The DX7 had features in abundance. Unfortunately the unfamiliar synthesis method and user-unfriendly parameter access made it tricky for everyone to program. We got some great analogue style sounds out of ours, but it took much longer to get anything compared with our analogue synths.

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Posted 07 September 2017 - 06:13 PM

MiniMoogs were never a couple of hundred quid at any point.
When the DX7 came out, I was crazy on synths. I was looking at getting a Moog Rogue or a Opus 3 roughly about 85-86 & they were both over £300.





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