The Bob Moog Foundation is excited to unveil a special new exhibit opening at the Moogseum: Minimoog Voyager Signature Edition serial #002 signed by Bob Moog. In addition to being signed, this legendary synthesizer was hand-built, was the first ever sale from the current Moog Music, Inc., and was recently donated to the Bob Moog Foundation Archives by the Board of Directors President, David Mash, who has been its sole owner.
The new First Minimoog Voyager Ever Sold exhibit is part of the Moogseum’s Bob’s Workbech exhibit focusing on modular synthesis and featuring a legendary modular that includes prototype modules from the late ’60s.
David Mash, President of the Bob Moog Foundation Board of Directors, with Minimoog Voyager serial #002
“We are thrilled to have this unique synthesizer within the Bob’s Workbench exhibit in the Moogseum,” remarked Michelle Moog-Koussa, Executive Director of the Bob Moog Foundation. “Alongside the 1967 Moog modular synthesizer, the Voyager represents one of the first, and one of the last of Bob’s synthesizer designs.”
Minimoog Voyager serial #002
Minimoog Voyager serial #002
Considered to have been Bob Moog’s crowning achievement, the Minimoog Voyager is a handcrafted, all-analog performance synthesizer that incorporates the features and vast sonic range of the original Minimoog, while adding an exstensive number of new functional improvements to its design.
In addition to the synthesizer, the new exhibit includes a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Bob Moog, a written reflection about working on the development of the Minimoog Voyager from former Moog engineer August Worley, and a letter from President/CEO of Moog Music, Inc., Mike Adams, detailing the instrument’s origin. The back panel of the Voyager has been carefully removed, and the exhibit has been backed by a mirror to allow visitors to visually explore the intricacies of the synthesizer’s circuitry.
Minimoog Voyager serial #002 signed by Bob Moog
“In 2002, Berklee awarded Bob an Honorary Doctorate in Music for his lasting contribution to the world of sound and music,” recalls David Mash. “To further honor Bob, Berklee put on a student concert that featured music inspired by Moog synthesizers. I called Bob to ask if he wanted us to use some vintage instruments on stage, and he preferred that we use his latest synthesizer design, a new Minimoog that would be called the ‘Voyager.’ He sent me the instrument in an early stage of completion, including boards labelled ‘Big Briar’, and we used it in the concert. After purchasing the instrument, I sent it back to the factory so it could be completed and brought up to production standards (including replacing the Big Briar boards with updated Moog Music, Inc. boards).”
David Mash with Minimoog Voyager serial #002
“This year, I decided that this special instrument should have a special home,” continues Mash, “and where better than the Moogseum, for all to see? It is a small way for me to give back to Bob’s legacy, for all he did to impact my life for the better. It’s a way for us to honor all he did to inspire countless musicians to create new music with his instruments, and all the other synthesizer creators who were moved to design and build their own, furthering the art of electronic sound. I am grateful to have called Bob a friend, and to serve as President of the Bob Moog Foundation Board—whose mission is to ignite creativity at the intersection of music, science, history and innovation.”
Certificate of Authenticity
David Mash with Bob Moog
“As someone who worked alongside Bob to develop the Minimoog Voyager, It is a great pleasure to me that David Mash has graciously donated this first-run MiniMoog Voyager S/N:002 to the Moogseum and that this instrument has come home to Asheville. This instrument is an excellent example of the meticulous craftsmanship that goes into creating a Moog synthesizer, and it is an instrument that should be shared with the patronage of the Moogseum as a tribute to Bob Moog and his timeless legacy.” – August Worley, former Moog engineer