The Moog Prototype Arrives at the Moogseum for Moogmentum

The Moog Modular Prototype, photos courtesy of The Henry Ford

The Moog Modular Prototype, photos courtesy of The Henry Ford

The Moogseum is proud and honored to announce its exhibition of the iconic Moog synthesizer prototype, which will begin on August 14thas part of the Moogseum’s grand opening celebration Moogmentum: Synthesizing Innovation, Music, and Creativity. The historic prototype, originally belonging to pioneering synthesist and co-collaborator of the instrument, Herb Deutsch, will be on loan to the Moogseum from The Henry Ford, based in Detroit, Michigan. 

herb deutsch

The Moog synthesizer prototype consists of two small hand-crafted cabinets of modules and an unusual dual-manual controller. It is widely considered the instrument that marked the genesis of a musical revolution. Bob Moog and Deutsch began working on the development of the prototype in the summer of 1964. The prototype was first displayed at the Audio Engineering Society in the fall of 1964, and was sent to Deutsch shortly thereafter. It has been part of The Henry Ford collection since 1982. 

The one-of-a-kind prototype will play a central role in the Moogmentum series of events. On the evening of August 13th its development and early usage will be explored during In the Beginning With Herb Deutsch in Conversation with Larry Fast, taking place at the Asheville Masonic Temple theater. Previously unshared segments from the 84-minute “Abominatron” reel-to-reel tape that Moog sent to Deutsch explaining every parameter of the prototype will also be shared. The tape is part of the Bob Moog Foundation Archives. 

prototype front

On Wednesday, August 14thDeutsch will unveil the prototype, which will be installed as part of the Bob’s Workbench display, and talk about the development of each of its parameters as part of a VIP event at the Moogseum. 

prototype rear

“We are thrilled to work in collaboration with The Henry Ford to bring this rare, historic prototype to the Moogseum as a featured exhibit,” comments Michelle Moog-Koussa, executive director of the Bob Moog Foundation and the Moogseum. “There is no other synthesizer artifact that speaks so strongly, or gives us such strong insights, into the genesis of Bob Moog’s design work, and his long collaboration with musicians, as this artifact. We are inspired and honored to share it with thousands of Moogseum visitors. “

The prototype will be on exhibit at the Moogseum through May 23, 2020. 

Moogmentum takes place from August 13-15 in Asheville, NC. More information and tickets are available at:

About The Henry Ford

Located in Dearborn, Michigan, The Henry Ford, a globally-recognized destination, fosters inspiration and learning from hands-on encounters with artifacts that represent the most comprehensive collection anywhere focusing on innovation, ingenuity and resourcefulness in America. Its unique venues include Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, Greenfield Village, Ford Rouge Factory Tour, Benson Ford Research Center and Henry Ford Academy, a public charter high school. Together with its online presence at, its national television programs, The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation and Did I Mention Invention? and other resources, The Henry Ford helps individuals of all kinds to unlock their potential and help shape a better future. The Henry Ford advanced its role as a catalyst forchange in education with the acquisition of The STEMIE Coalition, a growing affiliation of organizations dedicated to fostering innovation, invention and entrepreneurship in students, K-12. With STEMIE, The Henry Ford hosts the National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo (NICEE) and makes innovation learning curriculum accessible to educators and students worldwide.