Moog MicroMoog (USA/1977) cosmetically poor, but sonically rich (fully serviced/working) its a MOOG!

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                                      This MICROMOOG is being marketed by Klassic Keys GB   
Cosmetically, not pretty, but being circa 45 years old, it is forgiven. Top panel has blemishes underneath the vinyl overlay, side aluminium strips are dented, keys are a WEE bit uneven.
Sonically, it is 100%. FULLY scrutinised and professionally serviced ( inc scaling & tuning). It just sounds GREAT! pops/crackles....and the MOOG sound is there in buckets; there is no substitute for the original.  Complete with owner's manual (you will need it, this synthesizer is quite comprehensive....).       s/n 4854       Check it out on YouTube etc....this is a true "player's instrument".                                                                                  
The Micromoog was designed by Moog Engineer Jim Scott in consultation with Tom Rhea, with electronic refinement input from David Luce and Bob Moog as a scaled-down, cheaper alternative ($650–$800 market price) to the Minimoog. It was designed to tap into a market of musicians who wanted an introduction to synthesis, but who could not afford the $1,500 Minimoog. However, while the basic architecture was a simple VCO/VCF/VCA, inexpensive enhancements made it a more creative synth. Its single VCO has VARIABLE waveshape, which can also be modulated and a sub-octave can be added one or two octaves below. Its −24 dB per octave low-pass filter (same as Minimoog!) has its own envelope generator and can be frequency-modulated, a noise generator, sample & hold, LFO, and modulation routing complete the voicing. Moog chose to use two A(S)R envelope generators (with switchable sustain) instead of the single ADSR more commonly found on budget synths. Other switches like VCA bypass, VCF tone mode and release on/off allow quick changes to be made live.

It has a 32-note keyboard with a built-in ribbon controller, instead of the more common pitch-bend wheel.....far more useful........

The Micromoog also features the Moog Open System control inputs, a pre-midi control system, which enables the unit to control or be controlled by other Moog synthesizers, even suggesting using it with Moog modules and sequencer. Unusually, the CV inputs were designed to operate at 0.95 V per octave – the idea being that the 1 V/octave outputs of synths could get loaded down, but could still be used into the Micromoog. In practice, this is hard to achieve and cannot exceed 0.98 V per octave without modifications. Triggering is Moog standard S-triggering on Cinch Jones connectors. Modulation in/out is on a stereo 3/16" jack – a difficult connector to find. An "access pwr" socket is provided for connection of Moog accessories such as the drum controller, sample and hold, and ribbon controller.

Early Micromoogs had slightly different panel labelling – from serial number 1500 "Articulator" become "Loudness Contour". THIS Micromoog is s/n 4854. It also has an extra potentiometer on the back to adjust the keyboard output tracking and also internal changes to the keyboard.

The Micromoog has an audio input allowing external audio to be run through the filter and VCA.

The connections on the rear connection panel are as follows:

Outputs: LO Audio −10 dBm, HI Audio +12 dBm, S-trig, KBD, Access(ory) power ±15 VDC, 50 mA.

Inputs: filter, oscillator (0.95 volts per octave), S-trig.

UK price is £1125. Export price is £1025. Shipping/delivery details on request. KKGB ship (nearly)all over the world. Micromoog is dual-voltage, so no problems in that department.

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