A Rare Moog Sanctuary | Find of the Week

This week's Find of the Week is a synthesizer set for a Sunday service: it's a Moog Sanctuary, one of only 100 units ever made.

Moog Sanctuary
Moog Sanctuary

Just a few years before the company declared bankruptcy in 1987, Moog manufactured about 100 of their preset-friendly Memorymoog synths and rebranded them as the Sanctuary. True to its name, it was marketed to churches and Christian music groups by their former sales manager, the late David VanKoevering—Moog even created a new set of factory patches "suitable for religious use".

For those expecting an holier-than-thou upgrade to the original iconic polysynth, make no mistake: this is indeed a Memorymoog Plus in all but name, equipped with a primitive MIDI interface and a 4,000-event sequencer. It was only until these units left the factory that they were relabeled.

According to the Florida-based seller, this particular Sanctuary was serviced late last year, includes a bespoke internal power supply, and comes with the original manuals. As the listing indicates, "Everything works as it should, pots and switches are all behaving perfectly. The cabinetry is in stunning condition, it really is a synth to behold." Be sure to check out the full listing for more photos and information, and let this piece of Moog history take you to church.

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