A Vintage Moog Liberation is a Terrible Thing to Waste

A Vintage Moog Liberation is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Three years ago in Austin, Texas, I had the pleasure of seeing one of my label tour mates absolutely bring down the house at a SxSW showcase using a MIDI controller strapped to an old stringless Fender P bass.   He was a master with turntables, so I was more than a bit skeptical about this setup at first.  Internally, I scoffed.  But after seeing him do a sort of Pete Townsend Windmill on one of the drops in the middle of a raging set and driving the audience so wild so that they threw up their hands in unison doing the infamous devil sign, I ate my words. Also internally.  How could I follow this?  If only I had had a Key-Tar.

This was the first thing that popped into my head after I found out last week that the the Moog Foundation is raffling off the unicorn of keytars; a real, vintage Liberation Keytar!

As the description states:

 “… distinctive in its form and function as a keytar, or guitar-shaped synthesizer. It was one of the first of its kind when released in 1980.”

Of course, who wouldn’t want to have that Devo look, or that Herbie Hancock swagger? Spyro Gyra? The Human League?  The list is endless!

Now it can be yours (-or mine, I got my ticket-), and it is authentic.  The instrument is in excellent technical condition.  Meticulously restored by respected vintage synth specialists, Tone Tweakers.  It has minor exterior flaws comprised mostly of small chips in the paint, a badge of its vintage bad-ass status. The instrument comes in its original case – also in excellent condition with only light wear on the exterior.  For gear nerds, the Instrument Features alone are entertaining enough to read!

Well worth the ticket price of $20 and with excellent odds of winning ( there are only 2,000 tickets being sold), you can’t pass this up!  And it’s a fundraiser for the foundation’s education and historic preservation projects, so you’d be supporting a noble cultural cause.

The raffle ends on April 20th, so get on it now!   Be the Tom Coster (of Santana) of your scene.  Never be out-done again!

Click to enter the Vintage Moog Liberation Synthesizer Spring 2015 Raffle – good luck!


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San Francisco Producer, DJ and instrumentalist El Diablo is a certified bass sorcerer & party rocker. A powerful and energetic force on the decks, El Diablo is currently signed with MalLabel Music in S.F. His first release for Mallabel, the hit “Rollin With My Crew” hit number 5 on Juno Download charts for several weeks and is currently featured in the German film "As if We Were There".. His release “ Devil in the Machine” has debuted with support from Liquid Stranger & also topped the Beatport charts for several weeks, getting solid support from Excision on his famous Shambhala Mix. El Diablo was also recently hand-picked by Bay area Legend, rapper Too $hort, to be producer on his first EDM release for MalLabel & continues to be one of MalLabel Music's most popular artists.

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