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#2312849 - 06/19/11 05:08 PM Re: Restoring the Minimoog #11878 [Re: Al Coda]
ksoper Offline
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Originally Posted By: Al Coda

May I ask about investment for all the parts needed ?
Were most of them available at Monicaīs/Kevinīs store ?

I myself, I donīt have to work that much on my Mini because itīs playable as it is,-

Did you replace these too or doing the double contact soldering job ?

A.C.


Al--so far I've got about $300 invested in parts. I'm really not an electronics guy and have no intention of replacing pots, caps, etc. The mini played pretty well before I opened it, and my fingers are crossed that it continues to play.

Almost all the parts came from Monica/Kevin, with the exception of of the back panel (Hernan Baldi) and the bushings (Vintage Vibe).

I don't know what the furniture guy is going to want for a refinishing job (or a new cabinet), but I hope to keep that cost under $200.

Once it's all done I'll post the final cost.

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#2312912 - 06/20/11 01:18 AM Re: Restoring the Minimoog #11878 [Re: ksoper]
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Originally Posted By: ksoper


Al--so far I've got about $300 invested in parts. I'm really not an electronics guy and have no intention of replacing pots, caps, etc. The mini played pretty well before I opened it, and my fingers are crossed that it continues to play.

Almost all the parts came from Monica/Kevin, with the exception of of the back panel (Hernan Baldi) and the bushings (Vintage Vibe).

I don't know what the furniture guy is going to want for a refinishing job (or a new cabinet), but I hope to keep that cost under $200.

Once it's all done I'll post the final cost.


Hi !

Thx for the info.
Good to know M+K have enough parts in stock !

A.C.

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#2314263 - 06/23/11 09:28 AM Re: Restoring the Minimoog #11878 [Re: Al Coda]
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I took the cabinet over to the furniture guy today. Turns out he's only about a mile from my house. Has a little shop out behind his house...nothing fancy.

I showed him a photo of a completed Minimoog for reference, and gave him a piece of Brazilian cherry flooring for color.

His quote...


wait for it...


$25. Oh my... I feel guilty.

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#2314336 - 06/23/11 12:01 PM Re: Restoring the Minimoog #11878 [Re: ksoper]
Al Coda Offline
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Originally Posted By: ksoper

His quote...


wait for it...


$25. Oh my... I feel guilty.


Bingo !
The 1st youīll play on your refurbished MINI will be "Lucky Man" !

:-)

A.C.

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#2316896 - 07/01/11 08:38 AM Re: Restoring the Minimoog #11878 [Re: Al Coda]
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Just got the cabinet back from the furniture guy. He asked for $25. I gave him $30. Sheesh. Pretty nice for junk poplar, don't you think?




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#2316909 - 07/01/11 09:01 AM Re: Restoring the Minimoog #11878 [Re: ksoper]
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That is lovely! thu
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#2316935 - 07/01/11 09:36 AM Re: Restoring the Minimoog #11878 [Re: ksoper]
Al Coda Offline
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Originally Posted By: ksoper
Just got the cabinet back from the furniture guy. He asked for $25. I gave him $30. Sheesh. Pretty nice for junk poplar, don't you think?


This is awesome,- especially for the price !

If itīs finished, up and running, youīll be one of these lucky guys owning THE lead and bass synth in great condition, flying over the keys and feel ...
NO LATENCY !!!!

(well, yesterday,- I played Minimoog for hrs while reading posts here and quoting in between ...)

:-)

A.C.

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#2317014 - 07/01/11 12:40 PM Re: Restoring the Minimoog #11878 [Re: Al Coda]
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Almost there...




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#2317019 - 07/01/11 12:49 PM Re: Restoring the Minimoog #11878 [Re: ksoper]
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WOW! freak love You're in the homestretch, and it looks beautiful!
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#2317068 - 07/01/11 04:33 PM Re: Restoring the Minimoog #11878 [Re: Seannn]
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Hey, there's a little scuff mark right on the...

wink

Just kidding, looks great!
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#2317078 - 07/01/11 04:57 PM Re: Restoring the Minimoog #11878 [Re: Joe Muscara]
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Looking great! love
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#2319238 - 07/08/11 09:27 PM Re: Restoring the Minimoog #11878 [Re: CrimsonianKing]
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She's up.



I have a little work to do before she's presentable.

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#2319244 - 07/08/11 10:35 PM Re: Restoring the Minimoog #11878 [Re: ksoper]
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thu thu thu

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#2319249 - 07/08/11 11:29 PM Re: Restoring the Minimoog #11878 [Re: ksoper]
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Originally Posted By: ksoper
She's up.



I have a little work to do before she's presentable.


thats just a synth blueball

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#2319272 - 07/09/11 03:10 AM Re: Restoring the Minimoog #11878 [Re: ksoper]
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Originally Posted By: ksoper
She's up.



I have a little work to do before she's presentable.


Congrats !!!

Well, this pic would be a great avatar too !

A.C.

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#2319275 - 07/09/11 03:22 AM Re: Restoring the Minimoog #11878 [Re: Al Coda]
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Done.

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#2319286 - 07/09/11 04:24 AM Re: Restoring the Minimoog #11878 [Re: ksoper]
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Awesome! Congrats! thu
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#2319297 - 07/09/11 05:49 AM Re: Restoring the Minimoog #11878 [Re: Steve Force]
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Final pics or it didn't happen smile

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#2319363 - 07/09/11 08:41 AM Re: Restoring the Minimoog #11878 [Re: retrokeys]
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Way to go! Say, if I happened to pass through Nashville in October, might I be so fortunate as to try that baby out? I'd be on my way to Moogfest, so it would be really fitting! wave
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#2319378 - 07/09/11 09:38 AM Re: Restoring the Minimoog #11878 [Re: retrokeys]
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Originally Posted By: retrokeys
Final pics or it didn't happen smile



And congrats! What a project. thu
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#2321251 - 07/14/11 03:36 PM Re: Restoring the Minimoog #11878 [Re: Seannn]
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And here it is. Cosmetically it's pretty well finished. There are a few electronic details to tend to--replace the mod wheel pot and calibrate/tune--but it plays and sounds wonderful. Once it's complete I'll post a video.

First, the original condition of the instrument:



And now the finished product:













This wasn't a cheap project. I bought the Minimoog from my bass player who knew very little about it or what it was worth. Since I wasn't about to screw over a friend, I gave him what I considered to be a good price for it in playable but nasty condition, $1800. I spent about $100 at Synthfool, another $110 on the back panel, $25 at Vintage Vibe for the bushings, and about $35 at The Shack on supplies. The cabinet refinishing was done locally for $30. Grand total, $2100. I wanted to keep the final cost under what it would fetch at auction and I think I'm there.


Thanks for all the supportive comments from everyone here at the KC, and a huge thanks to all the vendors who provided parts and advice.

Hernan Baldi

Monica and Kevin Lightner

Vintage Vibe

Radio Shack thu





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#2321253 - 07/14/11 03:49 PM Re: Restoring the Minimoog #11878 [Re: ksoper]
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Great job! Post some sound samples when you get her tuned up!
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#2321260 - 07/14/11 04:13 PM Re: Restoring the Minimoog #11878 [Re: Jim Alfredson]
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Damn, I hope it sounds as sweet as you've made it look.
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#2321261 - 07/14/11 04:21 PM Re: Restoring the Minimoog #11878 [Re: Joe Muscara]
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Beautiful job!! looking forward to hearing some samples!
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#2321273 - 07/14/11 04:45 PM Re: Restoring the Minimoog #11878 [Re: CrimsonianKing]
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Congratulations, that is one gorgeous machine. And thanks for letting us partake in your adventure!
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#2321279 - 07/14/11 04:58 PM Re: Restoring the Minimoog #11878 [Re: Mizu]
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Thanks, Ken.

Your determination to completing this project, and the pictures that you posted, are a heck of an inspiration to everyone here.

Tom
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#2321281 - 07/14/11 05:06 PM Re: Restoring the Minimoog #11878 [Re: ITGITC?]
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That is truly beautiful work - definitely inspires me to have some of my treasured finds restored!

I can't wait for the video. smile
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#2321293 - 07/14/11 05:38 PM Re: Restoring the Minimoog #11878 [Re: Seannn]
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OMG - awesome man!
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#2321306 - 07/14/11 06:15 PM Re: Restoring the Minimoog #11878 [Re: kanker.]
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Dr Bob would be very pleased.

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#2321308 - 07/14/11 06:20 PM Re: Restoring the Minimoog #11878 [Re: Mark Zeger]
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That's absolutely fantastic, Ken! A job to be proud of.
Audio/video soon, ok?! grin

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