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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 Monica´s/Kevin´s store ?

I myself, I don´t have to work that much on my Mini because it´s 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 you´ll 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 it´s finished, up and running, you´ll 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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