Should I buy a Moog Source for $800?

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Should I buy a Moog Source for $800?

Postby Bugsy Moogs » Wed Jun 29, 2011 8:26 am

I have the opportunity to buy a moog source for $800

It seems to function well.

Cosmetically the membrane pad is peeling off in the corner, but the switches appear to work. The Wood could use refinishing, and the metal has streaks all over it (I dont know if that's how its supposed to look after 30 years).

Eitherway its a lovely sounding synth.

What do you think?
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Re: Should I buy a Moog Source for $800?

Postby Ned Bouhalassa » Wed Jun 29, 2011 11:42 am

Do it fast. I bought one for almost double that last month! I REALLY LOVE IT - bass, man, super bass.
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Re: Should I buy a Moog Source for $800?

Postby Bugsy Moogs » Fri Jul 01, 2011 2:42 am

Thanks for the reply!

The Source did have incredible low end when I got to play it, and its quirkiness does make it a prime candidate for price inflation.

Well damn, It sounds like $900 would be a good deal! I guess its a no brainer
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Re: Should I buy a Moog Source for $800?

Postby perfectdefect » Fri Jul 01, 2011 7:17 am

I bought one that is like new last month for $1100. While it should be all about the sound, at the end of the day if you decide you should turn it into something else, the cosmetics matter more than they should. That said -yes, superb bass among other superb things.
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Re: Should I buy a Moog Source for $800?

Postby pricklyrobot » Fri Jul 01, 2011 2:18 pm

perfectdefect wrote:superb bass among other superb things.
Yep, it also has the greatest knob in the world. ;) There's only the one, but it's giant and eminently spinable.

I had a Source a few years ago. I only sold it because I needed money for school, and it was the most valuable thing I had. Still miss it though. That synth was just one big sweet spot (the only problem was trying to get to fit into a mix with other stuff).

FYI, the seller chipforbrains (aka Technology Transplant) sells newly-manufactured replacement Source membrane panels on Ebay for $100. I installed one (super easy, no soldering involved) on mine after the original crapped out. I used it for at least a year, before I ended up selling the synth, and it worked great.
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Re: Should I buy a Moog Source for $800?

Postby redchapterjubilee » Fri Jul 01, 2011 2:53 pm

Yes! Buy it, savor it, baby it, love it. I gigged with mine for several years and, sadly, developed the Crazy Source Syndrome. Once we got that problem fixed it never sounded exactly the same. So I let it go, sadly. The best monosynth I've ever owned.
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Re: Should I buy a Moog Source for $800?

Postby rhino » Fri Jul 01, 2011 4:49 pm

You just missed one oneBay for $677
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Re: Should I buy a Moog Source for $800?

Postby bochelli » Fri Jul 01, 2011 5:22 pm

that one on ebay $677 was a steal you have to act fast thesedays, a friend won it on my behalf. I have owned 5 over the years and always sold on, im never doing that ever again ive learnt my lesson buy it man and replace that membrane buy it now or it will go .
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Re: Should I buy a Moog Source for $800?

Postby Sir Ruff » Fri Jul 01, 2011 5:36 pm

bochelli wrote:that one on ebay $677 was a steal you have to act fast thesedays, a friend won it on my behalf. I have owned 5 over the years and always sold on, im never doing that ever again ive learnt my lesson buy it man and replace that membrane buy it now or it will go .


How was that one a steal? It sounds pretty messed up! :?
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Re: Should I buy a Moog Source for $800?

Postby bochelli » Fri Jul 01, 2011 6:14 pm

its no secret ebay is going downhill, the photo upload system is rubbish now, they compress badly, it looked a camera phone gallery on the listing, that wood needs to be glued back on under the keys is that a big deal and its got nothing to do with playing anyway, i still have a non copy user manual for a source i believe the presets or patches are in the back with values, ive loaded all in before nothing hard there,it was described worse than it looked it puts bidders off, i cant speak for the USA but here in England folks are on the verge of a heart attack missing out on gear, ive come to the view now its i want one now i dont care about cosmetics i want one now, lets hope this want virus gets to your shores, my 1st source i paid £200 boxed perfect in 1986, a year later i sold it for £50, those days have gone history now, hope that answers your query!
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Re: Should I buy a Moog Source for $800?

Postby Sir Ruff » Fri Jul 01, 2011 7:40 pm

Not sure I follow you. From the description it definitely sounds like there are some technical issues with the Source. And I'm not sure ebay has gone downhill - people are willing to settle for crappy pics and unqualified "testing" most of the time, so why would sellers bother doing anything more? I suppose if they are pricy in the UK, this may still be a good deal, but after shipping and repair, it may not. It's been my experience that the worse the description is, the more people bid, and in all likelihood, the more issues there are bound to be.
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Re: Should I buy a Moog Source for $800?

Postby bochelli » Fri Jul 01, 2011 8:59 pm

any repairs on the source i will pay £0.00, a friend in UK will sort that the shipping will cost me very little a snip.
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