Ever felt like you live in the wrong decade? Like, your life will be so much richer if you made music on cabinet-sized synthesizers, instead of doing everything on Ableton in your computer? Well, now you can prove it with the Moog System 55, a limited edition recreation of the company’s legendary instrument from 1973.
Rather than a digital lookalike, this is a faithful analog reproduction based on the original documentation from Moog’s engineers. Like the source instrument, each individual module is hand-built (heck, all the boards are even hand-soldered) according to factory specifications, creating a brand new instrument that’s as close to the original as you can find. Simply put, if you want to recreate the sound of those vintage Moogs during the heyday of hazy, space-prog rock, this is the tank to add to the armory.
The Moog System 55 comes with 36 different handcrafted modules (including the popular Moog 960, the most commonly-used analog sequencer of its time), all housed inside two large cabinets, with the smaller one stacked on top of the other. The main cabinet measures 48.5 x 15.5 x 14 inches (w x h x d) and weighs 100 pounds, with the smaller one sitting on top sizing up at 48.5 x 10 x 8 inches and 60 pounds. Yep, this is one massive rig. Construction is solid walnut for the cabinets, so it’s as easy on the eyes as it is absolutely cumbersome to move around.
Only 55 of the Moog System 55 will be made. Each one is built to order, priced at $35,000.