“Up for auction is this awesome MOOG LIBERATION Synthesizer Keytar. It is a legendary vintage Analog Monophonic Synthesizer. Made in the USA IN 1980 and 1981.
INCLUDED IS THE ORIGINAL CONTROL MODULE, CORD, AND HARD SHELL CASE.
ALSO THE LATER STRAP AND LEATHER STRAPLOCKS.
THIS INSTRUMENT IS BEING SOLD AS IS AS A PROJECT DUE TO ITS AGE AND HEAVY USE. ALTHOUGH FUNCTIONAL, IT DEFINITELY NEEDS WORK IF YOU INTEND TO USE IT ON A REGULAR BASIS.
This one is in heavily used condition – rough and tumble, dragged around to many gigs, and has been rode hard and put up wet. It has scratches, dings, dents, cracked at the neck once but very solidly repaired, one key is currently broken off but present, and most other forms of evidence of use. Yes, the marks on the keys are from some type of permanent marker that likely pre-dates Sharpies.
Definitely a veteran of the rock and roll life – lots of use and mojo.
With all that being said, it has no major deal-breaking functional issues. Luckily it has been well-stored & protected.
Plenty of things could use repair or restoration.
It does have some typical scratchiness in the pots and a few of the sliders. Nothing completely disfunctional. The volume wheel potentiometer on the neck is very scratchy, but settles into some clean spots OK. I think this synth suffers from not being used much for many years. Needs to be played. And restored.
The broken key (with blue tape holding it on in the photos) luckily was a clean break. I think a quality 2-part epoxy will do a solid repair if done properly and not abused afterward. If you do a full restoration to prepare it for regular use, then i’m pretty sure a proper replacement can be found….
The cord between the keytar and control module sounds scratchy at the connectors at both ends. Still fine if you have the keytar sitting on a keyboard stand and not moving it aound alot.
A nice bit of history: We sold this one at our store about 20 years ago and it was in this basic condition at that time. The yellow sticker was on it at time as well – I tried to remove it back then, but it would not come off without a fight.
The original hard shell case in in excellent overall condition. The two innermost latches have been replaced with heavy-duty ones – actually a big plus given the weight of the whole thing.
The tone is strong and full, with good definition and a unique character. If you a looking at this auction, you probably know what’s up with these synths – high-end quality and don’t sound like any others in your collection. ” Link