Everyone knows that the fancier the instrument, the better the music — right? Wrong. Unless you’re packing Moog Music’s brand-new, limited edition 10th Anniversary Minimoog Voyager, which is dipped in 24-karat gold. The audience will be too transfixed by all the bling to notice if you suck.
Since it is super fancy, Moog is only making 31 of these shiny synths, with 30 available for purchase worldwide (one will be given away as a prize to the luckiest musician in all the land!). Only five will be available in the U.S., and they cost $15,000 a pop. Yikes.
Here’s what all those dollar bills will get you, according to an announcement: “Carefully dipped in a 24-karat gold finish, the classic wood housing has been neatly dressed in a custom, high gloss, black piano lacquer chosen specifically to accentuate the Japanese Awabi pearl adornment on the sidepieces.” Wood! Lacquer! Pearls! Golds! It’s like a treasure chest!
Those who currently own a Voyager will also get a special gift to celebrate its 10th anniversary (you have to register to score the prize).
Most of us plebs will only be able to drool over this new, glimmering thing. Luckily, Moog has made an interactive timeline as well as a making-of video to help us out with that endeavor.