Tuesday, April 24, 2018 — Today Reverb.com announced that it has partnered with Moby to sell more than 100 pieces of equipment used on tour and in the studio over his decades-long career. The Official Moby Reverb Shop will launch on Thursday, April 26, with all of his proceeds benefiting the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
“This is the equipment I've used to make all my records,” Moby said of the gear that will be available in the shop. “I have so much equipment and almost all of it has profound sentimental value to me, including synthesizers I started using in the ’80s. But rather than keep it all in storage, I want to sell it for a good cause.”
Among the items for sale will be a Roland Jupiter-6 that Moby considers the “crown jewels” of his synth collection. “I used this on almost every early techno record I made, from Go to U.H.F. to Thousand,” Moby said of the synthesizer, which was previously owned by legendary producer and early techno pioneer Joey Beltram. The electronic musician will also be parting with a 1980s Ibanez guitar that was his primary live guitar from 1984 to 1998 and is the “one thing I was possibly tempted to hold onto.”
“When I was recording Play, I used this. When I toured for Everything is Wrong and Animal Rights, it was pretty much the only guitar that I used. It has such sentimental value,” he said.
Other items that will be available in The Official Moby Reverb Shop include:
- A Yamaha SY22 Vector synthesizer that Moby used on “Go,” the first single he released under his own name. Specifically, he used the keyboard to replay and rework “Laura Palmer’s Theme” from “Twin Peaks” on the song.
- A one-of-a-kind Serge Modular Custom synthesizer Moby considers a “very unique gold standard for modular analog synths.”
- A Casio CZ-1000 that was one of the musician’s first-ever keyboards in the mid-80s.
- A Yamaha SY85 synthesizer used to create the distinctive synth sounds on 1995’s “Feeling So Real.”
- The Roland Juno-106 synthesizer used to create the bassline on “Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?” and "We Are All Made Of Stars." Of the synthesizer, Moby says “I’m sad that I’m selling it because this one, in particular, is so incredibly versatile.”
- A Technics SL-1200MK2 turntable that Moby calls the “workhorse” turntable. It comes with its own Moby slipmat, of which there are “probably only four in the entire world,” according to the musician.
- A Fender Precision bass guitar that was played on every record Moby made that had live bass on it from 1991 until 2013.
- A Gibson EB-3 bass guitar. “I’m a little embarrassed by this, but there was a time in the mid 80's when I actually played bass in a reggae jazz fusion band,” Moby admitted.
- A Harmony Lap Steel Hawaiian-style slide guitar that is the sister of a similar guitar Moby bought for renowned filmmaker and composer David Lynch. “So there was one Christmas when David Lynch and I were sitting around in the house where he filmed ‘Lost Highway,’ playing Hawaiian slide guitars,” Moby said.
- Two sombreros worn by Moby and The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne in the music video for “The Perfect Life.”
- A reissue rosewood Moog Minimoog Voyager XL, a Roland Space Echo RE-100, three rackmount Oberheim Matrix 1000 Analog synthesizers, two Vintage AEA ribbon microphones, and much, much more.
All of Moby's proceeds from the gear listed above will benefit The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, an organization that combines the expertise of more than 12,000 physicians with the dedicated actions of more than 175,000 members around the world to dramatically change the way doctors treat chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and cancer. Since 1985, the Physicians Committee has been working tirelessly for alternatives to the use of animals in medical education and research and advocating for more effective scientific methods.
View the gear that will be for sale in The Official Moby Reverb Shop on Thursday, April 26.
Reverb.com is the online marketplace to buy and sell new, used, and vintage music gear. Since launching in 2013, Reverb has reached sales of nearly $400 million in 2017, and more than 10 million musicians and music lovers around the world visit the website each month. In 2017, Reverb was ranked No. 18 on the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies. The same year, the company launched the Reverb Foundation, a nonprofit that supports programs and initiatives that increase access to music education, gear, and opportunities, and Reverb LP, an online marketplace for buying and selling records and other physical music.