Moby to sell huge collection of drum machines at Reverb Shop

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Reverb.com has announced that legendary electronic musician Moby will be opening the doors to his Official Moby Reverb Shop again this Thursday.

This time the shop will offer close to 200 drum machines alongside other gear from his own private collection.

Reverb Moby Drum Machines

“I’ve always been a little obsessed with drum machines. In fact, I’ve always been a lot obsessed with drum machines. Over the years, I presumptuously believe that I have come up with the largest collection of analog drum machines in the world,” Moby told us. “There are hundreds of them and I loved each and every one of them. I hope that if you buy them, you love them as much as I did. Please take care of my babies.”

Moby’s shop will feature multiples of some pieces, like two late-’50s Wurlitzer Side Man standing drum machines, which is a model that’s often cited as the first commercially available drum machine to generate sounds electronically. Created for gigging, the machine features a built-in speaker and amp—something you don’t see anymore.

“Nowadays, most of our sounds are virtual, so there’s no box at all. I love this big, giant box and just imagining people in the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s carrying around drum machines that weighed 60 or 70 pounds,” Moby says.

Moby is also parting with two more very early drum machines, Chamberlin Rhythmates. About the model, he told us, “It’s a beautiful piece and possibly the rarest, most valuable drum machine ever made because it’s one of the first.”

You’ll also find a Roland TR-909 Moby picked up at Rogue Music in New York City back in the ’90s and a 1970s MXR Drum Computer that Moby considers one of his favorite early digital drum machines.

“They’re very early samplers. They’re really crunchy and interesting. It’s a wonderful-sounding drum machine and I hope whoever buys it goes on to make great things with it,” he said.

As with his synth shop and LP sales from earlier this year, 100 percent of Moby’s proceeds from this sale will also go to benefit the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine—an organization committed to changing the way doctors treat diseases like diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and cancer.

Moby’s shop will open on October 11th.

More information: Reverb.com

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