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Moby Selling Nearly 200 of His Personal Drum Machines for Charity

Billboard logo Billboard 2018-10-08 Kat Bein
Moby wearing a suit and tie © Kevin Winter/Getty Images Moby

If you want to make electronic music, but you also want to use your hands, an analog synth or drum machine is your best bet to get in the nob-twiddlin' mood. Luckily, Moby is unloading nearly 200 of his favorite drum machines from his personal collection.

“This is the equipment I've used to make all my records,” Moby said of the gear. “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.”

The sentimental tools will be available Thursday, Oct. 11, at online music gear marketplace Reverb, and 100 percent of the proceeds go to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. It's a nonprofit research and advocacy organization that promotes vegan diets and preventative medicine to treat chronic diseases from diabetes to cancer, as well as fights for alternatives to animal research. Moby has long been an advocate for veganism and animal cruelty awareness, just as he's been an avid fan of musical hardware.

“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 said. “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.”

Up for grabs are Moby's Roland TR-909, a 1970s MXR Drum Computer, two late 1950s Wurlitzer Side Man standing drum machines and other astonishing rarities. The shop goes live Thursday, Oct. 11, and you can sign up for instant notification so you don't miss your fave object. It is not an auction. All sales are first-com, first-serve. Check the full Moby shop, with offering more than 300 pieces of equipment total, via Reverb, as well as a video from Moby about the sale below.

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