Do the old ones really sound better?

Had a reminder recently that some instruments deserve the reputation that they have. I was asked to sort out a very unwell set of Moog Taurus Pedals (the original version).

A freshly revived set of Mk1 Taurus Pedals
Freshly revived Taurus Pedals

I approached the task with a “whats all the fuss about” especially when the instrument was powered up and a very sick weedy sound was the result. A bit of investigation traced the fault to the power supply where the rail for the discrete logic would measure 5V under no load conditions but collapse when everything was connected up.

Regulator duly replaced the pedals were powered up and the result was a deep deep trouser-flapping bass that makes even a Mini-Moog sound a bit thin. How do they do that…

Note that MoogMusic ( are advertising that they are going to do a re-issue, that should be interesting