I highly encourage anyone visiting Asheville NC to stop by the Moog factory. Moog synthesizers are ubiquitous in the music world, responsible for some of the most iconic sounds captured on record, and that they’re a small, employee owned company in a hippy town in the heart of Appalachia makes the experience that much sweeter.
The free tour of the factory floor’s comprehensive, but just hanging out and messing around on the myriad synthesizers and bleep-bloop trinkets in the Moog store’s worth the trip (I could spent hours on the Theramin alone).
Zero musical skill required, and inspiration’s guaranteed. Picture myself, Swatty, Tim Burke (production manager) and Carter Adams (lighting director) giddily twiddling nobs and clapping our hands with glee.