(202) Our Day in Asheville

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Playing around on the synthesizer before the tour.
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We started out with famous 12 Bones barbecue at a picnic table by the French Broad river. Pictured are my husband Jim, cousin Doreen, and her husband David.
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Inside the Moog showroom.
Our day in Asheville was great fun and the final day of our vacationing. After this we will just be in a flurry to get home, even though it will take a couple of days.

To stick with our music theme, we took a tour of the Moog Synthesizer plant where everything is made by hand.  We had the opportunity to play around on the instruments in the showroom.  The tour was extremely informative.  I had not realized that some of the songs we know so well are heavily synthesized–“Superstition” by Stevie Wonder and “Thriller” by Michael Jackson.  The former was done on a synthesizer that filled a room.  The latter was done on a Moog Mini.  The vision of the owner Bob Moog is carried on daily by a very committed group of people who take their mission seriously.

After playing around with the instruments, we enjoyed a beer tasting at Burial Brewery, one of the couple dozen craft breweries in Asheville.  This was a wonderfully relaxing day with family, music, and inspiration.  What a great ending to a fabulous vacation.

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Each synthesizer assembled by hand.
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A completed synthesizer panel.
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All the intricate wiring done by hand. This is interior.
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Doreen playing the Theremini–a type of instrument that is played without touching. It’s amazing

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