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Average rating: 4.9 out of 5
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Turbo Johnny Turo a part-time user from Greater Detroit, Michigan USA writes:
I actually wrote a Taurus review several years ago for this site or a similar one. I lost track of where it was saved and haven't been able to locate it since. Maybe it was date-sensitive or deleted. I thought to offer another essay since my recent forays into EBAY and other internet/web sites uncovered more Taurus info. Also, a local music store now carries newer Moog equipment and factory or manufacturer servicing may be available.

Having always been a big fan of cathedral pipe organ and progressive rock music, I was naturally drawn to the Moog Taurus bass pedals. I once performed with a touring chorale group at Liverpool Cathedral in the 1970s and am since an avid collector of the Willis organ recordings produced there (you should check out THOSE pedals!)

I am still a (part-time) professional from the Detroit-area and performed in various vocal and instrumental groups from the 1960s to today. Some of my fellow musicians and I were HUGE ‘70s Genesis fans! We played some of their tunes live and attended several concerts during and following the reign of Peter Gabriel. To me, there is almost nothing as musically powerful and exciting as Mellotron/Taurus recordings! We also enjoyed other live concerts featuring the Taurus including Steve Hackett, UK, Yes, Rush, and Max Webster.

During initial rehearsals for one of my earlier bands, an acquaintance from another group had a Taurus I pedal unit available. His name escapes me, but he played the pedals, a Rickenbacker bass, and coincidentally resembled Chris Squire of YES fame. I was primarily a bassist as well and had some limited ability to double on vocals or other instruments. I borrowed his Taurus and worked them into our repertoire of mostly rock power-trio stuff. Not long after our gigs began, the Taurus owner needed them back as his new group was beginning rehearsals for recording and touring. I do vividly remember they were called “Art in America�. Their band featured an electric harpist and produced a late '70s or early ‘80s release and an MTV video.

After returning his Taurus (which had a very bad intonation or oscillator problem), I had to scramble to find another set! This was late 1978 and Moog Taurus pedals were not very common or even readily available in Detroit. I managed to contact Norlin HQ, but they had a backorder waiting list of over two months! I was pretty broke at the time, but managed enough of a loan for pedals from somewhere. I contacted world-famous Manny’s Music in New York City and they had three Taurus in stock! THAT whole trip and ordeal is a story for another day! I bought the Taurus and returned home.

I continued to perform all over Michigan and Southern Ontario, Canada for many years. Although I was and continue to be primarily a bassist, I doubled on keyboards with Taurus, Mellotron, Korg, Peavey, and other equipment. Playing the Moog and Mellotron together live was a fantastic experience that I will always treasure!

Over 15 years ago, my Mellotron 400 got terribly damaged during an equipment move and needed serious repairs. I stopped playing the Mellotron and eventually replaced it with more modern keyboards. Some years later, I loaned it to a fellow musician who almost disappeared with it. I managed to get my Mellotron back just in time (you should have seen the place I rescued it from!) and then reluctantly sold it to a friend who could give it a new home. He repaired the old “white elephant� and now uses it in his excellent home studio here in southeast Michigan!

Sorry about the long story, but I am still the proud owner of those very same Taurus I pedals and played them for many years as a stand-alone unit or in conjunction with those other keyboards. However, in the early to mid ‘90s, I began experiencing problems with their intonation and pedal contacts. I read from other users that more solder points could allow for better circuit contacts. The intonation seems to be a common problem, one that doesn't appear to have a solid repair solution. I’m not sure who can service my Taurus locally, but the Moog factory or tech center may be able to help as suggested by that local music store. Unfortunately, I have been playing blues and R&B most of the past 8 or 9 years and haven’t needed the Taurus anyway. But, I’m looking forward to repairing my Taurus and hooking up those thunderous pedals again to a real nice PA and rock the house like I did those many years ago!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-05-2007 at 15:32
Marko Ettlich a part-time user from Germany writes:
I found the rare set in very good condition at ebay. I'm a big Genesis fan. Mike Rutherford of Genesis use the Taurus on many of Genesis albums, especially the wonderful live album "Seconds Out". Songs with the Taurus: Squonk, Dance on a Volcano, Los Endos, Mama, Turn it on Again, Abacab, Mama, Tonight Tonight Tonight, The Brazilian, Second Home by the Sea, Fountain of Salmacis, Watcher of the Skies, Supper's Ready, Firth of Fifth, One for the Vine, In That Quiet Earth, Afterglow, Deep in the Motherlode, Dodo.

Other famous users: Rush (Sub-Divisions), Steve Hackett (Clocks), the Police, U2, Yes, Marillion and many others.

The Taurus sound is legendary, very deep and very fat! For me, one of the best synthesizers in time.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Sep-30-2005 at 06:11
Eric Mitchell a hobbyist user from California USA writes:
I found a set for $375 at Haight/Ashbury Music Center on New Year's Eve. (Thanks Benjamin and Ty!) They're complete but have the famous Taurus problem: the silver contacts need to be cleaned.

I'm a big Genesis and Yes fan. When they played the Taurus in concert, my chest cavity would resonate like crazy! "Fat", "heavy", "solid" are all great adjectives for its wonderful sound - it's like a musical earthquake.

Kevin Lightner at synthfool.com provided a schematic and some great technical info. I found a service manual at schematicconnection.com but am still looking for an owner's manual. In the meantime, my kids are able to make small objects dance across the bookshelves and that's the important thing. No, they'll never be for sale.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jan-05-2005 at 15:32
Eric Mitchell a hobbyist user from California USA writes:
I found a set for $375 at Haight/Ashbury Music Center on New Year's Eve. (Thanks Benjamin and Ty!) They're complete but have the famous Taurus problem: the silver contacts need to be cleaned.

I'm a big Genesis and Yes fan. When they played the Taurus in concert, my chest cavity would resonate like crazy! "Fat", "heavy", "solid" are all great adjectives for its wonderful sound - it's like a musical earthquake.

Kevin Lightner at synthfool.com provided a schematic and some great technical info. I found a service manual at schematicconnection.com but am still looking for an owner's manual. In the meantime, my kids are able to make small objects dance across the bookshelves and that's the important thing. No, they'll never be for sale.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jan-05-2005 at 15:32
BAD RONBO, KiLLeR DWaRfS a professional user from BUFFALO, NY. USA writes:
I OWN TWO 1975 TAURUS MK1. ONE I'VE USED IN THE DWARFS SINCE '86 THAT I GOT FOR $650.00 cdn W/CASE AND THE OTHER I GOT OFF EBAY FOR $1100.00 usd LAST YEAR. GREAT FOR HOLDING DOWN A ROOT NOTE NOTE AND NOODLING OVER TOP OR JUST ADDING THAT LOWER OCTAVE TO YOUR BASS NOTE. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR THE BASSIST THAT CAN WALK AND CHEW GUM AT THE SAME TIME ! LOL.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jan-02-2005 at 16:56
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