Was it really that unreliable and overly complex? Bob Moog himself described Dave Luce as a "highly intelligent, technically trained person who gravitated toward complicated, sophisticated, tricky, convoluted things" and "...who liked complicated solutions to seemingly simple problems". Reading into Moog's statement, it could be construed that perhaps Luce was indeed a boffin who may well have taken the longest route to get there.




Certainly, the Polymoog was complicated and a challenge to service. Even today it is very difficult to find a technician who is prepared to take one on! It should be borne in mind that back in 1975, there wasn't any large scale use of IC's (integrated circuits) or DSP (digital signal processors). In Luce's defence, Norlin did step up the pressure on him to release the machine before he considered it to be finished, leaving the company attempting to rush to close the gate after the horse had bolted but… yes, it was certainly overly complex. The reliability issues, whilst they cannot be denied, do seem to have been exaggerated. What didn't help was the fact that the earliest models to leave the production line, (the ones the press and the rock elite focussed on) were breaking down and with good reason. Some were being returned from shops as non-working before the customers turned up to collect them. Most of these problems were corrected and revisions were issued by the factory to address them. By then however, irrevocable damage had already been done to the Polymoog's reputation.






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