I wouldn't totally discount the visual aesthetics of a piece of gear. Sure, sound is paramount, but cosmetics are important too. There is something to be said about showmanship -- I want my guitars to be beautiful, so I can understand if someone wants his synths to be visually appealing. At the very least, there's a psychological effect on the player when he's using a pretty piece of gear.
Sure, sound is the big one but don't forget that image is also powerful. Can you honestly say that a Keith Emerson performance would be the same if he left his Moog 'wardrobe' at home and just brought a laptop?
That Micromoog mod Walkathon posted is a bad idea. Moog used a cap about 1/200th of that size. A large cap will pass lots of DC and can be a bad idea for several reasons. People think they can outdesign Moog with these silly mods, but there are reasons certain parts were used.
....it's all about the lighting - these shots capture the sexiness of geek gear with the lights off and the leds and screens glowing. It totally works for me. Gear never looks that hot in broad daylight, that's why it's cool to work on tracks at night.
..I saw this this morning. It's unbelieveably hot. Now my girlfriend seems even less exciting than she did before anyway. Thanks a lot Tom. Now I'm really really confused. How do I persuade her to get a Moog tattoo and stick blue LEDs on her knockers?
Kevin may have a point. The only reason I can think of that Bob and Jim put that bass-omitting c506 in there was to act as a "seat belt" for bass. After all, The micro was geared to some poor folks who may not have had the slightest idea of what DC can to to audio equipment.
On its lowest settings, the micro can get down to either 3 or 6 Hz. That is low enough to get dangerous.
However, Micheal Caloroso is not an idiot, and he is right about the waveform being compromised by the capacitor.
So, I think it is a safe modification. Its not like the capacitor is being removed and wired direct-they will still be there to protect against the truly damaging bass.
You can always put a warning sticker on the front panel right above the wide frequency knob that indicates that it has been modified and to be careful.