REVIEWS AND FEEDBACK
Tracy O. - 2823 Lumina installation:
Absolutely beautiful !!! Great work!!! I'm ready to
do the sequencer when you are? Any of these on YOUTUBE yet? I can't
stay away from this thing it's great! I have rediscovered how great
that little machine is! You are the ARP King ! Thanks...Tracy----
Brent S. - 2600:
Just wanted to say I got it just fine and it does sound
wonderful. I couldn't be happier- excellent job.
Brian R. - 2600:
just a quick note to say thank you very much for an outstanding
job on my 2600 refurbish job.
It works fantastic and the tuning is spot on. I kinda forgot how
great this unit sounds. It will be a great addition again to my
rig and it will be kept in top notch condition. Sincerely, brian.
Zig M. - 2600:
From Zig's wife Vida: Zig is Crazy! He cannot be contained.
Anyway he is so happy so thank you. He thinks you are a genius!
I think you already know that you are a smarty pants with this stuff
but I think compliments help boost our lives and make us feel worthy
of the hard work so once again Thank you very much. Vida
Matt S. - 2600:
I got the 2600 today and took it straight to the studio.
I cannot believe my ears. This 2600 sounds like it is from another
planet. It is so punchy and beautiful, I have been playing with
it for about an hour now. Unreal!
Thank you so much for doing this - you are a rare-breed.
Matt's posting to Analogue Heaven:
I got my 2600 back from Phil today, and after playing
with it for an hour or so, I feel I owe a "thank you note"
to AH on his work.
I got the Audio Path upgrade, VCA upgrade, new noise module, filter
error correction, 17 inch reverb tank, new PSU and new jack washers
on my 2600.
How does it sound? Absolutely amazing. I have owned three 2600's
in my life, and I have never heard a 2600 sound this good. Ever.
It has a punch to it now, and a life to the sound that is hard to
describe - almost like when I listened to it before upgrade, I was
listening through a paper bag. I feel like I could destroy worlds
with this thing...
On top of an amazing result on the audio side, it looks like Phil
went in and cleaned EVERYTHING. The panel looks brand new, and all
the sliders have a really nice feel to them. You can tell Phil loves
what he does.
I know I probably sound like I am wetting my pants over here - but.....
I AM WETTING MY PANTS OVER HERE.
I am absolutely sure I now have the queen bitch 2600 town, and I
Thank you Phil.
Dennis C. - 2600:
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!
I will continue to say nice things about you!!!
Keep up the great work.
Leon L. - 2600:
Phil, ...I'm super stoked with the upgrades and repairs
you did on my 2600. It has great punch, super low end, ear-splitting
highs. I have to be careful to not blow my studio monitors. Some
of the functions had not worked in years so I'm re-learning about
the lag processors, etc. Thanks for fixing the joystick, plus taking
out the thump and slight hum. The ARP is really quiet now, with
no clicks or thumps. Nice and stable too. When I run a solo through
reverb and delay it sounds awesome. The machine looks and sounds
Thanks so much, Phil. You're the best!
Matrixsynth - 2823 Lumina installation:
Hi Phil, the Odyssey arrived. It is absolutely spectacular.
Thank you so much. I am completely blown away. It feels like a brand
new synth, not just in the metaphorical sense, but really, it's
like it was still being produced and just came out of the box. I
wish I could do that to all my vintage synths.
You really do magic!
Here is a recent follow-up from the Matrixsynth website:
Phil Cirocco of C.M.S. does fantastic work. If you
have an ARP that could use some work, you owe it to yourself to
consider him having a look over. My ARP Odyssey had some stiff sliders
so I sent it in for the Lumina upgrade and decided that if it's
going to be away for a bit I might as well go all out. It came back
in unimaginable shape. It was beyond what I expected. It literally
seemed like I bought it from ARP today and just took it out of the
box. It wasn't just a repair, it was a complete rejuvenation of
the synth. I highly, highly recommend Phil's work. It's worth noting,
Phil did the Hammond Novachord Restoration as well.
Rick R. - 2600 APU, 4012CX
The 2600 arrived safely yesterday. I haven’t been able to
give it a truly full workout yet, but I at this point I am really
happy with the work on it. It sounds and feels really great. Definitely
a lot more high frequency head room in filter. And the high end
is much clearer, even with the resonance cranked. I was really happy
with the condition it was in when I got it, but I’m really
hearing and experiencing how it was intended to be for the first
time now. Thanks again for all your work on it and for the helpful
communication during the process.
Ethan R. - Mega-Lumina
Well, Speak of the Devil, the Oddy arrived on my porch this afternoon,
and I must say, it is TOTALLY MAGNIFICENT! I mean, DAMN; the thing
is a work of art. It sounds incredible, and the keys are as fresh
and springy as a brand new unit. In fact they are tighter and tougher
than many brand new keyboards available today. The illuminated sliders
are a delight, your unique mods are truly visionary and expansive,
and the unit is also as clean as a baby's bottom. I truly can't
thank you enough; you are both a master technician and a distinguished
artist. If I was to hop into a time machine and pop back to 1975,
a brand new Oddy off the shelf would drastically pale in comparison;
no comparison, really. My sincerest thanks to you, sir.
James Moses - 2500 at Brown University
It's been a while since we've communicated. I hope your are doing
We are doing fine here - and more to the point. our arp 2500 is
doing great! It has become a popular piece in our studios, especially
with our most serious electronic music folks. It's also become important
in our curriculum in a couple classes that feature it's use. So,
we are very grateful for the incredible restoration you did.
Pete T. - 2500/2600 in the UK
I just got back from a Who recording session, and my 2500 and 2600
are set up for me to look at.
The last time these units were in this house was back in 2000,
and already they were showing signs of old age.
What can I say? I'm speechless really. I was close to tears looking
at the work you've done to bring these beautiful old synthesizers
back to life and dignity. I never thought I would see this day.
They are simply beautiful, and so beautifully restored. You are
like someone who works to restore Old Masters in a way; people in
the future will thank you for your work far more than me for my
noodling using them.
This is a labour of love for you I know, but for me – who
purchased these synths back in 1972 just in time to use them on
Quadrophenia and the Tommy movie score. I am so grateful you are
there Phil. I so hope we meet one day. Maybe you can check The Who
out on our 50th anniversary tour. Let me know if we come near you.
Thank you, a million times. Have a fabulous day tomorrow –
I will spend a good bit of my day telling people about what you've
done for me.