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Re: RIP Aspen Pittman [Re: Dave Bryce] #3002794 08/11/19 07:51 PM
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Oh no! I just used my V3 last night. The big, wide sound from such a small box always amazes me. And two separate guys in the audience, both musicians, came up during a break and wanted to know where the Leslie was.

So saddened to hear this news. RIP Aspen. You will be missed. I’m hoping someone with your enthusiasm can take over the reins and keep things moving.

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Re: RIP Aspen Pittman [Re: Dave Bryce] #3002814 08/11/19 10:27 PM
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This is a shame. I never had the opportunity to meet Aspen, but from various videos and stories told he sounded like a great guy - very creative and clever too.
And so he was one of those folks on my 'Gotta meet in person' list. Now I wish I'd made the opportunity sooner..

RIP Aspen Pittman, and my deepest condolences to your family and close friends.


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Re: RIP Aspen Pittman [Re: Dave Bryce] #3002848 08/12/19 02:32 AM
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I once reached out to Aspen with an issue on a V3. It was late in the evening, yet he responded immediately and helped me troubleshoot. And even though I had purchased it from a retailer, he personally overnighted me a replacement so I'd have it in time for a gig. I remember that kindness whenever I use it.

He was a class act and will indeed be missed.

My sympathies to his loved ones...

Re: RIP Aspen Pittman [Re: Dave Bryce] #3002856 08/12/19 03:57 AM
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What a gentleman innovator.

Re: RIP Aspen Pittman [Re: Dave Bryce] #3002936 08/12/19 05:27 PM
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I’m still in shock. I was going to call him all last week. It got to Friday and I remembered again but thought “I don’t want to bother him right before the weekend - I’ll just call him on Monday”. Very sad news. We always had very enjoyable conversations, and I had been trying to get his V3 into some area music stores. I hope the company is able to endure and condolences to his family. frown


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Re: RIP Aspen Pittman [Re: Dave Bryce] #3002963 08/12/19 08:40 PM
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Shocking news. RIP.


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Re: RIP Aspen Pittman [Re: Dave Bryce] #3002991 08/13/19 12:09 AM
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Bad news. Just corresponded with him recently.
He’ll be sorely missed.


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Re: RIP Aspen Pittman [Re: Dave Bryce] #3002996 08/13/19 12:29 AM
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Unexpected family deaths are stunning, shocking and paralyzing. It is as if your progression through life has abruptly taken a different fork in the road. You are now on a new and unwanted path. I have empathy and sympathy for the family.

Re: RIP Aspen Pittman [Re: Dave Bryce] #3002999 08/13/19 01:18 AM
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Damn, this is awful news. RIP.


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Re: RIP Aspen Pittman [Re: Dave Bryce] #3003364 08/15/19 03:56 PM
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What a giant among men Aspen was! A man that created many paths in life and has left many legacies, among which his most influential is a model of treatment of others on this planet. God be with you, sir.


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Re: RIP Aspen Pittman [Re: Dave Bryce] #3003436 08/16/19 02:57 AM
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So sad. RIP Aspen

Re: RIP Aspen Pittman [Re: Al Quinn] #3003441 08/16/19 04:19 AM
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Very sorry to hear, RIP. I didn't know Aspen personally, but I felt like I knew him and a lot of the folks here at KC through the SpaceStation thread, which ran like a river for years through this community. That thread was emblematic of this community, countless posts of inspired discussion. I have to think that Aspen knew he was loved by many from the KC community and that he must have been proud as heck for all the music and enjoyment his invention inspired.


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Re: RIP Aspen Pittman [Re: Dave Bryce] #3003568 08/16/19 09:08 PM
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This news hit me hard last weekend.

While so many of the posts I'm seeing about Aspen are from guitarists about his Tube Amp book and other guitar-related adventures, my dealings with Aspen (much like Dave's and others here at KC) were in the realm of recording and keyboards.

What a creative genius, what a kind soul - I truly enjoyed working with Aspen, even when the unwavering stamina of his enthusiasm was outlasting my short attention span. Working in Sweetwater as a buyer, we lamented Groove Tubes ownership change as we watched the studio gear and Spacestations disappear. Perhaps Aspen always planned to relaunch some of those products - but I was glad to at least be a part of Spacestation's re-introduction to the market several years later.

Seeing his obvious multi-faceted impact on the industry and so many different individuals who are telling their own Aspen stories, it's obvious that he led a full life, and one filled with more accomplishments than most people could ever hope for. I'd say rest in peace, but I think he'd be happier staying busy, surrounded by the sound of music or car engines - or both. Gonna miss that guy.

Re: RIP Aspen Pittman [Re: Dave Bryce] #3004040 08/19/19 06:57 PM
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Shocking. My condolences to his colleagues, friends and family.


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Re: RIP Aspen Pittman [Re: Dave Bryce] #3004054 08/19/19 08:21 PM
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Sorry to hear this. He seemed to be a genuinely nice guy and his Spacestation product was innovative. I certainly hope the company continues, and RIP.

Re: RIP Aspen Pittman [Re: Dave Bryce] #3004242 08/20/19 07:55 PM
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Celebration of Life in honor of Aspen Pittman
Saturday 8/24 @ 7PM - 10PM
Burbank Marriott - Burbank Airport
2500 N Hollywood Way
Burbank, CA 91505-1019

Please spread the word for Saturday.

Please make sure to let everyone know, I will not be serving food but there will be a cash bar, coffee/tea and dried fruits and nuts. Also, I believe there is a "nice" parking fee for the hotel. Typical.

Thanks so much,
Autumn Pittman

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Really sad to hear this. I was that rare thing, a UK owner of the Spacestation, and it served me very well. His spirit of invention and enthusiasm as evinced in his YouTube videos were one of the reasons I was happy to buy and support the product.

Re: RIP Aspen Pittman [Re: Dave Bryce] #3004260 08/20/19 10:32 PM
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El Lobo, thank you for posting the info on Apsen's memorial. I'm sure there will be many folks attending. I wish I could be there. I only met Aspen 3 times at NAMM shows but spoke with him over the phone several other times. His enthusiasm for the CPS technology was really infectious. And he was so incredibly helpful to everyone around here and willing to spend as much time as needed. Truly a special person.

I think it would be really cool if the original Spacestation thread could be printed out and given to Autumn at the memorial.

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Re: RIP Aspen Pittman [Re: Dave Bryce] #3004263 08/20/19 10:45 PM
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I apologize if the information is somewhere else in this thread, but I am curious as to the nature of this accident. Was another driver at fault or was the car Aspen was travelling in at fault?

In have to say that driving is getting rather scary to me - especially in Southern California. There is always an element of " daredevil" type driving present whenever I drive through L.A.. Particularly lately that we are seeing some highly efficient cars being operated by perhaps less than responsible drivers.

If this question is out of line please disregard it . I am not interested in gory details, probably I am hoping that Aspens vehicle was not the cause of this unfortunate event.

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Deepest condolences to friends and family. So shocked and saddened to hear about this.

He went above and beyond with me on that amp- lending it out for multiple tryouts. And then a good price buying direct from him. Even though it didn't work out for me , he understood and was very cool towards me when I saw him at NAMM a few times afterwards.

It is scary driving around LA. The speeding on the freeways and surface streets is beyond "out of control". I'd describe it has maniacal ! Throw in the texting and the sheer volume of cars, it's a recipe for potential disaster every time you go out. I don't drive on the freeways unless I absolutely have to. I've been very lucky in 41 years in LA to have never been in an accident in easily 500K miles driven. Glendale has a reputation as being one of the most dangerous cities in the US to drive with regard to accidents and pedestrian deaths. You can never let your guard down and not pay attention even for a second around here. Assume the worst.

I don't know the details either, other then Aspen was a huge car enthusiast. The maybe half dozen times I'd been at his studio, he was always having a car detailed or worked on.

I'm going to try and make the service but have a duo gig/casual in the Palisades Sat. evening that supposedly goes till 9 PM. So being across town and figuring in traffic, not sure I can get there in time.

Regarding the parking -- yeah you're kinda stuck since the Marriott is right across the street from the Burbank Airport. Not many options , other the "all day" economy LOT C on Thorton. And that's probably as much, or maybe more, then what the hotel charges. It would be a bit of a walk to park in the residential section to the East. And not sure I'd wanna be walking around that area late on a Sat. night anyway.

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Re: RIP Aspen Pittman [Re: Dave Bryce] #3004338 08/21/19 01:54 PM
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Very sad to hear this. I only interacted directly with Aspen briefly after I purchased a SS, and he went way above and beyond helping me get it set up, and even sent a spare fuse in case I happened to blow one. He obviously loved what he did and wanted anyone who uses his gear to get the most out of it they possibly could. Such a shame. But one of those people who I’m glad I had the opportunity to meet. RIP, Aspen, and thoughts and prayers to family and friends.


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Originally Posted by LX88
I apologize if the information is somewhere else in this thread, but I am curious as to the nature of this accident. Was another driver at fault or was the car Aspen was travelling in at fault?

I have not seen information about the crash until I saw this article and then followed the links.


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Re: RIP Aspen Pittman [Re: Dave Bryce] #3004449 08/22/19 02:04 AM
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Well in one way, that's even more horrible to hear. I somewhat know that area. We had a place up in Santa Clarita for Diane's mom for about 10 years.

As you can tell by the video, it's not an isolated canyon or a twisty, turning road like some areas of Saugus, once you get out of the 'burbs.

Who knows, maybe he was just going too fast and that empty trailer made him lose control of the van. So tragic and such a waste.

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Shocked and sad. He was so generous with his time and knowledge. I’d ask a question, and he’d teach me for 30 minutes. Memorable lessons. Thanks to this forum, I was fortunate to purchase an SSv3 at his man-cave/warehouse of inventions, past & future, buffering a vibey studio, with a great sounding drum room from a lot with classic cars.

Thank you, Aspen. I appreciate it.

And thanks for the little stereo box and ugly brick of tubes.

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