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RIP Aspen Pittman #3002666 08/10/19 08:51 PM
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I'm sorry to inform you guys that Aspen Pitman was killed in an automobile accident yesterday.

Aspen and I worked together for many years starting with the VIPre when we put it out through Alesis all the way through the Space Station.

He made more than a few very cool products, and left his mark on many people's lives.

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RIP Aspen ... good guy ... i was an early adopter and I bought the Spacestation V3 when it was first released a couple years ago (I have one of the first batches) and emailed him a tech question and he gave me his cell number to call him so we could chat ... yeah, his CELL number! Who does that? Thanks for your great products and support ... you will be missed ...


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Oh no. Terrible, sad, sad news.

Rest In Peace, Aspen.


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So sorry to hear this news. My condolences, Dave.

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shockingly sad news. I am still stunned after just reading this. Wow. This could be any of us. Make every day count. RIP, my brother.


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So very sorry to of Aspen's passing. I bought my V3 from the second batch a few years ago. He will be missed. RIP Aspen.


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How very sad! He was a good guy and always fun to talk to. He'll definitely be missed.


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Sad news indeed. Wow, to chime in with davedoerfler above, reminds us to live everyday as though there might be few left.

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Terrible news. Best to his friends and family. Absolutely, live life to the fullest.


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A one of a kind class act!!! I still can't believe it... frown


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Sad news. Never met him, didn't have any of his products. But followed his postings. RIP, Sir.


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Ugh. Wow.

I met him and toured the studio, listened to demos in the control room, saw a hush-hush early prototype for the larger SS, and left with a shiny new SS3 straight from the maker before some of the preorders even shipped to regular buyers. He was in regular contact before and after, always checking in if he was coming down this way to see if I was playing somewhere.

Damn.

Wow.

Anyone know what happened?


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Sad news, RIP Aspen

As guitar being my secondary instrument I took an interest in his books on vacuum tubes to optimize my guitar amps.

His speaker emulator was a novel device designed for guitar players but I exploited in my Rhodes signal chain. I met Aspen at NAMM 2016 and related my use for his emulator.

His products may have been targeted to guitar players but I found uses for them in keyboards.

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Wow. I JUST met him at his booth at GearFest a few weeks ago. What a shock.


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So so sorry to hear this. A reminder that a life can be lost in an instant. What a shame.....such a likable guy the couple times I chatted with him at NAMM. And as the Real MC said, I also enjoyed his books on tubes and amps. In the days before the internet, his books were a revelation and fountain of knowledge.

Norm from Norman's Rare Guitars posted a brief remembrance on his YouTube Channel. It also mentions a bit more info on his accident...they were apparently longtime friends.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sghi-1yJEbs

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Oh crap! Wow. I have pretty much the exact same story MOI, I picked up a SSV3 at his studio and he said I had the 2nd one in LA. This was when the first run was still stuck in China. We must have seen him within weeks if not days of each other. Damn, damn, damn... Yep, live every day like it's your last because it just may be.

Wonder who's taking over now? Whoever it is is probably not the energetic promoter he was. I can't say he was a friend but when I saw him he was fun to be around, RIP buddy.

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Really sad. I only knew of him from here, but he seemed to be one of the good guys. Not enough innovators in this world. RIP.


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Very sad news. He was a genuine, honest guy. An asset to the industry for sure.

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Tragic news....I am in shock. Aspen was a great guy and the soul of integrity!
He will be missed! Condolences to his family....


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Very, very sad to hear this news. I thought Aspen was a truly unique character in a world of unique characters. His inventor/tinkerer spirit was infectious.


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Wow, Very sad news.

I wish his friends and family a lot of strength.


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So sad...my condolences to his family & friends. We're not here for a long time, we're here for a good time.


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Shocked and saddened to hear. Aspen was always one of the people I most looked forward to catching up with at NAMM and other trade shows. It reminds me to take no one for granted, however huge they seem.

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Very sad. My condolences go to the family and friends.

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Oh no! This saddens me. He was such a cool guy. His studio was near me and we were going to get together a bit down the road. What a tragedy.
RIP, and condolences to his family and close ones.
For those of us still here, this could be any of us at any time without warning.


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So sorry to hear.
RIP, Aspen.


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Similar experience here, when I had a problem with the V3, we had a number of phone conversations, top notch customer service! I suppose it would have made it too expensive, but with his knowledge of tubes it would have been cool to have a Drive knob on the V3.

Must be shocking for his family, there one day, gone the next.


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Just echoing the above, a good 4 years after I got my amp, Aspen took time to help with an issue I was having with it, even following up to make sure the guidance he gave fixed the problem.

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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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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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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...

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What a gentleman innovator.

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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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Shocking news. RIP.


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Bad news. Just corresponded with him recently.
He’ll be sorely missed.


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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.

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Damn, this is awful news. RIP.


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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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So sad. RIP Aspen

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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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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.

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Shocking. My condolences to his colleagues, friends and family.


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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.

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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.

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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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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.

Re: RIP Aspen Pittman [Re: LX88] #3004265 08/20/19 11:12 PM
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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.

Re: RIP Aspen Pittman [Re: Dave Bryce] #3004481 08/22/19 06:20 AM
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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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