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Pittman D - Tuners

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

I saw a blog on this site about Pittman Tuners. I worked for Walt for a short period back in about 1963 in his garage in El Monte California. I had the oppertunity to meet Earl and Louise Scruggs at there house while working for Walt.  Walt Pittman was a really nice guy who I remember as having a lot of neck and back problems at the time - due to his main profession as a heavy equipment operator. I mainly worked on small machines that made the brass parts for the tuners.

I also worked part time for a guy named Russ Miller that also lived in El Monte Cal. He was making and selling a cast pot banjo at the time. they were not a great banjo but for the price they weren't bad. I put the fret's in the fingerboard and the tuners on and Russ would assemble the rest of the banjo - it was a fun job for a 16 year old  banjo wannabe. I don't know what ever happened to both of these guys as I left Southern Cal in 64 and went to Minnesota.  I'm sure they both have passed by now, does anyone out there know anything about them



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Experience Level: Intermediate


Occupation: Radio program director

Gender: Male
Age: 79

My Instruments:
mostly guitar, I have a 1939 Martin D-18 and yes it's unbelievable.

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
Dan Crary - Steve Spurgin - Gordon Lightfoor - all the hot flat pickers and of course Bela Fleck - John Hickman and Alison Brown.

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Started playing banjo in 1959 - grew up in Downey "LA area" in Southern Cal. Viet Nam Vet - Owned and operated movie theatres in central Minnesota for years. Moved to Las Vegas in 1990 and drove cab on the strip for 21 years. Built and run a small town radio station in Goldfield nevada. we are a roots based station that plays mostly - Folk - Bluegrass - Blues and a little country and old 70"s pop. You can check us out at

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