I was pleasantly surprised to see so many lap steels in Walter's vast collection. somewhere around 30 of them. I'm wondering if he played much steel, or spoke much about it. as far as I know, he never recorded any.
I was also a little surprised that he owned dozens of lap steels but not a single modern-day pedal steel... guess it just wasn't his thing. the Gibson Electraharp he had was obsolete by the 1960s and was missing parts.