Jody Stecher
  • 70, Male
  • San Francisco, CA
  • United States
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Jody Stecher's Discussions

Many good banjos
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 Jun 11.

The Afghan Patrol (Ellis)
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Feb 20.

 

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Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion CLASSIC BANJO DONATIONS THERMOMETER
"At the moment the thermometer is up to $1803. 50.  I can't help wondering : Who Gave Fifty Cents? (It's probably the result of a currency conversion, but I got a good laugh out of contemplating the question.)"
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Jody Stecher replied to John Cohen's discussion Looking for an English Banjo
"Got it. thanks. Well, if I see another CE Professional I'll let you know but I bet you see it first."
Sep 24
Jody Stecher replied to John Cohen's discussion Looking for an English Banjo
"Although their numbers are not as great as in the UK, I have seen plenty of English banjos on the American continent, especially in Canada, but also in the USA. What happened to the CE Professional you got from Craig Evans? It went from Skip Sail in…"
Sep 24
Jody Stecher replied to Trapdoor2's discussion Classic Banjo sighting...movies.
"I was also 10 in 1956. I didn't see that particular film but I sure remember the first Davy Crockett movie with Fess Parker in 1955. I wore my coonskin cap to school every day. Me and 80% of the other boys in the school. The school…"
Sep 23
Jody Stecher commented on Joel Hooks's video
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Ladbroke March (Classic Banjo)

" I get most of my strings from Strings By Mail as well.  I'm not sure about this but I think LaBella lute strings are possibly a higher quality than the usual LaBella nylon.  They have some silver plated copper wound strings that…"
Sep 18
Jody Stecher commented on Joel Hooks's video
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Ladbroke March (Classic Banjo)

"Bravo! Played with conviction and Oomph.  I hope this setup is reasonably easy to play because every string and every note sounds fantastic on this Van Eps Oomph-o-matic.  What is the scale (nut to bridge) on this banjo?"
Sep 18
Jody Stecher replied to F. Chris Ware's discussion All our problems are solved!
"Oh my!  How many burners does it have?  is there a broiler attachment?"
Sep 18
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion For those new to Classic Style... here is why I like it so much!
"Re your assessment of Eli's accuracy and memory, I concur.  Re TBJ, "a little strange" is sufficient explanation for an arm rest in a peculiar place, as well as for a wrist watch around the ankle.  "
Sep 6
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion For those new to Classic Style... here is why I like it so much!
"But the whole time he played his palm was in close proximity to the head and his fingers were often touching the head directly.  So he had sweaty palms and dry fingers?   According to one school of thought the purpose of the arm…"
Sep 5
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion For those new to Classic Style... here is why I like it so much!
" A reason many of us  cannot access without traveling across the Atlantic or overland 3000 miles? "
Sep 5
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion For those new to Classic Style... here is why I like it so much!
"Sometimes I do small odd things on stage just to see if anyone in the audience is alert.  For instance I'll put a capo on a guitar on only 5 strings, leaving the bass string open. Then I'll finger that string below the capo. Almost no…"
Sep 5
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion For those new to Classic Style... here is why I like it so much!
"Maybe he had a good sense of humor. Maybe he liked to play tremolo or some other effect near where the neck and pot meet and found the arm rest more useful there.  In other words, I have no idea. "
Sep 4
Jody Stecher replied to John Field's discussion SS Stewart restoration query
"Oh!  I wonder if that is because the 12 inch head on an old banjo has gone "out-of round"  and some parts are wider across than 12 inches. Since 11 inch heads fit 11 inch pots that is the only explanation Ic an think of.  "
Sep 1
Jody Stecher replied to John Field's discussion SS Stewart restoration query
"How would a head larger than 12 inches work on a 12 inch pot? "
Sep 1
Jody Stecher replied to John Field's discussion SS Stewart restoration query
"This is a question to ask merchants who sell the heads. Elderly Instruments (elderly.com) can obtain most types of heads for any dimension. There is a bit of a wait. Sometimes Smakula Instruments will have on hand exactly what you want. I'd…"
Sep 1
Jody Stecher commented on thereallyniceman's video
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Chop Suey by E. Grimshaw Classic Fingerstyle Banjo

"This one sounds better than it looks on the page. Well played, Ian!   The piano accompaniment is so in synch that at first (when listening at moderate volume) I didn't catch on that there were two instruments. I kept wondering how you were…"
Aug 30

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Banjo Benches at San Francisco Airport!

 I was taking a flight out a new terminal at San Francisco the other day and was surprised and amused to see the shape of some comfortable new benches with a new shape.  Off topic because they look like plectrum banjos? No indeed, these are Zither Banjo Benches!  I'm afraid my mobile phone takes horrible quality pictures but at least the shape was captured. The wave of the future?

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Posted on November 17, 2011 at 4:06 — 5 Comments

Dave, here's the heel

Posted on November 28, 2010 at 22:33

clear photos of the missing banjo

Note the copper bass string, the red binding around the pot and the inlay "The Cammeyer Vibrante Royal" These are distinctive.…


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Posted on November 28, 2010 at 22:16

Comment Wall (17 comments)

At 4:06 on April 7, 2009, Trapdoor2 said…
Jody, regarding the banjo I'm playing in my videos: that's one of Bob Flesher's "Cotillion" (12") models; my main axe for about 6 yrs. Thanks for the kind remarks, I've gone from archtop Stelling "shrill" to "tubby" over the years (in more ways than one!). I have a fiberskyn head on it, Aquila Nylgut strings and one of those Cole 5-footed bridges. I have a small collection of banjos but the Flesher gets all the playing time these days.
At 1:08 on April 12, 2009, Paul Hostetter said…
Then I shall cheer your posts.
At 5:54pm on March 14, 2010, Joel Hooks gave Jody Stecher a gift
At 8:11 on August 19, 2010, Liz McElwain said…
Thanks, Jody. Hope to be able to meet you over the Didmarton weekend.
At 17:08 on September 11, 2010, Anthony Peabody said…
I enjoyed meeting you at Backwell, and I am afraid that I assumed that you were a newcomer to Banjo, so please erase from your hard drive any superfluous and quite unnecessary advice. You don't need any encouragement either. I was the bass banjo at the end of the line, filling in the blanks, and wishing I could play better. So you see, you encorage me!
Anthony Peabody
At 17:48 on December 22, 2010, Eric STEFANELLI said…

Thanks Jody, to add me as a friend, i am deeply  honored !

I would be to give you some piece of information about my banjos making, give me please your e-mail, mine is : eric.pat-luths@orange.fr .

About your music,  many people in France like bluegrass & old timey  music, and play it, there is many bands, many american banjo players come to France every  years to teach, and have many pupils, there is summer country festivals...i was myself a pupil of Tony Trishka in 1978 and and Ben Eldrige in 1982/83, but we can speak about it  by  mail. Classic banjo is  unknow or very few people know  this kind of banjo music.

Eric

At 14:09 on August 3, 2011, Pam Tointon said…

Thank you Jody I enjoyed that. Nice to hear an original composition, but well beyond me yet as a beginner I'm afraid.

 

regards Pam

At 12:51 on October 18, 2011, Neil Angus Goodwin said…
Thankyou for the info, that might explain why it is the only Cammeyer I have seen with the metal bands.
At 23:51 on March 5, 2012, allan ideson said…

thanks jody for your input.ime a guitarist .i have good instruments ...this banjo .has a lot of volume .also the neck and fingerboard are a work of art .after all these years the neck is straight .....no truss rod.when i master the beast ill put some tunes on ....thanks...allan

At 21:34 on March 8, 2012, skip sail said…

hi Jody,met you on your australian tour,we talked Fred Macdowell and Robert Petway and jammed a bit on some fingerpicked blues at Camperdown. Thanks for the welcome to the forum! Skip

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