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

Hot air auction
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Hooks Jul 1.

Unusual banjo alert!
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Jun 18.

G banjo and Patent
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 Apr 18.


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Jody Stecher replied to Rémi's discussion Stars and Stripes : question
"When printed tutors and sheet music for what is now called "classic banjo" first appeared it was called "guitar style" to distinguish it from "stroke style" (down picking). "Guitar style" was chosen because…"
Aug 1
Jody Stecher replied to Rock Chidley's discussion Banjo repertoire around 1900 - Schoenberg, anyone?
"Conservatory musicians have tended to be snobbish about the banjo, believing it to be "not a real instrument".  That's one reason.  Did the German composers you mention include the finger style five-string banjo in their…"
Jul 31
Jody Stecher replied to Rock Chidley's discussion Chipped finish to rim
" Ebony has a grain. This veneer is probably  something else."
Jul 24
Jody Stecher replied to Rock Chidley's discussion Chipped finish to rim
"I had a similar Temlett zither-banjo. I remember the black finish as being paint. But it's been over 10 years since I've seen the banjo so my memory may be flawed. It may have been black stained wood which had then been varnished.…"
Jul 23
Jody Stecher replied to Rock Chidley's discussion Abbott tailpiece problem
"Do No Harm, was courtesy of Trapdoor 2. "
Jul 20
Jody Stecher replied to Rock Chidley's discussion Abbott tailpiece problem
"The bend toward the "pins" to which the strings are tied, shown in 1.JPG appears to be a design feature.  As far as I can tell this cannot be forcing the middle string down to where it touches the vellum. The small dip on the…"
Jul 20
Jody Stecher replied to Rock Chidley's discussion Abbott tailpiece problem
"Show us a photo of your actual V-ish tailpiece and someone here is likely to be able to say if this is how it was designed or if it has gotten bent."
Jul 20
Joel Hooks replied to Jody Stecher's discussion Hot air auction
"Yep, there is so much of mine that they are hard to see past (even though they are transparent)!"
Jul 1
thereallyniceman replied to Jody Stecher's discussion Hot air auction
"Ahh yes!  Thanks Joel. I didn't notice them behind yours! :-)"
Jul 1
Joel Hooks replied to Jody Stecher's discussion Hot air auction
"I think they are already included in the folder for sale Ian! "
Jun 30
thereallyniceman replied to Jody Stecher's discussion Hot air auction
"I guess that I could keep all the cheques I have received for playing Classic Style Banjo and the letters of appreciation I have received. They shouldn't take up too much room in there ;-))"
Jun 30
Jody Stecher posted a discussion

Hot air auction

Just appeared on Ebay: an empty folder from Clifford Essex. Bid now to own your very own (hot) air expertly breathed by England's most skilled craftsmen. More
Jun 28
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Levee Revels (1898)..William Christopher O'Hare
" I like it."
Jun 22
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Question About the Grimshaw Tutor Copyright
"*Maybe* it's better to leave it grey. Both original Grimshaw books are downloadable and so is Mike Moss's introduction to reading staff notation for banjo.  Yes, "How To Excel" is not for beginners."
Jun 18
Jody Stecher replied to Jody Stecher's discussion Unusual banjo alert!
"Tell us more please."
Jun 18
David Wade replied to Jody Stecher's discussion Unusual banjo alert!
"Hmmmm, I wonder if this one that Keith and I chased last year?"
Jun 18

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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?



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.…


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 : .

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.


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 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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