Jody Stecher
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  • San Francisco, CA
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Jody Stecher's Discussions

Zither-Banjo Rarity
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Started this discussion. Last reply by David Wade on Friday.

Banjo cartoon
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Shawn McSweeny Sep 2.

No Banjo Antics but pale turquoise is a good carpet color.
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Started this discussion. Last reply by thereallyniceman Aug 24.


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David Wade replied to Jody Stecher's discussion Zither-Banjo Rarity
"I does indeed, in fact the owner has just contacted me "off list". It looks to be a very nice Camm. Patent, so predates the Vibrante."
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Help for a beginner please !
"I think I may detect a misunderstanding. Forgive me if I'm wrong. "Fingering" indications in banjo notation are for the left hand, not for the right. The numbers 1 through 4 are for the four left hand digits. The right hand is…"
Trapdoor2 replied to Jody Stecher's discussion Zither-Banjo Rarity
"Looks like a ZB needing rescue! David Wade lives out around there, I seem to recall.  "
Sep 15
Jody Stecher posted a discussion

Zither-Banjo Rarity

Zither-Banjo alert, especially for those on the east side of the Atlantic, especially for those near Yorkshire. There's something I've never seen before up for auction on Ebay: a Cammeyer Patent zither -banjo in good condition. Every other one I've seen has had veneer damage to the resonator. Have a look:…See More
Sep 15
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Don’t try this at home !!
"Thank you. "MSs" makes sense. "
Sep 7
Jody Stecher and Russ Chandler are now friends
Sep 7
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Don’t try this at home !!
"Wow, thank you for posting these things. They certainly are of value, to say the least. A few questions please.  1) what do you think Farland has found in his attic? I can't read the word he has written. Context suggests he means sheet…"
Sep 7
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Don’t try this at home !!
"Paganini (1782 to 1840) did a lot of thrashing about on stage. he threw his hair this way and that, and the same goes for the hair of his violin bow. He broke strings on purpose and continued to play.  He made facial…"
Sep 7
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Don’t try this at home !!
"Farland does not impress as a reasonable person. He was a proponent of the idea that metal should not be included in banjo construction because it imparts a metallic sound. I have had 2 Farland banjos, both very good but whose necks were a bit…"
Sep 6
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Don’t try this at home !!
"This is an interesting and important topic. Why do you think that using the thumb and fingers to pluck the banjo strings in the usual way is safe but tremolo is dangerous? Surely a banjo player repeats the same finger motions over and over when…"
Sep 6
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Don’t try this at home !!
"Farland had to play with enough force to fill a theatre with sound and to do this with no help from a microphone. I think there is less danger of injury or pain or even discomfort if one plays with moderate force.  "
Sep 5
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Not heard Ernest Jones play? Now is your chance!
"Thanks for this post, Dominic. I half expected that the sentence about the great number of descendants would end with "and they ALL play the banjo" ! "
Sep 4
Shawn McSweeny replied to Jody Stecher's discussion Banjo cartoon
"Love the gag. I kept up my banjo playing years ago, while studying to be an architect.  Same reason. Wouldn't you say the pet is about as recognizably feline as the owners are identifiably human?"
Sep 2
Jody Stecher posted a discussion

Banjo cartoon

OK, it's a four string banjo but it's still funny. And it continues the banjo/pet theme.What IS that pet, anyway? It looks more like a headless seal than a cat or dog.See More
Sep 1
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Rare photo of Joe Morley discovered!
"But that IS Joe Morley's dog, right?"
Sep 1
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Buy only a WEAVER
"And then he moved to Wisconsin and started a football team: The Green Boy Packers. "
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?



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 (16 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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