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

Legit or Hybrid?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Oct 29, 2016.

Many good banjos
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 Jun 11, 2016.

 

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Jody Stecher commented on Anthony Derycke's video
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Somewhere in Dixie "Geo.Lansing"

""Just fantastic" is right!  What a great sound."
11 hours ago
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion March Majestic (1902)
"All correct, Marc, but that's not what I meant. When I look at banjo music notation I see the second line from the bottom of the staff as representing the open third string of the banjo.  what I meant was that some of Hal's original…"
Jan 12
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion March Majestic (1902)
"Perhaps I am taking you too literally Hal, but if the 1st banjo part were lowered an octave a good deal of it would be below range of normal banjo tuning. I had a quick look at your present arrangement, banjo in hand, and did not find it unplayable.…"
Jan 12
Jody Stecher replied to Hal Allert's discussion Polishing a rim
"Maybe in the future people will pay extra to have a banjo with UCN (urine caked nastiness). When I was an adolescent I often had holes in my jeans. There were two reasons. I couldn't afford new ones and the holes didn't really bother me.…"
Dec 29, 2016
Jody Stecher replied to Hal Allert's discussion Polishing a rim
"Sometimes an old banjo is encrusted with filth and sometimes there are chemical reactions where there are areas of the metal that are green and others where they have rusted. A product like Flitz combined with "elbow grease" (vigorous…"
Dec 28, 2016
Jody Stecher replied to Hal Allert's discussion Polishing a rim
"I like Flitz.   Simichrome is good too."
Dec 28, 2016
Jody Stecher commented on marc dalmasso's video
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Blaze Away_Abe Holzmann_Bj & piano

"Double ? from me. Marc's "s" is as perplexing as the Nellie/duck reference."
Dec 26, 2016
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Spotted in todays evening newspaper!
"Me too. "
Dec 23, 2016
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Spotted in todays evening newspaper!
"Stamped along the median strip along the back of the peghead and neck is the number 6622. Above it is an address and above that,  it says "J.E. Dallas Maker.  I don't know if there is a model name. "
Dec 20, 2016
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Spotted in todays evening newspaper!
"Martin, where did you see photos of my JE Dallas?  There's a video of me playing it on this website but it's hard to see the details. There are some dim photos on Dave Wade's site that I sent to…"
Dec 19, 2016
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Spotted in todays evening newspaper!
"The engraved metal parts and the (bird's eye maple?) back , the engraving on the heel and what I can see of the headstock look very much like the equivalent parts on my JE Dallas zither-banjo.  "
Dec 19, 2016
Jody Stecher replied to Hal Allert's discussion A Child's Christmas in Wales
"Thanks Hal. I had forgotten about this. It's been years since I first heard it recited when I was the age the author recalls. I thought it screamingly funny.  But try as I may I am unable to spot the banjo in every greeting…"
Dec 17, 2016
Jody Stecher commented on thereallyniceman's video
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The Reading Banjo Festival 1991

"Now I'm a bit confused. I don't see one opening player. I see 2. And now these 2 have been identified with 3 names. John, Sheamus, and Richard. Who is who please?"
Dec 14, 2016
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Gregory's Practical Fingering for Banjo
"I wouldn't say it was done out of hate, just out of habitual arrogance. Until the 1940s it was pretty standard to use African American models for the wrong way to do things. For instance I remember in school seeing a film about how a team…"
Nov 28, 2016
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Gregory's Practical Fingering for Banjo
"I think the advice on how to hold the banjo is sound. I think the contrast to how it supposedly used to be done is racist claptrap. Look at the physical features of the person doing it wrong. If it were really true that early black players held the…"
Nov 28, 2016
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Spotted in todays evening newspaper!
"So did the banjo soothe the lions or not?   "
Nov 24, 2016

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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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