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

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

The sound of Vess Ossman
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Started this discussion. Last reply by John Cohen Feb 2.

about Nylgut
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Hooks Jan 16.

 

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Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion The Passing Of Ragtime (1902)...Arthur Pryor.
"The first part sounds like a Cakewalk to me. "Barn Dance" seems to be an idea from your side of the Atlantic. In Ireland they have a tune type called Canadian Barn Dance that is unknown in Canada as far as I can tell. I get the feeling…"
Wednesday
Jody Stecher replied to Clifford Judge's discussion Clifford Essex Professional Tone
"Well, the first thing to do is to remove the balsa and and the bag. That is likely the principal culprit. By "kind" of strings I meant material. Are they nylon? Steel? Pasta?  By "how thick" I didn't mean the exact…"
Apr 25
Jody Stecher replied to Clifford Judge's discussion Clifford Essex Professional Tone
"There are many ways. We need more information. How tight is your head?  How thick is it? How old is it? What kind of strings are you using? Are you using the original tailpiece?  Have you got anything in the back between perch pole and…"
Apr 24
Jody Stecher replied to Brian Kimerer's discussion Short Scale Banjos
"The difference between the bass string in C tuning and in G tuning (up to D) is the difference of one step. If you do not feel the bass string is too floppy in the lower position you will not find the other strings too floppy when tuned down a step.…"
Apr 22
Jody Stecher replied to Brian Kimerer's discussion Short Scale Banjos
"typo alert: I meant e AEG#E "
Apr 22
Jody Stecher replied to Brian Kimerer's discussion Short Scale Banjos
""A -tuning" in classic banjo parlance refers to the older lower tuning in which the strings were tuned three half steps below the later Standard Tuning of gCGBD. The same scale length parameters were used for that tuning which is eAEC#E…"
Apr 22
Jody Stecher replied to Brian Kimerer's discussion Short Scale Banjos
"The 40s F4s are few. (that's sounds like the first line of a comic poem, even a limerick). They were made of spare parts. Mine has a Loar era 1920 *mandola" headstock, complete with Fern inlay. And the fingerboard has no extension…"
Apr 21
Jody Stecher replied to Brian Kimerer's discussion Short Scale Banjos
"Wow! I had no idea. But that must be true, as the words are so…so.. so…so literary and verbal all at once.   I'm wondering about new banjos. Do they fill em up with chords at the factory or does that get done at the…"
Apr 21
Jody Stecher replied to Brian Kimerer's discussion Short Scale Banjos
"These chords might be even more expensive depending on whether one calculates from the year in which  the Banjo Solo which employs the chords was composed, or from the year in which the banjo was built! Just think of what a bargain one is…"
Apr 21
Jody Stecher replied to Brian Kimerer's discussion Short Scale Banjos
"Forty dollar chords is what I heard them called when I was first learning to play string instruments in the middle of the last century. Also the rural southerners I sometimes played with had a memorable name for any chord that wasn't a tonic,…"
Apr 21
Jody Stecher replied to Brian Kimerer's discussion Short Scale Banjos
"Fairbanks and Cole did not make an  A scale banjo. Your specimen has a shorter scale than the average, but I think it wasn't meant to be tuned higher. "A-Scale" is a new-fangled idea and belongs to a different sort of music. You…"
Apr 21
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion THIS is how to hold a banjo!
"I like the tone he gets from his banjo. The intro is different from the printed one.  It's better I think. I wonder if Joe Morley played it this way. "
Apr 14
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion THIS is how to hold a banjo!
"And here I thought *this* was the proper way to hold a banjo: "
Apr 11
Jody Stecher replied to Eric Womersley's discussion Clifford EssexProfessional
"Ah. I see. Well *that* argument is easily resolved between people with common sense and with exposure to many old and new bluegrass banjos. Anyone with a decent ear and an objective non-partisan mind can discern that there are new…"
Apr 4
Jody Stecher replied to Eric Womersley's discussion Clifford EssexProfessional
"I didn't say "better". I said "different".  I stand by that.  You are right that a new banjo of the same form and materials and same standard of workmanship would be better than a very old one. But most of my…"
Apr 4
Jody Stecher replied to Eric Womersley's discussion Clifford EssexProfessional
"The tension hoop.  The Professional has a lovely scalloped one.  The literal meaning of bezel is a grooved ring so strictly speaking the new CE Classic banjo' s grooved tension hoop is a bezel but the Professional, which has a notched…"
Apr 4

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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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