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

Woopty Doo
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Dr H Jun 9.

CE banjo display 1931

Started May 26

Ginny's Cammeyer Banjo
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Ginny Matheson Jun 11.


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Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Happy Hannah (1898)... Theodore Havermeyer Northrop
"I found it in a the Music Library and gave a listen.   The descending diddly-dums are reminiscent of some of James Hill's  Tyneside fiddle compositions. There's a rum pum pum phrase  ending making it hornpipe-ish and also…"
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion A Kerry Mills composition from 1896... sound familiar?
"Some speculation: Ossman phrases the second part of this Banjo Solo a bit differently than Brooks, just enough to suggest the possible origins or inspiration for the melody. It is reminiscent of the song " I's Gwine Back To Dixie"…"
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion A Kerry Mills composition from 1896... sound familiar?
"Ooh, I really like the banjo tone on this recording. Does anyone know what banjo Ruby Brooks played?"
Jody Stecher commented on Joel Hooks's video

Donkey Laugh

"Because it suggests that banjo music is comic?  It could work the other way. They might be attracted by the comedy and then notice the musicality."
Jul 14
Jody Stecher commented on Joel Hooks's video

Lansing's Awakening

"John Pidoux recorded The Darkey's Delight and The Darkey's Lament."
Jul 14
Jody Stecher commented on Joel Hooks's video

Donkey Laugh

"Excellent! that was the best timing of the donkey parts I've heard. Having recently been in the vicinity of a donkey I can vouch for similarity between the banjo sound effects and the real thing. It's all in the timing."
Jul 14
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Chop Suey Rag (1915)....Edward Hayne
"It's an intriguing title for a banjo solo, since the dish "chop suey" is really bit of this and that. Clippings and leftovers thrown together. It's a good model for an interesting banjo piece made of assorted flats, sharps,…"
Jul 11
Jody Stecher commented on marc dalmasso's video

Black bess_Herb J Ellis_2 banjos

"Wonderful. Excellent. And it made me smile as well. Twice. One prolonged smile during the video and another after reading Trapdoor's comment and realizing we were watching it simultaneously in different time zones."
Jul 9
Jody Stecher commented on Peter LaBau's photo

Peter LaBau

"Peter, I'm not sure I agree about what we know about the tone that early players got.  What we do know does not square with the deeper richer tone theory. Really early players who used enormous pots and tuned low, yes, they got more depth.…"
Jul 7
Jody Stecher commented on Hal Allert's blog post Classic Banjo Radio Down
"Yes, I kinda watched the stream die. First the webpage gave me half a radio to see but I could hear music. I refreshed the page and it gave me a whole radio but no music. I refreshed the page again and it gave me half a radio (the upper half) again…"
Jul 3
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Olly Oakley stars again!
"Three of my favorites. Olly Oakley's playing may be technically imperfect but I think he is unexcelled for creating an atmosphere.  Thanks for posting these."
Jun 28
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Olly Oakley as you will have never heard him.
"This is an excellent job of cleaning up. The noise is gone but not the music as well. But for this to be a reliable indication  of how OO really sounded we would have to believe that all microphones are equal, and that all recording processes…"
Jun 26
Jody Stecher commented on Dave Houle's video

The College Rag

"The Orpheum #3 always comes with Shirley attached. Not only does she eat A Lot, slim figure notwithstanding, but she also never lets go her grip on the banjo. Ian could never play below the fifth fret and when he'd try to sound the strings,…"
Jun 16
Jody Stecher commented on Dave Houle's video

The College Rag

"Ah, but the #1 is not very ornate, and that's the one Dave Houle is getting such a good sound from. So you have nothing to fear. "
Jun 16
Jody Stecher commented on Dave Houle's video

The College Rag

"Hi Lynn. Actually the Orpheum #1 is the lowest model. Nice banjo and not expensive, at least not the tenors. I have #1 tenor and it really "pops". It's interesting (to *me* anyway) that the vibrating length of the strings (the…"
Jun 16
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Classic Banjo.. the continuing story
"I have heard "parlor banjo" used many times. There is even a recent recording using that name.  It was when bluegrass banjo players in particular used the term that EK turned the tables and said "you don't call YOUR music…"
Jun 12

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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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