Jody Stecher
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  • San Francisco, CA
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Tailpiece

Started 7 hours ago

2 banjos available
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Jun 23.

steel strings but so what?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Jun 18.

 

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Tailpiece

What do the experts say about this tailpiece? about the banjo itself? the rim(pot) looks a bit fat to me.http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/clifford-essex-banjo-/141728325320See More
7 hours ago
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion New Bradbury Tutor Book added
"Right! Now that I can access the book I see that it is very different and yes the music is better. Not only is content better, but the whole feel is better.  "
yesterday
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion New Bradbury Tutor Book added
"Thank you. Now it works. "
yesterday
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion New Bradbury Tutor Book added
"Are these features absent from the current  version of the book? "
yesterday
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion New Bradbury Tutor Book added
"Random tests to view other tutors are successful but when I try to view this one I get the following message Forbidden You don't have permission to access /files/TUTORBOOKS/Bradbury_Modern_Method.pdf on this server. Additionally, a 404 Not…"
yesterday
Jody Stecher replied to John Cohen's discussion Nylon strings for tenor banjo?
"To be clear, I meant "within the same range of *diameter*, not of pitch. "
Jul 20
Jody Stecher replied to John Cohen's discussion Nylon strings for tenor banjo?
"Since the plain steel wire gauges for d and a in CGDA tenor tuning are within the same range as the second and third (b and g) strings of a five string or plectrum banjo set I'd advise that you try any nylon string you've used for a b…"
Jul 20
Jody Stecher replied to John Cohen's discussion Nylon strings for tenor banjo?
"I have used various gauges of plain steel wire for the two trebles and various wound gauges packaged as classic guitar for the C and G courses. It depends on the banjo and its setup and on the core and winding of the string. I think Savarez…"
Jul 20
Jody Stecher replied to HardboiledRosie's discussion bridge question
"I never tried the Grover brand but this type of bridge (very old) certainly made my Orpheum #1 tenor and my Paramount Aristocrat tenor sound better, and I tried 3 or 4 other types of bridge.  I think your theory about sustain might be correct.…"
Jul 17
Jody Stecher replied to HardboiledRosie's discussion bridge question
"I have never been able to figure out why the bridges with white  insets make a tenor banjo sound better and make a five string banjo sound worse. I have tested this and have verified that this is the case but so far I don't understand…"
Jul 17
Jody Stecher replied to John Field's discussion Fretting the 5th string
"Vess Ossman makes reference in an interview (in England, I think) to being addicted to playing appoggiaturas on the fifth string. He did not mention the thumb. I fret the fifth string from time to time but I use mostly the index or ring finger…"
Jul 15
Jody Stecher replied to carrie horgan's discussion Tune suggestions
"The Smiler Rag is not too difficult. Most of the left hand is chord positions. The fourth section has a rapid chromatic passage but it is not very long."
Jul 13
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion When uncle Joe Plays A Rag On His Old Banjo (1912)'....Theodore Morse.
"Steve, it's been verified that all of the older three finger pickers in young Earl's part of North Carolina had listened to the recordings of Fred Van Eps. It's seems likely they would have heard Ossman as well.  "
Jul 3
Jody Stecher commented on Hans Straub's blog post Photos
"They certainly are. How often do you see a banjo orchestra from Latvia featuring a harp-banjo?  and ...whatever that other contraption is......?"
Jun 28
Jody Stecher replied to HardboiledRosie's discussion right hand question
"Mara, I play thumb lead old time and bluegrass banjo as well. Have done so for over 50 years. Classic banjo technique is not so very different.  In all cases one needs to think (with the fingers) phrase-wise, rather than measure-wise.  "
Jun 24
Jody Stecher replied to HardboiledRosie's discussion right hand question
"This subject was discussed here on this forum fairly recently. Maybe you can find it using the Search function. There is no One Right Way. But certain things are agreed upon. The thumb is the only part of the right hand that plays the fifth string.…"
Jun 24

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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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