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.

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

 

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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
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
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Spotted in todays evening newspaper!
"So did the banjo soothe the lions or not?   "
Nov 24
Jody Stecher replied to Hal Allert's discussion Banjeaurine Heads-Where Are They?
"Check with Bob Smakula. He has lots of odd sizes. He even has some 13" in stock at the moment but not in every crown height.  Here's a link to his banjo head page http://www.smakula.com/BanjoHeads.html "
Oct 30
Jody Stecher replied to Jody Stecher's discussion Legit or Hybrid?
"Thanks, Marc."
Oct 29
marc dalmasso replied to Jody Stecher's discussion Legit or Hybrid?
"Hi Jody : i know this seller , Steven Prior ; he ' s a member of BHO & perfectly honest   ; the banjo is  an original CE by  A Weaver ; 1st  series ; but the rim is  10   1/2"
Oct 29
Jody Stecher posted a discussion

Legit or Hybrid?

What do the experts think? Is this a real CE banjo or a "Franken-banjo"?http://www.ebay.com/itm/112184101179?ul_noapp=trueSee More
Oct 28
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Weeping Willow Rag (1911)..Harry Augustus Fischler
"One of my mandolin students has composed a tune in the ungodly key of E flat minor.  I wrote it out in staff notation. It's not very hard to play on mandolin but it is an absolute bear to read. SIX flats!! The score looks terrifying. "
Oct 28
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion A NEW PAGE ON THE CLASSIC-BANJO.NING WEBSITE PUBLISHED TODAY!
"Richard, thank you for this wonderful and complete reply!  You *have* answered my question. I knew about the things you mention in a broad general way, but not in anything close to such detail (and i LOVE detail) and I was not able to "put…"
Oct 22
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion A NEW PAGE ON THE CLASSIC-BANJO.NING WEBSITE PUBLISHED TODAY!
"Thanks Richard and Anthony for you diligence and the hours put in.  I am puzzled on one point: your account of Clifford Essex inviting Joe Morley to play in London for the first time accords with other accounts. Morley cannot be seen playing a…"
Oct 21
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion A NEW PAGE ON THE CLASSIC-BANJO.NING WEBSITE PUBLISHED TODAY!
"I also play both ways, not only from day to day, but even on the same day, even on the same tune.  "
Oct 21
Jody Stecher replied to Hal Allert's discussion Chris Sands' Strings vs. Aquila Strings
"I am pretty sure Chris Sands didn't make the strings himself. They are good strings, who ever the manufacturer is or was. Aquila strings are also good. But they do not feel or respond or sound like Chris Sands strings. I use Aquila Nylgut on a…"
Oct 21
Jody Stecher replied to carrie horgan's discussion Outdoor banjo
"Steve, I had such a banjo when I was 16. It was a Ludwig tenor. It had not *one* bulb fitted but at least half a dozen and each was a different color. And when plugged in they flashed on and off. But I don't know if this was for display or…"
Oct 13
Jody Stecher replied to carrie horgan's discussion Outdoor banjo
"Well first of all, Elite heads and nylon strings are usually a good sounding combo so why not?  Autumn weather outdoors should be no problem for your skin-headed banjo (s).  Most vellum bursting incidents I have witnessed have taken place…"
Oct 12
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion China Town My China Town (1910)...Jean Schwartz.
"It is an artist's careless impression of a sanxian, akin to the many anatomically bizarre renditions of a banjo that have been painted and drawn over the years. "San" means 3 and "xian" means "strings".  I…"
Oct 12
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Emile Grimshaw Banjo
"It looks fabulous to me. My only concerns would be the fingerboard and back of neck and pot. The photos don't make the condition of the former clear and don't show the back of the banjo at all."
Oct 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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