Jody Stecher
  • 69, Male
  • San Francisco, CA
  • United States
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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.

amazing zeebee
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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.  "
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
Jody Stecher replied to Jody Stecher's discussion 2 banjos available
"I have edited the above post. There was a typo in the CE price, it has been corrected to $1600. The Daniels price had somehow gotten lost in an editing accident. Now it can be seen. It's $750."
Jun 23
Jody Stecher posted a discussion

2 banjos available

I know this site is not intended to be a market place. But I think the following might be of service to the members, as well as to me,  so I hope this is acceptable:I've decided to sell two banjos.  One is a Clifford Essex Regal circa 1936, with original case and vellum. Right now it has a Fiberskyn head but the mounted vellum is in good shape. Also included are several replacement tuners, that came with the banjo when I got it. The wooden  arm rest is new and better than the original. $1600…See More
Jun 22
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion A Joe Morley "MUST HAVE" !
"Actually, my association with Clifford Essex Regal may be about to expire. I've decided to sell some banjos and the Regal is one of them. I'll give details in a separate message. "
Jun 22
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion A Joe Morley "MUST HAVE" !
"It must be my regal bearing.   "
Jun 22
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion A Joe Morley "MUST HAVE" !
"This sling is an ergonomic disaster.  It's like a feedbag!  The neck takes the pressure instead of the shoulders. The big surprise in this photo is that Joe Morley is playing a CE Regal model. That model has a unique sound, and not a…"
Jun 22
Jody Stecher commented on HardboiledRosie's video

Grimshaw exercises 1&2

"What is "bounce" please? "
Jun 22
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Sleepy Hollow Rag (1910)...Clarence Woods.
""All you need is…..fear".. You look at all those dots and there are lots of rest marks, all different and all  of which look like some kind of squashed bug,  and the key signature has 4 flats. Pretty soon your hand starts…"
Jun 19
Jody Stecher replied to Jody Stecher's discussion steel strings but so what?
"Thanks. Mark McCornack is another banjoist/pedal steel player like Marc, the Man Really From Nice. "
Jun 18
thereallyniceman replied to Jody Stecher's discussion steel strings but so what?
"He is good! I wish that I could do that :-) Thanks Jody for the link.. I added the video for you."
Jun 18
Jody Stecher posted a discussion
Jun 18
Jody Stecher replied to John Cohen's discussion Clifford Essex Paragon
"Odd that the seller describes the sound as "mellow". I've yet to hear a mellow Paragon, be it tenor, plectrum or five-string. This one has a pretty thick bridge which might take some of the edge off the tone, but how do you get…"
Jun 16
Jody Stecher replied to John Cohen's discussion Clifford Essex Paragon
"I would think a Ren head would produce a good sound on a Paragon. I think LaBella 17s will be far too light to bring out the best in a Paragon. It is a paradox (not a Paravox) that Paragons sound best with light steel strings and heavy nylon…"
Jun 15

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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 (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 : .

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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