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

Photo of Cammeyer
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard William Ineson on Wednesday.

Kwestion about Kaloola
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Hooks Oct 18.

This just in.
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Started this discussion. Last reply by thereallyniceman Oct 12.


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Jody Stecher commented on Shawn McSweeny's video

Palladium Rag

"There are 3 youtube options: public, unlisted, and private. "Unlisted" is the one I've been using."
Jody Stecher commented on Shawn McSweeny's video

Palladium Rag

"Oooh!, I really enjoyed that. There are few things I like more than a well played banjo, but one of them is TWO well played banjos. There's more? yes please. Most of us here also get camera jitters. I deal with it by posting to youtube via the…"
Richard William Ineson replied to Jody Stecher's discussion Photo of Cammeyer
"I wrote about my visit to Brailsford in search of Cam, in 'The Banjo' in the 1990s, I will have a look for the relevant issue and see if there are any other details which have slipped my memory. "
Richard William Ineson replied to Jody Stecher's discussion Photo of Cammeyer
"A bit of pedantry - Cam did not die in Brailsford, when he fell ill in 1949, he was taken to the Royal Canadian Hospital (which may have been located near Maidenhead or Marlow)and he died there, I don't know why he couldn't have been…"
Jody Stecher replied to Jody Stecher's discussion Photo of Cammeyer
"Thank you Richard, for the detailed response. I have no idea why I like to read or hear about all these little details, but I certainly do.  Thank you, Ian for the Broomfield story. I wonder why he did not mention the model of banjo he got."
thereallyniceman replied to Jody Stecher's discussion Photo of Cammeyer
"As Richard correctly points out, Len Broomfield was a regular correspondent and author of articles for the BMG in the 1930-1940s and maybe longer. Here is one letter that he wrote: In our site PLAYER BIOGRAPHIES page we find: "In 1939…"
Richard William Ineson replied to Jody Stecher's discussion Photo of Cammeyer
"This photograph is definitely of Cammeyer, taken at his home in Brailsford in Derbyshire, probably in 1949, the year that he died. Cammeyer moved to Brailsford on his retirement in 1938, the house was provided for him by his banjo pupil, the Hon.…"
Jody Stecher replied to Jody Stecher's discussion Photo of Cammeyer
"Your logic is impeccable, Marc. But the question remains: if this is Cammeyer, why does he not look like the other photos that are said to be of Cammeyer?  I don't think there is deception here but there may be simple misinformation or…"
marc dalmasso replied to Jody Stecher's discussion Photo of Cammeyer
"I think the picture could be original for 2 reasons : - there 's no really interest to make a false one because only a few people could have an interest with A Cammeyer - the eBay seller didn 't sold many items since last year and seems to…"
Jody Stecher replied to Jody Stecher's discussion Photo of Cammeyer
"Yes indeed, but is it actually Cam? And what are we really seeing? What is the pipe or other metallic cylinder that arises behind the "computer" and vanishes into thin air?  One non-mysterious thing: I know why he is wearing a hat and…"
Oct 19
thereallyniceman replied to Jody Stecher's discussion Photo of Cammeyer
"He seems to have been ahead of his time as I see he was playing along to his laptop behind him. :-) "
Oct 19
Jody Stecher posted a discussion

Photo of Cammeyer

What do the resident panel of experts think of this photo that has appeared on eBay? On the back of the photo is written:"This is a picture of A D Cammeyer holding his original Zither banjo made approximately 1886. The picture was taken by Len Broomfield while Cammeyer was in retirement. It was probably one of the last pictures taken of the great master". I cannot work out what I am actually seeing. Where could this have been taken? It looks like a closet in a railway station!. The banjoist,…See More
Oct 19
Joel Hooks replied to Jody Stecher's discussion Kwestion about Kaloola
"Since this is a Weidt piece I'll reference his Elementry Studies (saying what Ian already has).  Book 2, page 6 states; "… there are two separate parts: the melody and the accompaniment.  The notes with their stems…"
Oct 18
skip sail commented on Jody Stecher's video

Life In Louisiana

"I've already got the mistake bit down pat,now for the rest of the tune...:) lovely playing Jody"
Oct 18
Jody Stecher replied to Jody Stecher's discussion Kwestion about Kaloola
"Thank you, Ian."
Oct 12
thereallyniceman replied to Jody Stecher's discussion Kwestion about Kaloola
"Hi Jody, The time signature is 2/4 so 2 crotchet beats per bar...  as we know, BUT a second voice has been added to certain bars so there are  effectively "too many" notes and rests in the bar if you add their values all…"
Oct 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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