Jody Stecher
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  • San Francisco, CA
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SS Stewart
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 on Friday.

From My Sister-in-Law
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Started this discussion. Last reply by thereallyniceman Nov 19.

Kaloola Dots
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Oct 30.

 

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Trapdoor2 replied to Jody Stecher's discussion SS Stewart
"Jole, you just seem to be a 'silent e' kinda guy. ;-) Swaim is "Sam'l" in the 1880 census. I wish I could find them in the 1890 census but much of it was involved in a storage warehouse fire way back and is lost. I tracked…"
Friday
Joel Hooks replied to Jody Stecher's discussion SS Stewart
"I'm glad you did too Joedie. Yes Mark Cee,  The census cited above and several Philadelphia "society" articles that I have from the 1880s-90s leads me to believe that his name was Swaim (the reason I always refer to him by…"
Friday
Trapdoor2 replied to Jody Stecher's discussion SS Stewart
"And here's the 1870 Census showing "Swaim" quite clearly. "
Friday
Trapdoor2 replied to Jody Stecher's discussion SS Stewart
"Here's a shot of the 1860 Census page with Dr. Franklin Stewart and family...including 4yr old Swaim...but with the handwriting, it could be "Swain". "
Friday
Jody Stecher replied to Jody Stecher's discussion SS Stewart
"oh well.  This has turned into quite a lively and informative discussion. I'm glad I got it started. Speaking of India and banjos, long ago (44 years ago actually) during a rare visit to Los Angeles I met a banjo player from Calcutta. He…"
Friday
Shawn McSweeny replied to Jody Stecher's discussion SS Stewart
"Hi Jody Guru/Swami ?!  Clever. That was simply a late evening typo on my part. At that hour I am often error prone  .  .  .  and seldom witty. "
Friday
Shawn McSweeny replied to Jody Stecher's discussion SS Stewart
"Hi Joel Finding & fitting  pieces into  a coherent picture is what makes history fun. Stewart's father did  well financially with Swaim's Panacea, and likely schooled his son in marketing. It is no accident SSS embraced…"
Friday
Jody Stecher replied to Jody Stecher's discussion SS Stewart
"Is "Guru" a simple typo for "Gura" or is it a hidden subtle joke making Subcontinental reference to getting one letter wrong in a spelling? After all "Swaim" is an anagram of "Swami" ! "
Friday
Joel Hooks replied to Jody Stecher's discussion SS Stewart
"Holy Smokes Shawn!  With all the time I've spent with Swaim I never picked up on that. It all makes since now.  The tongue in cheek marketing, branding, references to patent remedies-- all of it. "
Friday
Shawn McSweeny replied to Jody Stecher's discussion SS Stewart
"Re : SS Stewart, from Guru & Bollman's "America's Instrument", pg 140 : "he was the son of Dr. Franklin Stewart, a purveyor of the patent medicine called Swaim's Panacea, developed in the 1820's by his…"
Friday
Jody Stecher replied to Jody Stecher's discussion SS Stewart
"Hmmm…..I dunno….I think the name was represented as Swain long before her book was written. I don't think it is a widely read book. Many or most banjo players I know have not heard of the book or its author. "
Friday
Joel Hooks replied to Jody Stecher's discussion SS Stewart
"Check me if I'm wrong, but I think Karen Linn got it wrong and then it became history."
Friday
Trapdoor2 replied to Jody Stecher's discussion SS Stewart
"I believe the census has S.S. Stewart down as "Sam'l Stewart" and "S. Stewart". I cannot recall if I found Swaim in any of the census records. I did find his family in the 1900 census (he died in 1898). Anna T. Stewart (age…"
Thursday
Jody Stecher replied to Jody Stecher's discussion SS Stewart
"That is so funny, no one could make it up. Weird reality regularly trumps fiction. In the 1970s a friend of mine named Jon gave his name over the telephone to be put in the local phone directory. He said "Jay Oh En. No aitch." (J -O - N.…"
Thursday
Trapdoor2 replied to Jody Stecher's discussion SS Stewart
"I was in some store once (years ago) and the clerk had to take down my name. I said, "Marc Smith, with a C" and she blithely wrote "Mark Cmith"..."
Thursday
Jody Stecher replied to Jody Stecher's discussion SS Stewart
"Most folks get Jody right. But my surname? Oh my goodness. Some get both wrong. I have been Joe Day Starcher, John D Stecher, John Stretcher, Johnny Sticker, Joel Stetcher, Jody Fletcher. I have even been called Jody Foster. No kidding. "
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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 (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 : 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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