Jody Stecher
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  • San Francisco, CA
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amazing zeebee
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Started this discussion. Last reply by John Cohen Apr 20.

banjo-like object ebay
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Jody Stecher replied to John Cohen's discussion Special XX Rim Width
"My impression is that there was no standardization. I think there may be thin and thicker of both Concert Grand and Special XX.   "
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Jody Stecher replied to John Cohen's discussion Special XX Rim Width
"Using a digital micrometer that I normally use for strings I find that my XX rim is between .43 and just over .45  inches. Quite a bit less than half an inch, or  a bit over a centimeter. It depends where I measure. I went as deep as I…"
Friday
John Cohen replied to Jody Stecher's discussion amazing zeebee
"It really depends on the string gauge... all of my electric guitars are scalloped like this, and even with light strings you'd be surprised how difficult it is to bend notes out of tune just by fretting.  If you're really heavy handed…"
Apr 20
Trapdoor2 replied to Jody Stecher's discussion amazing zeebee
"Looks like an escapee from a salad-bowl factory. I'll bet that it was miserable to play sitting down...squirming all over the place. You'd have to have a strap on it of some sort. Weird that it has standard frets with scallops. I'll…"
Apr 20
Jody Stecher replied to Jody Stecher's discussion amazing zeebee
"Oh! I see what you mean.  hmm. sitars have ultra scalloped boards and non flush frets for deflecting the string a pulling as much as five tones higher. Vinas have no fingerboards at all. the advantage of flush frets on a zither -banjo is to aid…"
Apr 20
John Cohen replied to Jody Stecher's discussion amazing zeebee
"Jody, have a look again.  Unlike the Van Eps, the frets aren't flush on the zither banjo, just like an electric guitar with a scalloped board.  It's interesting since I can't think of a real benefit of having scalloped…"
Apr 20
Jody Stecher replied to Jody Stecher's discussion amazing zeebee
"And like Van Eps banjos and also a recent banjo made by Eric Stefanelli . "
Apr 20
John Cohen replied to Jody Stecher's discussion amazing zeebee
"It's got a scalloped fingerboard like those on electric guitars!  Very cool."
Apr 19
David Wade replied to Jody Stecher's discussion amazing zeebee
"Well spotted Jody, what a cracker!"
Apr 19
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Apr 19
Jody Stecher replied to John Cohen's discussion Strings for a Concert Grand
"You have described the Concert Grand tone very well. The action on mine is not low either. No problem. "
Apr 19
Jody Stecher replied to John Cohen's discussion Strings for a Concert Grand
"Excellent. This model is a humdinger. Not all classic players like it because of the weight and the large neck. I think it's a great banjo. "
Apr 18
Jody Stecher replied to John Cohen's discussion Strings for a Concert Grand
"I understand why people angle their bridges but I also find it solves one set of problems and causes others. But to each his own. And that brings me to the main subject of this message. John: if you find that this banjo is not what you were looking…"
Apr 18
Jody Stecher replied to John Cohen's discussion Strings for a Concert Grand
"Chris Sands heavies *are* in fact great on this model banjo. This is a heavy banjo. "The Whyte Laydie on Steroids". Light strings of the capellini ("angel hair" pasta) variety may not generate enough energy to drive her. This…"
Apr 18
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Morris Dance by Edward German (1907)
"the one in C major is particularly banjo friendly. "
Apr 17
Jody Stecher replied to John Cohen's discussion Cole's Eclipse vs CE Special XX/Concert Grand
"Marc, Marc, Marc: What John said.  :-)"
Apr 16

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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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