Jody Stecher
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  • San Francisco, CA
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Unusual banjo alert!
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Jun 18.

G banjo and Patent
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Hot air auction

Just appeared on Ebay: an empty folder from Clifford Essex. Bid now to own your very own (hot) air expertly breathed by England's most skilled craftsmen. More
2 hours ago
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Levee Revels (1898)..William Christopher O'Hare
" I like it."
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Question About the Grimshaw Tutor Copyright
"*Maybe* it's better to leave it grey. Both original Grimshaw books are downloadable and so is Mike Moss's introduction to reading staff notation for banjo.  Yes, "How To Excel" is not for beginners."
Jun 18
Jody Stecher replied to Jody Stecher's discussion Unusual banjo alert!
"Tell us more please."
Jun 18
David Wade replied to Jody Stecher's discussion Unusual banjo alert!
"Hmmmm, I wonder if this one that Keith and I chased last year?"
Jun 18
marc dalmasso replied to Jody Stecher's discussion Unusual banjo alert!
"beautiful the neck collar ,  man in the moon inlays & shoes ' hex nut  say  Cole but this bezel is English  ; so .............. mistery"
Jun 14
Jody Stecher posted a discussion

Unusual banjo alert!

Whoa!  Here's something you don't see everyday. An open back Cammeyer banjo with carved heel, scalloped bezel, and unusual inlays.  I wonder if the seller has the original tuner buttons. …See More
Jun 13
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Fred Van Eps Classic Style as it should be :-)
"Somehow previous hearings failed to make an impression. I must have been distracted. This is very nice. I have no idea what the title means. Does anyone have an insight?"
Jun 12
Jody Stecher and Anthony Derycke are now friends
Jun 12
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Ragtime Episode FVE--Ish
"You can view/hear that banjo on some of the videos I've made here. Gryphon and Star is one.  Life In Louisiana is another. Then you can be even more jealous ;-)   . It's an amazing banjo. Very powerful and very responsive.…"
Jun 9
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Ragtime Episode FVE--Ish
"Yes, Rob plays the "pinches" but these should not be hard. But he's not leaving the first beat of the second measure empty. He also is playing the downbeat on the C string. even if you can't hear it you can see it. Just watch his…"
Jun 9
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Ragtime Episode FVE--Ish
"1) We were talking only about the second measure. I would not obsess about the pinches. Leave them out if they are bothersome/ play them if you like how it sounds. In any case that tab does not correspond to how Van Eps played this piece. The…"
Jun 9
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Ragtime Episode FVE--Ish
"After studying the manuscript more closely I see that the chords are written as if the banjo were tuned to C tuning. They make no sense for A tuning. So Eno was assuming that Stevens would be reading in A but tuned to C. We know this was common.…"
Jun 7
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Ragtime Episode FVE--Ish
"Wow. Both the manuscript and the recording are unexpected and fabulous. And to clarify what I meant by the tab version being "wrong",  I meant it did not represent how Van Eps played it on the particular occasion to which I provided a…"
Jun 7
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Ragtime Episode FVE--Ish
"I agree about the music in Bradbury. I disagree about the "exercises" in How To Excel. Each is designed to encourage a particular skill. Each is musically enjoyable and far from dull. However How To Excel is not Where To Begin."
Jun 5
Jody Stecher commented on Daniel Pearce's blog post Ragtime Episode help!
"Yes, certainly any printed music can be read for banjo so long as the notes are within the banjo's range and impossible things are not asked for, such as playing the low C and the E at the fourth fret on the C string simultaneously. The key of…"
Jun 5

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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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