Jody Stecher
  • 72, Male
  • San Francisco, CA
  • United States
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Jody Stecher's Discussions

Wild and Crazy Banjos
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Nov 6, 2017.

Hot air auction
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Hooks Jul 1, 2017.

Unusual banjo alert!
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Jun 18, 2017.

 

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Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Who are they? (banjo players)
"My first thought was Brooks and Denton.  The banjo player seated in the foreground resembles the photos of Ruby Brooks. The player in the back doesn't look a lot like the photos of Denton. So I'm not at all sure. "
Sep 10
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Waiting For The Robert E. Lee (1912)....Lewis F. Muir
"Shari Lewis was the best ventriloquist I have ever seen. There are some surprising adult (not off-color, but not aimed at kids) comedy sketches on youtube of Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop, including one where Lamb Chop is drunk and the two sing a duet…"
Sep 10
Jody Stecher replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"That thin string just below her thumb is what I was calling "the fifth". But now that I see the 6 strings on the peghead I guess it's the seventh.  In any case I meant the short string.  I wonder if either one is a banjo…"
Sep 1
Jody Stecher replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"We are seeing the same thing. I wrote reflexively, automatically calling the short drone string "the fifth" which on this banjo is the wrong number."
Sep 1
Jody Stecher replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"Ooh, thanks for pointing out these details. I see all you are describing on *his* banjo. And I had missed noticing any of it. On hers I think I see a total of five strings. Look at her C chord.  Her index finger almost touches the third string.…"
Sep 1
Jody Stecher replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"I sent the Hosea Easton photo to Paul Hostetter who reciprocated with another I've never seen before.  Check out her banjo!  A zither-banjo type pot and a fretless neck without a channeled fifth string."
Aug 30
Jody Stecher replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"Advice heeded and taken. I've ordered the book. Thanks. I hope there is something in there about how the banjo was played and how it sounded.   "
Aug 29
Jody Stecher replied to RitonMousquetaire's discussion Vance Lowry and the classic banjo?
"Tony, you and Joel each seem relentlessly (in the best way) interested in discovering How It Really Was and then letting the rest of us know.   This is a welcome development and such a change from the other sort of banjo "scholarship"…"
Aug 29
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Clifford Essex Catalogue UPLOADED to TUTOR BOOKS page
"Perhaps because no one who tries one of these keeps it on the banjo for very long. I would surmise that the tone quality was found to be wanting."
Aug 21
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Clifford Essex Catalogue UPLOADED to TUTOR BOOKS page
"I've played 2 or 3 old  mandolins with aluminium bridges. They sound awful.  Aluminum/Aluminium was considered to be the Latest and the Greatest. Like Casein/Erinoid, it was new so it must be "better",  That seems to…"
Aug 21
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Clifford Essex Catalogue UPLOADED to TUTOR BOOKS page
"Thanks for letting me know, Marc.  I wonder why this catalogue has no Regal model."
Aug 20
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Clifford Essex Catalogue UPLOADED to TUTOR BOOKS page
"Yes indeed. Erinoid seems to have been The Latest Thing. Garment buttons were made from Erinoid.  I have used oud plectrums made from casein. It produces a pleasing tone and the material has a nice flexibility and "sproing" but this…"
Aug 19
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Clifford Essex Catalogue UPLOADED to TUTOR BOOKS page
"I just spent a pleasant half hour perusing this wondrous catalogue.  I found the accessories section particularly arresting for its  variety of designs of dubious merit, especially of plectra. Some of the descriptions seem odd as well. An…"
Aug 19
Jody Stecher commented on Richard William Ineson's photo
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"Do you know, for a minute or two I actually believed you!  I mean if the Czar of Russia picked the Five, anything is possible. "
Aug 17
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion The Works of Joe Morley... NEW to Classic Banjo Ning
"On page 37 there is a newspaper clipping containing a sentence which in a subordinate clause causally mentions that the Czar of Russia plays the 5 string banjo!  What??  Can that be true?"
Aug 16
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion The Works of Joe Morley... NEW to Classic Banjo Ning
"Anthony,  on page 13 you say that the English 7 string banjo had at least one of its strings doubled. I assume that means that 2 of its 7 strings were tuned to the same pitch. Which strings were those please?  Were they consecutive…"
Aug 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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