Jody Stecher
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  • 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 david caron's discussion Calliope Rag
"Thanks so much for posting this, Chris. One thing puzzles me and that is the speculation about the chords to the first part of the tune. What else could they possibly be besides the chord that are usually used?  The melody pretty much…"
May 10
Jody Stecher commented on Kermarec Ronan's video
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Sunflower Dance "Vess Ossman" by Tony et Ronan

"For a moment I thought he was playing first banjo. And I'm thinking "such clear triplets in only a month?"  Once I read the description again and watched with full screen I realized KR's playing is excellent but not…"
May 7
Jody Stecher replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion Sunflower Dance
"Whoops, one of my periods came out a comma.   I meant " .. + . T"  not  "..  +  ,  T " whatever that might mean."
May 3
Jody Stecher replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion Sunflower Dance
"I see it a bit differently but I agree that it is down to alternate fingering.   Take a look at the transitions from measure 2 to 3 and from 4 to 5.  The last 4 notes in measures 2 and 4 are AGEC.  If we played EC at fret 5 the…"
May 3
Jody Stecher replied to david caron's discussion Calliope Rag
"You can slow down youtube videos right there in the youtube window. It's crude, with no pitch change and only pre-set degrees of slowness but it's available. Some versions of Quicktime, which comes bundled with some versions of Mac…"
May 2
Jody Stecher replied to david caron's discussion Calliope Rag
"I Like It! actually.  You kept on going in spite of the potholes.  More power to ya.  I'll offer two pieces of constructive criticism.  At the end of the third part there is an ascending run. It sounds to me like you are…"
May 2
Jody Stecher replied to david caron's discussion Calliope Rag
"This is a .dms file.  This is not for music listening or videos as far as I can tell.  It also downloaded not once but twice and as two different types of DMS files. I don't know if it is dangerous or just quirky but I advise that…"
May 2
Jody Stecher replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion Zither Banjo
"There are only 6 tuning pegs.  Maybe the double slots in the nut are simply because someone lost the original nut and put in a mandolin nut or banjo-mandolin nut. Or maybe the larger holes on the peghead were for single friction pegs?  The…"
Apr 30
Jody Stecher replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion Zither Banjo
"It looks like the headstock holes were for rhinestones or some other shiny bling. The holes in the rim seem to be for something else Not sound.  Screws held something in place?"
Apr 30
Jody Stecher replied to david caron's discussion Good reads
"My hat is off. I salute you, my friend. This is brilliant. And necessary."
Apr 25
Jody Stecher replied to david caron's discussion Good reads
"No, Joel, *you* would literally throw up if you had to do an entire book on *my* scanner, which for unavoidable reasons is placed on a shelf that is 13 inches above the floor. Scanning involves a lot of bending and being upside down. If that…"
Apr 24
Jody Stecher replied to david caron's discussion Good reads
"That is a *lot* of scanning. It's not great literature but it is an interesting document of time, place, and class.  Cammeyer had the habit of writing chapters in a telegraphic style,  as if he was writing postcards that were 30 pages…"
Apr 24
Jody Stecher replied to david caron's discussion Good reads
"Well, there's My Adventuresome Banjo by Alfred Cammeyer (1934)."
Apr 24
Jody Stecher commented on Richard William Ineson's blog post A very rare tenor banjo for sale on Ebay
"To be clear, the finish on the neck of my JE Dallas zither-banjo is the same as on the back of the pot of both mine and the one on eBay (is "Resonator" the right word for the back of a zither-banjo?).  Another possible difference is…"
Apr 18
Jody Stecher commented on Richard William Ineson's blog post A very rare tenor banjo for sale on Ebay
"It's also interesting that you mentioned the neck, Carrie. The neck seems to have its finish stripped. The neck on my Dallas zb has a bit of gloss. The heel carvings are similar on the two banjos. But the neck of mine (#6633) is of several…"
Apr 18
Jody Stecher commented on Richard William Ineson's blog post A very rare tenor banjo for sale on Ebay
"The Lipoff went for £1705.  No one has bid on the Dallas zb."
Apr 17

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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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