Jody Stecher
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Jody Stecher's Discussions

The Big Banjo Auction
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Hooks Jul 17, 2021.

A different kind of banjo contest/ Samurai style?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Mar 7, 2021.

UK Banjo Alert
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Feb 27, 2021.

 

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Jody Stecher replied to Anthony Peabody's discussion Encore, MusicTime and Passport music
"This is good news. In my opinion *all* midi "banjo" files sound like a can being hit by a drumstick. At best it sounds like a sterling silver can being hit by a drumstick made of exquisitely grained cocobolo wood but it's still a can…"
Jun 18
Jody Stecher replied to Anthony Peabody's discussion Encore, MusicTime and Passport music
"Anthony, I have an idea. Try downloading Musescore. It's free. That's what I use for notation and playback etc. I have found that it accepts scores generated by other programs or applications or whatever they are called. I haven't…"
Jun 18
Jody Stecher commented on Dante Flores's video
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Walk Around - Dante Flores

"And I should add that of course, you also have good rhythm, excellent rhythm. I mentioned the teacher because so often in the past accompanists have played mechanically or worse. This pianist is actually listening to the banjo and that is a fine…"
Jun 14
Jody Stecher commented on Dante Flores's video
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Walk Around - Dante Flores

"Well I think the piano score was good and that your school music teacher has good rhythm. One small correction, Dante, if you don't mind: what you played was not a "song". Songs have words. Songs are sung. What you played was an…"
Jun 14
Jody Stecher commented on Dante Flores's video
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Walk Around - Dante Flores

"Wow that was GOOOOD!!   Good piano too. Who is playing?"
Jun 13
Jody Stecher replied to Jordan Kay's discussion unlikely clifford essex Paragon pot?
"Jordan, I know of a genuine Paragon 5-string banjo that might be for sale at a fair price. It's in Northern California, in the possession of the daughters of a friend of mine who passed away a few years ago. I don't know where you are…"
Jun 12
Jody Stecher replied to Jordan Kay's discussion unlikely clifford essex Paragon pot?
"And the bizarre thing about the desirability of the Paragon tenor was that although Barney McKenna of The Dubliners played one, his Paragon had been altered.  He was the first Irish tenor banjo player the average person was aware of. Except…"
Jun 12
Jody Stecher replied to Jordan Kay's discussion unlikely clifford essex Paragon pot?
"A photo showing the tone ring would be helpful for identification."
Jun 11
Jody Stecher replied to Jordan Kay's discussion unlikely clifford essex Paragon pot?
"The pictures are too blurry to see much but from what I can make out there are no Paragon features to the pot (rim). It is also suspicious that the neck is unstained light wood and the rim is dark. "
Jun 11
Jody Stecher commented on Dave Houle's video
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The Tarrant Bailey Collection Volume 1 Joe Morley Classic Banjo Private Cylinders 1910-1940

"The digitization work was done about 20 years ago by Steve Walker. They were released on CD in 2003 on his Neophone label (not the old 78rpm record label of the same name) as Neophone No. 19, The Tarrant Bailey Collection Volume 1. According…"
May 30
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion I just love Tarrant Bailey's playing... don't you?
"In the world of performing and recording artists the two main reasons for pseudonyms are a) choosing a name that is thought to have greater appeal to the public than the given name, and b) as a way around being under exclusive contract to a specific…"
May 18
Jody Stecher replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion LaBella 17
"Yes, the CE gut sets came with a wound 4th string. "
May 16
Jody Stecher replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion LaBella 17
"A long time ago I ordered some gut strings from Bow Brand. It was easy to find out where the CE gut strings were being made as Bow headquarters is not far from where Clifford Essex company was located. I found the Bow people a pleasure to deal with.…"
May 15
Jody Stecher replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion LaBella 17
"I see. Well, I have tried only the gut strings packaged by Clifford Essex so I can't comment meaningfully on their nylon strings. But I have used various nylon gauges from Savarez, D'Addario,  La Bella, and Aquila (nylon) and have…"
May 13
Jody Stecher replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion LaBella 17
"The consensus is that Clifford Essex Music Company no longer is in business. Did you discover who manufactured their nylon strings?"
May 13
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion The hunt for BMG Magazines goes on!
"The only bridges that have tipped over when I've played are the cylinder-footed zither-banjo bridges.  I have found both the originals and the reproduction bridges of this type to be unstable. I've never used emery or rosin or…"
May 12

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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.

Posted on November 28, 2010 at 22:16

Comment Wall (18 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 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

At 7:32am on May 14, 2012, thereallyniceman gave Jody Stecher a gift
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Jody, Bill and Scott get out the glasses and have a celebratory drink on me! Ian, thereallyniceman

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