Jody Stecher
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  • San Francisco, CA
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Whaaaaatt?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Oct 20.

An Experiment with String Gauge
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Oct 3.

Emile Grimshaw photo
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Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Here is a new one on me from Tarrant Bailey Junior.
"You know,  I don't mind the sizzle. The recording sounds very much like a banjo in a mild sizzle environment. That's better than something that sort of resembles a banjo in a quiet environment."
yesterday
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Here is a new one on me from Tarrant Bailey Junior.
"According to "The Banjo On Record"  this was recorded in London February 21, 1934 with the Jay Wilbur orchestra. It also says that the vocalist is unknown."
yesterday
Jody Stecher replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion LaBella 17
"And yet there is an Early Music contingent that rejects nylon because the sound is not Period Authentic. Aquila and others make gut strings for them. There is even a small group in China and Hong Kong that will not use anything but silk strings on…"
Sunday
Jody Stecher replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion LaBella 17
" All I meant was that the recordings of FVE are in tune. If he is using fishing line that means that fishing line is not automatically out of tune.  Simple, no?  I was under the impression that Nylgut was developed for lute and viol…"
Sunday
Jody Stecher replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion LaBella 17
"Right, so FVE's very much in-tune use of fishing line for banjo strings does not seem to square with the idea that fishing line makes out-of-tune banjo music.  "
Saturday
Jody Stecher replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion LaBella 17
"Thanks for that, Joel. Very interesting!  Note that the author says that fishing line, though for musical purposes inferior to spun 610 nylon, is superior to silk and gut. I have used woven silk strings on the sanxian, a three-string Chinese…"
Saturday
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion "Classical Banjo" by Al Jeffery.
"OK, I just remembered you use very light strings. They will withstand tuning that high with no problem. But tuning even a half step high will cause some of the strings to break immediately if the scale is 27 inches or more and the strings are from a…"
Nov 4
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion "Classical Banjo" by Al Jeffery.
"You tune  b flat Eb Bb D F?!!??  That's 1.5 steps above pitch. I'm thinking you might mean half steps. Even then that is applying extreme tension. Especially on a banjo with a scale of 27 inches or more. String musicians all over…"
Nov 4
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion "Classical Banjo" by Al Jeffery.
"Bad strings? No, you have to know how to tune. After tuning up to D you need to play the fourth string hard for 2 or 3 strokes or simply push down on the string with the right thumb.  This brings the pitch down. Turn the peg again until the…"
Nov 4
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion "Classical Banjo" by Al Jeffery.
"I agree, Marc. My wife plays with Nylon strings and uses a variety of tunings in combination with a variety of right hand techniques.  She has often retuned nylon strings on stage between songs  and there is no dead air and no pitch drift.…"
Nov 4
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion "Classical Banjo" by Al Jeffery.
"I also do not like it when notation is used to represent fingering instead of pitch. A second string lowered from B to B flat should be notated as B flat because That'sWhat It Is.         Scortatura means tuned falsely.…"
Nov 4
Jody Stecher replied to Jody Stecher's discussion Whaaaaatt?
"Oh yes indeed. I've seen eBay auctions for a Grover Non-Tip banjo.  And an antique Rogers banjo. It said so right on the vellum. I've even seen the brand of an obscure maker of banjo tailpieces given as the brand of the banjo.…"
Oct 20
Joel Hooks replied to Jody Stecher's discussion Whaaaaatt?
"Obviously the rim is about as "Clifford Essex" as all of the unmarked banjos on eBay are "Remo Weatherking". At least it has the stretcher hoop or "bezel" so it is still useful for someone to put a neck and a set if…"
Oct 20
Jody Stecher replied to Jody Stecher's discussion Whaaaaatt?
" For a Clifford Essex hat!  I did a web search for "hat box" and was astonished to see more than a few specimens selling for well over a thousand pounds or dollars, more than the price of a complete Clifford Essex banjo for most…"
Oct 19
thereallyniceman replied to Jody Stecher's discussion Whaaaaatt?
"????????????? It looks like a hat box."
Oct 19
Jody Stecher posted a discussion

Whaaaaatt?

Now I've seen everything: a case for a banjo pot.https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/223710086720?ul_noapp=trueSee More
Oct 18

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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 (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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