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

Rare book at an optimistic price
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Dec 30, 2018.

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.

 

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Jody Stecher replied to Francis's discussion Nylon strings and nails
"It is by the same or similar method, Marc, that I know what musicians steal my musical arrangements. They copy errors I made in the recording studio. One British music journalist I know did a more extreme version is his record reviews.  He was…"
Monday
Jody Stecher replied to Francis's discussion Nylon strings and nails
"Inlays made from crustaceans is an amusing idea. Crabs, crawdads and barnacles between the frets!   The shell of mollusks (snail, abalone) has been the usual thing.  Except for Winnie Winston's Boom-a-Phone banjo, that is. It had…"
Monday
Jody Stecher replied to Francis's discussion Nylon strings and nails
"Francis, thanks for this. All the names make sense to me. They mostly are descriptive.  But what does "Stelling" mean?  Sorry that was a silly joke."
Monday
Jody Stecher replied to Francis's discussion Nylon strings and nails
"The question for me is which setup will best assist  *me*  to make the best music I am capable  of making, not the best sound that can be made. I am not capable of producing that.  In the end it is the player's mind and…"
Sunday
Jody Stecher replied to Francis's discussion Nylon strings and nails
"Four points of clarification:  The banjo at the link is not a bluegrass banjo. (It says "series bluegrass" but that is silly).  It is  —as are most or maybe all five-string banjos — well suited for classic…"
Saturday
Jody Stecher replied to Francis's discussion Nylon strings and nails
"I agree about Savarez cordes pour instruments anciens, they are excellent strings for classic banjo. I disagree to some extent about Nylgut being not adequate. I have found that it depends on the banjo and its setup and on which formulation of…"
Friday
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Website Homepage Fault Today. Sorry, not our error but we are working on a fix!
"At this end the problem is not fixed at all. The home page appears to have been designed either by Picasso or a young dachshund who  has bitten it all to pieces thinking it was delivered by the mailman."
Mar 13
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion John Field Memorial BMG LIBRARY. UPDATE !!!
"Wow. Thank you Ian and Richard.  This surely was a labor of love and took a good deal of time and effort. I look forward to perusing these ancient pages. "
Mar 10
Jody Stecher commented on marc dalmasso's video
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Georgia Walk around_Joe Morley

"It's right here on this website in the Music Library, for free."
Mar 5
Jody Stecher commented on Samurai Banjo's video
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Larmes de clown Composition originale Satoshi Hara

"I think this poignant composition is very well put together. And it is as well played as it is well composed. "
Mar 5
Jody Stecher replied to Ron Hinkle's discussion 4-String Classic Banjo
"What are your favorite plectrum banjos, Ron?  The best tenors I've heard are Epiphone Recording model and some Paramounts. The best plectrum banjo was a Clifford Essex I played in Ireland. It was so long ago I don't recall the model…"
Mar 3
Jody Stecher replied to Ron Hinkle's discussion 4-String Classic Banjo
"You know, Ron, 2 of the best clawhammer banjo players I have ever heard began their banjo life playing plectrum banjo.  Hank Bradley's first gig was in Monterey California in a Cannery Row tourist bar sitting atop an upright piano plinking…"
Mar 1
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion What on Earth are these?????
"How they were fitted?  The right earlobe of the player was pierced as if for earrings. The end of the coil was pushed into the hole and the coil dangled from the lobe. The same was done to one earlobe of each audience member.  It was all…"
Feb 22
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion What on Earth are these?????
"These were developed by Vega for the proposed Boing-A-Phone banjo. The prototypes were disappointing and the model never went into production. Vega sold the coils to Clifford Essex at a loss. "
Feb 21
Jody Stecher replied to Aaron Jonah Lewis's discussion Morley’s Palladium Rag - Piano Part, Anyone?
"I've sent the four pages in one email to your address.  BTW, you ought to be able to download by right clicking on the jpg and selecting "Download Linked File As"..  I just now tried it and it worked."
Feb 11
Jody Stecher replied to Aaron Jonah Lewis's discussion Morley’s Palladium Rag - Piano Part, Anyone?
"OK. it's all here now."
Feb 11

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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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