Jody Stecher
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  • San Francisco, CA
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A different kind of banjo contest/ Samurai style?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 on Sunday.

UK Banjo Alert
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher on Saturday.

What everyone needs for Christmas?

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Trapdoor2 replied to Jody Stecher's discussion A different kind of banjo contest/ Samurai style?
"I'll bet those banjos are hard to pull out of the scabbard quickly! Time to go sharpen up the old Stewart! I finally found (after many years of searching) a company who makes tabi socks that fit me. My mother kept my first pair (which were…"
Sunday
Jody Stecher replied to Jody Stecher's discussion UK Banjo Alert
"Doggone it. My computer decided to *improve* "Franken-banjo" by changing it to "Franked-banjo" and NOW it wants to change it to "Franzen-banjo".  "
Saturday
Jody Stecher posted a discussion

A different kind of banjo contest/ Samurai style?

I received this in an email from a friend this evening. See More
Friday
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Nice Classic Banjo for sale on BHO
"With its11.5 inch pot this lovely looking banjo  is likely to sound great. I had a Barnes & Mullins like that and it was a great banjo. Now a student of mine has it.  I think the price is not high. If I was still in a life phase of…"
Friday
Jody Stecher replied to Jody Stecher's discussion UK Banjo Alert
"But what's going on at the back of the peghead?  I'm wondering now if this is a bizarre Franked-banjo.  At any rate it is a mystery to me."
Feb 23
Jody Stecher posted a discussion

UK Banjo Alert

There is a Cammeyer Patent model zither-banjo in Yorkshire, up for auction on eBay.https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/373471537165?ul_noapp=trueIt appears to be in good condition, though I haven't studied the photos carefully. It lacks the fancy resonator and that is just as well because by now these have all become a mess on every specimen I've seen. And it has heel carving!See More
Feb 23
Jody Stecher replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion Banjo setup and phasing issue?
"Stern adamant advice: If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It.  Messing with the truss rod when there is no problem is not a good idea. Same for the coordinator rods. "
Feb 23
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion William J Ball here to fill your time in the lockdown.
"Yeah but the sound of a 78 rpm record on a turntable and even the simplest of old-time speakers is nicer to listen to than the same record on youtube."
Feb 21
Jody Stecher replied to Ethan Schwartz's discussion Self-introduction
"You *did* say that and clearly. I read it poorly!!"
Feb 19
Jody Stecher replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion Banjo setup and phasing issue?
"Fabulous historical detective work there, Joel !  Much appreciated."
Feb 16
Jody Stecher replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion Banjo setup and phasing issue?
"That design was developed long before Bluegrass music came along. The first one I encountered was on a 1920s Vegaphone Professional tenor I had when i was 12. And the Gibson Mastertone five-string banjo, the Bluegrass "Gold Standard", was…"
Feb 15
Jody Stecher replied to Ethan Schwartz's discussion Self-introduction
"I wonder if the manner in which the strap is attached is part of the problem. I think a strap is  unneeded for playing seated.  Is the balance just as bad when you are not using the strap?"
Feb 15
Jody Stecher replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion Banjo setup and phasing issue?
"MM, the Will Fielding bridge, if you can find one, is fantastic for both nylon and metal strings. It improves the tone of all banjos I have tested it on. Presto can be good too. But to stop the vibration of the strings between bridge and any…"
Feb 15
Jody Stecher replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion Banjo setup and phasing issue?
"Try muting the strings between the bridge and tailpiece and see if that reduces or eliminates the undesirable effect. You can  weave some yarn or rawhide or a shoelace between the strings.  Anything to keep that part of the strings from…"
Feb 14
Jody Stecher replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion Banjo setup and phasing issue?
"On some of my banjos it's 1/4 inch(including one with pretty hefty metal strings), on others it's less. None are more. I've never measured it before. About the sound: instead of ooo does it go ooo yooo yooo.  A string that is not…"
Feb 14
Jody Stecher replied to Ethan Schwartz's discussion Self-introduction
"I have found that with a bit of setup Gold Tone banjos can sound pretty darn good. Even the cheapo AC-1 can work even if it is not inspiring to look at. But I'm puzzled about your banjo being neck-heavy or heavy anywhere. Is the pot so light…"
Feb 14

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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 (19 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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