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

Learning to play A Footlight Favorite
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Pär Engstrand Aug 19.

A question about the value of Clifford Essex Paragon 5-string banjos
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Aug 3.

Crazy Banjo
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Pär Engstrand Jan 17.

 

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Jody Stecher replied to ritchie thomson's discussion Clifford Essex Special X
"Well sure. We have choices. How much choice between strings was available in the classic era? I never fussed about banjo strings when I was a teenager in the 1950s. I took what I could get. And that was Black Diamond. It was like Henry Ford and his…"
yesterday
Jody Stecher replied to ritchie thomson's discussion Clifford Essex Special X
"Joel, were lighter gauge strings used on the Special models?  Or was the scale shorter from bridge to nut?"
yesterday
Jody Stecher replied to ritchie thomson's discussion Clifford Essex Special X
"Oh!  This might be a CE Special. It's a less valuable model monetarily but musically desirable if it's all in working orr. Is the hoop (the "pot") covered with metal? Is it all wood?  Definitely the price I quoted is…"
Wednesday
Jody Stecher replied to ritchie thomson's discussion Clifford Essex Special X
"I am not aware of a Clifford Essex Model called "Special X" .  A similar name is "XX Special" and I paid a bit more than the equivalent of $2200 USD and I think I got a fair price.  They are very good for classic style…"
Tuesday
Jody Stecher commented on TONY BRYAN's video
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"And Cammeyer composed music requiring long finger stretches as well.  Do we know for a fact that the various composers played banjos with similar or identical scale length? Banjos available to the mentioned composers would have had scales…"
Tuesday
Jody Stecher replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion Savana zither banjo
"It looks to me like some Abbott zb-s I have played and/or owned. Nice banjos with good sound. But yeah!,....what's with the metal bridge and the peculiar tailpiece?"
Oct 7
Jody Stecher replied to Jack's discussion New and expanded articles for Wikipedia
"OH!  "Not that he was playing with his fingers" as a stand-alone clause meant that "classic" signified his excellence rather than his technique, and it didn't mean that he was not playing with his fingers, which is what…"
Oct 6
Jody Stecher replied to Jack's discussion New and expanded articles for Wikipedia
"What a good and thorough response, Joel. I have a question and a comment. Question: if Huntley was not using fingers did he wear thimbles on his toes or what? Comment: don't forget that the traditional folk players also had been playing in…"
Oct 6
Jody Stecher replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion Strings for zither banjo
"I've used copper wound bass strings. But z-b always must have a mixed set or it will not respond well. Metal wound on filaments for bass, gut or nylon for third and the other 3 very light gauge metal, usually steel. Brass would be very dull.…"
Oct 1
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion American Banjo Fraternity Fall Rally 2020 Canceled.
"I misread that as "if you want to eat at the next rally".  I got a much needed laugh."
Sep 18
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion American Banjo Fraternity Fall Rally 2020 Canceled.
"Yes to all of that. I'm glad my post was understood. "
Sep 18
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion American Banjo Fraternity Fall Rally 2020 Canceled.
"I'm glad it's being cancelled. Killing off the majority of American classic banjo players would be a tragedy. To stay safe we're just gonna have to stay apart to  for  longer than we would prefer. If the virus has no hosts…"
Sep 18
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Whoa! You Heifer (1905)..A warm Rag..Al.Verges.
"And sometimes it makes the change after I have scrolled down and no longer see the sentence whose meaning has now been changed, made meaningless, or made to mean the opposite of what I meant. I have also seen a change happen *after* I clicked…"
Sep 13
Jody Stecher replied to Aaron Jonah Lewis's discussion Jacko On Parade
"Carrie,  I seem to recall reading or hearing that Jazzbo was Tarrant Bailey Junior's pet dog and that parts of the tune  Jazzbo's Holiday depict him running in circles. "
Sep 13
Jody Stecher replied to nick stephens's discussion the banjo at the British seaside , my own presentation
"Thanks, Richard. It's as I suspected/expected."
Sep 10
Jody Stecher replied to nick stephens's discussion the banjo at the British seaside , my own presentation
"For what it's worth, I had no trouble reading the font. It was perfectly legible.  It was the short duration that was the problem."
Sep 10

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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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