Jody Stecher
  • 75, Male
  • San Francisco, CA
  • United States
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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.

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

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

 

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Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Clifford Essex Professional Dating (they were made 1922 or later).
"My old friend, the late Jon Sholle, probably the best guitarist I ever heard, got a new phone and was trying to enter the number and of course his *name* in the New York City telephone directory, the "White Pages".  He said to the…"
Oct 13
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Clifford Essex Professional Dating (they were made 1922 or later).
"Of course. I should have known."
Oct 13
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Clifford Essex Professional Dating (they were made 1922 or later).
"That's Nine More i'n it? I wonder what accounts for the extra half pound and one ounce. A resonator? Fat frets?  Mine has no arm rest. Maybe that reduces the weight a bit. Maybe yours has Heavier Inlays!  Maybe it's the…"
Oct 13
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Clifford Essex Professional Dating (they were made 1922 or later).
"What does it weigh?  :-) I've had a CE Regal and and an Imperial model. Both excellent banjos. I've played 2 Boudoir Grands, 2 Professionals, 2 Regals besides mine, and about 4 or 5 Paragons.  I found the Paragons to be ok, but…"
Oct 12
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Clifford Essex Professional Dating (they were made 1922 or later).
"Yeah, mine is a different model, XX Special,the one that later was called Concert Grand. I mentioned it and its weight because at present it is my only Clifford Essex banjo.  Just for comparison."
Oct 11
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Clifford Essex Professional Dating (they were made 1922 or later).
"Speaking of not paying attention I seem to have typed XC Special instead of XX Special and didn't notice.   Anyway, I guess some knew what I meant, and the rest didn't notice the typo."
Oct 10
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Clifford Essex Professional Dating (they were made 1922 or later).
"People usually call that "7 pounds".   FWIW my CE XC Special weighs 7 pounds 4 oz."
Oct 9
Jody Stecher replied to Trapdoor2's discussion ABF Rally report Sept 29-Oct 3...making lemonade out of a lemon!
"Excellent!  Who else is in?  Your idea of taking an existing framework reduced to rests is intriguing. I had envisioned starting from scratch, but this other way is viable.  First we need to decide if it is to be a rag, waltz,…"
Oct 5
Jody Stecher replied to Trapdoor2's discussion ABF Rally report Sept 29-Oct 3...making lemonade out of a lemon!
"What I had in mind was a collaboration of as many members of this forum and/or ABF who are interested in spending a bit of time on something silly.  "
Oct 5
Jody Stecher replied to Trapdoor2's discussion ABF Rally report Sept 29-Oct 3...making lemonade out of a lemon!
"Thanks for the detailed story, Marc. You made excellent lemonade indeed.  I think a commemorative Banjo Solo needs to be composed. The Bedbug Rag? The Bedbug Waltz? The Bedbug Polka?  Bedbugs and Lemonade? I'm partial to that last…"
Oct 5
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Sandy River Rag...1913..Thomas Stephen Allen
"But that is my point, or part of it. F is at least as comfortable as G and often more comfortable. And as Steve has pointed out, his transcription uses closed string chords at 3P.  That is tte same fingering in F two frets lower. Most of the G…"
Oct 4
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Sandy River Rag...1913..Thomas Stephen Allen
"I think F major is a lovely banjo key. It is not a lovely key for rhythm guitar for beginners. But banjo? I don't see G as being more playable than F for ragtime and related music.  All the open strings are used in F, including the B…"
Oct 3
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion New CE Armrests?
"Well that is odd. The current Ebay price is substantially lower than the website price.  By the way, why would a slightly thicker armrest be a problem?"
Sep 28
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion NING ERRORS, YET AGAIN!!!!
"That message from Ning about "instant bugs" is remarkable for its vacuity and its power to annoy.  How can one answer a question that has no apparent meaning and is presented in a foreign language masquerading as English?"
Sep 20
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion A "NEW" Olly Oakley recording! ... well, new to me!!!
"Wow. Thanks, Ian. It almost sounds like he's speaking or singing through his banjo. He's very much at ease here. "
Sep 18
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Conversion of Deering Goodtime banjo to classic.
"Oh! That's not a standard Goodtime. I've played a lot of the standard kind, with 22 frets and 26 1/4 scale.  Pete's banjo must be the discontinued "Parlor" model.  Odd name because it is described as being good for…"
Sep 5

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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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