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

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

Farland Banjo strings. Questions for the historians.
6 Replies

Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 Dec 28, 2019.

"Emmerson" & Cammeyer
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Nov 17, 2019.

 

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Jody Stecher replied to ritchie thomson's discussion fourth string woes
""WL" suggests "Whyte Laydie", no?  Aren't you talking about a Weaver?   Anyway, yes, ,028 would not feel tight ."
Wednesday
Jody Stecher replied to ritchie thomson's discussion fourth string woes
"Ah! I forgot you mentioned that.  Right. I would go lighter on a long scale banjo."
Wednesday
Jody Stecher replied to ritchie thomson's discussion fourth string woes
"My wife Kate has used .30 LaBella silver on Nylon on her 19th century SS Stewart Universal favorite and on a Bart Reiter banjo as well, for the past 30 years with no sign of warping or any kind of damage. Both banjos are kept tuned up to pitch and…"
Wednesday
Jody Stecher replied to morten lind's discussion about classic banjo action
"Savarez "Instruments Anciens " strings are made of rectified nylon. "
Tuesday
Jody Stecher replied to John Cohen's discussion Eric Stefanelli Tubaphone
"Bill Evans has it. He now lives in New Mexico. The pot is 12 inches, custom made for Eric Stefanelli by Bill Rickard. The pot is thinner than the usual Rickard tubaphone pot, in order to get a shorter sustain which is good for Ragtime. The scale is…"
Sunday
Jody Stecher replied to Trapdoor2's discussion Quarantined? Nope...just retired.
"Is Rocket your lovely dog?"
Mar 20
Jody Stecher replied to Shawn McSweeny's discussion Cullen and Collins
"Thanks for sharing your research and these old recordings of good banjo playing. "Delcro", an early prototype of velcro?   Re NY vs Washington, I think  the Cullen and Collins Columbia cylinders  (C&C's c c-s !)…"
Mar 15
Jody Stecher replied to Shawn McSweeny's discussion Cullen and Collins
"Wow. "Zulu Jingles" must have created quite an impression. I bet they played that at the end of a show to ensure an encore.   In the book The Banjo On Record on the Cullen and Collins page (122), Berliner 498 is listed as "July…"
Mar 15
Jody Stecher replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion Bridges
"If you found out what wood they were made from you know more than me. When these were "the thing" in the 1990s the wood was a guarded secret.  They had a red dot on one side. That's the "spot", though it wasn't…"
Mar 9
Jody Stecher replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion Bridges
"You're right. Only one variable at a time will yield meaningful results, or something close to objective results. I think the Hotspot was a great bridge on the particular banjos on which it was great. Bill Evans kept *my* Hotspot bridge on his…"
Mar 9
Jody Stecher replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion Bridges
"The best sounding bridge for my Abbott Amboyna zither-banjo is made of bamboo. "
Mar 9
Jody Stecher replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion So, who got..
"What do you see that needs work?"
Feb 23
Jody Stecher replied to IAN SALTER's discussion Identify my banjo.
"Whoops I found a typo in my message. I meant to say that to change a vellum one does *not* need to be an expert luthier.  It seems that the word "not" got lost."
Feb 23
Jody Stecher replied to IAN SALTER's discussion Identify my banjo.
"Your banjo appears to be from the early 20th century. Friction pegs are a 19th century banjo feature but these look in the photo to be plastic which would suggest later manufacture. But maybe they are wood or bone. And maybe they are not the…"
Feb 23
Jody Stecher replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion So, who got..
"If the Abbott was in good condition I think  £350 is a low price. I wouldn't sell mine for so little. Not that it is for sale."
Feb 23
Jody Stecher replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion So, who got..
"Ah. I see. Well the seller should know how to pack an instrument. One does the same as with a mirror. The instrument should not move in its case. No part of the outer walls of the case should touch any part of the inner walls of the shipping box.…"
Feb 23

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Jody Stecher's Blog

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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