Jody Stecher
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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 commented on marc dalmasso's video
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"I agree, the banjo tone is very good. What model is the banjo, please? It reminds me of CE Imperial I once had. "
Jan 2
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Abbots Bromley Horn Dance (for two banjos)
"Through his books and Library of Congress recordings Alan Lomax, and John Lomax before him,  spread knowledge of the songs to a different demographic from those who sang the songs to the Lomax-s.   Many of the descendants of those who sang…"
Dec 31, 2018
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Abbots Bromley Horn Dance (for two banjos)
"Much or most of the continuous history of the vernacular styles of playing the five-string banjo is also known. Those who knew and know generally did not write down and publish their knowledge. Being born in 1946 and receiving my first banjo in 1957…"
Dec 30, 2018
Jody Stecher replied to Jody Stecher's discussion Rare book at an optimistic price
"Yes, all fixed. Thank you!  and Happy New Year."
Dec 30, 2018
thereallyniceman replied to Jody Stecher's discussion Rare book at an optimistic price
"Well spotted Jody...  silly PDF software worked on my computer and screwed up when I saved it to the TUTOR BOOKS database! FIXED...  I hope ;-)"
Dec 30, 2018
Jody Stecher replied to John Cohen's discussion Bill Ball's Strings
"It depends on the scale, the setup, and the player.  Anyway I am simply reporting what these gauges were, not advocating for or against them."
Dec 30, 2018
Jody Stecher replied to Jody Stecher's discussion Rare book at an optimistic price
"I will have to brush up on playing banjo lying down!  The scan is sideways!  Check out the banjo on the cover photo!  It looks like a regular banjo with a tunneled fifth string and a slotted peghead. I had a similar banjo once. It…"
Dec 30, 2018
Jody Stecher replied to John Cohen's discussion Bill Ball's Strings
"  When D'Addario introduced a set of nylon banjo strings (was it the late 1980s?) the gauges were similar:  022, 028, 034, 030w, 022 They must have gotten the idea from somewhere.    "
Dec 30, 2018
thereallyniceman replied to Jody Stecher's discussion Rare book at an optimistic price
"As if by Magic. !!!!!!! I received and email from site member Hans Straub with a scanned copy of Salvator Leonardi's Zither Banjo Tutor! I have added the tutor for FREE download on the TUTOR BOOKS page, so save yourself $150   …"
Dec 30, 2018
thereallyniceman replied to Jody Stecher's discussion Rare book at an optimistic price
"$150  hahahahhahaha Buy it Jody and I will scan it and add it to the TUTOR BOOKS page ;-)"
Dec 30, 2018
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Rare book at an optimistic price

https://www.ebay.com/itm/332981524804?ul_noapp=true"LEONARDI Salvator Method Banjo or Zither-Banjo 1913 partition sheet music score"See More
Dec 29, 2018
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Abbots Bromley Horn Dance (for two banjos)
"I'm not very happy with that word either. I think maybe you distrust revivalist music.  There are plenty of good reasons for this. Each awful player is yet another reason. But isn't what we're all doing with classic banjo a sort…"
Dec 25, 2018
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Abbots Bromley Horn Dance (for two banjos)
"This is what I've been talking about. This is folk music and dance.  It is all about continuity and not about nostalgia. The ABHD has been done every year in the same little village since at least the 15th century and possibly since the…"
Dec 24, 2018
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion THE NEW JOHN FIELD BMG LIBRARY IS NOW OPEN!
"I found a few minutes to at least minimally address the remaining part of your reply. Re Jesu JOMD:  I did not know about this. My guess is that the impulse comes from open G tuning. The opening strains can be found on the open…"
Dec 22, 2018
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion THE NEW JOHN FIELD BMG LIBRARY IS NOW OPEN!
"Joel, you are the best guy ever for arguing with. Always on topic, always respectful, and well-informed. OK, so... paragraph by paragraph In some communities around the world when people get together for a dance or a music session in their minds it…"
Dec 22, 2018
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion THE NEW JOHN FIELD BMG LIBRARY IS NOW OPEN!
"Joel, folk music is not a concept. It is a reality. Every culture creates its own music that is as much a part of the culture as language, food, and way of life.  If I am born in France and I speak French am I being "nostalgic"?…"
Dec 22, 2018

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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.…


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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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