Jody Stecher
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  • San Francisco, CA
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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.

Unusual banjo alert!
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Jun 18, 2017.

 

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Jody Stecher commented on Richard William Ineson's blog post A very rare tenor banjo for sale on Ebay
"To be clear, the finish on the neck of my JE Dallas zither-banjo is the same as on the back of the pot of both mine and the one on eBay (is "Resonator" the right word for the back of a zither-banjo?).  Another possible difference is…"
Wednesday
Jody Stecher commented on Richard William Ineson's blog post A very rare tenor banjo for sale on Ebay
"It's also interesting that you mentioned the neck, Carrie. The neck seems to have its finish stripped. The neck on my Dallas zb has a bit of gloss. The heel carvings are similar on the two banjos. But the neck of mine (#6633) is of several…"
Wednesday
Jody Stecher commented on Richard William Ineson's blog post A very rare tenor banjo for sale on Ebay
"The Lipoff went for £1705.  No one has bid on the Dallas zb."
Tuesday
Jody Stecher commented on Richard William Ineson's blog post A very rare tenor banjo for sale on Ebay
"Wow!  Really nice. There's also a JE Dallas 5-string that might be good and a lot less expensive. I keep trying to post the URL but instead I get hundreds of characters.  And there's a TIP TOP JE Dallas Zither-Banjo at a lower…"
Apr 16
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Humpty Dumpty Rag (1914) Charles Theodore "Charley" Straight.
"Steve: My point is that by moving it to G you may have made it *harder* to play.  I can't find anything in my comments that complains about tweaking the rules.  Ian: the triplets are difficult and maybe impossible using the fingering…"
Apr 12
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Humpty Dumpty Rag (1914) Charles Theodore "Charley" Straight.
"I've had a look and listen  and I agree this is a good tune and a good one for banjo. It took me a while to figure out what you meant by "F".   The linked recording is in F minor.  But the sheet music and piano versions…"
Apr 12
Jody Stecher commented on david caron's video
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Grimshaw Exercise #50

"To Ian's comment perhaps I should add that I was not displeased with the attempt and I did not feel critical. I simply responded to a request to report on what I noticed.  This classic banjo music is hard to play and few of us play it…"
Apr 10
Jody Stecher commented on david caron's video
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"Jody (at Joel's request) says :  this exercise is in 4/4 time. In the video some of the measures are played with 4 beats to the measure. These are correct. The ones that have 4.112804  beats or 3.999147665 beats per measure are…"
Apr 9
Jody Stecher replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion What maker is this?
"I don't know who the maker is and I will not be bidding on it,  The fingerboard looks seriously pitted. With such deep divots or mini-craters it might not play easily.  The tailpiece is askew and looks to be not properly fitted.…"
Apr 9
Jody Stecher commented on thereallyniceman's blog post Classic Banjo Study Group
"Hi German,  welcome back.  I don't know how appcappela works but I like your idea!  Let's please move dissuasion of the idea of an orchestra to its own thread please. It's confusing enough keeping this one to one Weidt…"
Apr 8
Jody Stecher commented on thereallyniceman's blog post Classic Banjo Study Group
"Eric: I think that the order to use is the order in which each item is presented. I think the pages to chose are all of them, in order, skipping nothing.  I think we should leave the guidance of this project ("taking the lead") to…"
Apr 7
Jody Stecher commented on thereallyniceman's blog post Classic Banjo Study Group
"Ian, the problem with Right vs Wrong is that great players of the past did not use only one system of right hand usage. Weidt's way, Morley's way, and Van Eps's way are distinctly different from each other. I agree with Joel.…"
Apr 6
Jody Stecher commented on thereallyniceman's blog post Classic Banjo Study Group
"But this is not from the book we were discussing. This is in a modern font. And I don't think random exercises will be productive because different people have different skills at the beginning. It makes sense to me to start at the beginning…"
Apr 6
Jody Stecher commented on thereallyniceman's blog post Classic Banjo Study Group
"I know!  Let's ask Cynthia to organize a Weidt tutor study group......"
Apr 4
Jody Stecher left a comment for Cynthia Richardson
"We were talking about a particular Weidt tutor. That is what I expressed interest in because his music is....well.. musical.  The idea of a study grew out of a discussion about this particular book.   However I am not interested in a…"
Apr 4
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion Clifford Essex Catalog on Ebay UK
"For what it's worth, given the random samples, every Concert Grand I've heard or played sounds better to me without the resonator. And every Paragon sounds better *with* the resonator. "
Apr 3

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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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