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, 2021.

A different kind of banjo contest/ Samurai style?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Mar 7, 2021.

UK Banjo Alert
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher Feb 27, 2021.

 

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Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion I just love Tarrant Bailey's playing... don't you?
"In the world of performing and recording artists the two main reasons for pseudonyms are a) choosing a name that is thought to have greater appeal to the public than the given name, and b) as a way around being under exclusive contract to a specific…"
May 18
Jody Stecher replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion LaBella 17
"Yes, the CE gut sets came with a wound 4th string. "
May 16
Jody Stecher replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion LaBella 17
"A long time ago I ordered some gut strings from Bow Brand. It was easy to find out where the CE gut strings were being made as Bow headquarters is not far from where Clifford Essex company was located. I found the Bow people a pleasure to deal with.…"
May 15
Jody Stecher replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion LaBella 17
"I see. Well, I have tried only the gut strings packaged by Clifford Essex so I can't comment meaningfully on their nylon strings. But I have used various nylon gauges from Savarez, D'Addario,  La Bella, and Aquila (nylon) and have…"
May 13
Jody Stecher replied to Andrew 'blind boy' Butler's discussion LaBella 17
"The consensus is that Clifford Essex Music Company no longer is in business. Did you discover who manufactured their nylon strings?"
May 13
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion The hunt for BMG Magazines goes on!
"The only bridges that have tipped over when I've played are the cylinder-footed zither-banjo bridges.  I have found both the originals and the reproduction bridges of this type to be unstable. I've never used emery or rosin or…"
May 12
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion The hunt for BMG Magazines goes on!
"This issue is a fantastic time capsule. There is much that is still instructive and other parts that are amusing, mostly deliberately so.  One thing puzzled me. George Lansing describes the difficulties of playing a banjo on poor condition. He…"
May 11
Jody Stecher replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion Did Clifford Essex go out of business?
"The excellent shop in Michigan in the USA called Strings By Mail (https://www.stringsbymail.com) ships internationally. The sell individual strings by *many* makers in many gauges, including rectified nylon by La Bella. There may well be shops in…"
Mar 25
Jody Stecher replied to Milwaukee Matzen's discussion Did Clifford Essex go out of business?
"If you especially like the CE heavy gauge sets you may be able to still find some from retail outlets.   Another possibility is to buy single strings of another brand that replicate the CE gauges.  A third possibility is to discover who…"
Mar 25
Jody Stecher replied to Ethan Schwartz's discussion Recent classic banjo recordings?
"The following list is all on CD. In addition (not listed here) are the many Neovox cassettes put out by Norman Field.. Double CD: Acoustic Recordings of the Banjo 1898-1924 (2003) by various artists (Phonozoic),  The Tarrant Bailey Collection…"
Mar 6
Jody Stecher commented on carrie horgan's video
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Romping Rossie (Madeline Rossiter, Classic-style banjo)

"I like the tone of this banjo!   There is an article about  Madeline Rossiter's career in the November 1954 issue of BMG magazine, which can be found in the John Field BMG Library right here on this website. There is another article,…"
Mar 1
Jody Stecher replied to Trapdoor2's discussion A bit "off topic", A. P. Sharpe's "Make Your Own Spanish Guitar"
"Thanks, I  thought that might be the case but the zeroes perplexed me. And I wondered if number one meant the best student, or the closest student, or the first student they ever had.  T"
Feb 27
Jody Stecher replied to Trapdoor2's discussion A bit "off topic", A. P. Sharpe's "Make Your Own Spanish Guitar"
"I imagine he was their guitar student. It's hard to imagine them teaching banjolin.  What does n°001 mean please? Here is a link to a video (not just audio) of Ida Presti at age 14 (or 13?) playing a Tarrega…"
Feb 27
Jody Stecher replied to Trapdoor2's discussion A bit "off topic", A. P. Sharpe's "Make Your Own Spanish Guitar"
"Even more off-topic banjo-wise, but the other day I stumbled on early videos of Ida Presti playing classical guitar as a teenager. It's just stunning. For instance on YouTube there's 1 minute waltz cameo from the film "Le Petit…"
Feb 26
Jody Stecher replied to Trapdoor2's discussion A bit "off topic", A. P. Sharpe's "Make Your Own Spanish Guitar"
"I've never seen or heard of it before. The premise seems optimistic. "
Feb 25
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion DOWN SOUTH played by Fred Van Eps
"Thanks Ian and Thanks, Ray.  This is great to hear. I don't think this is 1922. According to the book "The Banjo On Record", the 1922 recording was with an orchestra and was "probably Van Eps". However there was another…"
Feb 18

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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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