Jody Stecher
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  • San Francisco, CA
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A question about the value of Clifford Essex Paragon 5-string banjos
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher on Monday.

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

Farland Banjo strings. Questions for the historians.
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Trapdoor2 Dec 28, 2019.

 

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Jody Stecher commented on TONY BRYAN's video
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DESERT TRAIL

""Sand Dance" seems to have had the same meaning in Britain. During these lockdown days I have been perusing Honeyman's Strathspey, Reel and Hornpipe Tutor, published in Dundee in 1898. The hornpipe section goes into detail about how 3…"
yesterday
Jody Stecher replied to Jody Stecher's discussion A question about the value of Clifford Essex Paragon 5-string banjos
"But I did buy 2 ouds and 1 mandolin in that period.  Sigh, I would hate to see this banjo converted to a tenor. The Paragon fetish in Irish banjo exceeds the irrational longings for flathead tone rings in the bluegrass world. It all started…"
Monday
carrie horgan replied to Jody Stecher's discussion A question about the value of Clifford Essex Paragon 5-string banjos
"I think banjos are just more expensive here in the UK (we have less of them!).  Yes, the Paragon would appeal to someone wanting to covert it to a tenor banjo (original Paragon tenors are highly prized by Irish tenor banjo players).  The…"
Monday
Jody Stecher replied to Jody Stecher's discussion A question about the value of Clifford Essex Paragon 5-string banjos
"I was only half serious but no less than half. I already have an XX Special. I have had it strung with nylon and with steel. I found that with nylon it's an excellent banjo but with steel it's fantastic. This is a surprise because most…"
Monday
Joel Hooks replied to Jody Stecher's discussion A question about the value of Clifford Essex Paragon 5-string banjos
"I'll keep that offer in mind if I decide I need to reduce my library.  This one is in regular rotation of playing so I am not ready to pass it on yet."
Monday
Jody Stecher replied to Jody Stecher's discussion A question about the value of Clifford Essex Paragon 5-string banjos
"Any time you want to sell your Concert Grand I'll give you $1k :-)"
Monday
Joel Hooks replied to Jody Stecher's discussion A question about the value of Clifford Essex Paragon 5-string banjos
"I've only played one Paragon.  It was certainly well crafted but it was very brittle sounding to me (and remember-- I love Van Eps banjos).  The offer at the time was sub $2k (maybe closer to $1500 but I don't remember-- heck, it…"
Monday
Jody Stecher replied to Jody Stecher's discussion A question about the value of Clifford Essex Paragon 5-string banjos
Monday
Joel Hooks replied to Jody Stecher's discussion A question about the value of Clifford Essex Paragon 5-string banjos
"Asking and getting are two different things.  Classic era banjos were selling for more 10 years ago.  That market is significantly lower right now. As far as selling v asking... An auction that ended…"
Monday
Jody Stecher replied to Jody Stecher's discussion A question about the value of Clifford Essex Paragon 5-string banjos
"In the UK and Australia all the ones I've seen for the past 10 years or so have sold for the equivalent, yes. There are 2 right now on the John Alvey Turner website. One is for that amount the other is less but it has a cracked resonator and…"
Monday
Joel Hooks replied to Jody Stecher's discussion A question about the value of Clifford Essex Paragon 5-string banjos
"CE Concert Grands sell regularly for $2200!?!"
Monday
Jody Stecher posted a discussion

A question about the value of Clifford Essex Paragon 5-string banjos

I am trying to understand why the Paragon 5 string banjo usually sells for a lower price than what Clifford Essex considered to be lower models. I understand the economics and history of why Paragon tenors go for more than the five-string  specimens so I'm not asking about that. The context of my question: a friend has inherited a number of nice string instruments. Amongst them is a CE Paragon in fine condition. It had been played regularly for many decades, was well cared for, and always and…See More
Sunday
Jody Stecher commented on carrie horgan's video
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Buckwheat Barn Dance (classic-style banjo)

"Well played, Carrie. I like the tone of this fine instrument. Of course it requires a good player to bring out the tone."
Jul 28
Jody Stecher replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion "Classic Banjo Ning" Ambassador for Germany!
"It's not that I am interested in America getting credit where credit is due. It's that by labeling certain things "American" there is an implication that everything else is not. I thought that was misleading.  But I was not…"
Jul 26
Jody Stecher replied to Pär Engstrand's discussion "Classic Banjo Ning" Ambassador for Germany!
"From the point of view of technique and tuning you make a valid point.  You are also mostly correct from a historical point of view .These other instruments were created for reasons you mention and were offered for sale to players of mandolin…"
Jul 25
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion 250 BANJO QUERIES WORTH ANSWERING by Emile Grimshaw
"If you DO locate your copy of The Banjo AHTPI please see if my copy of 250 Banjo QWA is nearby!   I can't remember where I put mine!"
Jul 25

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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 (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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