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.

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

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


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Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Conversion of Deering Goodtime banjo to classic.
"Oh! That's not a standard Goodtime. I've played a lot of the standard kind, with 22 frets and 26 1/4 scale.  Pete's banjo must be the discontinued "Parlor" model.  Odd name because it is described as being good for…"
Sep 5
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Conversion of Deering Goodtime banjo to classic.
"The Deering Goodtime has no fretboard. But maybe what you meant was "the small dimensions of the neck". I agree with that. It's not comfortable. Maybe it saves Deering some money in wood (?).  I had doubts about the scale…"
Sep 5
Jody Stecher replied to Steve Harrison's discussion Conversion of Deering Goodtime banjo to classic.
"I have found that this model of banjo sounds better than it looks. This includes its original steel string setup.. It's true that it is hard to fall in love with a banjo with no fingerboard and an Ikea-like design. And why did Deering decide on…"
Sep 5
Jody Stecher replied to Joel Hooks's discussion CE Professional "Secret Improvements"
"Yeah, those "improvements" are hell on luthiers and anyone else trying to separate neck and pot for any reason. In what year was this advertisement printed?  I used to have a Clifford Essex Imperial made before the WW1 ("The…"
Aug 26
Jody Stecher replied to Rob MacKillop's discussion How to undo a reset neck?
"My buddy swears his vintage Gibson mandolin sounded better after he accidentally backed his car over it... and of course after the repair that was done.  :-)"
Aug 24
Jody Stecher replied to thereallyniceman's discussion Proper Classic Banjo from the distant past !!!
"Thanks for posting this, Ian. Was any "processing" done to the recording? The presence of the banjo is outstanding. Unlike the sound of the banjo on many old records this sounds like a human being playing the banjo."
Aug 23
Jody Stecher and Dante Flores are now friends
Aug 23
Jody Stecher replied to Dante Flores's discussion Hi, I'm new here!
"That's good news, Dante. I didn't know Don Reno taught Tony Ellis but I think they were both from North Carolina. I always liked Don Reno's playing since the first time I heard him when I was about 12 years old. Now I'm 75 but I…"
Aug 23
Jody Stecher replied to Andy's discussion J G Abbott banjo info
"I had a similar banjo, marked Barnes & Mullins. I paid a lot more than £40 and it was a great banjo. I sold it to a student who needed a great banjo."
Aug 17
Jody Stecher replied to Dante Flores's discussion Hi, I'm new here!
"Dante, another thing you can try is to replace the first string with a light gauge steel string but leave the other nylon strings on if they play in tune. About 100 years ago there were several classic banjo players in England, good ones, who strung…"
Aug 14
Jody Stecher replied to Dante Flores's discussion Hi, I'm new here!
"What I meant was to replace the first string, not to fix it.  The string package will say what the gauge is. Get a different nylon string of a different brand of the same gauge. You can find just about any gauge of single nylon strings at…"
Aug 14
Jody Stecher commented on John Deller's video

Darling Nelly Gray. Banjola

"Yup, it's a mandolin. It looks like it may be Czech. Why Italy?"
Aug 9
Jody Stecher commented on John Deller's video

Darling Nelly Gray. Banjola

"Are you sure it was a mandolin you started with? The size and shape of the body does not resemble  any of the mandolin types  I've seen or played.  What instrument did you actually use? (Maker , country, and approximate date).…"
Aug 9
Jody Stecher replied to carrie horgan's discussion Strings!
"OK, average scale. You can go either way then. If it was 27 inches or more I would not go heavier than 22 .  If the 22s don't feel floppy compared to the other strings, you'll be fine with them."
Aug 7
Jody Stecher replied to carrie horgan's discussion Strings!
"I'm re-thinking the. 22 idea. What is the scale of the banjo you'll be using? If it's not particularly long then 24 or 23 might be ok after all to get the same medium gauge feel as the other stings. Are you happy with the CE gauges?…"
Aug 7
Jody Stecher replied to carrie horgan's discussion Strings!
"The gauges you mentioned would work. I'd call the 1st and 5th heavy. 22 is more like medium in my opinion. But those are not to be found in a guitar *set* but I see that the website at your link sells individual strings.…"
Aug 6

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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?



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 : .

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.


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 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
Jody, Bill and Scott get out the glasses and have a celebratory drink on me! Ian, thereallyniceman

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