So to preface this, I live in Africa and bought an inexpensive banjo here and as such, it had no railroad spikes installed and there’s nowhere to get them installed. In th past whenever I have learned a song with capo if it was second fret I would tune the fifth string, always nervous it would snap, and if the capo was higher I would tune the fifth string alternately e.g. open for third and fifth, half step down for fourth etc. Now I just discovered a solution and that is to take a lego technic 3length cross axle and stick it under the string with the string running through a vshaped section and the end of the lego sitting on the fret I had a picture but couldn’t upload it I might try again. You can find the piece here https://www.lego.com/en-us/service/replacementparts
That’s a clever idea, and very simple! I’ll have to borrow one of those from my son and give it a try. So far, I’ve not invested in anything more than making one from the cap of an ink pen like I saw on this video:
@BanjoBen has a neat little fifth string capo in the General Store
Thanks for the link Archie! I’ll be placing an order soon.
I’ve seen that strum holler capo and considered getting one but I live in africa like I previously mentioned and the postal system is dodgy at best so this is all I’ve got