Thanks for that info Ken. Like picks, I like trying different capos too. That is one I've never tried so I'll scratch that off my list.
My favorites are the simple Paige and the old reliable Shubbs. I don't think either can be beat for the price. I've had two Elliotts and (no offense to anyone who uses one, I know Ben does), I just don't get it. Yes the machining is precise, well sorta, and yes the fit and finish is superb, but no one can convince me that an Elliott will make your guitar sound any better than any other capo. After all, the sleeve itself is the only part of the capo that's touching the strings.
I say sorta on the machining because my last one seemed to have a drag in the threads and for the cost I kinda expected better. I also had to really tighten hard to keep from buzzing and I'd have to retighten several times while playing. My first one was an Elite (like Ben's) and they're even more expensive. I had no problems with that one. The good thing is, they sell instantly on Mandolin Cafe without losing much money at all if someone decided it wasn't for them. They are great people at Elliott, nice as can be and I'll probably get another one in the future, I guess because all the other bluegrassers have them and they do look good.
Here's a new Shubb that looks like it may be worth a try:
We’ve been making guitar capos for over thirty-five years, utilizing our patented over-center locking principle. Its action most closely resembles that of the human hand, and we are confident that it is the most accurate capo in the world. Many of the top players will use nothing but a Shubb.
We have also been aware of some players who will always prefer a U-shaped, screw operated capo that can be stored behind the nut while not in use. For these players, we have now designed the Shubb Fine Tune Capo. It represents the highest quality of craftsmanship and materials, and offers a few unique features not seen before.
Model F1, for guitar
• Its innovative adjusting knob makes it the most ergonomic screw operated capo.
• The knob maintains a fixed relationship with the frame, for improved ease of use, and for the lowest profile when stored behind the nut.
- The knob’s six surfaces are numbered, providing a visual reference to more easily and accurately reproduce your ideal pressure.
• Greater contact area between screw, frame, and knob ensures that the screw’s fit will never become loose and sloppy.
• Silicone rubber neck pad adds resilience to the capo’s closing action for finer control, and being absolutely inert, it will not mark an instrument.
• Rubber bumpers and smoothly rounded edges protect the instrument.
• Compact, jeweler’s style latch prevents accidental opening.
• Carefully machined to the closest thread tolerance.
- Highly polished stainless steel with attractive abalone inlay.
model F5, for banjo
What capos do you all use out there in Banjo Ben Land