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    Can anyone help me with information about this capo please?

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    Default Re: Old brass capo

    Old first generation Hamilton?

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    Some older screw-type capos shown here.

    The mechanism does look a lot like a Hamilton design.
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    Reminds me of the old Hamiltons I used when I was a kid in the '60's, but those were heavily plated. Yours looks much older. My guess is it was made no later than '50's, perhaps as early as the '30's.

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    Looks home made to me - what we in the UK would refer to as "Shed Work".

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    Frets.com has a section on capos. According to it this design has been around for a long time. http://www.frets.com/FretsPages/Musi...apo/capo1.html

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    The 4 strings out of 5 and tenor banjos & tenor guitars are the market for those capos, primarily..
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    Quote Originally Posted by mandroid View Post
    The 4 strings out of 5 and tenor banjos & tenor guitars are the market for those capos, primarily..
    Interesting, I mostly see them used on guitar by singers/players who like to be able to use the open chord forms in different keys.

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    I vaguely remember having one like that years ago. Not brass though--chromed steel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by allenhopkins View Post
    Some older screw-type capos shown here.
    I've got one of those unidentified brass capos from the 60s - it was given to me when I bought a guitar in the 80s in Denmark St at Andy's Guitar Shop. I used it a lot - very reliable, but tends to bite edge of the fret board (of my bouzouki) a bit, and the cork needs replacing.
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