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Capo Curiosities

Deckman 05 Feb 12 - 08:58 AM
Bert 05 Feb 12 - 11:14 AM
Deckman 05 Feb 12 - 11:44 AM
Dave Hanson 05 Feb 12 - 07:19 PM
GUEST,Uncle Jaque 05 Feb 12 - 08:27 PM
Deckman 05 Feb 12 - 08:48 PM
Gurney 05 Feb 12 - 09:16 PM
Deckman 05 Feb 12 - 09:30 PM
Don Firth 05 Feb 12 - 10:09 PM
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Subject: Capo Curiosities
From: Deckman
Date: 05 Feb 12 - 08:58 AM

You might find this interesting, or maybe not ... it's up to you!

Once a decade, and this is that time, I sit in my private space (office) and look around. I clean out drawers, stacks of paper and stuff. This morning I discovered that I have an amazing collection of guitar capos, some going back 50 years.

I don't remember when my habit of collecting capos started, but I do know that it had to do with dear guitar player friends who have died. Often the surviving family members would suggest that I take a final reminder, memento, of those hours of music we shared. For some reason, I often asked for their old capos ....

Now as I look at the pile of over 20 various capos, I'm stunned.

As I hold them, play with them, I'm well reminded of those wonderful times.

Am I the only one that does this? bob(deckman)nelson


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Subject: RE: Capo Curiosities
From: Bert
Date: 05 Feb 12 - 11:14 AM

I think that you must be the only one Bob. The rest of us find that capos like lighters always seem to disappear.

Hmmm, I wonder how come you have so many;-)


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Subject: RE: Capo Curiosities
From: Deckman
Date: 05 Feb 12 - 11:44 AM

'cause I'm really olde and so many of my friends have passed on.


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Subject: RE: Capo Curiosities
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 05 Feb 12 - 07:19 PM

Frank Ford has a good collection at FRETS.COM.

Dave H


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Subject: RE: Capo Curiosities
From: GUEST,Uncle Jaque
Date: 05 Feb 12 - 08:27 PM

Trying to be historically authentic, I made up one of the old peg wound wooden capoes (I think they called them a "Choker" back then) for my 19th Century gut strung parlor guitar.

Apparently some European Classical Guitarists still use that type, but I've never seen one in use here in the Colonies.

Do you have one of those in your collection?

The fiddle peg has to be rosined up pretty well and I use a heavy string, about what you'd use on a bass, which I wrap around the neck padded with a leather strap.

(Photos of an unfinished prototype along with illustrations from an early Justin Holland Guitar Manual):

http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v53/UncleJaque/MUSIC/INSTRUMENTS/GUITAR/19th%20Century%20Parlor/


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Subject: RE: Capo Curiosities
From: Deckman
Date: 05 Feb 12 - 08:48 PM

Truth be told ... I have TWO of them in my collection. One was purchased ... I carved the other one. BOY ... those go back a few years.

Those came from the early to mid 1950's when it was thought that ANY piece of metal on a guitar neck, as in a metal capo, would diminish the instrument's tone. bob


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Subject: RE: Capo Curiosities
From: Gurney
Date: 05 Feb 12 - 09:16 PM

There is a capo 'museum' on the web, and he solicits (email) photos of capos that he has no pictures of.
The Sterner Capo Museum. One of mine is on there. He accredits ownership.


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Subject: RE: Capo Curiosities
From: Deckman
Date: 05 Feb 12 - 09:30 PM

I would like to shift this thread focus from cool capos to the question of memorabelia that you collect or save to remember your long gone musican friends.

One of my dearest and departed friends was a concert violinist and an orchestra conductor. On my office wall, close to his photo, is his conductor's baton and his rosin patch.

How about you? bob


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Subject: RE: Capo Curiosities
From: Don Firth
Date: 05 Feb 12 - 10:09 PM

"Choker."

I have a couple of them. They've been around a long time, maybe centuries. Flamenco guitarists use them a lot, not to change keys, but, essentially, to shorten the guitar neck and bring the frets closer together for fast fingering of runs ("falsettas") and such.

When I got my Arcangel Fernandez flamenco guitar in 1961, I found one of them in the string box in the case the guitar came in. Standard equipment. I prefer them for nylon-string guitars.

The Spanish word for them is çejilla, pronounced "say-HEE-yah."

I often use a Shubb (got two of them), but I prefer the çejilla.

Don Firth

P. S. Memorabilia. Hmm. Gotta think about that.


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