Sterner TMCapos with yoke and spring



This is a favorite of mine with unique features. The bar is constructed of two tin plates. The outer plate slides on top of the inner and locks the capo. The inner plate contains the pad, which is made out of thick cardboard (!) with a thin leather strip on the edge. The two rubber wheels have aged to become rock hard.

Patented in Germany 1921 by Ludwig Bajde.
Made by Marma, Germany.
Marketed as late as the early 1970's as:
          "KWIK. World's fastest change capo."

Here is what it looked like in the Adler cathalogue1933. Adler was a german mailorder company. Apparently some changes have been made. Tromon, 1933.
Here is one right out of the box. The abbrevation D.R.P. on the lid means Deutsches Reichs Patent. Deutsches Reich was the official name of Germany until 1945, so this specimen is made before 1945. The wheels on this one are still flexible.
[Owner: Werner Kureinsky, Germany.]



?       In action. Photo Frank Ford.
Unknown capo with a roller bar. Apperently a developement of the capo above.
[Owner: Gryphon Stringed Instruments, California & Frank Ford, California]



   Another similar unknown capo.
   [Owner: Philippe Saint-Pierre, France.]


Hamilton Quick Action

Hamilton Stands Inc (in Hamilton County, Ohio) made the original in the 1950's. It is still on the market. Since there is no patent on this capo it is copied by several manufacturers.

Hamilton Quick Action Capo
The same yoke and bar are also used with screw type capos. Compare

Made in Japan
Made in Japan.

Wittner, made in Germany.
[Owner: Philippe Saint-Pierre, France.]

Rodney Dillard, capouser
Rodney Dillard using a Hamilton 1974.