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Title: WOWZERS CAPOS ARE NOW WHAT????
Post by: headsup on June 21, 2016, 01:52:14 AM
don't take my word for it....

https://www.thaliacapos.com/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Social+Adv&utm_campaign=2VM+Canada


Title: Re: WOWZERS CAPOS ARE NOW WHAT????
Post by: skyline on June 21, 2016, 03:56:23 AM
"The Thalia Capo's unique, patented design is a complete rethinking of the guitar capo. It differs from other trigger style capos because its trigger action is actually reversed, with its lever arm turned around by 180 degrees. This means that you can squeeze the capo with your fretting hand in its natural position on the neck. "

This reminds me of the old senior engineers hazing routine: asking the newbie to clean the headphone reverse switch


Title: Re: WOWZERS CAPOS ARE NOW WHAT????
Post by: Barefoot Rob on June 21, 2016, 04:04:57 AM
WOW......One of my clients gave me one and since I never use them I passed it on to another client that use's them.


Title: Re: WOWZERS CAPOS ARE NOW WHAT????
Post by: skyline on June 21, 2016, 05:19:26 AM
WOW......One of my clients gave me one and since I never use them I passed it on to another client that use's them.

They are very pretty and in this day and age where calipres are cheap and accurate, and overseas manufacturing is cheap (though maybe not quite so accurate) we may see more of these sorts of knock offs.

Anyone tried one yet?


Title: Re: WOWZERS CAPOS ARE NOW WHAT????
Post by: fitness1 on June 23, 2016, 01:42:40 AM
I've been using Shubb's for over 25 years (one is the original one I purchased)   I have two standard steel strings, one that I've cut for partial (double drop D simulation) and one classical.  NONE have ever failed.   I'll stick to what I know!! :winkin:


Title: Re: WOWZERS CAPOS ARE NOW WHAT????
Post by: JOYCEfromNS on June 23, 2016, 10:00:44 AM
Would like to try one. May order one and report back.

Anyone here try one?


Title: Re: WOWZERS CAPOS ARE NOW WHAT????
Post by: JOYCEfromNS on June 23, 2016, 10:10:46 AM
Seem to be an American Company. Anyone know if Made in USA or just "Designed in USA" - certainly a critical difference for me at this point in life.


Title: Re: WOWZERS CAPOS ARE NOW WHAT????
Post by: ZachStevenson on June 23, 2016, 09:41:33 PM
Seem to be an American Company. Anyone know if Made in USA or just "Designed in USA" - certainly a critical difference for me at this point in life.

From the website:
"The Thalia Capo is designed in the USA and manufactured with a hybrid supply chain model that includes foreign and domestic parts:  zinc die casting and plating is done in China, all inlays are sourced and fabricated in the USA and final assembly and test is done in Orinda, California. Want to see how the Thalia Capo is made? Check out this short video to see the process from beginning to end..."

https://www.thaliacapos.com/pages/how-its-made


Title: Re: WOWZERS CAPOS ARE NOW WHAT????
Post by: AZLiberty on June 24, 2016, 03:56:54 AM
NONE have ever failed.   I'll stick to what I know!! :winkin:

I um... bent the little wheel deal thing on a Shubb.


Title: Re: WOWZERS CAPOS ARE NOW WHAT????
Post by: fitness1 on June 24, 2016, 11:20:21 AM
I um... bent the little wheel deal thing on a Shubb.

My first one was "pre-wheel" and has a groove worn in the metal from the end of the screw - 30 years of metal fatigue :winkin:
You must be a real tough guy to bend that :roll


Title: Re: WOWZERS CAPOS ARE NOW WHAT????
Post by: headsup on June 25, 2016, 02:35:42 PM
I realize there are folks who have undying love for their favourite capos and that is more than justified.

I suspect this company has taken the idea that G7 uses and ran with it.
 I prefer the G7 because, well, it's about the best capo I have found after decades of using every one made-only in that, it's doesn't pull the guitar sharp (even a little on a single string is a problem for me.

What Thalia is offering, which I think is very cool, is different rubber, interchangeable grips for different guitars with different fingerboard contours.

As I play several guitars, this aspect alone might be my buying one.


Title: Re: WOWZERS CAPOS ARE NOW WHAT????
Post by: Mikeymac on June 28, 2016, 02:43:24 AM
Meh ... they don't offer one with mahogany wood inlay ...  :angry:


Title: Re: WOWZERS CAPOS ARE NOW WHAT????
Post by: Bosco Bear on December 12, 2016, 10:10:38 PM
I decided to try the Thalia capo.  I bought the gold with the birdseye maple inlay.  It wasn't cheap but I knew that going into the purchase.  It is physically heavier than any other capo I've ever used, but it is definitely very attractive and is easy to move with the fretting hand.  It comes with a large selection of easily interchangeable fretpads that cover a range of neck radii.  This differs from other capos that are basically a one size fits all.  Larrivee guitars have a slightly larger fretboard radius (16") than what most capos are shaped for.  This can cause an unequal amount of pressure across the strings, a problem that Thalia seems to have solved.  It actually comes with two full sets of fretpads -- one rubber and one teflon -- so you can experiment with the different sound that each material provides.  If you move the capo to a different guitar, it is easy to swap out the fretpad to one with the appropriate radius.  You can even use the same capo on a classical guitar (i.e. flat fretboard) by switching to the appropriate fretpad.  One of the things I like about the precise fretpad fit is that you can place the capo further back from the fret, causing less conflict with the capo when playing some chords.  All in all, I would say I'm happy with the purchase.  As far as the higher pricing is concerned, nothing is too good for my Larrivee!  :smile:


Title: Re: WOWZERS CAPOS ARE NOW WHAT????
Post by: ducktrapper on December 12, 2016, 11:42:36 PM
Looks like it would work. How much is it? I have a few capoes and am a sucker for cool gear but I won't pay an arm and a leg for it. I like my Planet Waves NS capo, I like my G7 capo and I like my Shubb. Is this really better?  :?


Title: Re: WOWZERS CAPOS ARE NOW WHAT????
Post by: eded on December 13, 2016, 02:54:52 AM
I'm fine with my Shubbs.  I have one in each case.  If I run into someone with one of the Thalia's, I will probably try it (if they let me).

Ed


Title: Re: WOWZERS CAPOS ARE NOW WHAT????
Post by: ducktrapper on December 13, 2016, 02:42:46 PM
Kind of pricey. I don't think I'll be going there.

https://www.thaliacapos.com/collections/all?gclid=CKH-96uz8dACFQeewAodWxQJzA


Title: Re: WOWZERS CAPOS ARE NOW WHAT????
Post by: B0WIE on December 15, 2016, 09:00:09 AM
I don't mind spending a lot on a capo.  But, I'm not going to spend a lot on a fashion capo made in China.  No thanks.  I did spend a bit on a couple of brass ones that were custom made to fit a couple of my acoustics, down to the fretboard radius, width, etc,etc.  That was worth every penny and actually improved the sound too.

And, these companies that give this "Designed in ____" line irritate me.  It's like seeing a bottle of orange juice that says "Fat Free!!"
When you insult my intelligence, you lose my business right at the gate.


Title: Re: WOWZERS CAPOS ARE NOW WHAT????
Post by: JOYCEfromNS on December 15, 2016, 02:17:45 PM
I don't mind spending a lot on a capo.  But, I'm not going to spend a lot on a fashion capo made in China.  No thanks.  I did spend a bit on a couple of brass ones that were custom made to fit a couple of my acoustics, down to the fretboard radius, width, etc,etc.  That was worth every penny and actually improved the sound too.

And, these companies that give this "Designed in ____" line irritate me.  It's like seeing a bottle of orange juice that says "Fat Free!!"
When you insult my intelligence, you lose my business right at the gate.
100%  :+1:


Title: Re: WOWZERS CAPOS ARE NOW WHAT????
Post by: cc407 on December 15, 2016, 03:14:43 PM
I had one. They are on their second edition, which improved a couple issues.
Mine was first edition. Beautiful and well made. It worked as promised, but:
What I didn't like - spring tension was too strong and made it hard to apply. They changed that and the fulcrum point on the second edition.
Also - if applied like other capo's, it was kind of clumsy. They actually recommended applying from the underside of the  neck.
It had a really large presence around the neck - more than I liked.

I believe they streamlined it a little more in 2nd edition.


Title: Re: WOWZERS CAPOS ARE NOW WHAT????
Post by: Betterlate on January 08, 2017, 08:44:58 PM
I decided to try the Thalia capo.  I bought the gold with the birdseye maple inlay.  It wasn't cheap but I knew that going into the purchase.  It is physically heavier than any other capo I've ever used, but it is definitely very attractive and is easy to move with the fretting hand.  It comes with a large selection of easily interchangeable fretpads that cover a range of neck radii.  This differs from other capos that are basically a one size fits all.  Larrivee guitars have a slightly larger fretboard radius (16") than what most capos are shaped for.  This can cause an unequal amount of pressure across the strings, a problem that Thalia seems to have solved.  It actually comes with two full sets of fretpads -- one rubber and one teflon -- so you can experiment with the different sound that each material provides.  If you move the capo to a different guitar, it is easy to swap out the fretpad to one with the appropriate radius.  You can even use the same capo on a classical guitar (i.e. flat fretboard) by switching to the appropriate fretpad.  One of the things I like about the precise fretpad fit is that you can place the capo further back from the fret, causing less conflict with the capo when playing some chords.  All in all, I would say I'm happy with the purchase.  As far as the higher pricing is concerned, nothing is too good for my Larrivee!  :smile:

Thank you for the review.  I really appreciate the info on the fret board radius vs the capo's shape. I have a couple capo's and after reading this, took a look at how they were seating.  The outside ends are definitely higher.  Being able to move the capo a little further from the fret would also be great.  I'm still a novice but some songs that need a capo like James Taylor can be a bugger to play if the capo is cramping your hand.  I'm gonna pick up one of these beauties as, there is "nothing too good..."  I just have to figure out which one! 

Cheers - 


Title: Re: WOWZERS CAPOS ARE NOW WHAT????
Post by: Mikeymac on January 09, 2017, 08:05:09 PM
I had one. They are on their second edition, which improved a couple issues.
Mine was first edition. Beautiful and well made. It worked as promised, but:
What I didn't like - spring tension was too strong and made it hard to apply. They changed that and the fulcrum point on the second edition.
Also - if applied like other capo's, it was kind of clumsy. They actually recommended applying from the underside of the  neck.
It had a really large presence around the neck - more than I liked.

I believe they streamlined it a little more in 2nd edition.

This is also helpful info...still, they are very pricey.

Which is why I'll probably stick with some others. I also like the Planet Waves, but I've noticed on a couple of my Larrivees, the capo barely has enough tension to clamp down all the strings on the first few frets...are Larrivee's necks really that thin from front to back, or are my capoes wearing out?

I might give a G7 a try - if it doesn't have the same issue.


Title: Re: WOWZERS CAPOS ARE NOW WHAT????
Post by: skyline on January 18, 2017, 10:35:50 PM
I might give a G7 a try - if it doesn't have the same issue.

In addition to the rest of my museum, I have two G7ths.

The G7th Newport 6 works perfectly on my OM-03 (1 11/16 nut) and various other 1 3/4 nut guitars.

I use the  Newport 12 on my SD-03 (1 7/8 nut)

The 12 wasnt happy on my Seagull Walnut 12. I sent an e-mail with some photos to the folks at G7th and they sent me a replacement sleeve for the arm of the capo which give the grip it needed for the shallower neck of the Seagull.

The G7ths are very nice capos!




Title: Re: WOWZERS CAPOS ARE NOW WHAT????
Post by: Davy Vanthuyne on January 18, 2017, 10:52:14 PM
I agree, the G7th is the only one I ever got but works very fine for me.