Capo recommendation for mandolin?

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  1. srblue5

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    I’m learning the mandolin and am looking into a capo for it. I tried a Kyser capo that was very difficult to operate and the handle kept getting in the way of my fretting hand so I returned it.

    I usually use Stubbs on my guitars and am not averse to trying their mandolin type but I’m wondering if there’s something a little cheaper and/or better out there for a mandolin. Your thoughts?
     
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    A banjo or uke capo might fit better.

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    Unnecessary. Any chord shapes you play with open strings can be moved up the neck and those notes barred with the index finger. If it's physically challenging for you to do this, your mandolin probably needs a set up. Nut slot depth is absolutely critical in playabililty for a mandolin.
     
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    Banjo capo
     
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    What style are you playing on mandolin that you'd want open strings? I love capo'ing guitar every which way, but no capo belongs on a mandolin. Open strings kill the chop.
     
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    There's much more to the mandolin than bluegrass and "chop". :)
     
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    I don't play mandolin, but my favorite capo for guitar is Shubb, and I see they make mandolin capos.
     
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    I've only used a capo on a mando once. It was to play Mellencamp's Cherry Bomb - I found a couple of nice pulloffs to open strings that worked in G, but we did it in A, so I capoed.

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    I played mandolin with a very good bluegrass band for about ten years back in the 70's/80's and never saw the need for a capo on the mandolin. Guitar and banjo were the only ones that used one. Never saw another player use one on mandolin at any of the shows and festivals we played.
     
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