I'm looking for a capo for a particularly thick Rickard open bank banjo. I have a C5 banjo capo that fits but just barely. I'd like to get a better fitting capo without spending $125 + for a custom made Elliot.
I have a thick neck Ramsey & Companion Reconator and I have tried a bunch og banjo/Mandolin capos none are a great fit so I use a Shubb guitar capo. It is a little too large but doesn’t put a lot of pressure on the neck. I’ve thought about contacting Elliot capos to have a deep stirrup style made but it would be costly.
You want to avoid the spring loaded/ pressure capos. They will pull your strings out of tune real quick. Get an adjustable one. I have been using the D'addario/Planet Waves NS Banjo/Mandolin Capo for about 5 years now, and it's still working great. Don't tighten it too much and it stays in tune. I have used The Schubb fine tune capo as well. They are both excellent capos and adjustable. But the Planet Waves is really inexpensive. Good luck.
You might try a "Bill Russell" elastic capo. I always had to go to the shortest length adjustment on my banjos, and I suspect you could stretch the elastic a bit, or even add an extension if necessary. I never had trouble with these capos pulling the strings out of tune (there was always sufficient adjustment available), but eventually I fell in love with a Planet Waves NS and "Bill Russell" has been relegated to backup status backup.
I called Rickard banjos and asked what they recommended. The person I spoke with uses a Shub C5. That's what I'm using now. Works but a tight fit. One person recommended a Shubb CK5. I send Shubb an e-mail asking if it was a larger size but haven't heard back yet.