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Jul 2, 2020 - 12:09:31 PM

BobbyE

USA

2720 posts since 11/29/2007

Anyone have a reliable source for the rubber tubing used on so many of the clamp type capos? I have two of the Showcase type, 'C,' clamps but can't find anything current on Bill Stokes of Showcase. Also, any idea how you go about telling the size of the tubing one would need? I did a search at Elderly Instruments and it came up, 'no match found.' All help appreciated.

Bobby

Jul 2, 2020 - 12:21:05 PM
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1398 posts since 4/13/2009

Vinyl tubing (not rubber) is sold in varying sizes by the foot at Home Depot.

Jul 2, 2020 - 12:33:44 PM

13087 posts since 10/30/2008

If you know anyone who works in any kind of chemistry or medical lab, ask for a foot or two of their clear "Tygon" brand tubing. It's vinyl (or better) like Deesstexas mentioned. If it's a "tight" fit to your capo, put a drop of dish detergent inside the tubing. (Chem/med labs use silicone lube)

Jul 2, 2020 - 1:59:48 PM
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4165 posts since 6/15/2005

Clear Tygon B-44-3 tubing. Inner diameter 1/8"; outer diameter 1/4"; wall 1/16". Works on McKinney by Showcase, Showcase, and Elliott capos. Phill Elliott says to use a hair dryer to gently heat the tubing and the bar in order to slide the old tubing off and the new tubing on.  Very inexpensive.  A foot's worth will retrofit several lifetimes of capos.  I got mine at my local True Value hardware store.

Edited by - arnie fleischer on 07/02/2020 14:00:34

Jul 3, 2020 - 5:45:49 AM

BobbyE

USA

2720 posts since 11/29/2007

Thanks everyone for the help. Glad I can get it locally.

Bobby

Jul 4, 2020 - 10:00:39 AM

Fathand

Canada

11608 posts since 2/7/2008

I bought " surgical" tubing at a drug store once to re-pad some old style guitar stands.

Most major mail order places sell replacement pads for Shubb capos for about $1.

Jul 5, 2020 - 12:31:13 PM

10335 posts since 1/15/2005

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Originally posted by Fathand

I bought " surgical" tubing at a drug store once to re-pad some old style guitar stands.

Most major mail order places sell replacement pads for Shubb capos for about $1.


Yes .... the surgical tubing works well and inexpensive.

Jul 5, 2020 - 12:52:35 PM
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Helix

USA

12721 posts since 8/30/2006

BobbyE  Hooray,for once I know the answer: THERABAND is available in different colors, all the inside diameters are the same, the outside is different and that's how you get different stretching resistance. It's for Physical Therapy, it's color coded.

The Kingston Trio red ones are Theraband. I use it to cut new tires or my HO racing set.


 

Edited by - Helix on 07/05/2020 12:53:31

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