3D printed capo and Noter
Well, the other day a printed plastic noter arrived from Chris in England, and I've had a chance to give it a some trials.
I must say I'm pretty impressed. The handle part has a pleasing shape, the entire body had a great texture so it's not slipping around in your hand. The plastic mixture that Chris used is hard enough that it's not being cut much by the strings so far. Perhaps he can chime in here and let folks know what blend or kind of plastic he used to make mine.
The noter is obviously designed for the "thumb on top" hold -- it has a really nice thumb rest -- which is great if you have a fretboard more than 3/4" tall. Even so, it feels pretty good playing in my preferred "index finger on top" hold.
There's a "guard" disk to prevent the peg -- noter tip -- from getting over into the middle and bass drones, even on my narrow 1" wide Hogfiddle fretboard. And the peg has a 45 degree bevel on the end, making it easy to tip over for catching a note on the middle drone on normally spaced strings.
The only minor fault I find is that the face of the guard disk naturally rubs along the edge of the fretboard, and if your hold is not dead flat and square you get a lot of "pick click" and "speed bump" noise as you slide the noter from fret to fret. However, I found a super simple solution! Cut a small X in a piece of duct tape, and slip the peg through the cut so the tape sticks to the face of the guard.
Over the coming weeks and months, I'll be putting this noter through a serious workout, and will let everyone know my results. At least initially, I can say that if you have access to a 3-D printer at school or work, you owe it to yourself to try one of these high tech noters!