John Howland’s post about dowsing (see February 4th) brought forth quite a few responses, some agreeing with him, and a few calling it witchcraft. In any case it brought to mind the Electroscope, which is still being manufactured.
At one of the FMDAC events in the mid 80′s we invited Tom Affiliani, the founder and inventor, to give a seminar on how the units worked. While I personally was not at that particular talk I heard that a few doubtful attendees brought gold coins and nuggets, and dared Tom to find them in the room. Apparently he replied that the situation was not right, or that it the item had to be in the ground and at a distance, etc.. Whatever the response many got up and walked out….
I do know that a couple of metal detector manufacturers took one or two of the products apart, to see what was inside, and the description I remember most…. “a rat’s nest of wires that went no where”.
So I am inviting anyone out there who has used one of these long range locators to share their experience here on Stout Standards. I am not prejudging one way or the other. Just think it would be fun to hear from a user.
Lastly, if these long range locators performed as advertised, why wouldn’t, and why doesn’t every treasure hunter in the world have one in his arsenal…..?
AND WHATEVER HAPPENED TO….?
The Blisstool detector! A few months ago this detector was deemed to be the deepest detector on the market, and there was a lot of chatter about it in the detecting ranks. Now? Nada…nothing! Here too, hoping someone who has one might tell us how they like it, and share their story here….
MY BEST FINDS
I still get an email or two asking what my best find(s) are, and the following is a repeat of a post I made here three years ago….
Willing to bet that most every treasure hunter/detectorist has been asked “what is the best thing you’ve ever found”, or “what is the most valuable thing you’ve found?” Also willing to bet that a good majority of you responded with something like “a lot of good friends and acquaintances”. Am I right? Well, that’s not a bad answer at all, and for a lot of good reasons…..
First of all because it’s true. This pastime has a knack for bringing like-minded people together in a big way. There’s a need to learn more from others, a need for partnering in the field, and a great need to band together to insure our pastime is not legislated out of existence. I think we all know as well that no one else would understand what the hell we are talking about when we mumble things like VDI, Mixed Mode, RX Gain, Hot Rocks, Modulation and Ground Balance. And if you told someone you love discrimination……..?
Secondly, using the good friends response allows you to not make public what is no one else’s business. Blabbing about your finds can get you into trouble in more ways than one. Not because you found them illegally but because sharing this information leads to further questions like “where” did you find it, how much is it worth, what did you do with it, and on and on. Information that could be passed on to others, and information that could result in theft, or worse.
I know a couple of treasure hunting friends who have found items that could put them on easy street, and they were found through hard work, a lot of research and considerable expense. As a result they are entitled to deal with them any way they see fit, and I understand their need for secrecy.
Now, having said all this, I will tell you about a few of my better finds…..
When I look back on all my years of detecting a great many items I dug were my “best” at the time, and as far as value goes, it’s difficult to put a price on them. Follow along and I think you will agree with some of these…..
As for coins? Nothing can replace that “first” coin you found when you first started out. I remember mine, and I am sure you remember yours. Didn’t matter if it was a penny, dime or quarter. It was a coin damn it, and validated your investment in a metal detector (No matter what your wife said). Believe it or not my first coin was a silver Washington quarter……
Nothing can replace the first silver coin you find, especially if it followed nothing but clad, and mounds of trash (that shimmer of silver in the hole still makes my day, even after almost 40 years).
Next, was my first Barber, my first Seated, my first Bust coin, and I still remember my first Large cent, even though the date was unreadable. At THAT time ALL these were my “best” finds. Today if you try to pin down, and ask me to name my very best find? It’s the one I am going to dig tomorrow….
I remember finding that first “good” ring? It was a small 14k childs ring, and I found it at a rural school near my my house in New Jersey. Over the years I found many rings, some good, some very good, and a few great. Do I still have them? Yes, and I will more than likely pass them on to my grandkids, although they are there for that rainy day should I need them.
Interestingly enough some of the oldest finds I have are not the most valuable. I have ancient coins from the UK, and from France, a few of which are supposedly from around the birth of Christ, but their monetary value is not necessarily high because they are not all that rare.
Detecting in Europe will spoil you for sure. Once while hunting near the North Sea I had a Brit TH’er tell me that the coins I had in my pouch from the 1600′s were rubbish, and you know what? He was right. Hardly worth anything. It didn’t matter however. Finding a Roman coin, or relic from hundreds of years go will always be on my list of better finds. Just thinking about who last touched it, and what life must have been like in 300AD, makes it extra special.
One very special find was a gold locket and chain found in a picnic grove in rural New Jersey. The photo inside was still recognizable. It was of an older lady and there were three initials on the back side of the locket door. I have always wanted to return it to her family, her descendants, but I could not find a way to do that. I still have it, and look at it from time to time….
So,there you go, a few of my best finds, and a few of my most memorable… Nothing earth shattering, but very, very important to me because they all came with a story. One that I will never forget, and oh yeah, the people I met along the way? By far more valuable than anything I ever dug up.
While the Northeast was hit with a blizzard yesterday, the weather here was sunny and near 70 today. I decided to head to my favorite school and see if I could find a treasure or two. I got out of the “pug bug”, put on my apron, grabbed my MXT Pro, headhpones and digger. Walked about sxity feet to get to the field area, and my lower back and legs were hurting big time. Gave it ten minutes, cried some, pissed and moaned a whole lot and headed back home….
Not sure what the answer is, but for all the damn pills I am taking (not to mention the cost) I am getting fed up, old age or not….
On my website I am continually reminding people of this blog so they can respond to my posts. So at this time let me remind those of you here to check out my website. It is similar but has a great many more photos, articles, and other items of interest.