I have been hearing a lot about the new Minelab detector, its many features and of course its cost. Apparently this machine will be the “end all”, and will make all others on the market obsolete (where have I heard that before?).
I have not seen the CTX 3030 yet, and for that matter have never tried any Minelab detector. No particular reason. Just have not had the opportunity. I do remember back in the mid-80’s being asked to field test one of the first models available here in the states , and was unable to grasp the technology. Wound up sending it to another tester who was able to put it through it’s paces, and gave it a glowing review (pretty much a given back then).
Today’s detectors and features have made me realize that I am losing my way, and becoming a relic (no pun intended) among those who treasure hunt today. GPS, PC Mapping, Wireless, Polar Plot Vector Screens, Language options, simultaneous multiple frequencies, and one article in the recent WET magazine was called “Finding Treasure with Your Smartphone”(don’t own one). Add in the Blisstool detector which is supposed to find a Rolex at half a mile, and the times, they are a changin!
On June 1st I will reach the “overly ripe” age of 71, and I have decided to lay low, detect when I can, and watch all this fun from afar. I love the hell out of my MXT Pro, and the on/off switch still keeps me busy, and finding a good place to detect even busier. Likewise when you are retired (or “retard” as they say down here), anything costing over $10 requires serious thought. Spending $2,000 for a metal detector requires robbing a bank.
Now I know there are a lot of you out there finding neat things, as in gold/silver rings, coins and relics. If you have that kind of money lying around, what the hell…. go for it! You can tell your wife Dick Stout said it was okay (just don’t tell her where I live please). You only go around once in life, and this is one pastime where your expenses just might be recouped in a short amount of time.
Whether you do it for the love or for the money, it doesn’t matter. Just have fun, and one more thing…. No matter what your super-duper, end-all, top-of-the-line, biggest and best detector tells you, the ultimate answer is your digging tool!
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Thanks to Jessie Thompson from the Nor’Easters Treasure Club for the following….