I referred you two days ago to John Winter’s post which started off with “for many detectorists the act of buying a new machine far outweighs the thrill of actually doing the hobby” , and I decided to weigh in on this topic as well….
First and foremost I “was” one of those detectorists who had to have the latest, the best, the most expensive detector out there, and I purchased them. I just knew that the one coming in the mail was better than the one I was using. It had to be…. It’s newer, it cost more, and according to the the ad it could find a pea sized target at five feet. Had to have it!
Now that I am older (not wiser), less athletic, and on a fixed income, having that latest model is pretty much out of the question. Not only do I not get out that much anymore, but I am constantly reading of great finds being made by the novice (see here). You know, the newby with the $200 machine, who just happened to be in the “right spot at the right time” and as a result, never had to work another day in his life.
While much of what I say is tongue in cheek, it’s also something “worth” thinking about. I am no different from anyone else when it comes to wanting that advantage, that extra inch or so over the guy who detected the site before me.
In the beginning I always thought it was the detector. In other words the site was not producing anything worthwhile, and it was because the competition had newer, more expensive detectors. Then, as time went on, I became more adept with my machine, experimenting with the various features, and I found that by slowing down, and listening more closely, my luck improved.
I also cannot justify expensive sand scoops, pinpointers, nor a camera on you head to record your effort. Add in the pouches, diggers, the new min-spades, and it becomes a very expensive pastime. To be sure, we all hope to find the big one, but we pretty much know it’s probably not going to happen. If however “dressing up” for the experience is your thing, and you have money to spare, then by all means go for it. Life is too short.
Today I still look and read about all the new models, their features, and most importantly their prices. I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, I cannot even think of spending that kind of money, and every time I read about a cache or great find found by a beginner I realize I am not really missing out on a thing…..