Got thinking (now that’s a rarity) about all the metal detecting videos and photos I see online, and in almost every instance I found myself concentrating on the detector they were using, rather than what it was they found. I thought detecting videos were a nice change of pace when they first came on the scene, but now they seem to be a dime a dozen, and I just can’t get all that excited any more (please…all you tekkies with cameras, don’t beat me up. I am a senior citizen, and as such, expect your sympathy).
Anyway now that I have pissed off a few budding Cecil B. DeMilles, what detector do YOU use and why? What is it that convinced you it was the one you had to have, the one you couldn’t pass up, the best on the market, hands down? Was it a friend’s recommendation, a review, a video, an advertisement or was it the price? Was it because you had seen it’s capabilities first hand or because everybody on the internet was singing it’s praises? Was it because you liked the looks of it or was it because you felt “you just had to keep up with crowd?”
My gut feeling is that it’s probably a little bit of all the above. You see I’ve been there, done that and plead guilty! Metal detecting, like any other pastime or sport can become an obsession and we unwittingly become victims of hearsay, word of mouth, advertising and unfortunately a lot of over-the-top hype. It’s just part of the experience and we learn as a result of it.
The manufacturers know this of course, and spend a lot of money trying to persuade you that their product is the best, bar none, no matter the price. When I was working in the industry the buzz words were “new & improved” and “added depth“. Today it seems to be “Pro“, meaning if you use anything less, you just might be an amateur.
I also have a feeling that many of our decisions are based on a “it’s newer and has to be better and go deeper” philosophy. I can remember every new detector I bought, and I was sure that each was a major improvement over the last. After all it was newer, it cost more, it looked more complicated and ultimately it did find coins in those areas I thought were hunted out. How many times have you heard “it was like a totally new site” and “these were coins my old detector couldn’t sniff out”?
So, now think about it? Was it really your detector, or was it your positive outlook, your excitement about using that brand new detector or because you had to slow down and pay more attention to your effort? I know there’s no cut and dried answer, but as I look back I think in my case it was all those things.
Now I know all this is theory and is surely pissing off a few manufacturers, not to mention a few tekkies who just spent a zillion dollars on a new machine, but I am not throwing it out there to discourage anyone. If it takes spending money to increase your finds, your enjoyment, then by all means do it. If you have extra cash on hand, get that top-of-the line model, and then send a few bucks to ole Stouty here in Texas. My beer & wine money is running low.
Someone is bound to ask what am I using and why? Well, I am using a White’s MXT Pro and an old 6000di Series 2. I use the MXT Pro because it’s a good turn on and go machine, offers good depth, and I love knobs and switches (and boobs too). I use the old 6000di because it has sentimental value. It was a machine that found a helluva lot of coins for me back in the 80’s, and it’s still doing it although at a lesser pace thanks to my inability to get out as much as I’d like. I am a White’s fan. Always have been. I appreciate their products and their customer service.
I would be interested in hearing about what you use and why, and any other thoughts or ideas you might have on this topic. Hope you will take the time to respond. Lastly, remember that I am getting along in years and tend to reflect on all kinds of stupd things. Won’t bother me a bit if you file all this under “bullshit”…
Here on Stout Standards I often say a lot of offbeat things, a lot of controversial things, and sometimes use words that offend. I also speak my mind and leave nothing to chance, so to those of you who take the time to respond and pass on my blog posts to others, thank you. To those of you I piss off or embarrass, have a good day & Happy Halloween.