FROM MY WEBSITE….NOVEMBER 2010
When I was out detecting the other day I realized I don’t have the stamina I used to have, and that maybe I am falling by the wayside. Likewise I was feeling somewhat out classed by the detector in my hands. I was using the V3i, a detector I like a great deal, but because I wasn’t finding things in good order I begin to push pads, pull triggers, increase and decrease settings and change coils. The end result was one silver quarter and few wheat cents. Not a good day compared to years ago, but also not a bad day, given the heavily hunted area I was searching and today’s competition.
I tend to remember the way it was back when, and how all I needed to do was ground balance, and move out. Go slow, listen for the whispers and dig! That procedure worked for quite a few years, and then I (and many others) started watching screens, visual ID’s, and were under the spell of “if that’s what it says, that’s what it must be”….
Computerized detectors are most certainly the way it will be from here on out, and as they continue to evolve, there will be even more things to consider, turn, adjust and tweak. Today we can set the audio tone, the volume, the sensitivity, the SAT, the notch, the scan speed, and we can choose among multiple frequencies, pre-set programs or we can create our own. We can pinpoint visually, and we can determine our targets based on numbers, photo’s and graphs. The choices and options are endless, and one can spend days experimenting with them.
Now I just want to have fun, and turn a couple of knobs (knobs…remember those things?). A sign of getting old I know, but I would love to go back to the days when it seemed so simple. Give me a lightweight, turn on and go machine that offers an inch or two more depth than the competition, and I will be happy. I am not opposed to innovation, and I love computers, but I firmly believe that a lightweight, simplified, deepseeking metal detector would be a big seller.
When I worked for Garrett Electronics back in 1988 we came out with the Grand Master, the company’s first computerized detector, and when I talked to Fred Brust (a Garrett Distributor at the time), I will never forget his comments. He said, “Dick, forget all that stuff. Just give me a detector that will go an inch deeper than the rest, and I will sell the hell out of it!”
Don’t get me wrong. I love my V3i and my MXT, and will continue to use both in various settings, but after all is said and done I still pretty much opt for the coin/jewelry program. I turn em on, and get movin….
Today? Even less stamina and still waiting for that “one knob turn on and go” jobber….
I plan on updating the club website links, and if your club is not listed please let me know. Please no links to dealers….