Which detector is the best? Which brand or model will outdo all the others on the market? Is it the most expensive one? The one with more bells an whistles? Or is there a lesser expensive one that can perform equally as well? More importantly IS THERE such an animal, and if so, who is it that determines that?
This topic is an old one, and one that’s been beaten to death over the years. I even remember a time when tekkies would try to make a case for this or that model by borrowing detectors from friends and running them over a predetermined course that had specific metallic items buried at varying depths. It was intriguing, but as I remember they would usually proclaim the winner to be the one “they” were using. Funny how that happened….
Anyway, I got thinking about this while reading an excellent article on wine and how proclaimed wine authorities could get it all wrong when doing a blind tasting. That is to say, a lot of lower priced wines were often given much better grades when ingested blindfolded. To put it in even simpler terms, a lot of what you read about wine is just snobbish bullshit.
Now, before you jump all over my ass, I know there are more definitive ways to determine winners when it comes to metal detectors. The problem however lies in how the tester(s) know the particular nuances and characteristics of each model they are using. I suspect comparing the lower end models would be somewhat more accurate in that there are only so many features or controls to set, whereas the mid and high-priced models would offer more varied and more complex settings.
And what about soil? Would not a comparison test be a lot different in extremely mineralized soils, compared to more bland or neutral soils? Then too we now have a wide variety of coils to choose from. So many it makes my head spin and makes me laugh. What about depth? Would that be the determining factor in naming the winner, or would it be how a particular detector is able to find the most items amongst the trash. i.e., how fast is it’s recovery speed.
Next, “who” would determine what detector was best? What would the criteria be that makes them the official tester(s)? How long would it take them to learn each model, and feel confident that they would have them operating at peak performance? Would they be chosen based on how long they have detected, how much they have found, how valuable their finds are, or how many videos they were able to knock out? So many questions, and so complex that I think trying to proclaim a winner would be a waste of time.
Personally I think the best detector on the market is the one you just purchased. I know for a fact that each detector I bought over the years was always better than the last. Why? Because it was new and I had to take time to learn it’s features and nuances. These learning experiences were always time-consuming, and as a result, I slowed down, listened more intently, and yep, I found more treasure. At that very moment I had the “best machine” on the market.
So don’t drool over that $2,500 detector. I know it has a zillion bells and whistles, and that guy on the TV show finds a lot of cool stuff with it, but will it work like that for you and find the kind of treasure you seek? Remember in order to find GOOD THINGS you have to be detecting GOOD SITES. Sites that have a known history, and that can produce the type of treasure you are looking for. Finding those places is so much more important than going in debt for equipment.
Having that top of the line metal detector might make you look more professional or hip, but finding old and valuable coins is a helluva lot more fun. Give it a try some time.
SOMETHING WE ALL NEED TO THINK ABOUT
My sister made me aware of this and I wanted to share it here. Hope you will watch it, consider it’s purpose, and maybe make a big difference in someone’s life.