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Let me pontificate once again, and perish the thought, share my opinions, on the current metal detector technology. I know, I can hear you saying, “not again for crissakes”…. Well you lose.
If you have NOT read my brainfarts link above you might do so now, and see where I said “When all is said and done, don’t we really just need volume, disc and all metal?” I was once again reminded of this when I saw this E-Trac illustration. Guess I never really looked closely at this model…..I mean holy shit batman!
This kind of overkill however is not particular to our pastime. Last night I was reading the label on my bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon (pretty exciting Christmas huh?) and it said “_____ Cabernet Sauvignon is a jammy wine with robust flavors of wild berries and currants. Hints of toasted oak and clove enhance the velvety smooth finish. Pairs perfectly with beef, lamb and tomato-based pasta sauces”. Honestly I just want to know if it’s sweet, dry, hearty or light, and I have no clue what toasted oak tastes or smells like. And get this, no mention of hot dogs or TV dinners. Talk about bullshit!
Another example is this description my daughter found in a wine store…
Pencil shavings anyone?
Not sure about you, but I’m not all that excited about pencil shavings in my wine, drunk or not.
All of this reminds me of my “find those targets just out of reach of others”….“proven to go deeper than the competition”…..”now with added depth”….. “find what others left behind”. Old and over used mantras that are seeing the light of day again thanks to the surge of “after market” coils (as though those building your detector didn’t really want to give you the best coil). Ah, the power of persuasion and suggestive selling.
Metal Detector Features or Crutches?
Sure, at times you might have to ground balance your detector, but isn’t most of that done automatically now? And, if you do have the option to manually ground balance, do you ever do it? Then of course there’s the meter, the LCD, the screen, whatever…. Do you really, really need it? I know, nice feature to have, but could you still find what you are after if you only had to ‘listen’ to the audio responses? You know, if you had to concentrate, use the ole brain, that kind of thing?
The other crutch we’ve all come to depend on (me included)? Tonal discrimination or ID. High for goodies, low for junk. Nice feature but my guess is that maybe half of those with this feature on their detector never use it. I could be wrong. Maybe that’s why I love the TreasureMaster. Yes, it has a few pads to punch, but it’s lightweight, I don’t have to carry the manual in my left hand, and I love the preset coin and jewelry. Turn that sucker on and go.
Okay, all kidding aside, I know a great many of you love the pastime so much that you are willing to delve into a little “Einstein” or “deep shit” in order to learn your detector. I was there one time too, and look at what happened to me? I say bring back the four page mini manuals that came with my first two or three detectors. Just seems I had more fun back then, and never came home with a headache. That usually came later when I drank that wine that tasted like lead pencil shavings….
AND JUST SO YOU KNOW…