My Bad…

The following is a corrected version of what I put up by mistake earlier. My excuse? It’s Christmas….




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….




These Poor Guys Can’t Seem to Catch a Break

I Knew It!

Last Batch of Round £1 Coins Set to Roll off the Presses


If there were an award for laziness, I’d probably send someone to pick it up….













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9 responses to “My Bad…

  1. RoyR

    Back in the day (1969) when I bought my first detector. A Garrett Master Hunter BFO, no meter,no discrimination.. Just dig every signal you get. Found lots of stuff that now days you might not even get a signal with the discrimination set too high. I use a Tesoro detector most of the time now, light weight, no meter,and still find plenty of good targets. I also have a high end Fisher with the bells and whistles. Weighs a little more, not too sure if it gets any more depth than the Tesoro.I can hunt an hour or two longer with the lighter Tesoro than with the Fisher. If I just want to hunt coins only then I use the Fisher and kinda cherry pick the targets. Only look for the quarter and dime signals..People just need to use the computer between their ears a little more.

  2. At the risk of coming across as a total A**hole, I would like to suggest, once again, that comments about finding LOTS of stuff in the 60’s and 70’s should immediately be disqualified in current discussions of metal detecting. Back in the 60’s and 70’s, most of the coins in the ground were keepers and you didn’t have a carpet of pull tabs to contend with. I mean, Alexander Graham Bell could have found LOTS of stuff with his rudimentary metal detector in the 60’s and 70’s. Nowadays, us Johnny-came-latelys don’t live in that utopia. Our coins are horribly masked, ridiculously deep, and darned far and few in between. And for the love of Pete, do not mention to me about how you used a probe to dig coins back in the day. I found a 1920 wheat yesterday at 9.5 inches and had to use my shovel to get the thing out of the ground. That’s the reality we noobs have to face today. I respectfully say unto you that we need the complexity of modern metal detectors, even as I throughly enjoy using my Tesoro Compadre to dig pull tabs in search of those elusive gold rings. Merry Christmas.

    • Dave, I wouldn’t say you are a “total” asshole….maybe a quarter of…..just kidding, just kidding. I appreciate you.

      If you think we found it all, or most of it, you are wrong. A lot of research and legwork went into finding my treasures over the years. I wish I had the wherewithal and physical ability to do it today. Finally, you have to remember that as you age, the “good ole days” just seem to come from out of nowhere, and you are mandated to share them. Like Social Security, it’s bugs the hell out of the younger generation, but someday they too will be pissing someone off sharing theirs. What can I say?

      Happy Holidays and take it easy with that shovel.

    • Packrat

      Hi Roy One thing I would like to point out about the good old days (I started in 1971) is yes there were many old coins but there were plenty of new ones too Also the detectors did not discriminate so you found way more trash than good signals like tacks bobby pins tin foil gumwrappers and much more Also you did not the depth back then that you did later If I found 40 coins back then I probably probed and recovered 200 targets I still use a 3/8 inch screwdriver today and can get coins at 7-8 inches deep no problem

  3. Frank L

    That old White’ 66TR-how many thousands of coins before fell victim to the bells and whistle hype. As I’ve gotten older (watch it, Roy) simpler is so much better and easier. Too much technology and less dirt digging. What’s wrong with beep and dig? Where has the mystery of the next signal gone? For us oldies (especially me) a Tesoro or whites pro is as good as it should get, but I guess that’s just my lazy butt coming out.

  4. Joe Smith

    This is the faceplate of Tejon.

    IMHO, any information, other than what I hear in my headphones is akin to texting while driving. Your paying attention to the machine instead of enjoying your surroundings, or being aware of what that dog is growling at.

    Must be a sure sign of age.

    My wife agrees with the wine descriptions as being total BS. Either you like it or you don’t. If it has too many adjectives to describe it, you probably can’t afford it anyway.

    Happy Holidays!

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