Just Jazz & Jive…

This time around bits, pieces and brainfarts from both sides of the pond, and it starts with John Howland….

John Howland


John Howland

Size Matters #1

Back in May this year – on this upmarket blog – I wrote that I’d swapped Garrett-made coils between my ATPro and ATGold. Even taking into consideration these detectors’ respective operating frequencies, 15kHz and 18kHz, the results were excellent. The ATGold performs spectacularly well when kitted out with the ATPro’s ‘standard’ coil with oodles of depth, but, quite not so vice versa. But, read on!

Whilst the ATPro when kitted out with the ATGold’s standard 8”x5” coil it suffers only a slight drop-off in depth, BUT, has the advantage of being lighter thus affording longer hunting periods and better target/junk-separation – a win, win, situation. BUT, there’s more!

Size Matters #2

What follows might come in handy if you own both an ATPro and an ATGold but only have a Tornado coil for the ATPro. Give this a go, all is far from lost; you won’t be disappointed!

Made in the Ukraine by the NEL company (Neoteric Electronic Labs), founded in 2009, began life producing ‘after-market’ search coils with the intention of improving  stability and depth.

Currently NEL produces a comprehensive range of these coils suitable for use on nearly all the major manufacturers’ metal detectors in sizes ranging from 5-inch ‘Sniper’ types up to those nearly half the size of the Ukraine itself.

I use one of their factory tuned coils, the 12”x13” ‘Tornado’, on my ATPro, BUT, when I fit it to my ATGold, the performance is stunning – despite the frequency differential – and is the one I choose if hunting on pasture where depth is paramount. So, if you own a Tornado 12”x13” try popping it on to the ATGold…you’ll miss very little and the faint tones will be deep targets. Imagine the results you’ll get with a Tornado specifically tuned for the ATGold!

The downside however is weight; Tornados because of their increased size are heavier, a fact unfortunately, that goes with the territory. The upside – greater ground coverage per sweep – is significant. NEL’s ‘Big Coil’ at 15” x 17” is a specialized bit of kit that is even heavier in use; a salient fact that MUST be seriously considered before buying at around $230-ish. Designed to locate large targets at depth – hoards and caches spring to mind – it is nevertheless, a valuable tool in the treasure hunter’s armoury.

Tornados for your ATPro/ATGold are at current UK prices: – £125.95.

NEL 12”x13” Tornado Coil for Garrett ATPro


NEL coils are available in the UK from: –

REGTON Ltd, 82 Cliveland Street, Birmingham B19 3SN. Tel: 0121 359 2379

http://www.regton .com

*Photo courtesy of REGTON Ltd


If only some on our side could take this on board…

Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room….Winston Churchill

I’ll see y’all in the bar!






Forrest Fenn

Saw the following and it’s indeed time to call off this game. What do you think?

Police Call For End to Famous Forrest Fenn Treasure Hunt



Went to Fort Worth the other day to meet my new granddog Norbert and while in the area I stopped in to see my old friend Bill Proenza at American Detector Distributors. I first met Bill back in the late 80’s when I was at Garrett since then his business has grown by leaps and bounds. I had heard about his recent move to a new location but was not prepared for the size and scope. It knocked my socks off (okay I don’t wear socks)….

Bill’s first shop or storefront was a 10 x 20 space located in a small strip mall. Fast forward 25 years and voila! The new building is impressive and loaded with everything a treasure hunter could need.  If you have ever thought of becoming a dealer, Bill and his son Robert are the folks to call. They’re distributors for all the major brands and more.

Likewise if you live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area be sure to stop in, browse, ask questions and tell them Dallas Dick sent you. American Detector Distributors is located at 6500 Iron Horse Blvd, North Richland Hills, TX ,

l to r; Robert Proenza, some old guy having trouble standing up and Bill Proenza….




Is it true detector shops are now selling selfie sticks?

Where are all the YouTube videos with all the rusty finds, pull tabs, bottlecaps and curse words?

Anyone getting bored to death with tekkie photos and videos that look just like the ones from yesterday, and the day before and the day before that and the….

You know it used to be easy and sometimes profitable to hunt curb strips. Thinking today you just might get your ass kicked.

Each time I read about someone finding a hoard I remember the industry exec who said “we sell dreams”….

Park departments could save money by posting signs that tell us what we CAN do instead of what we can’t.

Where the hell were all these nasty looking short handled shovels when I was in the Army?

Idea for detector manufacturers…..instead of names or numbers why not slot machine readouts like bars, cherries, etc.? Just a thought….

A lot of success detectorists have is often because of ‘where’ and not so much ‘how’. Location, location, location.




Filed under Metal Detecting

2 responses to “Just Jazz & Jive…

  1. I’ve got an NEL Sharpshooter coil for my E-trac. Its great a separating finds in trashy areas, but such a bit** to get on the machine it actually has cobwebs on it. That said, when I do get it out, it does do the job!

  2. Hi Diva:
    These ‘Sniper’ or ‘Sharpshooter’ types really do the biz in trash-filled areas like nothing else, as you’ve discovered. I keep my ‘Sniper’ permanently fixed to a spare lower stem which saves all that dammed fiddling about! Works for me.

    Regards and Good Hunting!

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