Well so far 2019 has been somewhat of a boring year. Detectorists are still plodding along doing their thing – digging holes, making videos, showing off their finds to everyone (including the archaeological community) and slowly but surely devouring places where one can use a metal detector.
On social media the rock stars seem to be taking a rest from YouTube while the rest of the pack continues to be boringly predictable, as in I’ve seen it before a few hundred times.
I’ve noticed too that organized hunts are now becoming much bigger events with large hunt fields, hundreds of entrants and pricey entrance fees. Nothing wrong with this – I just hope they don’t get too commercial leaving the little guy who’s on a tight budget out in the cold. $100 a day is a bit much for me.
Fortunately we will have two new detectors to ogle and debate. Both the Minelab Vanquish and the Notka Makro Simplex are due out in September.
Not a lot of info yet on the Vanquish, just the usual Minelab “wouldn’t you like to know” promos (sure hope it lives up to the hype). After delivering the Equinox via parachute I can’t wait to see how this puppy arrives.
The Notka Simplex should be a HUGE player when it comes to entry level models. It’s waterproof up to 10 ft., wireless, comes with built-in rechargeable battery, 11″ DD coil and weighs 2.9 lbs. The best part? The price – only $299!
From June 2016
K.I.S.S. or “keep it simple stupid” was a term coined by Kelly Johnson, a naval engineer in the early sixties. Supposedly Johnson handed his team of engineers a few basic tools and told them to design and build a plane that could be repaired using these very same tools by an “average” mechanic in the field. In other words, if you keep it simple you will keep it flying. Today unfortunately KISS is a thing of the past.
Yes I’m older and yes I know I constantly bemoan the complexity of a lot of things but I do it because I think so much of it is gimmicky – add this, add that, take it to the extreme and people will have to have it.
I was reminded of this just recently when Fay and I went appliance shopping and discovered that you can now buy a refrigerator that allows you to see what is stored inside via your smart phone. Nice to have when you are grocery shopping but how many eggs are in that carton? If that’s not enough the fridge also comes with a large 20 inch touch screen, wi-fi and your choice of music.
Another example – The house we recently moved into had a “Nest” thermostat, which I understand is a highly sought after and very cool item (no pun intended). Well for some maybe, but not for us. We had to print out and read through an owner’s manual to figure out how it worked, and all we really want is basic thermostat that has a heat and cool switch, and a way to adjust the temperature.
Of course, like so many things today, what happens when that new feature (gimmick) goes bad or stops working? Those of you who have had power window failures in your car know what I am talking about and have you recently had to have a new car key made? I did….. a 2000 VW Beetle key set me back $100. Used to be able to go into a hardware store and have one made for $2.
The $100 key!
Someone please tell me why we continue to buy items loaded with complicated, unnecessary features? Is it because you want to be part of the “in crowd”, not left in the dust, or is it because you really see the need for all the extras?
The old Compass “Yukon”….photo courtesy of Doug Moore
What prompted me to bring all this up? It was when I saw Doug Moore’s photo (Vintage Detectors/Facebook page) of the old Compass “Yukon”. A one knob, entry level model that sold for $79.95 back in the late 70’s/early 80’s. Why not a one knob detector today and it doesn’t have to be a low-end inexpensive machine.
Think about it…all we really need is an “all metal” detector that has auto tracking and that adjusts for the best depth without chatter. We don’t really need a display or metered readout, nor do we need discrimination. This one knob wonder would have automatic tonal ID (Low – trash, Hi – Good stuff). Trigger switch for depth/pinpoint. As for GPS, don’t have one in my car and don’t need it on my detector. I might have trouble remembering things but if I found a productive site you can bet your ass I’d remember how to find it again.
Yup, this would be the “Stout Detector” (“Dick Detector” just didn’t sound right for some reason). What do you think? Is it possible? Did I leave out something? Would you buy one?
For years I’ve heard “when are they going to build a detector that actually shows you what’s beneath the coil?” Well careful what you wish for. If such a detector were available how many people would buy it, how many holes would they dig and how long before our pastime was outlawed? It would be disastrous, and honestly it wouldn’t be much fun anymore!
Okay, laugh, criticize, shoot me down, call me crazy but listen up manufacturers….I want 5% of every “Stout Detector” you sell. Just keep it simple stupid.