Someone asked about the various detectors I owned and used over the years and whether or not I thought they would still find stuff today. The answer is of course they would. What they won’t do I’m sure is go as deep as the models currently on the market. The technology has changed drastically AND so has the end user strategy.
When I first got involved in the great pastime I new nothing about detectors. Nada! Zilch! I bought my first detector (big box Coinmaster) because the only person selling them in my area told me it was the best one for what I wanted to do….find coins. It was also the “only” one I could afford and that’s even somewhat of a lie. I never told Fay I was buying one and I didn’t actually get it until I had paid it in full at around $30 a week.
My first detector was a Coinmaster very similar to the one in this photo….
Fortunately for me the Coinmaster did indeed find coins even though all I knew to do was turn it on and set it to metal (as opposed to mineral). I dug it all, every damn beep, every bottlecap, nail and piece of foil and you know what? It didn’t really matter, the coins were coming and I was happy as a pig in you know what….
As I continued having fun I started buying magazines, looking at other brands, other models and in the process becoming a little more knowledgeable about what else was available. A natural progression I suppose. Next on my wish list was a TR machine. According to the magazine ads they could eliminate those pesky trash items and if so, I had to have one. My first was a Compass Judge II. Why that particular detector? Because it was the only one I could afford and it was advertised as a great coin machine.
Compass Judge 2
The Judge performed as advertised and my coin finds increased. It was lighter, a lot easier to swing and it was more versatile. I could use as much and as little discrimination as I wanted. It also had push button tuning. Great machine for me at the time.
Then I sort of graduated, splurged, whatever, moving up to a White’s 6000D, then a Garrett Goundhog VLF/TR. Two excellent detectors that accounted for a noticeable uptick in my silver finds, though admittedly back then there wasn’t a whole lot of competition and you weren’t chased from parks or schools.
Next, and in no particular order – a Fisher 553, Garrett AT3, Freedom 3, Master Hunter 7, Grand Master, White’s Eagle and as a field tester, most White’s models as they came out. Forgetting the field test models most every detector I purchased was the model I could afford, NOT the top of the line.
Today you hardly ever hear anyone talking about anything but the top of the line detectors and I think one reason for this is that years ago the finds were more plentiful and the beginning hobbyist tended to stick with the lesser expensive, low end detector. Today it’s much harder to find the better treasures and beginners equate spending more with finding more.
It’s also apparent many of you are flush with disposable cash. Either that or you’re going into hock in order to find a few more shekels, but hey it’s your money to do with as you please. Go crazy! If however, after buying that top of the line detector, you still feel frustrated, I’m offering good, useful, backed up by years of experience, can’t miss tips, secrets and advice for the very low price of $499.95 (interest free payment plans available) I accept cash, money order or wine…