Well Detectival 2019 is over and how good or how successful it was depends on who you talk to or whose social media comments you read. While there were a few complaints about the lack of finds most ‘seem’ to have had a great time. Having not been there all I can add is that I love the overall hype and promotion that is Detectival.
Detectival has apparently become “the”event to attend in the UK. It’s the “be there or be square” experience. You’ll meet other detectorists, well known YouTubers, see all the latest in equipment and be royally entertained in the process. Sky divers, pirates, horses, mermaids, live music, beer…..you name it! Don’t know of another event that offers more.
Night-time aerial view (photo courtesy of Searchermagazine)
So What’s New?
Well we can now put to bed all the guesses and suspense surrounding what new detectors are coming (at least for a few weeks). The Minelab Vanquish line of detectors finally saw the light of day and it’s apparent that it was designed to compete with the Garrett Ace grouping, both feature wise and price wise. The Vanquish 340 retails for $259, the 440 $363, the 540 for $480 and the 540 Pro Pack (2 coils) for $649. Whether or not they actually do compete/compare remains to be seen. You can rest assured however that hard line Minelab users will proclaim it’s ten times better.
Detectival also saw Notka debut the Simplex+ and as I said here before I’m impressed. Haven’t seen one first hand but what they’re offering at $299 is substantial. Its waterproof up to 10 ft., comes with an 11″ DD coil, built in wireless module, retractable shaft, frequency shift, LCD back lighting, ground tracking, manual ground balance and weighs only 2.9 lbs. Oh and it can be updated online. The 2nd Simplex+ package adds the 2.4 GHz Wireless Headphones and retails for $399.
I still think one of the US manufacturers will release a new model this year, perhaps at the “Pound the Ground” event in October. Too many hints and rumors out there.
Speaking of Pound the Ground, might this be America’s answer to Detectival? Not sure of who all is behind it but they’re doing a good job of promoting it. I hope however they keep all the manufacturers involved and keep it affordable for the average tekkie. Oh and a wine bar would be great!