Shooting From the Hip…

Not much going on here at the Amesbury house of late but I’m okay with that because I am alive and kicking. Yup, too many testing positive, too many hospitalizations, too many dying and of much lesser importance it’s too damn hot to detect!

(please, no off the wall comments or conspiracy theories)….  


Looks like White’s has closed its repair department at the factory and referring customers to the Centerville Electronics center in Virginia. They made sure to mention that you should call first to be sure they have the parts needed for your particular model.


From what I hear Garrett is working on a few minor bugs and adding a “salt water mode” to the Apex. The projected shipping date is Mid August.  I’ve also heard from a few field testers that the machine is a winner! Here’s recent video from Steve Moore…


Found the following article scary –

Grant to Help Set Up New Body to Support Metal Detectorists

To be honest I stopped reading when I got to the paragraph that started:

“Working with archaeologists and others in the heritage sector, the ‘Institute of Detectorists’ aims to provide training opportunities to promote responsible metal detecting…..” 

Um nope, don’t think I want them telling me how to promote responsible detecting… sorry!


Brad Martin has agreed to a Q&A for the blog and it should be a good read. His Green Mountain Metal Detecting videos are really well done. Stay tuned…


Circa late 60’s

Never thought I would do it but I sold my Gibson Tal Farlow guitar and Fender Jazz bass. Gnarled. painful fingers and hefty CC interest charges necessitated. All that’s left now is a tornado battered Gibson L-5 and an upright Kay bass.

Can’t tell you how much it hurts to not be able to play an instrument that was so much a part of my life…


Have one for me….



Filed under Metal Detecting

22 responses to “Shooting From the Hip…

  1. Randy Dee

    Thanks Dick
    Great stories and loads of information.

  2. Bob Sickler

    Hi Dick… You should have gotten a good sum from the right person (I hope) for the Tal Farlow and the bass. Sorry to hear the upright and the L5 took a beating. My fingers are starting to hurt too, but I think it’s a new BP med I’m taking. Getting harder to play daily now, but I’ll never give up. I started in 1961 and it’s in my DNA like metal detecting.

    I think working with archeologists is not so bad, fact is it might help us eventually, but the cooperation I’ve seen in the past has been dominated by the arch’s and it’s like… “Look here, mark the spot, and call us”. The thrill of the chase missing the uncovering will never do for us I’m afraid.

    • “Look here, mark the spot, and call us”.…. and Bob that’s what working with them will always be. There are also other factions who want us gone, period.

      My playing (music) days are over Bob. I have trouble with anything that involve my hands. Just holding onto things is an effort and very frustrating. Glad you’re still at it.

  3. Brian Obitz

    Looking at that picture above late 60’s, always thought Keith Richards had longer hair at around that lowered the action slightly on my martin guitar, same as you why struggle as age sets in,stay safe.

    • Brian the times they are a-changin’…. I wish lowering the action was the problem. In the end my fingers actually got in the way.

  4. Paul Southerland

    Stay safe and stay well Dick.

  5. Any national body or undertaking that has the backing of the Council for British Archaeology(CBA) and/or Chartered Institute for Archaeologists, to my mind is worth avoiding like the plague. That said, we do need a national body rather than ‘suits’ coffee-housing.

    If Tekkies want to help on archaeological digs then all they have to do is go along and do what they’re asked.

    Detecting is not archaeology, nor, in my view should it ever be. We have our own methodology and terminology. Keep it real. JMO.

    i’m just sayin’
    PS. Do you think you’ll ever be able to pluck a $20 Bill from your

    • “Do you think you’ll ever be able to pluck a $20 Bill from your pocket-book?”


    • john taylor

      ahhhhh! yes! john! however the main difference between the two is that archaeology is considered a “discipline” but “metal detecting” is not!. archaeology requires years of study to be an accomplished archaeologist, therefore, how could you possibly say that the two are linked!..this is pure “bullshit!” as crude as this sounds, what do archaeologists do when they hit a site?..they “dig” “same as us” to uncover artifacts. lets not kid ourselves, it becomes a “matter of pride” and THAT is why archies ‘stick their noses in the air” *and try to make detectorists feel unworthy! what a “crock of sh*t!”..(lol)


      • JT Saw this and immediately thought of you….just sayin’…

      • Hi JT:
        Nope! I never wrote (see above) that archaeology and detecting are linked. Where did you get that idea from? To reiterate, “Detecting is not archaeology, nor, in my view should it ever be.”

        i’m just sayin’

  6. Tony

    Dick, it was short read but there was plenty to ponder in them words. I also find it difficult to let go of stuff no matter what it is that was part of our lives – I too must find a way to let go.

    I am not fond of clubs or organizations telling me what is the right thing to do……you and I and many others have been following the rules from day one and it’s tough to teach and old dog.

    Staying safe is the mode of the day for now –

  7. Sonny

    Sad to hear you can no longer play your guitar. I quit playing in 1986. Put the guitar in a closet and forgot about it. Had the urge to play again in late 2017. Of all things, when I opened the case and took it out, it was still in tune. The strings reminded me of barbed wire. With a new set of strings it came back from dead. Since that time, I play it at least one hour a day, twice a day, 7 days a week. I enjoy it now more than I ever did. I certainly understand how you feel about not being able to play. Twisting wrenches for 40 years I’m fortunate to still have good use of my hands without too much pain. At 76 years old, I’m very fortunate!

    • Sonny I’m 79 but even at 76 I was having real difficulty playing. Arthritis, neuropathy are pretty much unstoppable. I finally just bit the bullet and decided that the instruments were better off in the hands of someone who appreciated the quality workmanship and sound. Glad you’re still at it….

  8. john taylor

    hey john! all is love for the world! yes ! misconstrued your meaning! as dick so profoundly proclaimed, it has in deed been a “bad year!” as you are aware, scientists all over the world are attempting to bring forth a “vaccine” for of the startling developments has been to mix in some (m.d.- 20/20) with “anti-bodies” from recovered patients. so far no information is available as to whether, or not this approach is helpful. stay tuned. i’m just sayin’


  9. john taylor

    senility!..dick? can’t be! you are too young!heh! eh! he!..just sayin’


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