Kimmie Price – Q & A


I doubt Kimmie Price needs an introduction. If you’re into detecting and on social media you know who she is and honestly she’s into so many things I got dizzied just thinking about them.  Anyway, enjoy and thank you Kimmie!

Q. Kimmie if you don’t mind tell us a little about yourself, i.e., where do you live, are you married, where you keep you keep your valuables, etc….

A. Where do I keep my valuables? I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you 😉 In all seriousness though, I have had friends come home to find their entire collections stolen. If you are keeping your valuables at home, limit who comes into your house and have a decent surveillance system. Most thefts are from people you know (or people they know). That’s my PSA for today.

The generic answer to “who is Siren Kimmie” would be a “mild mannered tech nerd by trade, and a coffee guzzling, wine sipping, metal detectorist during off hours.” However, my background is a storied one to say the least. It runs the gamut from paralegal to hairdresser, church secretary to sheriff’s deputy clerk, web designer, sound engineer, writer, podcaster, YouTuber, and most notably rubbing shoulders with famous (and infamous) rock stars as co-owner and editor of a once thriving music magazine.

Hailing from the shores of Lake Erie near Cleveland, I currently reside in the sand hills of North Carolina. However, having spent my childhood summers with saltwater-hair and toes in the sands at Clearwater’s beaches, I consider the gulf coast of Florida “my place”.

When not working or metal detecting, my hands still find their way into the dirt tending my home gardens; affectionately called The Garden Oasis and Siren Estate Vineyard. This eludes to my other hobbies: home brewing and recently, canning. Beyond that, I am mostly a private person sharing glimmers of my life and my finds via YouTube videos and Facebook as the “Head Darling in Charge” HID at Girls Rock Metal Detecting.

 

Q. Does anyone else in the family detect?

A. Yes! Aside from Team GRMD, my uncle, also known as “Pops,” bought a detector a few years ago and we showed him the ropes. He dug his first coin (a clad dime) and had a great time doing it. You can probably find him out hunting for Spanish treasure down in Florida!

My uncle Pops

My GRMD team

 

Q. When exactly did you start detecting and what was it that got you interested?

A. I started detecting roughly 8 years ago. I remember growing up watching people on the beach with those big clunky machines thinking “how fascinating”… I imagine most people find it intriguing. “Oh I’d like to try that someday,” but then carry on with their lives. My preconceived notion about metal detecting was beachcombers searching for lost valuables. The lightbulb didn’t truly go off for me until I saw metal detectors utilized in history documentaries. I began to imagine the relics hidden right under my feet. “Now THAT,” I thought, “is super cool!” Though it wasn’t until seeing the hobbyists on YouTube when I realized metal detecting was an affordable pastime. That is when the fun began!

 

Q. What was your first detector and what made you purchase or that particular brand/model?

A. This is a cautionary tale. With my introduction to the hobby, I was afraid to pull the trigger on a more expensive machine. I could live with a $200-300 detector hanging on the wall in the garage gathering dust if I decided the hobby wasn’t for me. See, at the time the options for entry-level or inexpensive detectors was limited. There is reason so many detectorists’ first machines were either a Bounty Hunter or Garrett; for years, they had cornered the budget detector market. With my options being what they were, the only machine that fit the bill was the Garret ACE 350. Unfortunately (or fortunately), I loved the hobby so much I outgrew that detector in a few short months. I moved on to the Garret AT Pro and it served me well, however, that too I outgrew.

New detectorists have a lot more options these days. Especially with Nokta Makro shaking up the industry with the Simplex+. Thanks to them, I think we are going to see more than a few budget friendly high performance options hit the market. Point being, with machines like the Simplex+ you will save money in the long run by having a detector which “grows with you.”

The Simplex – budget friendly & high performance

 

Q. In the beginning where did you concentrate your time? What area did you search?

A. “Dig it all!” That is the advice I took from the start. There is no faster way to learn a machine than to dig every signal. I started in my yard, then some local parks. When you begin detecting, you don’t mind digging up cans and ring pulls so much, because you are learning and have the excitement of “what could be.” It is a game to guess the targets–An ear training, technique building game!

 

Q. Kimmie what was your very first signal/find? Do you by chance remember?

A. The very first target was a champagne cage found in my yard (undoubtedly dropped by yours truly). After that was a bit of can slaw. Needless to say, a lot of trash was removed from my yard and local parks in the beginning days.

 

Q. And what was your first good or decent find, as in keeper.

A. A wheat penny from the 20s. I was so excited over finding an “older” coin. Now I dig wheat cents on the regular, but I do still appreciate them—just maybe not quite as much as I did that first one!

 

Q. Another brain test….how long did it take you to find your first silver coin and what was it?

A. I found a silver Roosevelt dime in the park near where I work within the first few weeks of detecting. That started a Roosevelt streak. If a silver coin was going to come out of the ground, it was bound to be a Rosie. This was puzzling when YouTubers were picking off Mercury dimes left and right. It makes no sense really, because the Roosevelts were hoarded when the mint announced they would be phased out. Not that I’m complaining–I love silver Roosies! Though it took me about a year before I found my first Merc.

 

Q. How long did it take you to find your first ring and what type of ring was it?

A. I believe it was an aluminum “toy” ring. But the first ring, I clearly remember digging was a few months into the journey. It was a double whammy at a schoolyard. A penny ring– a Lincoln cent with what I guessed was a birthdate–and that same hunt a lovely silver filigree number. Results!

My Aluminum ring

Silver filigree and penny ring

 

Q. Kimmie did you spend a lot of time researching in the beginning and if so how did you go about it?

A. Goodness yes. From the very start I was dogged about finds identification. No matter what came out of the ground, the tiniest most insignificant piece, I HAD to know what it was. This is one of the major factors hooking me on the hobby. The potential story behind every single find. Often the search would bring up stories of history in a certain location, or I would learn more about the person attached to a find. Beyond that, I would look at old maps online to get an idea of locations to detect. I quickly learned GOOGLE IS YOUR FRIEND. There are so many tools online. The We Rock Metal Detecting Facebook Group has a lessons section with all kinds of tips and tricks. Check that out!

 

Q. What would you consider to be your very best find after all this time, and if it’s hard to choose just one tell us about all of them.

A. We could be here all day because I love everything! Three of the most rare finds would be the CS Tongue buckle uncovered on a Civil War camp site and the Lined I (Confederate Infantry) button found randomly when I wasn’t expecting it; much like the Union Sword Belt plate recovered from a dig-out in a local town.

CS tongue and Union buckles

Lined I Infantry button

Another rare one would be both pieces of a United Confederate Veterans medal found within a foot of one another.

United Confederate Veterans medal

I dug two amazing New York officers coat buttons in one dig which cleaned up stunningly. And I could go on about the more sentimental finds however, the two which mean the most to me would be the aforementioned CS Tongue buckle because it was found with a close friend and mentor of mine (Kirk Keller) who passed away last year.

The late Kirk Keller

The second is a “holed” seated dime eked out along a chain link fence in a Civil War camp area. This was recovered while detecting with another dear friend and mentor (Steve Ward) who passed away three years ago. (It has been a rough few years) Many would say the hole in the coin renders it less valuable. Instead, I like to think it was probably tied around the neck or limb of a soldier, which means so much more than any monetary worth. Now I wear it around my neck in a glass locket as a reminder of the past and special moments detecting with my friends.

The holed Seated dime (left in glass locket)

The late Steve Ward

 

Q. Okay Kimmie, what is your weirdest find to date?

A. My pin pointer! Seriously, maybe not weird so much as fortunate! I had lost it on a dig in the woods a few months prior. The location is very hard terrain being both hilly and swampy and covered with briars and mosquitoes like you’ve never seen. When I realized I lost it, I was more willing to buy a new one than go back and find it. That tells you how rough this area is. The next time we decided to hunt the location I had no intention looking for it. Yet somehow, I managed to stumble upon it, still sheathed in the belt holster. If this is not testament to the fact that we as humans naturally take the same path and should probably grid off our locations, I’m not sure what is!

 

Q. What is your “OLDEST” find to date?

A. A surface find of a Native American hide scraper. As far as metal goes, it would be the two dandy buttons dating from the 1700’s and pewter spoon handles from that same era. One dandy was dug in Virginia years ago, and the other most recently right near my home.

Hide Scraper

Pewter spoon

 

Q. Kimmie what detector are you using at the moment and why?

A. Nokta Makro Anfibio… no… Nokta Makro Multi Kruzer… no… Sorry, I have a hard time choosing between these two and the Simplex+. Obviously, I am a Nokta Makro fan. I grab which one meets my current needs. The Simplex+ is what I call my lunch break detector. It is light and compact so I can easily fumble it to and from work every day. The Anfbio has a special place in my heart because it was was my intro to Nokta Makro. I gained immediate trust on this machine when I took it to a pounded spot and found a Rosie and an Indian Head penny within 15 minutes. It’s my go to when I am doing serious relic hunting because it is a super deep seeker but has great separation. The Kruzer is similar in performance; however, it has less to fiddle with and it is lighter than the Anfibio. So it’s my “grab and go” depth machine. Each has their merits, and sometimes it’s just whichever whim takes me.

The Multi Kruzer

 

Q. Can you offer a few tips or settings?

A. I tend to run all metal modes or little to no discrimination, so instead of giving tips on settings, which is hard to do not knowing the users soil conditions; I’ll give some tips on detecting with the Nokta Makro machines. One of the biggest blunders I see is not understanding EMI. Detectorists will insist their machines are faulty because they aren’t going past 6 inches. Meanwhile they’ve got a live cell phone in their pocket, are detecting near an underground fence, or swinging just a few feet from another detectorist. The other thing I will say is high gain machines (aka deep seekers) are sparky. So you’ll want to train your ear to the tones. There is a reason my podcast (coming soon – shameless plug) is called “Listen Throughthe Noise.” Once you have mastered honing in on the good tones you will be able tolerate power lines and all sorts of areas other detectorists avoid.

Coming soon….

 

Q. When you do go detecting what accessories do you use?

A. I try to travel light. I take my Nokta Makro pouch with a small finds container (which is actually a container from an old picture hanging kit), my Nokta pointer and a bottle of water. Then of course I have my shovel, detector and headphones (or in the summer months the EZ Wander and ear buds) and my cell phone (on airplane) for emergencies and filming. All the other items are in the truck (extra coils, bug spray, duct tape, paper towels, spare shovel, snacks, USB battery pack, spare coil bolt, and more water). If it’s going to be all day in the woods toss a granola bar and more water in the pouch and a mini bottle of bug spray.

 

Q. Do you prefer hunting with others or are you a loner?

A. When you find something epic it’s really great to have someone there to share it with, so that is my preference. But there is also a serenity in digging by yourself. I have grabbed my machine when I’m angry or upset and hit the dirt–those digs are some of the most calming, chilled moments of my life.

Holding a cuff flat button

 

Q. You surely have a bucket list. Care to share it?

A. Something Roman! Unfortunately, we don’t get a whole lot of that here in the States. Which segues nicely into your next question… (did you plan that?)

 

Q. Have you hunted overseas at all?

A. Unfortunately not. My trips to the UK took place long before I started swinging a detector. My mum is from England and I still have relatives and friends over there so it will happen someday!

 

Q. Do you belong to a club?

A. I have a hard time getting involved in local clubs due to my work schedule; however, I do belong to one of the coolest clubs around! The NOMADS. Actually, it’s not a club per se; the NOMADS are Nokta Makro’s field team. This has been an amazing opportunity for me to interact with other detectorists and share my passion in the hobby as well as my love of the Nokta Makro machines.

I also started a “virtual club”, almost six years ago, known as Girls Rock Metal Detecting. While the name may suggest a “girls only” gig, it is merely a celebration of lady diggers–guys are totally welcome. The idea has morphed into a collaborative effort with a fun and informative Facebook Group called We Rock Metal Detecting (with Heavy Metal Detecting) and I am also a moderator for the Official 1800s and Relics group, so I keep pretty busy on Facebook .

Meanwhile, I managed to find the ultimate outlet for my creative side as I journal my finds via YouTube. If you haven’t checked out my channel, I produce a uniquely themed detecting adventure film once a month which is a departure from your standard detecting video.

Lastly, I love to write and have a blog. Not just about metal detecting but prose, musings, whatever strikes my fancy.  I can also be found on the pages of Instagram (GirslRockMD) and Twitter (GirlsRockMD), and have been featured on various podcasts (with mine in the works), so yeah I guess you can say I keep active in the metal detecting community!

Oh yeah, another of my hobbies. Shh….

 

Q. What would your IDEAL detector look like?

A. It would have a slot for a wine glass! Nah, but seriously I have a feeling my ideal detector is the multi-frequency machine Nokta Makro is currently working on! I cannot WAIT for that one!

 

Q. Kimmie If you could pass along one or two words of advice to beginning detectorists, what would they be?

A. I will quite literally give two words of advice: Patience and Humility.

Patience is needed first and foremost in learning the basics of detecting (proper swing technique, understanding EMI and how it can eat your depth, what gain/sensitivity is for, when and how to ground balance, etc.) because it’s not something you pick up overnight–or even in a matter of weeks. There is a reason for the popular phrase “dig every signal”. I see new detectorists expecting to dig all treasure and zero trash within a month and it simply does not work like that (and you will ALWAYS dig trash if you hope to find treasures). Don’t be quick to blame the machine when you haven’t put in the time.

Which brings us to the second word…

Humility. Have the humility to accept; while your IQ might be off the charts, you do not know everything there is to know about metal detecting. The individuals who have been the most successful in this hobby are the ones who are open to new ideas twenty or thirty years down the road. And, if someone with that much experience offers advice, take it!

Beyond that, metal detecting should be fun. Go out and dig, enjoy nature, learn about history, but respect the land and others. Don’t get pulled into competition or let it twist into a mad dash for YouTube views or Facebook likes. If you are detecting for the right reasons your life will be enriched so much more than any buried treasure can offer.

If you are detecting for the right reasons your life will be enriched so much more than any buried treasure can offer…..

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Thanks again Kimmie and have a glass of red for me…😉

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15 responses to “Kimmie Price – Q & A

  1. gary fenn

    Another fine write up kim…one of the true dedicated worldwide diggers!

  2. John

    Awesome Q&A session! Keep up the great work!

  3. Hi Kimmie (& Dick):
    What a refreshing interview and ‘take’ on our pastime. Loved it.

    John
    https://detectingandcollecting.wordpress.com/

  4. Tony

    Dick, congratulations on yet another terrific Q & A. Besides your ability to deliver a professional one you choose a terrific guest too. Kimmie, it’s refreshing to hear from such an astute dectorist’s as yourself. It’s also refreshing to hear that more women are getting into a great hobby. I enjoyed your answers and your finds but most of all your last paragraph really hit home with me. In my opinion as well – Metal detecting should be fun and not competitive. Use YouTube to learn the how too’s. Best of luck to you in the future.

    • SirenKimmie

      Thank you so much for the compliments. I am so glad you appreciated where I was coming from. Happy Hunting! Xoxo

  5. john taylor

    xoxo means she is sending you “kisses!” you are blessed!..indeed!

    (h.h.!)
    j.t.

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