…I’ve been thinking about a couple of comments that were made regarding myreview of the Simplex and want to address them.
First off despite my age I’m not adverse to or uninterested in today’s detectors. In fact far from it. I hear about them (sometimes before you do), talk about them with friends and give their features/specs a good look. I also share “what I can” here on SS (most recently the Apex).
Would I love to have one or two of these newer models? You bet! The reason I don’t is money, or lack thereof. Same problem I have with so many other wants and desires in my life. I’m well aware that technology is constantly advancing and one has to keep up, but in my case it’s proportionate to the $$$ in my pocket.
What I do talk a lot about and what you might construe as new detector snobbishness is the “gotta be the first” trait with so many tekkies. I know a lot about it because I used to be the same way. Just that I grew up, wised up and finally realized that it really didn’t matter so much what detector I owned or used. What did matter was what was I finding and truth be told it all depended on where I was searching.
I was also the “gotta have” guy early in my music career. I wanted every top of the line guitar and amp I played. I had to have this set of strings, this strap, this kind of pick, these effect pedals, this gig bag and what I should have been doing was spending my time practicing, playing scales, exercises, learning new tunes and just being a better all around musician.
Play guitar? You “have to have” a few of these “enhancers”…
The manufacturers are going to tell you every new detector they come out with is guaranteed to go deeper and find more than the one you are using now. It’s called marketing and the good companies know how to do it well. Just keep in mind that every new “anything” is bound to have a few glitches, faults, flaws, bugs, setbacks so why not wait a month or two and get a read on in-the-field feedback, problems, upgrades or updates? That new model detector might well be the next seventh wonder of the world but I’m betting it’s not going to make you wealthy when you take it to the same three or four places you’ve been hunting for the past ten years.
2nd point of contention – It did take a new detector for me to “get off the couch” BUT being on the couch is not something I’m happy about, not something I planned. It’s just the way things are at this point in my life. I wish I could go back, even just five or ten years but I can’t. I wish I had feeling in my feet and hands but I don’t and there’s nothing I can do to fix it. I wish my arthritis wasn’t so bad, but it is and it’s not going to go away. I wish I didn’t have to be concerned with exposing my skin to the rays of the sun but I now must. I could go on and on but I won’t. Suffice to say my body is no longer a temple. Hell it’s not even a fixer upper.
You’all just need to accept the fact that ole Stouty, is not the detectorist he used to be. Time in grade has worn me down and out and I need to make merry whenever I feel spry and agile.
Finally, I am excited about the Simplex. There’s something about it that reminds me of my early days of detecting. Not sure if it’s the crisp audio responses, the target separation, the spot on pinpointing or what. It just feels right for me at this time. I’m anxious too to get the new smaller 8″ coil, but I desperately need to find a few more productive sites first (The bane of today’s detectorist).
I promise to keep you updated on my “in-the-field” adventures and trust me every time I leave the house to do anything it’s an adventure. Cheers!