Monthly Archives: October 2020

You know What I Hate?

Still healing and nothing in the ole noggin to bore you with so here’s a rerun from June 2015 (a year I’d like to forget). And for the record I’ve mellowed some since then. Continue reading


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Come On Now, Really?

I’m sitting here looking at the Simplex leaning against the wall and thinking “maybe tomorrow”. Been saying that now for two weeks, well aware that the great fall weather we’re now experiencing won’t last forever. Continue reading


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A Q&A with Colin (Toddy) Irvine

On the River Forth

Colin, a.k.a Toddy, Irvine is a proud Scot as well a long time detectorist, diver, promoter and teacher. He’s also a busy guy and I appreciate his taking the time to answer the following questions.  Thanks Toddy!! Continue reading


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Bob Buttafuso sent the following:

As to the purchase of Whites by Garrett, Centreville Electronics has been contracted by Whites to continue repairing their units, both warranty and out of warranty, for the next few years. We have around 90% of the parts available, and what we are low on we plan to outsource. If folks are closer to Oregon than Virginia, we recommend they send their units to Todd in Lebanon, Oregon.

For more info our website is while Todd’s is Centreville Electronics NW ( Any questions can be sent to myself and my partner Paul at

Hope this answers the questions you and many others will have.



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Hectic Times…

Forgive me for another “throwback”….too many things going on at present to sit down and write. Bear with me…. This one is from September 2017 and titled “Sit Back and We’ll Do the Work For You”.


The Day We Stopped Listening….

I’m not good with dates and even worse remembering times and places but I think it started in the early 1980’s. A time when there was not a lot of competition and a time when a detectorist was only concerned about where he was going to detect, not whether he could. Continue reading


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A Throwback from Stephen Grey…

Been a rather crazy week here at the Amesbury house and despite the great weather I haven’t been able to get out detecting. Here’s a throwback that Stephen Grey was kind enough to write for Stout Standards in July of 2016…. 


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Have You Thanked George Payne Today?

What more could you ask for? A little vino and the latest TH’er’s Express!

Got the fall issue of the Paul Tainter’s very informative newsletter today and one article that really caught my eye concerned George Payne, a gentleman I met back in the mid 80’s. I lost track of him over the years and wondered about his whereabouts. Now I know…. Continue reading


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