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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The Simplex SP22 & SP24 Searchcoils – My Take!


I had every intention of doing a very detailed evaluation of the Nokta SP22 and SP24 searchcoils. Yup, I actually started experimenting with the now hip and trendy “coins vs. nails” board game and guess what? The results were pretty much what I thought they would be – The 11” stock coil wasn’t as good at the separation/isolation thing as the 8½ inch, the 8½ inch wasn’t as good as the 9½ x 5, and no matter the layout if I fooled around long enough and scanned at a gazillion different angles I could get a valid response. Continue reading


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It’s Thursday and…

It’s not only National Apple Dumpling Day it’s also “Throwback Thursday”. Here’s a tongue in cheek posting from February 2015…


The Bare Necessities…

I was chatting with a very old detecting friend in the UK the other day about the current state of the pastime, and interestingly, or maybe not, we were both on the same wave length.  Everyone is too caught up in the folderol, the frills, the bullshit if you will, the over promoting of their mastery of this extremely complex, formidable and baffling hobby called metal detecting. Continue reading


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Scattershooting (Again)…

Patience & Understanding

It’s interesting reading the online comments from all the new Apex users. Good, bad, confused, angry, you name it. They want the Apex to live up to the hype, the tease, the wait and damn it they want it now! From those that I know and trust? They love it! I’m waiting too for Joe Patrick and Bob Sickler to come on here and share their views. Continue reading


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Old Diggers Never Die…

...they just lose their sites!

Was talking with an old detecting friend the other day and we started talking (commiserating might be a better word) about our physical limitations when it came to detecting. Trying I suppose to make each other feel better about aging.

We discussed among other things the difficulty of getting down and up, back pain, bad knees and arthritis. We also talked about aids that might help like the short handled shovels, canes and the like.  At the time it seemed like a normal conversation but after hanging up I started feeling depressed. I mean jeezus is there any hope? Was there something to look forward to? 

Well to make a long story short it got me thinking about things and I wanted to run this idea by you all. I’m thinking seriously about opening – Continue reading


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You’all Crack Me Up!!

Just when I think we tekkies have matured you all prove me wrong. I came across the following comments on a Facebook page and LMAO! Continue reading


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What Floats Your Boat?

The heat has finally started to abate and miracle of miracles we’ve had a rain shower or two.  Sadly however the folks on the coast are dealing with hurricane Laura and she has not been kind. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers and find a way to help if you can. Continue reading


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Oh, and by the way…

…I’ve been thinking about a couple of comments that were made regarding my review 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). Continue reading


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The Nokta Makro Simplex+

For the past few months I’ve heard nothing but good things about the Nokta Simplex+ from people I respect and when the company came on board as an advertiser they asked if I would consider doing a review.  I agreed with the understanding that (1) there was no deadline, (2) it wouldn’t be lengthy nor technical and (3) that I can be brutally honest in my evaluation. Continue reading


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