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Congrats, and a good reason why I enjoy having a Tesoro or two on-hand.thumbs up

December 12, 2018 09:27PM avatar
I have a few detectors that I prefer more for urban Coin & Jewelry Hunting, and some that are without a doubt the best for serious Relic Hunting the challenging sites where nails and rusty tin abounds. But on every detecting jaunt I make, be it local or rural, I always have at least one of my favorite Tesoro models with me. My regular Tesoro 'travel unit' is a Bandido II µMAX and I keep a 6" Concentric coil mounted due to the thick brush and dense debris I most often encounter.

As I have described to those who attend a seminar or are at some club or other presentation, I have hunted my all-time favorite ghost town since May of '69, mostly on just occasional visits with the older TR, TR-Disc. and VLF/TR-Disc. units until July of '83. Since then, I have worked it especially hard, as often as possible, and with just about every detector I have on-hand on my visits, but always their performance was compared with the Tesoro(s) I took along. I started with Tesoro's in July of '83, and used mainly the 7" Concentric coil until the thin-profile 6" Concentric became available.

One bleak-looking chunk of high desert with no standing structures and a lot of debris describes that townsite, yet it has produced hundreds of US coins for me. I filled four binders of 2X2 carded coins and then some, and easily 90%, and really more like 95%, of all the old coins, trade tokens and other interesting 'keepers' from there have been found when I was using a Tesoro detector.

Even on my last few visits five to ten years ago when I was hunting with others, all of those who were using Minelab FBS models or top-end offerings from Fisher, Teknetics, Garrett and White's, were all surprised at the results I had from the terrific performance using a non-display, non-Tone ID, simple and light weight Tesoro.

On one of the last trips, there is a fairly open area, free of sage brush and weeds, that has a draw like a magnet that pulls any detector operator in and through there. I watched as the five guys I was hunting with, all of them using a Minelab Explorer II or other FBS model, meandered through that clearing.

When the last one had just moved on into some short grassy area I wandered in with a Tejón (one of my least favorite Tesoro's although they can work OK) and I hunted toward the center of the open area. I had a very clean signal and, from less than 1½"-2", I recovered an 1865 3¢ piece, nickel variety. Not only was I using a Tejón, but I didn't have a smaller-size coil handy and was hunting with the stock 8X9 Concentric coil. Again, not my #1 choice for a very contaminated old RR town site.

Anyone active enough to hunt a variety of sites, and use a good assortment of detector makes and models and search coils sizes and types, learns very quickly that there is no such thing as a 'perfect' metal detector or detector / coil set-up. There are times and site / environment conditions that will impair a detectors 'best performance' potential, and for that I always travel with at least three detectors just to be ready for what I might face. Yes, sometimes even a Tesoro can be grossly impaired, such as here in my den due to terrible EMI. But in the majority of places I hunt, I can usually count on a Tesoro to perform quite well.

Were you using only the standard 8X9 Concentric coil? Keep us informed of your adventures afield which checking out your modified Cibola.


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GA1dad 542 December 12, 2018 06:03PM

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Timbertodd 337 December 14, 2018 01:58PM

Congrats, and a good reason why I enjoy having a Tesoro or two on-hand.thumbs up

Monte 411 December 12, 2018 09:27PM

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