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'Simple' is good but I have used 'top-end' models.

December 02, 2021 02:04PM avatar
By "top-end" I am referring to the excellent White's XLT. I got mine in June of '94 and for the bulk of my urban Coin & Jewelry Hunting, other than To-Lots, it was my primary-use detector. Was still a popular-use unit in my outfit until this past year.

But I have use so many makes and models, enjoying a lot of them more than others, until I settled on a team of detectors to handle my wants and needs. Today I have my 'specialty' units for get-serious Relic Hunting in dense ferrous debris with the Nokta FORS CoRe and FORS Relic. And I have a trio of Garrett Apex units, with different coils each, that make up my main-use detector for just about anything. Coin & Jewelry searches or some Relic Hunting tasks, and just a good general-purpose detector.

But going from 'complex' or 'modern' to good old fashioned 'Simple', I have my two loyal Tesoro models, the Bandido II microMAX and Silver Sabre microMAX, each outfitted with a 6" Concentric coil. While I have used many detectors, since July of '83 I have spent 85% of my time hunting ghost towns, homesteads, pioneer and military encampments, railroad depot sites and other remote, and typically iron cluttered, sites. One key reason is because that July of '83 Tesoro brought out the Inca which was our first slow-motion / quick-response detector that handles iron, such as nails, quite well.

I got my Inca, swapped a 7" Concentric coil from my Mayan, and went to work hunting the old locations .... and the pickin's were great!. My all-time favorite site to hunt, which I named Twin Flats, produced hundreds of coins to fill four binders of 2X2 carded coins, and I still had some left to clean. Other detectors I used there, but many didn't do well. However, of all those finds from my favorite townsite, 95% came my way with a favorite Tesoro model in-hand.

Yes, 'Simple' is good, especially when it works so well.


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