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Once upon a time .....

December 08, 2019 10:33AM avatar
there were a lot more metal detecting hobbyists, here in the USA, and quite a few working the beaches and were successful. However, we usually used a standard detector and hit the dry sand, the damp sand, the wet sand and waded into the shallow surf. Some waded out into the deeper water, especially after we had some waterproof detectors on the market that worked well and, usually, didn't have a leakage issue.

But we also used to have a lot of avid detector users who would Cache Hunt or Nugget Hunt and even work Relic Hunting type environments, and by far, a huge number of people involved in Coin Hunting. However, a few things happened. Local dealers vanished and they helped promote the detecting hobby locally. Magazines vanished and they helped promote the hobby and kept more people involved as well. There used to be a lot of metal detecting clubs that were very active and kept interest up and brought in new hobbyists, but the vast majority of them, hundreds, have vanished. Also, a big number of those who took up the hobby in the latter '60s through the '90s haven't stayed in it or have passed away. It wasn't promoted to younger people and that's why we don't see the amount of interest that was very apparent two to five decades ago.

Metal detector prices are higher than what we used to invest just to go out and have fun, and that has limited consumer interest. And PI's, as we know them, haven't been all that appealing to most Coin Hunters or Jewelry Hunters, and that includes Beach Hunters, especially without a good, functional Discrimination capability. Yes, many of us are aware that a good Pulse Induction model might have some benefits for us at times and for certain applications, but ....

Too expensive for many. Too difficult for some to learn or not as "multi-purpose" as some would like. And a lot of people on these Forums or just enjoying this great outdoor sport are not in it that seriously and many, or very many, of them only own one or maybe two detectors and a PI just isn't a good 'fit' in their detector outfit.

Plus, we have a lot more waterproof "general purpose" detectors available now, such as Garrett's AT Max, AT Pro and AT Gold, Minelab's Equinox 800 and 600, or the Kruzer, Anfibio and Simplex+ offerings from Nokta / Makro and a few others, that are all waterproof and submersible yet offer a lot more applications other than Beach Hunting. Plus they feature good Discrimination control and both Visual and Audio Target ID. I don't think there is that strong a market today, not like there used to be, for the waterproof PI market. Yes, they will sell, but I just don't see there being a big enough market that would last for long.

Just my aquaphobic thoughts on this topic.


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Fisher Impulse AQ -2020?

UtahRich 813 November 30, 2019 09:54AM

Not much interest in Beach / Shallow water hunting. eye rolling smiley

UtahRich 431 December 07, 2019 05:32PM

Once upon a time .....

Monte 442 December 08, 2019 10:33AM

Once upon a time .....

UtahRich 427 December 08, 2019 01:24PM

Re: Not much interest in Beach / Shallow water hunting. eye rolling smiley

OregonGregg 414 December 08, 2019 10:02AM

What ? Overkill ? eye rolling smiley

UtahRich 584 December 08, 2019 02:50PM

Another very good post, and to the point.

Monte 476 December 09, 2019 01:22PM

Thanks Monte.

OregonGregg 403 December 09, 2019 06:37PM

Big Head . . . .

UtahRich 414 December 10, 2019 01:07PM

Adding a link to those photos is .... well, Santa has extra lumps of coal for your stocking.

Monte 419 December 12, 2019 11:03AM

I'm headed back to NV in 2020

UtahRich 403 December 12, 2019 04:04PM

I hear what you're saying,

Monte 412 December 13, 2019 06:46AM

Re: I'm headed back to NV in 2020

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