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Looking at a lot of posts from various Forums, I noticed ..

February 19, 2023 09:49AM avatar
.. quite a few who are very devoted to SMF's are because they have been using Minelab models for quite some time. Most are still solid fans of Minelab detectors while a few have tried other brands but then went back to Minelab.

Then there is another big group of hobbyists who haven't been into detecting very long, some started with a SF detector, but made a switch to a SMF. Some to a Deus II, some to an Apex, a few to a Legend, but most seem to have been drawn to the Minelab's. And with several small group discussions I have had the past nine or ten months, most of the people are not serious avid detectorists, but more casual or part-time hobbyists and many only associate SMF with Minelab and don't even know there are other choices out there. This is especially true of the Equinox series.

Most with an Equinox have never used a Selectable SF because they have heard / been told / read that working in a Multi-Frequency is always best and you get better depth and so on and so on.

Now, I have my Vanquish 540 Pro and I like what it can do in the right sites, but I also know some shortcomings and have a devoted liking for several SF detectors. And I have demonstrated strengths and weakness of both SMF and SF operation to others. I often am surprised at some of the facial expressions and comments others make when I demonstrate THEIR detectors and they find out how to adjust them better, use them better, and just how well they can perform.

While they, Minelab, have done some bad marketing for a long time, such as fooling people that the BBS units operated at 17 Frequencies and FBS at 28 Frequencies, or that the Equinox Multi-IQ introduction was going to make all SF detectors obsolete, then gave folks a 600 or 800 with Selectable SF's, they have done one thing.

It seems they have influenced common thinking that SMF is the only way to go and can do everything better. Again, not totally correct, but folks as a whole sure seem trapped in SMF thinking ... thanks mostly to Minelab.

That might be one reason I am pleased to see them introducing the new X-Terra Pro w/o an SMF function. thumbs up Also makes me satisfied to have my six or seven (when I get Nokta serviced) other Single Frequency detectors to complement my SMF Vanquish 540.

Just some observations from small group gatherings and a lot of scrolling through Forum posts.


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Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 02/20/2023 08:39AM by Monte.
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Looking at a lot of posts from various Forums, I noticed ..

Monte 192 February 19, 2023 09:49AM

Re: Looking at a lot of posts from various Forums, I noticed ..

glabelle 143 February 20, 2023 09:41AM

George, let me share my thoughts.

Monte 111 February 20, 2023 07:08PM

Re: George, let me share my thoughts.

glabelle 102 February 21, 2023 12:13PM

Exactly my point.

Monte 118 February 21, 2023 12:26PM

Is there a Dr in the house?

UtahRich 168 February 20, 2023 11:25AM

Re: Is there a Dr in the house?

kac 112 February 20, 2023 08:14PM

Re: Is there a Dr in the house?

glabelle 106 February 21, 2023 12:22PM

Each Person must find their own path - PG13

UtahRich 129 February 21, 2023 01:36AM

There are many paths, and some folks blaze new ones.

Monte 100 February 21, 2023 12:07PM

Re: Each Person must find their own path - PG13

xpmoguy 101 February 21, 2023 11:14AM

Prep'ing for Success in 2023 -

UtahRich 103 February 21, 2023 12:19PM

Don't hesitate to post you success afield.

Monte 86 February 21, 2023 12:12PM

Re: Is there a Dr in the house?

Kickindirt 131 February 20, 2023 07:59PM

Re: Is there a Dr in the house?

OregonGregg 91 February 21, 2023 09:48AM

OUCH !!!

OregonGregg 140 February 20, 2023 12:03PM

He chose "poorly"

UtahRich 138 February 20, 2023 12:57PM

Re: He chose "poorly"

jmaryt 97 February 21, 2023 01:04PM


UtahRich 154 February 21, 2023 01:21PM

Re: LOL.

jmaryt 83 February 21, 2023 07:12PM

Am I being hoodwinked ??

OregonGregg 114 February 20, 2023 01:06PM

winking smiley N/T

UtahRich 81 February 20, 2023 07:00PM

Re: winking smiley Okey-Doked

Utmike 113 February 20, 2023 10:05PM

It's getting tough out there.

OregonGregg 109 February 21, 2023 09:41AM

Emergency First Aid

UtahRich 89 February 21, 2023 11:56AM

Bring'r on

OregonGregg 124 February 21, 2023 12:17PM

Bring'r on

UtahRich 127 February 21, 2023 12:44PM

Rich, just even the odds ....

Monte 151 February 21, 2023 06:45PM

Showdown part Deus? Attachments

Utmike 143 February 21, 2023 02:22PM

LOL - Showdown at the OK Corral

UtahRich 100 February 21, 2023 03:55PM

I like Minelab

OregonGregg 86 February 21, 2023 05:12PM

Re: I like Minelab Attachments

Utmike 92 February 21, 2023 07:08PM

Re: I like Minelab

OregonGregg 98 February 21, 2023 07:30PM

"Me and the ol' Core do better under pressure"

Monte 89 February 21, 2023 12:33PM

Re: Looking at a lot of posts from various Forums, I noticed ..

D&P-OR 109 February 20, 2023 10:06AM

Re: Looking at a lot of posts from various Forums, I noticed ..

glabelle 155 February 20, 2023 12:53PM

Agree 100%

OregonGregg 107 February 20, 2023 01:40PM

NASA Gregg has spoken grinning smiley

UtahRich 131 February 20, 2023 03:23PM

Catching up to the Minelab Equinox 800 - Detector Wars

UtahRich 131 February 19, 2023 04:26PM

UtahRich, a reply to maybe clarify.

Monte 153 February 19, 2023 06:40PM

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