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Will there be anything new ... and useful ... from White's ...

February 28, 2020 07:04AM avatar
.. in time to make our 12th WTHO in Nevada starting June 3rd? Something new in physical packaging and circuitry design concept that would make a good performer in dense Iron Nails, Rusty Tin and other challenging conditions we face?

I just posted this topic on the FTP and Garrett Forums because I thought we might have seen something in the way of a more useful detector to compete with the current market that is well represented by foreign detector manufacturers.

Trying to figure out the White's thinking gets puzzling. Personally, I think they only have two worthy models in their entire line-up to compete with the market today of "General Purpose" detectors on the market. Those are the land-based MX-7 which is an off-shoot of their waterproof MX-Sport. Good features, decent retail price, and they work okay. Other models are over-featured, over-size and heavier, and over-priced, such as the MXT All-Pro.

They did use the MX-7's very good physical package to make a Gold Nugget Hunting 24K, and then recently took that and repackaged it into a waterproofed GMX Sport, but that's a specific niche market. Their lower end models are terrible. Their higher end models really are not that great and are over-priced for what the trend has been for the past five or six years.

Let's face it, the good old days of beginners buying anything affordable and going out to find a lot of coins is over. We don't have the quantity of coins left in the popular public places because many of us who started a while back to long long-ago found them, or at least the bulk of them. Yes, there are still coins out there to be found, but far, far fewer, and most playgrounds and parks and old picnic groves and similar sites just are not being used much anymore. To make it worse, so many kids today don't have any money in their pocket to get lost in the first place.

There are the 'specialty' markets of Gold Nugget Hunting and Beach Hunting that might call for a 'specialty' detector, but .... the bulk of the Metal Det6ecting Industry, world-wide, is made up of more devoted consumers who get out Relic Hunting. That includes working the old ghost towns and similar places here in the USA, such as on most of our Outings, as well as hunting out-of-the-way or overlooked urban areas, such as vacant lots, renovation sites. structure tear-downs, and such. Also, watch any of the foreign-based You Tube videos and you'll see they hunt wide open pastureland and plowed fields or sometimes in the woods. Not a local grassy park or tot-lot. More "Relic Hunting" type applications and not a citified Coin Hunting approach.

And the surge in metal detector interest in the past five years has really been towards the Turkey-built Nokta / Makro devices of which they have many models, the France-made XP Deus and ORX, or the Australian-based MInelab who has made a devoted effort to lighter and better balanced and featured models, at affordable prices, with the Equinox and Vanquish series. Matter-of-fact, other than my two favorite models from the now defunct Tesoro, the rest of my Regular-Use Detector Outfit is made up with models from Nokta / Makro (4), XP (2), and Minelab (2).

The oldest metal detecting companies in the industry, all US based being Fisher, Garrett and White's, either have to be working hard to create something new and desirable and affordable ... or have let their employees know to start planning on retirement. I really wonder who's running the show at White's, and who might be a lead engineer trying to develop a new product or two.

From them, and the other two makers, I really would think we would see a new springtime introduction of a detector that might be of interest to me and most of the readers of the AHRPS Forums and other Avid Detectorists. Something that would be worthy to take to the upcoming annual Outing and be of interest to others and demonstrate good in-the-field performance. Any thoughts?

Monte

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Subject Author Views Posted

Will there be anything new ... and useful ... from White's ...

Monte 171 February 28, 2020 07:04AM

Thought on White's ... and some advice if they are listening

Wayfarer 58 March 28, 2020 11:23AM

Re: Thought on White's ... and some advice if they are listening

NWCindy 37 March 28, 2020 10:14PM

Re: Thought on White's ... and some advice if they are listening

glabelle 41 March 28, 2020 03:43PM

Re: Thought on White's ... and some advice if they are listening

Sodbuster 26 April 06, 2020 02:23PM

My gut feeling (based on nothing really) is that White’s will be around for some time to come  N/T

Tony 54 March 17, 2020 04:58AM

I'd like to see that happen, but ....

Monte 77 March 17, 2020 06:27AM

Re: I'd like to see that happen, but ....

Tony 55 March 17, 2020 04:21PM

Let's give them a hand up, and not a push down

zincoln 66 March 17, 2020 08:02PM

Re: Let's give them a hand up, and not a push down

Sodbuster 46 March 18, 2020 08:42AM

Brian, a very kind and considerate write-up.

Monte 52 March 18, 2020 06:15AM

I'll keep carrying the flag as long as i have working machines...

zincoln 57 March 18, 2020 10:27AM

Re: I'll keep carrying the flag as long as i have working machines...

glabelle 48 March 18, 2020 12:31PM

Re: I'll keep carrying the flag as long as i have working machines...

OregonGregg 48 March 18, 2020 03:38PM

Memories

Remfire 46 March 18, 2020 09:51PM

Making memories in Lonesome Arch was a good start.

Monte 45 March 19, 2020 11:23AM

Re: Memories

OregonGregg 48 March 19, 2020 05:16AM

Re: Let's give them a hand up, and not a push down

UtahRich 45 March 17, 2020 11:09PM

Re: Let's give them a hand up, and not a push down

zincoln 37 March 18, 2020 05:35AM

Re: Let's give them a hand up, and not a push down

Tony 48 March 17, 2020 09:48PM

Here in the USA, White's IS overpriced.

Monte 46 March 18, 2020 06:06AM

Re: Let's give them a hand up, and not a push down

zincoln 41 March 18, 2020 05:41AM

White's nostagia

glabelle 43 March 17, 2020 05:01PM

Re: I'd like to see that happen, but ....

glabelle 43 March 17, 2020 05:01PM

Re: Will there be anything new ... and useful ... from White's ...

jmaryt 94 February 28, 2020 11:13PM

Re: Will there be anything new ... and useful ... from White's ...

glabelle 84 February 29, 2020 08:11AM

Here's How You Do It ...

Monte 88 February 29, 2020 08:27AM

Re: Here's How You Do It ...

jmaryt 77 February 29, 2020 04:50PM

No, don't WANT to see them croak. But, the real question is ...

Monte 109 March 01, 2020 08:23AM

Re: No, don't WANT to see them croak. But, the real question is ...

jmaryt 74 March 01, 2020 07:44PM

Re: No, don't WANT to see them croak. But, the real question is ...

Monte 66 March 01, 2020 08:42PM

Re: No, don't WANT to see them croak. But, the real question is ...

jmaryt 56 March 02, 2020 10:16PM

Fixing and making, basic education to technical education.

Monte 100 March 03, 2020 02:00AM

Re: No, don't WANT to see them croak. But, the real question is ...

glabelle 61 March 01, 2020 09:44PM

Your question and comments are spot-on.

Monte 73 March 02, 2020 07:52AM

Re: Your question and comments are spot-on.

johnedoe 27 March 28, 2020 01:55PM

I kind of agree, but at the same time disagree .at least a little.

Monte 21 March 29, 2020 04:38PM

Re: Your question and comments are spot-on.

glabelle 17 March 28, 2020 03:49PM

Stay Tuned??? I did that once. All I got was 'snow' or a bunch of colorful lines and a loud noise. N/T

Monte 55 February 29, 2020 07:56AM



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