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March 03, 2020 02:00AM avatar
March 1965: ... I could pop the hood on my '52 Buick Special and do a 'tune-up' on the straight 8. Just needed 8 spark plugs, cap, rotor and simple tools. Had to replace spark plug wires if they were worn. Not a difficult task for a savvy HS Sophomore.

I also took the 'Kit' my brother bought and, with a soldering iron and a few simple tools, I made a search coil and assembled the parts to fashion my first Metal ./ Mineral Locator. Not a difficult task for the same HS Sophomore.

Two months later I turned 16, and bought a '49 Chevy on my 16th birthday. Didn't like the "Three-on-a-Tree" manual transmission so in a couple of months, summertime, I got a few simple tools and bought a floor shifter conversion kit and did the change-over work to have a nifty manual-transmission with a floor shift. Not a difficult task for the same HS former Sophomore going-to-be Junior with a common-sense think-tank.


Later in Life ... The more recent Thirty Years +: ... There are no 'simple' parts for a tune-up, and what you need sure costs a lot more $$$. I didn't / don't have all the tools needed to accomplish a tune-up, or understand all the computer and electronic stuff needed to make or fix much of anything under the hood of a vehicle for quite a long while.

I have some basic hand-tools, but parted with my soldering iron a while back because my hands aren't so steady, my eyes not as sharp, and with all the chips and other micro-sized stuff used to 'tune-up' a detector and make it purr properly, and to design the darned thing in the first place .... is NOT for the average sharp-minded HS Sophomore or Junior.

Making and building the wonderful outdoor sport devices we enjoy using takes a whole lot more education, skill, and forward-thinking knowledge. There are far fewer detector companies around today, and those few need to have some of the sharper-thinking folks who understand all of the new-age digital stuff, and who have a desire to work in the detector engineering and design field. A smaller market to entice educated people to seek them out, and then the companies have to invest enough $$$ in their salaries to keep them. And to do that they need make a lot of $ale$ to have what it takes to stay in the game. Some simply don't have it anymore.

Monte

"Your EYES ... the only 100% accurate form of Discrimination!"

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Subject Author Views Posted

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

Monte 290 February 28, 2020 07:04AM

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

Wayfarer 137 March 28, 2020 11:23AM

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

NWCindy 104 March 28, 2020 10:14PM

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

glabelle 119 March 28, 2020 03:43PM

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

Sodbuster 105 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 118 March 17, 2020 04:58AM

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

Monte 175 March 17, 2020 06:27AM

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

Tony 124 March 17, 2020 04:21PM

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

zincoln 136 March 17, 2020 08:02PM

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

Sodbuster 116 March 18, 2020 08:42AM

Brian, a very kind and considerate write-up.

Monte 133 March 18, 2020 06:15AM

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

zincoln 126 March 18, 2020 10:27AM

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

glabelle 114 March 18, 2020 12:31PM

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

OregonGregg 121 March 18, 2020 03:38PM

Memories

Remfire 111 March 18, 2020 09:51PM

Making memories in Lonesome Arch was a good start.

Monte 122 March 19, 2020 11:23AM

Re: Memories

OregonGregg 132 March 19, 2020 05:16AM

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

UtahRich 110 March 17, 2020 11:09PM

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

zincoln 100 March 18, 2020 05:35AM

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

Tony 108 March 17, 2020 09:48PM

Here in the USA, White's IS overpriced.

Monte 126 March 18, 2020 06:06AM

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

zincoln 103 March 18, 2020 05:41AM

White's nostagia

glabelle 98 March 17, 2020 05:01PM

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

glabelle 93 March 17, 2020 05:01PM

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

jmaryt 175 February 28, 2020 11:13PM

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

glabelle 158 February 29, 2020 08:11AM

Here's How You Do It ...

Monte 178 February 29, 2020 08:27AM

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

jmaryt 146 February 29, 2020 04:50PM

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

Monte 195 March 01, 2020 08:23AM

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

jmaryt 140 March 01, 2020 07:44PM

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

Monte 136 March 01, 2020 08:42PM

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

jmaryt 117 March 02, 2020 10:16PM

Fixing and making, basic education to technical education.

Monte 175 March 03, 2020 02:00AM

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

glabelle 118 March 01, 2020 09:44PM

Your question and comments are spot-on.

Monte 148 March 02, 2020 07:52AM

Re: Your question and comments are spot-on.

johnedoe 79 March 28, 2020 01:55PM

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

Monte 81 March 29, 2020 04:38PM

Re: Your question and comments are spot-on.

glabelle 64 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 116 February 29, 2020 07:56AM



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