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Whites Coinmaster 2900 Trooper
Posted by: jachuck49
Date: December 22, 2007 09:16AM
I have a chance to buy one of these through a private deal. It's advertised as "New In Box". Can anyone tell me approx. when these were made? What year? The person wants $60.00 for it..( price right?) .I've got a Garrett Infinium LS and the ACE 250 now...thought I'd have another back-up.

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Re: Whites Coinmaster 2900 Trooper
Posted by: Technician
Date: December 22, 2007 10:11PM
I have a 2900/D which I bought it in the 70's. Best I remember it cost around $80 at that time.
Found many silver coins with it before I lost interest in detecting for a long time.
It is old technology, but do not under estimate it's effectiveness at 5 to 6 inches- maybe more!

Jim

Re: Is that a 100 KHZ TR model or a low KHZ TR model?N/T
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Date: December 23, 2007 12:45AM

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Re: Whites Coinmaster 2900 Trooper
Posted by: Monte
Date: December 23, 2007 08:07AM
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jachuck49
I have a chance to buy one of these through a private deal. It's advertised as "New In Box". Can anyone tell me approx. when these were made? What year? The person wants $60.00 for it..( price right?) .I've got a Garrett Infinium LS and the ACE 250 now...thought I'd have another back-up.
That can be a lot to pay for an older, simple detector. The 2900/D was introduced about 1985 at a suggested retail price of $179.95. It was a TR/Disc. model with an expanded range to adjust (compensate or balance) for the ground mineralization and provide an all metal operation, or you could reject unwanted trash. It operates at 6.59 kHz and could interchange coils with the other models of that era, which was pre-Blue max era. It was basically replaced in the spring of 1988 by the 2500/D, retailing for $149.95 and offering the same basic functions.


I've bought and sold a few of these in the $20-$35 range to have around for grandkids to use in the woodchip play areas. But I wouldn't spend much more than that, and even today I'd hesitate getting another because a Classic II would make a much better back-up. If you don't have a little 4" coil for the Ace 250, that's where I direct the money, or watch for a deal on a Prizm II or ???

Just my opinions.

Monte


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Re: Whites Coinmaster 2900 Trooper
Posted by: Technician
Date: December 23, 2007 08:39AM
Monte, not trying to dispute your knowledge on those machines.
But, I do know for a fact that I bought my 2900D in late 1977 or early 1978. My hunting buddy was a coworker.

I don't consider it a "dispute", however, I was just referring to their catalogs.
Posted by: Monte
Date: December 24, 2007 12:38AM
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Technician
Monte, not trying to dispute your knowledge on those machines.
But, I do know for a fact that I bought my 2900D in late 1977 or early 1978. My hunting buddy was a coworker.
My January 1976 catalog it has more models than you care to count! From the top of the line down they include: Coinmaster GEB 5/D, Coinmaster GEB 4/D, Coinmaster GEB 2, and Coinmaster GEB 1. Also shown are the TR Discriminators as follows: Alaskan TR 4B, GoldMaster 66 TR 4B, and Coinmaster IV TR 4B, the non-discriminating TR's: Coinmaster 2 TR2D and Coinmaster 1 TR2D. There was also the little Mini Master TR, and the five "budget" Beachcomber models. The Beachcomber 1, 2 and 3 were non-discriminating TR's, and the Beachcomber 4 and 5 featured TR Discrimination. Thats fifteen ..15 .. models, not counting any hip-mount variations.


Since I don't have a catalog for 1977 I can't supply that info, but here's what I do have from 1978 thru 1985.

In an 11/'78 brochure announcing the new 6000/D GEB Discriminator, they also showed the Coinmaster 5000/D, Coinmaster 4/D, Coinmaster 2/DB and Coinmaster 1/DB.

In their '79/'80 catalog, you could select from:
Coinmaster TR (AGC), Coinmaster 1/DB, Coinmaster 2/DB, Coinmaster 4/DB, Coinmaster 5000/D, Coinmaster 6/DB and 6000/D.

1981 offered the following, including the "New" Series 2 versions: Coinmaster TR (AGC), Coinmaster 1/DB Series 2, Coinmaster 2/DB Series 2, Coinmaster 4/DB, Coinmaster 6/DB, Coinmaster 5000/Dand the 6000/D Series 2.

1982's catalog features; Coinmaster TR (AGC) Series 2, Coinmaster 1/DB Series 2, Coinmaster 2/DB Series 2, 4000/D Series 2, 5000/D Series 2, and 6000/D Series 2.

1983's catalog has the exact same models as '82, plus the introduction of the new "top end" 6000/Di Series 2, their first Target ID model.

Showing some model changes and a display mounted on the front of the handle of the top 4 models, the 1984 catalog offers the following: Coinmaster 1000 Series 3, Coinmaster 2000/D Series 3, Coinmaster 3000/D Series 3, Coinmaster 4000/D Series 3, Coinmaster 5000/D Series 3, Coinmaster 6000/D Series 3 and the Coinmaster 6000/Di Series 3.

A January '85 flyer introduces the 4900/D Professional Series. I was at the factory in Sweet Home on a Wednesday in mid-April, 1985, when the new 6000 Di Pro(fessional) came out of production and Steve Howard & I assembled one (then another after some "testing") to do some comparisons in their outdoor test area and then put in their Demo/Display Room. New and carry-0ver models at that time included: Coinmaster 1000 Series 3, Coinmaster 2900/D Series 3 (the first use of the "2900" name on a White's to my knowledge), Coinmaster 4000/D Series 3, Coinmaster 4900/D Professional, Coinmaster 5500/D series 3, 6000/Di Series 3, and the new 6000 Di Professional ("Pro") that was their first model to feature AutoTrac.

I have many (most) catalogs since that time, I believe, and one from 1976, but the first recollection I have of the use of "2900" by White's was in 1985.

Monte


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Re: Whites Coinmaster 2900 Trooper
Posted by: Technician
Date: December 24, 2007 09:37PM
Beats me on the catalogs. I do know for sure I bought it in the late 1970's here in Austin when I was service manager for a TV repair shop. After that I went to work fo Texas Instruments for about a year and a half+. One of their suppliers then hired me and I went to California for a year. I quit them in mid 1983 and moved to Tennessee till early 1984 at which time I moved back to my home state of Texas. All that time I carried my 2900D with me.

Somewhat of a puzzle eh?

Jim

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