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Re: What machine are you going to get next??
Posted by: IDXMonster
Date: December 10, 2017 09:11PM
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WV62
I just got my next and last detector this past summer, I got the E-trac and even as a beginner my silver coin count has went way up. So I may get another coil or two but I am staying with the E-trac.

I am glad I tried the E-trac.

Ron in WV

There are qualities about machines and operators that I want to mention. A friend from the other forum and I went detecting last weekend for a day at 2 places we’ve both never been to. He was using the V3i(his eTrac was left in the truck) and I was using the CTX. I found 4 silver coins and I think 8-9 wheats while he did not manage a single wheat or silver coin. Of course the CTX isn’t an eTrac but it doesn’t have to be. Would he have dug any of the coins I did? I don’t know. That is a huge gap in finds,it’s likely not just a matter of chance. Would he have fared better with the etrac? Hard to say. But I look at numbers. If you’re doing better with your latest machine,good. If not,there’s a decision to make.
I think that’s a wise choice Ron,and I’m likewise staying with the CTX for the same reason...my finds went way up. I’ve hunted hard with it for 2 seasons and still have much to learn. The nuances and abilities of FBS has proven to be well beyond anything else I’ve tried,which have just been a few units. Given time,I’m sure we will continue to be impressed with what we have,and not with what we COULD have. As with detecting,greener grass isn’t necessarily a good thing...

Re: What machine are you going to get next??
Posted by: Happa54
Date: December 11, 2017 12:38PM
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IDXMonster
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WV62
I just got my next and last detector this past summer, I got the E-trac and even as a beginner my silver coin count has went way up. So I may get another coil or two but I am staying with the E-trac.

I am glad I tried the E-trac.

Ron in WV

There are qualities about machines and operators that I want to mention. A friend from the other forum and I went detecting last weekend for a day at 2 places we’ve both never been to. He was using the V3i(his eTrac was left in the truck) and I was using the CTX. I found 4 silver coins and I think 8-9 wheats while he did not manage a single wheat or silver coin. Of course the CTX isn’t an eTrac but it doesn’t have to be. Would he have dug any of the coins I did? I don’t know. That is a huge gap in finds,it’s likely not just a matter of chance. Would he have fared better with the etrac? Hard to say. But I look at numbers. If you’re doing better with your latest machine,good. If not,there’s a decision to make.
I think that’s a wise choice Ron,and I’m likewise staying with the CTX for the same reason...my finds went way up. I’ve hunted hard with it for 2 seasons and still have much to learn. The nuances and abilities of FBS has proven to be well beyond anything else I’ve tried,which have just been a few units. Given time,I’m sure we will continue to be impressed with what we have,and not with what we COULD have. As with detecting,greener grass isn’t necessarily a good thing...

I'm glad I cut my teeth on the Minelab Safari. I do a lot of research on MD'ing and various machines so I know the direction I need to go. I started MD'ing in January of this year and like everyone else you lose a lot of good targets because you don't know what the hell you are doing. But the time spent is invaluable to your education. I've read A Sabisch's Etrac book twice now and I play with the emulator in preparation for my purchase of the Etrac. Honestly, I'm not sure that the Etrac is gonna give me anymore in finds than the Safari because I am at a total comfort level with it and I am extremely confident in what it can do. After all, they are both FBS machines. But I will get the Etrac, just because it keeps my new hobby interesting.

Re: What machine are you going to get next??
Posted by: Rich (Utah)
Date: December 12, 2017 12:19AM
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Happa54

I'm glad I cut my teeth on the Minelab Safari. I do a lot of research on MD'ing and various machines so I know the direction I need to go. I started MD'ing in January of this year and like everyone else you lose a lot of good targets because you don't know what the hell you are doing. But the time spent is invaluable to your education. I've read A Sabisch's Etrac book twice now and I play with the emulator in preparation for my purchase of the Etrac. Honestly, I'm not sure that the Etrac is gonna give me anymore in finds than the Safari because I am at a total comfort level with it and I am extremely confident in what it can do. After all, they are both FBS machines. But I will get the Etrac, just because it keeps my new hobby interesting.

Happa54,

I've never thought of the Safari as a beginners detector. Not even close. The Quattro, Safari, Explorers and Etrac are all FBS detectors, each with different feel and levels of features. Some people like detectors with all sorts of settings and options to play and experiment with, others with fewer settings and a detector that just works. Sometimes certain detectors and detectorists JUST FIT TOGETHER. Andy has a book specifically on the Minelab Safari and Quattro. If you haven't had a look at it, you should give it some consideration. Perhaps you can glean something out of his book to up your game with the Safari.

Looking over my shoulder back to the 80's, there are a few detectors that I sold in order to get the next latest greatest thing that I wish I could've had back. I wish I would have tried the latest thing first to see if I liked it before abandoning an old friend that was working well. It would have saved me some grief along the way.

Best of luck out there.

Rich (Utah)



:minelab: Etrac - primary yard and park machine
Makro Racer 2 - primary old west sites, high iron trash,
:minelab: Sovereign GT - cruising old parks
:minelab: Equinox 800 - tbd
:tesoro: Bandido - backup old west sites, high iron trash.


enjoying the vistas and horizons of the Old West.

Re: What machine are you going to get next??
Posted by: cz70pro
Date: December 22, 2017 04:10PM
Have my eyes on a DeepTech Vista Gold Gain and Equinox 800.

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