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DeepTech

Bandido or Silver Sabre which one to keep?

Rick W

Well-known member
Three months from now, early March, I will wrap up 57 years of detecting. I didn't have a Conquistador, but I did handle one to do some comparisons. I was mainly using smaller-size detectors than those huge box White's. In the summer of '69 the White's GhostTowner BFO was definitely smaller and lighter, and in '71 I continued to use smaller-size or better-balanced detectors. While that started to be a trend, it was the Tesoro detectors from the summer of '83 on that set standard for smaller and light-weight and balanced well. The µMAX (microMAX) series really have been appreciated.

Monte
Thanks, Monte! I bought a new Silver umax in the 90's, and cleaned-up 2 small Civil War cavalry camps with it. I was hooked on Tesoro after that. Stuff was not very deep in either place, but some items were deep enough to surprise me. Went back later to these places with a Minelab Explorer and a Whites V3i. The Tesoro didn't leave much behind for the other machines to find. I finally sold my "big" machines and figured that whatever a Tesoro couldn't find, I didn't need. Lol
 

Monte

Well-known member
Thanks, Monte! I bought a new Silver umax in the 90's, and cleaned-up 2 small Civil War cavalry camps with it. I was hooked on Tesoro after that. Stuff was not very deep in either place, but some items were deep enough to surprise me. Went back later to these places with a Minelab Explorer and a Whites V3i. The Tesoro didn't leave much behind for the other machines to find. I finally sold my "big" machines and figured that whatever a Tesoro couldn't find, I didn't need. Lol
My all-time favorite ghost town, that I named 'Twin Flats', produced hundred of old coins for me. Enough to fill four binder of carded 2X2's with some left to clean an card. I hit it first on My 4th of '69 with my brother, Ed, and then off-an-on through the year with various TR's, TR-Disc., and various VLF/TR-Disc. detectors. even a little with some VlF/VLF-Disc./TR-Disc. units with the faster sweep speed. I always found stuff, but it was a bit of a challenge to hunt due to the vast amount of iron junk, and dealing with the dense brush and uneven ground.

Then in July of '83 Tesoro introduced the Inca. I became a Tesoro dealer, swapped the 7" Concentric coil from my Mayan to the Inca, and started Relic Hunting 85% of the time. I have hunted ghost towns and other old-use sites in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. Of the high number of old coins, trade tokens and other smaller-size neat stuff, most of it is rather shallow. I've eye-balled Seated Liberty Dimes and Quarters, 'v' and Shield Nickels fully or partially exposed. I have found a few deeper good targets, but the amount of dense ferrous debris masks a lot of keepers .... but the Tesoro's found a lot of them.

I do have my CoRe and Relic and Apex devices, but I grab a Tesoro over 50% of the time, and for a very good reason - - - they Work and they Work Well.

Monte
 

Monte

Well-known member
Does these detector have multi tones?
No, my Tesoro's do not have a Tone ID other than their single-tone. The minimum Disc. setting is close to the ferrous / non-ferrous break point so there wouldn't be a Low-Tone Iron Audio. Just a good 'beep' on higher-conductive, non-ferrous targets.

Monte
 

Rick W

Well-known member
No, my Tesoro's do not have a Tone ID other than their single-tone. The minimum Disc. setting is close to the ferrous / non-ferrous break point so there wouldn't be a Low-Tone Iron Audio. Just a good 'beep' on higher-conductive, non-ferrous targets.

Monte
Yes, and it doesn't take very long to learn those beeps.
 

Monte

Well-known member
Yes, and it doesn't take very long to learn those beeps.
Very true. For example, I can hit a Tot-Lot and 'audibly classify' about 95% of the discarded foil and bypass it to continue hunting for coins and jewelry. There are other things we can learn from the audio, too.

Monte
 

Monte

Well-known member
Thanks guys. I sold my fors relic wish I would have kept it
This happens soften through the years, we realize we 'goofed' I can't tell you how many times I have made such a mistake.

On the other hand, some folks happen to have more than one of some models. In my den I have a 'backup' or 'spare' FORS Relic that is in pristine condition. I only used it about 15 minutes. It is one of several detectors I am going to be thinning out.

Monte
 
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