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Can anyone identify


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This vintage Garrett detector? A buddy of mine acquired it today and sent me a picture of it. I personally have never seen one like it before and am curious. Any help would be greatly appreciated.




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I had one almost exactly like this one back in the 1980's. It was a Garrett Deep Seeker. This was a great detector and I found a lot of CW relics with it. This was built like a tank and went deep. Garrett still makes quality detectors, although I don't believe they are built as tough as these units were with the metal box housing. Great to still see some of these around.


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That would be fun to play around with. So would a BFO unit,
We really have come a long way on detectors.


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In the 1970s,Garrett usually put the models name on the front of the control box where the coil connector is.
Its about a '76 or 77 Deepseeker VLF/TR with the retune button. The following year had a dual mode switch and it was called the ADS Deepseeker and an auto tune was added. (they also put a plastic
connector on the rod end and had separate disc and ground balance. (the one above has 1 control to double for both) I used with one and sold them like crazy. It was built like a tank. (6-9 volt batteries)


Lots of fond memories from when I purchased this ADS Deepseeker in 1977 from Garrett Dealer here in Perth Western Australia. Took it gold prospecting. Was fun to use in the Goldfields over here.
It also served me well as a coin detector for a fews years.
I kept it because I could and because it can still find.

I purchased the Hunter ADS 2 with the sharp shooter coil around 2013 because it was going quite cheap and was just curiouse to see what it did by comparison to the Deepseeker


In general, I think they are still ok to detect with even in these times but nothing like the more light weight a multi tone detectors of today.


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