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I have a similar set up… two complete shafts with the 8” on one and the 10” on the other… I just switch the control box from one to the other.I own 2 musketeer advantages, one is equipped with the TS 800 coil and one has the TS 1000 coil, I have 2 because I don't like changing coils lol. The Musketeer Advantage is the deepest detector I have ever used and I have used a lot of detectors, including FBS, it's a bold statement but I stand by it. : )
The factory had a fire and they stopped production, but an employee I believe named Steve Goss took over the operation, It was really the end of a great company. Anyway, I sent my detector in and had it "juiced up" by Steve before they completely closed. . They had two models of this detector, one with and one without ground balance. My memory of the detectors I have owned is failing so if my facts are out of line, I apologize. Yes they were deep and accurate detectors. I have owned two Whites XL Pros(metered and legendary), and I would take the Compass Coinscanner over that detector. I sure wish that detector was still with me.I have read a few stories about the legendary compass coinscanner, is it as deep as they claim? It is a detector I have never had but always wanted to try.
Had one,actually had three M6's in all......great machine and still is.I used one on the beach for ages and did quite well with it.One of the best all rounders I ever owned.I had an 8x6 set coil on mine for inland use and this did really well.One of the only detectors that had a beach mode that actually worked........I had an mxt too and the M6 was the better machine in my humble opinion.
Then, I say that a Whites M6 with the 950 coil is good.
Used to have a guy in our club way back who always did great with his xlt,so much so that on rallies the rest of the club members used to drift in his direction because they thought the areas he was searching contained more stuff,some even thought he was planting items so he could win club competitions.🤣.No way to name just two, but, of the older models, I have:
Tesoro Silver Sabre microMAX and Bandido II microMAX, Inca, and a beautiful White's XLT.
As for some models I really liked but no longer have, there was the Fisher F-5 and White's 6000 Pro XL renamed the XL Pro. A much better detector than the Compass Coin Scanner series, and Compass was dead before the fire. The various Scanners, by John Earle and some re'do by George Payne had too many design issues unless you had a custom tailored unit by John.
Without going too far back those are models I really liked other than what I own or more modern offerings.
Don’t have it anymore I regret as it was originally $1200 when i first had it but it is still available brand new for $1600 the excalibur Ii i think is one of the best beach only machinesWhat detectors do you own that you think are still relevant and can give the latest models a run for their money.
I mostly detect the beaches these days so I will start off with the Sovereign GT and that old workhorse the Garrett Seahunter mk2.I still use both of these machines at the beach because as yet I don't see any reason to change them.......they still find just as much as the latest technical marvels.Great old tech machines........what's yours?
I agree the explorer's are still worth using. Most Pro's will be holding onto them. Can be bought fairly cheaply too these days. Can suffer from missed targets due to masking though ,As long as they still work properly, about any machine could make the grade, as long as you still have land that it can produce targets at. This is the issue, and what makes a machine “relevant” or not, IMO. My IDXPro still works just as it should, and I have verified this on my test coins. However….if I take it to my sites which have nothing good to find shallower than 7-8” deep, it’s not going to find anything, it can’t see a dime deeper than that in the ground on any kind of consistent basis. So even though I love it and still own it, it isn’t “relevant” to me and my situation anymore. My Explorers are relevant, they CAN find coins deeper than that range, due to the technology and a stock 11” coil, versus the stock 9.5” coil on the IDX.
Those are just 2 examples of detectors being relevant or not. If you are happy with what’s in your collection whether it be the latest machine or a 25 year old machine, that’s basically what counts. If you are a hardcore deep coin hunter like I am and your machine cannot continue to find deep old coins in your sites anymore, then the machine technically becomes “irrelevant” by definition.
Yo DD, tho I personally/regrettably never owned the Excalibur (went with a cz20 instead ) I vaguely remember the original with the crab coil ( thats what the description was ) was the most desirable of the variants... True or not, I don't know.Don’t have it anymore I regret as it was originally $1200 when i first had it but it is still available brand new for $1600 the excalibur Ii i think is one of the best beach only machines