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I’m with you on the updated V3i. Speed it up with new processors and cut out the things that only confuses even the advanced detectorist. I have mine set up for my conditions and base different programs off of that. Basically making it a simple machine for me that is a killer machine. However, not everyone wants to go through the steep learning curve to get to that point.I’ve been watching, waiting for Garrett to make the best of the intellectual and physical property they purchased from Whites. One idea I push is a reconfigured V3i with tech updates and a streamlining of the menu navigation to attract those who felt it was too much. Lighter, waterproof with Garrett’s waterproof connectors for coil & headphones.
I still have my V3i (plus 10 other detectors) but unless I use my hip mount (tangles up in the woods) it’s way more to swing than my Nox or F75 or….
35 years ago I was swinging blue box 6000Di Pro and similar no prob but wrist fatigue but then I was 30 years old.
Another gem is my TDI Beachunter, with all Garrett’s PI expertise they have to bring this back in some form. At the elevated price point it would go for I don’t think it would knock the Seahunter MK2 off the list. My Seahunter is a great travel PI and goes to MX often with me.
I stumbled accross this topic and had to comment as a long time Whites guy.
Hmm... my thoughts on this are different. The Spectra as we have known it will not have a come back, depending on the discontinued components. That was the reason White's stopped the VX3 production to have more components for the V3i; as the margin was better on this one (both detectors used the same parts, only different software ) So they could get the most out of the remaining components.
About the resurrection of the GM 24K I think it was a test balloon to get feedback on how well a White's branded detector will sell; and only time will show how much money can be generated this way. (and Garrett was in the need of a new gold-detector)
I for mine like the ace-apex even if I do not own one right now. But if my White's SMF will stop working this one will be the next for sure. May be Garrett will improve the design and fexibility of this detector, spending it a dot matrix display instead of this shaby LCD, and giving it with that some more adjustable featrures like on the Spectra series. (they do own the patents for the machines, go and use them)
I think Garrett has the power to change the detector market with detectors at an reasonable price, quality build with outstanding service.
My research reveals the i is the V3i added International languages to the menu. However, I read here that it was something else. I believe the White's Spectra V3i is still the best multi-freq. that has simultaneous freq. read out; together, with the only metal detector I am aware of that provides multi-freq. pinpoint readout simultaneously? I love mine! I will never sell it! I believe it is the only one on the market that teaches patience! It will teach one metal detecting! The build quality of the White's products, and Garrett are second to none. I could not fathom spending that kind of money only to worry if the ears on the coil would break! I also own another multi-freq. metal detector. The build quality between the two does not compare. Prior to White's closing I sent mine in, and they sent it back with a new coil free of charge, including free shipping.I have two questions: 1.) Whats the difference v3i vs. v3 ? (2. whats the favorite white's detector for your all around basic hunting??Thanks CJM