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How old constitutes Vintage anyway?

gfatizzi

Member
The reason I ask is because I just realized that the detector technology in my main detector (Minelab Sovereign XS) is now 30 years old! It was basically unchanged through all the Sovereign iterations from 1991-2005. The XS that I currently swing is about 25-27 yrs old but the technology it uses is 30 now! Amazing how well the Sovereigns have withstood the test of time. A proven detector for sure! Your thoughts? HH George Fatizzi
 

Ronstar

Well-known member
I’ve read that detectors made in the last 10 years are 10x better that units made prior. Just what I read……… but if it works dont mess with success!!!!! To answer your question tho, the antique and car folks consider 40 years as vintage.
 

gfatizzi

Member
I’ve read that detectors made in the last 10 years are 10x better that units made prior. Just what I read……… but if it works dont mess with success!!!!! To answer your question tho, the antique and car folks consider 40 years as vintage.
Thanks for the clarification. Guess I'll go 10 more years with my trusty ole' Sovereign! :)
 

Taxidea

Member
I'd say it is more the technology than just the age, there was a huge difference between the analog (or mostly analog) T/R machines and the digital detectors. Personally when I think of vintage detectors I think of analog units, mostly T/R and BFO. BTW I had a Sov XS2A pro and to date it is the only detector I regret selling (moved to the Explorer XS when it came out). The later Sovereigns had a really nice balance between response speed and ID accuracy, when I switched to the Explorer I noticed it seemed a little "laggy".
 

u2robert

Well-known member
I’ve read that detectors made in the last 10 years are 10x better that units made prior. Just what I read……… but if it works dont mess with success!!!!! To answer your question tho, the antique and car folks consider 40 years as vintage.
That all depends on the detector.
I still use detectors made in the 90's when there is EMI. I then use a Fisher CZ series detector. When they made these detector they lined the inside of the control boxes with copper sheeting which keeps the EMI out
I have detected along the fence of a sub station with no interference/EMI don't know of any other detector that can do that.
 

Missouri -- Ma Betty

Well-known member
I’ve read that detectors made in the last 10 years are 10x better that units made prior. Just what I read……… but if it works dont mess with success!!!!! To answer your question tho, the antique and car folks consider 40 years as vintage.

Well I guess then that I am double & plus a few years vintage--as I am now 86! :rolleyes: How much is this ole Vintage Lady Worth?? I can say not much in the shape I am in at the present time! :rofl: Ma
 

Ronstar

Well-known member
I think we might all agree you are priceless…..🥰
 

Ronstar

Well-known member
No. That would be free and U Haul…….😂
And yes, the bass/baritone singer who sold his soul to the company store!!!
 

Missouri -- Ma Betty

Well-known member
No. That would be free and U Haul…….😂
And yes, the bass/baritone singer who sold his soul to the company store!!!
& he said, ya load 16 tons (COAL) & what do I get, just another day older & deeper in debt--The Company store was like the Gov ya had to buy from them with the Script, as the money, paid by them to the workers that was only good for high priced purchases in their store! GREED & POWER by both! Communism is WORSE! Ya work without pay & only for a Concentration Camp to live in & barely enough food to keep a person alive! Too many do have to learn the hard way! SAD!! Ma
 

Danbythecreek

New member
The reason I ask is because I just realized that the detector technology in my main detector (Minelab Sovereign XS) is now 30 years old! It was basically unchanged through all the Sovereign iterations from 1991-2005. The XS that I currently swing is about 25-27 yrs old but the technology it uses is 30 now! Amazing how well the Sovereigns have withstood the test of time. A proven detector for sure! Your thoughts? HH George Fatizzi
I believe anything beginning at 25 years old is considered vintage. Maybe antique even
 
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