I’m not anti vlf. As a matter of fact some of my favorite detectors were Tesoro all ran vlf in particular 14 Khz range. Might just be hype but they say running multiple frequencies at a time was supposed to be better. Not so sure if it’s better or make that much of a difference was just surprised a bit that it could actually impede performance as they advertise it’s supposed to help if anything. Not saying Monte is incorrect im sure he is very experienced with all of them. I do know though that also two of my favorite detectors were the sovereign gt and excalliber II both ran on a form of smf and i had great results with those. I would imagine it also depends where you are using it I could be wrong im no engineer on the technology just seemed to work well here. I don’t know they used to say a PI was best at the beach now you don’t need a PI a multi is betterHi Tmops,ust to add to what Monte said about the simplex,although i haven't used one myself i have watched a lot of video's from (trusted) reviewers over here and they seem to be getting great results at the beaches.
I used to own a whites M6 which i regularly used at the beach with a large coil and had great results with that and that was a single frequency detector running at 14 khz i believe.I'm just making the point that a lot of single frequency detectors will run in wet sand conditions and give very good results.
Just to add another point about the simplex,a friend owns one and he would now use nothing else,the performance and price point was a no brainer for him .......its a great value detector.
I haven't a clue about the Garrett as again i have never used one and don't know anybody with one ,however,Garrett don't make many lemons and if Monte says they are good it's probably worth a look.