I got my first proper detector over 30 years ago, I'm 45 this year so not that ancient 😁, the machine was a Fisher 1265X and I still have it in near mint condition, I found so much great stuff with it. I took a long hiatus from detecting because life got in the way, I didn't keep up with anything about it. Coming back into it over the past few years has been a shock, it use to be a 'fringe' hobby,I was the only one doing it where I grew up. Nowadays with social media internet/YouTube, like almost everything, I think it's turned into a circus and totally oversaturated, there are no secrets anymore, it's all about having 'the best' machine, which in most peoples view is a digital entertainment box with the latest tech and a clock, I do sort of understand this, it's within the mainstream companies interest to make machines that are accessible as possible to as many as possible, creating an environment like this will clearly make them more money. Do I think it's great for the hobby? in all honesty, no I don't, it can attract the wrong kind of people getting into it for all the wrong reasons - "Code Of Conduct" .. anyone ?
The same thing has happened with carp fishing, people see others catching big carp - the equivalent in the detecting world to silver coins and gold rings, and think "I want some of that" so they start a YouTube channel and become a self styled guru for the hobby within a week or two, fishing and hunting for as many likes and subscribers as possible seems to be the main motivation, don't get me wrong, if they enjoy it fair play, who am I to judge, I just feel like the actual art of detecting is secondary to followers, likes and potential sponsorships. From this the circle repeats, others see it and do the same, and the circle repeats again, mud-larking on the Thames has suffered the same fate ......... the amount of farmers and land owners I know in the UK that are sick to death of people turning up at their door wanting to hunt their land is pretty crazy, many have had bad experiences, holes not filled in, rubbish left etc ... so when I show up, some one that loves history and detecting that respects and appreciates the land I get to hunt, I'm usually given the cold shoulder. I know things change but they don't always change for the better, technology isn't making us more intelligent, I actually see the complete opposite in the society around me. I purchased an Equinox 800 'knowing nothing of the hype around it', it's clearly a capable machine and I've found plenty of stuff with it but there was a huge disconnect, I felt like I was playing a game, not actually detecting. I now swing a Nexus Standard MP V2 which I love more than life itself, it's totally analogue and allows me to connect with the ground beneath my feet in a way I've never experienced.