Will the old tech keep up with the new? Will most detectors find 90 percent of what other detectors will find? How do you know? Metal Detecting Philosophies we all have them! How did you arrive at yours???
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I am in a little different boat... I dont hunt the same places over unless they are loaded and something good was found there. So I need the depth and separation first go around as it might be one and done for me. Then on to the next one...MOST of the sites I hit are hard hit sites... So I need every advantage I can get.
[/QUYou'd You'd better to back where you found the Brown Bess buttplate.
No doubt the newer detectors are better separators compared to older machines in trashy sites. I still can’t believe some people think single frequency machines are better performers than multi units. There is way more benefits having multi. For the $$ you get more in one machine than having to own several.An interesting subject for sure. I had always believed that an old Fisher CZ,Explorer, Whites DFX_XLT could find most of what some of the newer detectors find. A couple of years back, I had an interesting encounter with a guy with a brand new Deus. I was at a park where I had found many newer silver coins and hundreds of wheat pennies. The glory days were long gone and I now use this place for clad and jewelry hunting.
On this particular day I was using one of my favorite detectors, a Fisher F5. I felt comfortable and confident that I could match any detector made finding coins from the surface to six inches. When I ran into the Deus guy, I sent him to the part of the park where I use to have great success. We started comparing signals and twice the Deus completely dumfounded me. This is a trashy spot where a large fair held every Sept. I had not found anything good for a couple of years and was sure my new friend would not find anything to date the park.
Back to the two signals. He was new to the Deus and was using a stock program and I had my F5 set up in my old reliable coin program. On both of these signals, I got absolutely no signal, not even a static peep. I run a very low disc, with only iron disc'ed out. Both signals were coins and if my memory is correct, one or both were green wheaties. The bottom line, I heard nothing and those coins would have remained in the ground for the next guy with a Deus or Equinox. The funny part of this story is how much experience this fellow had with the Deus. Absolutely none! All in all, an amazing demonstration of new tech.