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    us
    "WP"

    May 2005
    Saint Petersburg, FL
    White's IDX Pro, Vibraprobe 570, Minelab Explorer XS w/ Sunray X-1 Probe & Sunray Stealth X-12 DD Coil
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    History, Metal Detecting, and Survival & Self-Sufficiency

    His First Detector; My *NEW* Detector!!!

    I've been meaning to do this for some time, but this happened right at the end of the Summer... right as I was about to leave Florida and drive up to Alabama to see my family, then drive back up here to Missouri (for college). Since I've been here, my class work started immediately and has been kicking my butt! lol

    So last semester, I got a random e-mail from Grizzly Bare (Jim) saying that he had some extra headphones laying around his house, and that he wanted to send me a pair since I didn't have any at the time. Well time passed by and it accidentally slipped his mind. I went home to Florida for the Summer and I honestly had forgotten all about it, until I was going through my T-Net messages and clearing them out a bit. Well I messaged him just to let him know that I'd be heading back up to Missouri again for college, that way he didn't send it to my Florida address. He apologized and said that he was an "old forgetful idiot" and let it slip his mind... I just laughed because I have the same problem and I'm only (almost) 25!! lol

    Well Jim said he'd send out the headphones immediately so I'd get them before I left for school. He also slipped in there that he "put two or three other things in the box", hoping that I could use them. I thanked him and didn't think much of it until the box arrived at my house. I went outside and it was BIG, much larger then it should be for "headphones". My curiosity really got perked when I went to pick it up and realized it was like 8 lbs!!? I went inside and quickly opened it up with a very awkward look on my face! When I got the box open, I saw what looked to me like an arm rest of a detector? I just stared for a minute and said, "What??" As I put my hands in there and got a hold on it, I knew it was just that. I pulled it out slowly and just stared at it in absolute unbelief. It was a White's IDX Pro! I went from curious, to shocked, then to a excited/upset feeling. I was upset because the thoughts of Jim sending me a extremely nice metal detector like that, and the possibility that he might be giving up the hobby, just kinda sickened me.
    I again reached into the box for the headphones and instead came out with two coils; one the largest Pro coil you can get for that detector, and the other a "sniper" type coil for trashy areas. I just kept saying, "You've got to be kidding me right now." over and over, as my grandmother just smiled and laughed at me.
    Finally I got into the box and got the headphones, which were (are) AMAZING!!!
    They looked brand new!!

    I sent Jim a message, thanking him and also making sure that he (like many of the skilled detectorists) have additional metal detectors. He said that he has many other detectors, as well as a new water one he just ordered. He also let me know that the IDX was his first detector he ever used, which I was SO privileged to be able to detect as Jim once detected when he first started out!!! I was and still am completely stoked by that detector!! It's so amazing and I feel way more comfortable using it than I was with my 150! I also love the whole pinpointing feature on it!

    I think I probably should buy a probe sometime to make it easier on me, but I just wanted to say how thankful I was and show my gratitude toward Jim for everything he's done for me!! Here's what the detector looks like...

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    Rom. 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;

    Rom. 10:10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.

  2. #2
    us
    Jan 2006
    Washington state
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    Re: His First Detector; My *NEW* Detector!!!

    Bran,
    That just rocks! And the way you wrote it, I could just about see you as it happened. That's really awesome.

    Congrats on your new detector and assorted goodies!

    And Grizzly? You rock, too!

    HH!
    Nan

  3. #3
    us
    "WP"

    May 2005
    Saint Petersburg, FL
    White's IDX Pro, Vibraprobe 570, Minelab Explorer XS w/ Sunray X-1 Probe & Sunray Stealth X-12 DD Coil
    3,550
    138 times
    History, Metal Detecting, and Survival & Self-Sufficiency

    Re: His First Detector; My *NEW* Detector!!!

    Thanks Nan!!

    Bran <><
    Rom. 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;

    Rom. 10:10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.

  4. #4
    Charter Member
    us
    Jan 2006
    SE Louisiana
    Garrett AT Pro & Ace 250
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    Re: His First Detector; My *NEW* Detector!!!

    Bran,

    A fantastic story! Kudos to you and GB!

    GB, you have a heart of gold!!

    RR





  5. #5
    us
    da book worm--researcher

    Feb 2007
    callahan,fl
    delta 4000 / ace 250 - used BH and many others too
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    Re: His First Detector; My *NEW* Detector!!!

    time to start finding stuff very kind of griz to hook you up like that --now time to put it to good use. -- of course you gotta post your finds needless to say --- Ivan

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    Mar 2005
    Orlando, FL
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    Re: His First Detector; My *NEW* Detector!!!

    That is an incredible story! You must have built up some great kharma! Grizzly, you da man!!!!

    vicki

  7. #7
    us
    "WP"

    May 2005
    Saint Petersburg, FL
    White's IDX Pro, Vibraprobe 570, Minelab Explorer XS w/ Sunray X-1 Probe & Sunray Stealth X-12 DD Coil
    3,550
    138 times
    History, Metal Detecting, and Survival & Self-Sufficiency

    Re: His First Detector; My *NEW* Detector!!!

    Ivan,
    I've been trying to put it to good use, believe me! I just always have a packed schedule every day, especially up here at college. I sometimes wish I were retired or something so I could pursue my passion... but then I wouldn't be young enough to have enjoyed years of THing!!! Also the wisdom that comes along with those years... but I'll try to get out more. I actually might get out some today after a job interview.

    Vicki,
    Well we're to "do unto others as they've done unto us"... which is actually a Biblical principle. But since I'm not a believer in kharma, I fully give all credit to God for knowing the desires of my heart. I actually had been looking at detectors right up to that point that Jim sent me his... I just had no idea how I could afford a new one on my minimal finances while being a college student. I think God definitely knew... and I'm stoked!

    Bran <><
    Rom. 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;

    Rom. 10:10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.

  8. #8
    us
    Aug 2005
    Warrenton, VA
    Garrett CX II/Sovereign SX-2a Pro/Quattro
    589
    24 times
    Honorable Mentions (1)

    Re: His First Detector; My *NEW* Detector!!!

    Brandon,
    Thank you for such a nice post. With the new(used) Sovereign I bought just before summer began, I realized that I had too many machines hanging around the house. With only two arms swinging more detectors than that gets kinda tricky, I had to do something with the excess...and lets face it, everyone on here likes you.
    That IDX Pro would have sat in a closet here for the next umpteen years; with you it gets out in the sun doing what it likes best, hunting.
    Someday when you get a chance, pass one of your machines to an eager hunter who wants to begin this hobby.
    I guarantee you a response like you put on here will make anyone happy and humble all at the same time.
    Strange, isn't it? I just sent you a PM today and then saw this. It's almost like SOMEONE is directing all this.
    Thanks everyone for all the kind words. TNet is a great group of friends.

    grizzly bare
    Jim

  9. #9

    Feb 2006
    Deep in the Ozark Mountains
    Fisher CZ3D, Whites TM 808, Sharptronics DSP-03
    714
    66 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: His First Detector; My *NEW* Detector!!!

    Griz,
    What a wonderful thing you did. I have been in contact with Bran and when things slow down for me I plan on taking him detecting at a local Civil War camp. It is obvious how grateful Bran is to you. Take care and best of hunting....Steve

  10. #10

    Jun 2007
    Weymouth Mass
    Whites M6
    369
    1 times

    Re: His First Detector; My *NEW* Detector!!!

    That is a FANTASTIC FIND. I am sure that detector will get some good use and there will be great finds to post. Griz, we all know you are really a Teddy Bear with a heart of GOLD. Awesome jesture. This should definately be put under Honorable Mention. We sorely need one.

    You are amazing.
    HH Roy

  11. #11

    Jun 2007
    Weymouth Mass
    Whites M6
    369
    1 times

    Re: His First Detector; My *NEW* Detector!!!

    Sorry it is in Honorable Mention. I forgot what topic I was looking in. Yes it is an age thing. LMAO.
    Roy

  12. #12
    us
    Aug 2005
    Warrenton, VA
    Garrett CX II/Sovereign SX-2a Pro/Quattro
    589
    24 times
    Honorable Mentions (1)

    Re: His First Detector; My *NEW* Detector!!!

    SCR,
    I don't want to hijack Bran's thread, but I would like to defend myself. I am a grumpy old curmudgeon!!
    BTW, your "heart of gold" comment is funnier than you know. Eight or nine years ago the docs put a metal box in my chest to keep the old ticker playing pretty. They did use two golden wires (leads) in the heart, so, while my heart isn't really gold, I do have gold there. Occasionally I run the detecter over my chest and yell "Gold! I've found it!"
    Somehow, nobody else thinks that's as funny as I do.

    On another note, how many of us have an older machine stored away in a closet, garage, attic, or where ever? I've only been at this a relatively short time and I now have four machines taking up space. We've got a lot of young/new detectors on here who could use a beginning machine. TNeters are the most generous folks I've ever met; how about passing those old machines forward?

    Bran, keep swinging. Someday I'd like to go on a hunt with you and let you try out the quattro.

    HH

    grizzly bare
    Jim

  13. #13
    us
    Apr 2007
    God's lap
    X-terra 70 ACE 250
    11,346
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    Re: His First Detector; My *NEW* Detector!!!

    awesome story Bran! I am so very happy for you! and to the golden hearted grizzly bear....HUGE BEAR HUGS for being such a great guy!

  14. #14

    Sep 2006
    Central Iowa
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    Re: His First Detector; My *NEW* Detector!!!

    Alright Bran! Very cool, Griz! 8)

  15. #15
    us
    Jun 2007
    Cleveland, TN
    BH Landstar
    302
    1 times

    Re: His First Detector; My *NEW* Detector!!!

    wink..wink Bran, I'd be happy to swing the 150 you just retired. wink...wink


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