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  1. #1
    ca
    Jul 2012
    In da bush
    Fisher's 1266X, 1270X & 1280X
    473
    449 times
    Exploring the country side, away from all the madness; living my dream one hunt at a time. Meegwetch

    Has anyone ever downgraded?

    It gets pretty repetitious with all the posts asking what detector one should "upgrade" to.

    I would love to know if anyone has "downgraded" from an expensive machine to a more basic turn on and go model.

    What detector did you have and what did you end up getting instead?

    I'm using the terminology that most use on this forum, as I don't believe going from a detector that I have mastered, that is more than capable, and has paid for it's self a thousand times over, to a fancy "bells and whistle" machine is considered an "upgrade." To me anyway.

    Have any experiences to share?

    Thanks.
    Dave.
    A metal detector can only do so much..........
    It's up to you to do the rest!

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  3. #2
    us
    I deal in reality

    Mar 2010
    Maryland
    XLT , surfmaster PI , HAYS 2Box , VIBRA-TECTOR
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    If your detector has paid for itself 1000 times over, use the money to get an UPGRADE.

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  4. #3
    us
    Noob to the cause

    Oct 2012
    Kentucky
    Garrett Ace 250
    29
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Quote Originally Posted by Frankn View Post
    If your detector has paid for itself 1000 times over, use the money to get an UPGRADE.

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    Lol!

  5. #4
    us
    Oct 2012
    Retired and traveling
    Whites 6000di Pro SL Whites Goldmaster II vSat Whites Prizim 6T
    141
    33 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I'm in the process presently. I've had a Whites 6000di Pro SL since about 1992 and consider it to be one of the best general purpose detectors ever made but lately my bad rotator cuff only allows me to use it for short periods. In an effort to continue the hobby I did a lot of research on lighter models (Whites) and after talking with several shop owners it boiled down to the Prizim 6T. The weight differential is tremendous...it feels like you could mail it for a single Forever stamp. It has all the "bells & whistles". I',m going through the learning curve right now trying to get used to it. It does seem to get as deep as my 6000di does. So far, testing in the old parks, neither has picked up anything the other overlooked.

    For my testing I'll use one and mark any hits eventually getting the other fired up to check the spot. I alternate back and forth as to which I start with and use it for about an hour each. So far my unscientific conclusion is that they're nearly identical in performance, but the 6000 has much better discrimination, especially in trashy areas. Let's face it...even the worst performing detector perform excellent if finding trash is your goal. I'm still learning the Prizim 6T so it may just be the learning curve is the reason for the 6000di outperfroming it. I sure do like its weight though....
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  6. #5
    ca
    Jul 2012
    In da bush
    Fisher's 1266X, 1270X & 1280X
    473
    449 times
    Exploring the country side, away from all the madness; living my dream one hunt at a time. Meegwetch
    Why would I "Upgrade" when I do quite well with my current mid-range detector?

    It's not a stupid question to ask when I'm sure some have convinced themselves to buy the latest, greatest miracle machine only to go back to what has always worked for them.

    I do know a few people who bought a cheaper back-up detector only to find it more suitable than their higher priced unit.

    Anyone else? Or am I barking up the wrong tree in a forest of manufacturing hype?
    TerryC likes this.
    A metal detector can only do so much..........
    It's up to you to do the rest!

  7. #6
    ca
    Jul 2012
    In da bush
    Fisher's 1266X, 1270X & 1280X
    473
    449 times
    Exploring the country side, away from all the madness; living my dream one hunt at a time. Meegwetch
    Quote Originally Posted by Phanntom View Post
    I'm in the process presently. I've had a Whites 6000di Pro SL since about 1992 and consider it to be one of the best general purpose detectors ever made but lately my bad rotator cuff only allows me to use it for short periods. In an effort to continue the hobby I did a lot of research on lighter models (Whites) and after talking with several shop owners it boiled down to the Prizim 6T. The weight differential is tremendous...it feels like you could mail it for a single Forever stamp. It has all the "bells & whistles". I',m going through the learning curve right now trying to get used to it. It does seem to get as deep as my 6000di does. So far, testing in the old parks, neither has picked up anything the other overlooked.

    For my testing I'll use one and mark any hits eventually getting the other fired up to check the spot. I alternate back and forth as to which I start with and use it for about an hour each. So far my unscientific conclusion is that they're nearly identical in performance, but the 6000 has much better discrimination, especially in trashy areas. Let's face it...even the worst performing detector perform excellent if finding trash is your goal. I'm still learning the Prizim 6T so it may just be the learning curve is the reason for the 6000di outperfroming it. I sure do like its weight though....
    I know a few guys who will never fill that 6000 hole and wish they could still swing it. One the best machines Whites ever made. Have you tried a harness?
    A metal detector can only do so much..........
    It's up to you to do the rest!

  8. #7
    Charter Member
    ca
    Oct 2011
    Quebec
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    Metal Detecting
    Dave,

    Good post......I used a Garrett Grand Master hunter about 10 or so years ago....all kinds of bells and whistle and it even talked to you....kind of like the GPS units....had about 7 different programs, etc....I did ok with it but it was heavy and a pain with all the adjustments required, etc....

    Now my everyday machine is a Tesoro DeLeon like you a mid range unit...single tone pretty much a beep and dig machine....considering I pretty much stick to urban green spaces I do make some ok finds....lol...you've see quite a few
    of them so you know.

    From my experience of about 20 years or so the hardest part seems to be to get your coil over the keepers and decide to
    dig it up.

    Regards + HH

    Bill
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  9. #8
    us
    Oct 2012
    Retired and traveling
    Whites 6000di Pro SL Whites Goldmaster II vSat Whites Prizim 6T
    141
    33 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Quote Originally Posted by Muddyhandz View Post
    I know a few guys who will never fill that 6000 hole and wish they could still swing it. One the best machines Whites ever made. Have you tried a harness?
    No I haven't...I spoke with Jimmy Sierra about it but he couldn't locate anyone that still had any of the modified units. I keep telling myself that when I finish my testing and am comfortable with the new unit I'll sell the 6000di Pro SL but it'll be hard. It still looks practically new and has never needed repair. When you're used to something it's very difficult to get used to something new...especially when it's the switch from analog to digital. The new digitals are more intuitive but I had a problem convincing myself it's intuition is right.

  10. #9
    us
    Do not forget me 24601

    Oct 2011
    Indiana
    Tesoro Sidewinder, White's Coinmaster, White's Surfmaster II
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    290 times
    Metal Detecting
    I had a Quantum XT back in the late '90's and really liked it. This was one step below the higest end model Spectrum XLT. I traded up and never liked the more advanced machine. I ended up selling the XLT and just using my Tesoro Sidewinder.
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  11. #10
    us
    Oct 2012
    Retired and traveling
    Whites 6000di Pro SL Whites Goldmaster II vSat Whites Prizim 6T
    141
    33 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    The ONE thing that sold me on the 6000di Pro SL was a fine ladies chain I found in a park. I almost passed it up but it was a clear case of knowing your detector. It provided me a very, very faint chirp. It was repetitive but barely perceptable. Finally, for whatever reason I moved the coil to the side and tilted it and was provided with a better signal and repeatable. When I dug it...it was at a full 10 inches and the reason for the signal pattern was the chain was actually "hanging" straight down. The very faint signal was because the area exposed to the coil from overhead was extremely small....when tilted, effectively reading it from the side it presented a larger target. It was the best lesson I learned in my years of detecting about learning and having confidence in your detector regardless of make and model.
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  12. #11
    us
    Do not forget me 24601

    Oct 2011
    Indiana
    Tesoro Sidewinder, White's Coinmaster, White's Surfmaster II
    1,235
    290 times
    Metal Detecting
    Um my post disappeared before I posted it.

    Yes, I had a White's Quantum XT and was very happy with it. Upgraded to the Spectrum XLT and never had the same luck. I ended up selling that machine. I already had my Tesoro Sidewinder and never got a machine to replace the high end one.

    Lesson learned...don't trade up just because a machine has more bells and whistles when you have a machine you really synch with. Retire an old machine yes, but that's a whole different set of considerations.
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  13. #12
    Charter Member
    us
    Mar 2011
    San Diego
    Treasure Probe IV, Minelab E-Trac. White's 6000 Di Pro SL. White's Eagle ll SL90, Minelab Excalibur, White's GM3 V-sat. White's TM808, VibraProbe, TinyTec, AutoScan, UniProbe, 15" WOT, 5X10 Joey, Dete
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    Is a change from a tack hammer to a sledge hammer and upgrade? I'd say it depends on your needs. Some of the changes mentioned here were actually upgrades. In some cases, you need to fully understand the new machine to make it an upgrade. The best machine in the world won't find a quarter at 3" if it's way out of adjustment.

  14. #13
    Charter Member
    us
    Come out from under your bed today...... DO SOMETHING!

    Jun 2008
    Yarnell,AZ and Titusville,FL
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    Being able to use a 500 dollar unit to its fullest makes more sense than scratching your head over all the bells and whistles of a 5000 dollar unit. TTC
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  15. #14
    ca
    Jul 2012
    In da bush
    Fisher's 1266X, 1270X & 1280X
    473
    449 times
    Exploring the country side, away from all the madness; living my dream one hunt at a time. Meegwetch
    Quote Originally Posted by bill from lachine View Post
    Dave,

    Good post......I used a Garrett Grand Master hunter about 10 or so years ago....all kinds of bells and whistle and it even talked to you....kind of like the GPS units....had about 7 different programs, etc....I did ok with it but it was heavy and a pain with all the adjustments required, etc....

    Now my everyday machine is a Tesoro DeLeon like you a mid range unit...single tone pretty much a beep and dig machine....considering I pretty much stick to urban green spaces I do make some ok finds....lol...you've see quite a few
    of them so you know.

    From my experience of about 20 years or so the hardest part seems to be to get your coil over the keepers and decide to
    dig it up.

    Regards + HH

    Bill
    An old timer that I know bought the same "Talking Garrett" after his 6000 died and did nothing but curse that machine. He paid close to 2 grand for that detector back when it first came out and our dollar was weak. He wouldn't be the first guy I knew who yearned for that old Whites!
    I know you understand all about gridding, digging iffy signals, all the variables, etc. Yes, I've seen some of your nice keepers.
    Glad your still content with the DeLeon.
    A metal detector can only do so much..........
    It's up to you to do the rest!

  16. #15
    ca
    Jul 2012
    In da bush
    Fisher's 1266X, 1270X & 1280X
    473
    449 times
    Exploring the country side, away from all the madness; living my dream one hunt at a time. Meegwetch
    Quote Originally Posted by Phanntom View Post
    The ONE thing that sold me on the 6000di Pro SL was a fine ladies chain I found in a park. I almost passed it up but it was a clear case of knowing your detector. It provided me a very, very faint chirp. It was repetitive but barely perceptable. Finally, for whatever reason I moved the coil to the side and tilted it and was provided with a better signal and repeatable. When I dug it...it was at a full 10 inches and the reason for the signal pattern was the chain was actually "hanging" straight down. The very faint signal was because the area exposed to the coil from overhead was extremely small....when tilted, effectively reading it from the side it presented a larger target. It was the best lesson I learned in my years of detecting about learning and having confidence in your detector regardless of make and model.

    That would be a confidence builder for sure!
    Another guy I know always tells me how he loves the fact that the old 6000 can tell you how long or wide the object is by the signal. My 1266x is the same in those regards.
    Some of the newer detectors just make the same overload signal and don't give a lot of information from the audio. That would be the analog vs digital comparison.
    A metal detector can only do so much..........
    It's up to you to do the rest!

  17. #16
    ca
    Jul 2012
    In da bush
    Fisher's 1266X, 1270X & 1280X
    473
    449 times
    Exploring the country side, away from all the madness; living my dream one hunt at a time. Meegwetch
    Quote Originally Posted by cudamark View Post
    Is a change from a tack hammer to a sledge hammer and upgrade? I'd say it depends on your needs. Some of the changes mentioned here were actually upgrades. In some cases, you need to fully understand the new machine to make it an upgrade. The best machine in the world won't find a quarter at 3" if it's way out of adjustment.
    Yeah, I ran into a guy who didn't find anything all day......He was running the wrong program!
    Cheers.
    A metal detector can only do so much..........
    It's up to you to do the rest!

  18. #17
    Charter Member
    ca
    Oct 2011
    Quebec
    3,240
    2029 times
    Metal Detecting
    Dave,

    Yep....do the gridding digging iffy signals, etc....pretty much have to...as most of my sites have been hit pretty hard and not many obvious coin type signals left....

    Friday detecting a sports field in the next city.....got a bit of clad and pulled out an iffy signal near the goal posts...turned out it was a gold pendant with the chain intact....regardless of machine anyone could have passed this signal over as a piece of junk....

    Today at a nearby sports field around the soccer net got a overload type of signal and turned out being a 52.9 grams silver chain....again someone could have passed it over as just another piece of junk....the retail value of the 2 items are probably about the cost of my every day machine.....lol.

    Regards + HH

    Bill




    Quote Originally Posted by Muddyhandz View Post
    An old timer that I know bought the same "Talking Garrett" after his 6000 died and did nothing but curse that machine. He paid close to 2 grand for that detector back when it first came out and our dollar was weak. He wouldn't be the first guy I knew who yearned for that old Whites!
    I know you understand all about gridding, digging iffy signals, all the variables, etc. Yes, I've seen some of your nice keepers.
    Glad your still content with the DeLeon.
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  19. #18

    Feb 2007
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    I have a Ace 250 & a White's XLT......I play mostly with 250...simple machine for a simple mind.I run all metal mode in most of my hunting areas which are rural & I dig everything.I have not found anything of real value,but I really enjoy seeing what will reveal itself out of the ground.
    I have hunted some very trashy areas & usally switch coin mode .I will spend more time with the XLT.I bought the XLT at a flea market & I am not sure everything working properly.
    Would it be worthwhile to send it to White's to confirm all is working correctly....any thoughts would be appreciated.

  20. #19
    us
    I deal in reality

    Mar 2010
    Maryland
    XLT , surfmaster PI , HAYS 2Box , VIBRA-TECTOR
    7,148
    1437 times
    Mapper123, First go to Whites site and download the manual. Next try out all the programs with air tests. If you find a problem, contact Whites. They do great work at reasonable rates. I have been using the XLT for over 10 years with no problems. I use the jewelry and coin program most. To pinpoint just pull the trigger and move the coil around over the target. When you get the lowest dept reading, the target is in the dead center of the coil. To find the size of the target, move the coil in until you get the signal then repeat on the other 3 sides. You then know the size of the target. Remember the dept indicator, as with most detectors, is calibrated in coin size targets so a larger target will indicate as shallower than it is. Hope this helps, frank
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    Frankn....thank you for the reply.....I have downloaded the manual,but have not spent a lot time with & the machine....When I tire myself out digging all metal trash I will spend more time evaluating the XLT.....I have read a lot of good comments about the machine & it will be another learning curve for me to tackle.I will use your suggestions & again thank you for the reply & suggestions!

 

 

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