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  1. #1
    "Call me ArfieBoy"

    Aug 2011
    N.E. Oregon
    Compass X-70, II, Compass X-80, Compass X-90, Compass X-100, Compass Judge 2,
    1202 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Bought A New Detector

    I just received a new detector, a Garrett AT Pro. It has most of the features I was looking for and several I don't need, but seems to fit what I have been looking for. It is only my second digital detector. The first one was not to my liking that I bought many years ago. Sold it several years ago. Hoping this experience with digital will go a lot better than the first one. My biggest problem is I am an analog guy in a digital world! I have had a lot of experience with many different detectors for many years in the hobby, so I'm not anticipating any real problems with the AT Pro.

    I've been reading the manual and playing with the detector to familiarize myself with its features and operational functions. I'm about ready to take it outside in my yard and try it out in our mineralized soil. Wish me luck!

  2. #2

    Jul 2013
    1607 times
    Banner Finds (1)
    The AT pro will serve you well. Simple but a very good detector. Iíve had mine for a long time now and itís still my go to detector for parks. Many gold and silver Iíve found. Good luck.

  3. #3
    Silver Coin Fiend

    Apr 2014
    XP Deus V3.2 9" & 11" Coils, AT Pro, ProPointer AT, Lesche 55, 75 & 80LT
    16835 times
    Digging In Strangers Front Yards
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    Good luck.

    Give it a little time, that machine will find good stuff.

  4. #4
    Charter Member
    Aug 2013
    Southern California
    Equinox 800 / XP Deus
    9818 times
    Good luck ArfieBoy! The ATP will find the goods.

    ďStrive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.Ē
    Ė Albert Einstein

  5. #5
    Apr 2011
    Garrett AT Pro, XP Deus, DetectorPro Headhunter & BlissTool
    1373 times
    Metal Detecting
    Yes the AT Pro is an excellent detector. It may not be the best with all the new technology coming out every other day on other detectors but take the time to learn what it is telling you and you'll be rewarded with some great finds.

  6. #6
    Charter Member

    May 2020
    San Jose, CA
    Tarsacci MDT 8000, Nokta Makro Simplex, Minelab E-Trac
    629 times
    Metal Detecting
    Good luck to you! I've heard a lot of good things about the AT Pro...happy hunting!
    "The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future." Oscar Wilde

  7. #7
    Charter Member
    Bear cub whisperer

    Jun 2015
    NW CT
    Equinox800 / AT Pro / AT Gold / Makro Racer Vibra-probe / TRX pp
    1862 times
    MD & NA artifacts, pull-tab recovery
    I think that you will love the Pro. Great basic machine. Keep the sensitivity on the low side while you are learning the machine.
    RustyGold and Irishgoldhound like this.

  8. #8
    "Call me ArfieBoy"

    Aug 2011
    N.E. Oregon
    Compass X-70, II, Compass X-80, Compass X-90, Compass X-100, Compass Judge 2,
    1202 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Thanks to all of you! I appreciate all of your comments and advice. I'm looking forward to using the Pro!

  9. #9
    Sep 2020
    Bangor, PA
    Garrett ATPro Garrett ACE400
    82 times
    Metal Detecting
    Hunt your yard today, then in a few days after you bond with the AT Pro go back over that same ground again. You'll be amazed at the tones you walked past after you dig them!! I'm STILL finding stuff in my yard and I could have sworn I had it picked clean months ago.
    ArfieBoy likes this.

  10. #10
    "Call me ArfieBoy"

    Aug 2011
    N.E. Oregon
    Compass X-70, II, Compass X-80, Compass X-90, Compass X-100, Compass Judge 2,
    1202 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Thanks, SBD, for the suggestion. I waited over a year hoping for more information on the Avitech Cygnus 1X, but there has not been any more information about it, so I went ahead and bought the Garrett AT Pro. At this point I'm not sorry. I have good feelings about the AT Pro!

  11. #11

    Sep 2014
    Minelab EXt 505, Tesoro Sand shark, Whites coinmaster pro. Tesoro Compadre.
    29 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Congrats, You got a nice machine. Good luck.
    Irishgoldhound and ArfieBoy like this.
    All who fought in our Armed forces, Did so that you can be free. Nam, 1969 -1970.

    X-terra 505, Tesoro Sand Shark, Tesoro compadre, Equinox 600.

  12. #12
    Daylight is buring

    Nov 2007
    Etrac, Coinstrike, F70, Explorer XS, Sovereign XS, Spectrum, IDX PRO.
    371 times
    Metal Detecting
    Wish you best of luck hope you make some great finds.
    ArfieBoy likes this.

  13. #13
    Mar 2013
    Fisher Gold Bug Pro Tesoro Cibola Nokta Pointer; Phillips SHS5200 phones
    3834 times
    Metal Detecting
    sounds like you have the right idea about playing with it - learn what it's telling you, then guess again...!
    ArfieBoy likes this.
    Stick With It - It's not *IF* you'll find the good stuff , but WHEN!

  14. #14
    "Call me ArfieBoy"

    Aug 2011
    N.E. Oregon
    Compass X-70, II, Compass X-80, Compass X-90, Compass X-100, Compass Judge 2,
    1202 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I took the AT Pro out in my back yard yesterday afternoon to test it out. Here in the Pacific Northwest area where I live we have very highly mineralized soil and this time of year it is hard and dry. I had no problem manually ground balancing it at about 88. I tested it on various practice targets, nails, bottle caps, pennies of both kinds, clad and silver coins and a 14K gold ring I wear. I somewhat familiarized myself with tones and signals the Pro gives, then searched parts of the yard I'm sure I have completely searched out with several other detectors I have had. Got a good signal. At about 6 inches I recovered a 1967 penny. I have never found a penny at 6 inches in this highly mineralized soil (and this dry) with any other detector I have owned or used here. I'm pretty impressed with the AT Pro at this point and am looking forward to getting out in the field once I get more familiar with it and learn what it is telling me. I think I made the right decision with this purchase.

  15. #15
    Sep 2011
    Denver, Colorado
    Garrett AT Pro, AT Gold, ATX, MH7 (oldie!) Minelab Explorer SE Pro, EQ800
    4606 times
    It'll find pennies and clad dimes deeper than that for sure. Once you find a silver dime at 7 plus inches, you know the machine extremely well.
    Work in pro mode and goooo sloooow once you know your in a good spot for deepies, or in trash.
    ArfieBoy, Irishgoldhound and dts52 like this.


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