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    Best detector for 11 year old

    I ruined an 11 year old by taking him metal detecting and his parents want to get him a detector for Christmas. He was using my Tesoro Compadre and I sent him home with a Bounty Hunter Discovery 1100 to use until he gets his own. I recommended getting him a Compadre but didn't realize how hard that they are to find now. Can I get some opinions on a good detector under $200 for him? If anybody has a Compadre that they would like to sell, I would love to hear from you. Thanks in advance.
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    Thanks Terry! It looks like a great choice.
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    Feb 2005
    MI USA
    Ace 400, AT Pro, equinox 800, Simplex,Vanquish 540
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    Under $200 tough new, might be able to find an Ace 250 on craigslist for that, great starter detector
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    Looks like great deal for the new price of $150!

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    Sep 2017
    Indiana
    F75LTD, G2+, Tesoros, Deep Tech GG & X
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    https://www.tekneticsdirect.com/prod...gory/detectors

    Bought my 11 yr old grandson a Minuteman
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    Dec 2017
    NE Ohio
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    Never used it but I've heard A LOT of good things about the Nokta Simplex. I think it's in the range of $250ish.
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    Simplex, IMHO and which I have and like, would not be an ideal machine for a kid to start with.

    They shouldn't be concerned with scrolling through options, updating and learning curve when first starting, just digging beeps.
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    Dec 2017
    NE Ohio
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    Yeah you're probably right. Might be a bit much for someone just starting.
    "God does not give us everything we want, but he does fulfill his promises,
    leading us along the best and straightest paths to himself" -Dietrich Bonhoeffer

    2021 Goals:
    Spanish Silver (0/1)
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    Silver Coins & Relics Total (1/15)
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    Thanks to All of you. I will pass this info on to his mother. The picture above shows Michael with his father finding pieces of a bracelet under a park bench. His father turned around and said "what's that" and picked up a 10k gold ring off the top of the ground.Click image for larger version. 

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    Mar 2020
    Central North Carolina
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    Why not a Land Ranger Pro? Its a pretty simple detector that is good for the price. Has a 11" waterproof DD coil and ground grab for $250~ on Amazon. Has some good depth. Does what you need it to do without all those other bells and whistles you dont really need. And besides 11 year olds are pretty tech savvy nowadays anyways. : )

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    May 2018
    A state of Resistance
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    Some fine suggestions. About 30 years ago, my young son wanted to tag along and he was fascinated by the "treasures". I got him a Tesoro Amigo (or Amigo II). If you stumble into one of those old machines, it is a fine choice for a child even younger than 11.
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    Dec 2019
    Northern Virginia
    Whites 6000D Coinmaster, Bounty Hunter 202, Nokta Simplex with SP24, PulseDive
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    you can power up a Simplex and hunt with it without setting up anything yet still hit good targets

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    MKW
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    Minelab Vanquish would be another solid choice. Turn on and go.

 

 
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