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  1. #16
    Nov 2020
    Equinox 600, Ace 250, Whites XLT, MP-35 Pinpointer
    44 times
    Metal Detecting
    Quote Originally Posted by Noah_D View Post
    Definitely true for a lot of people... sometimes I don't go detecting solely because I don't feel like getting a new permission. I know some people though who own multiple old sites or even live in a super old house but have only gotten their detector out once or twice because the first thing they found was a can.
    I'm sure the articles that make it into the news don't help either. The guy in Scotland who buys a detector and finds a history changing find on his first hunt. Makes people think it works like that for everyone. If only that were true!!
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  2. #17
    Charter Member
    Feb 2008
    Great Lakes State
    4276 times
    silver surfing
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    Got an old DFX and Etrac collecting dust. My go to is approaching 20 years old.

  3. #18

    Aug 2016
    6893 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Like any new activity, it is extremely helpful to have a mentor teach the new user the ropes. When that doesn't happen, the new user can get discouraged.

    I help people learn to flyfish and detect and it does make a difference for them.
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  4. #19

    Jan 2021
    12 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I've sold most of mine, the ones I keep stored away are ones I've modded and can't really sell, there's two that needs some solder work.

  5. #20
    Grant Brandenburg

    Jan 2013
    Bounty Hunter Tracker IV
    22307 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Its like a lot of purchases consumers make. You gotta be committed to what ever it is. I've seen people buy boats, campers, motorcycles, atv's, telescopes, expensive photo equipment, fishing gear, snowmobiles, time shares and a lot of make my like better merchandise and do very little with it. I got a metal detector, but I just don't have the focus thats clearly needed to be successful with such a device. Still its really interesting to see and read about all the stories from those who are committed to the art of finding treasure with a metal detector.
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  6. #21
    Feb 2009
    Deus, Minelab 3030, E-Trac,
    44775 times
    Relic Hunting
    Over the decades I lost count of the heard statement of having-but never using it.
    The best one of the past few years was the Mrs bought the husband a retirement gift-never used it-their home is sitting on the site of the old (early 1800's)fair grounds-the 3 acre field in front of the house.
    Nope the machine sits unused-even the offer of showing him the ways hasn't been taken up.
    I guess the good natured thoughts of one isn't another persons passion.
    Many are just self-conscience, that has withered the confidence to the point where they feel unease at the prospect of being seen out and about.
    If the park setting bothers a person-go to a field-oh that involves knocking on the door-ah screw it-leave it in the closet and forget about it.
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    "If it was easy-It would have already been done-Life 101."
    “I treat the outside world as one raw very warm wet chicken that has sitting out too long. wash and sterilize everything me touches.” — pepperj

  7. #22

    Mar 2019
    Minelab Vanquish540, Tesoro Vaquero, BH Pioneer 505
    17 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I know several people with detectors they never use. And also tons of people with fishing poles they never use, Skis they never use, bikes they never ride, bats they never swing. It seems any more, a good majority of people don't want to do anything that involves getting off the couch.
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  8. #23
    "Call me ArfieBoy"

    Aug 2011
    N.E. Oregon
    Compass X-70, Compass X-80, Compass X-90, Compass Judge 2, Garrett AT Pro
    2173 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    My first detector was finding good things from the very first! It was a cheap BFO in the early 1970's. The first two coins found with it were an 1800's Indian Head Penny and a 1939 Lincoln cent, in that order.&nbsp; Then I started moving up into more sophisticated and complex detectors. Every one of them was broken, wouldn't find anything but junk! But I liked getting out with them and just kept using them. Somehow, magically, over time they fixed themselves! I stared finding good things with them! Every single one of those detectors did that! Now I bought a new detector... and it is STILL broken! When Spring gets here and I get out some more, my curiosity will make me take it out some more to see if it, somehow, fixes itself, too! <img src="http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/images/smilies/occasion14.gif" border="0" alt="" title="occasion14" smilieid="303" class="inlineimg">
    Last edited by ArfieBoy; Jan 22, 2021 at 06:46 PM.
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  9. #24
    Jan 2014
    314 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    This time of year my poor neglected detectors sit idle waiting for spring to thaw the frozen ground
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  10. #25
    Jul 2010
    451 times
    I never had an interest to detect at all, but my older brother went nuts with his beep and dig detector over decades. Our mother gave him a Whites 5900 that she bought at a garage sale, and Mike just put it in the garage to collect dust, he didn't like a complicated machine.

    Mike offered it to me on a visit, so I took a free gift. It sat in my own garage for years, until a friend asked if I had a detector, because his brother lost his wedding ring in a sand volleyball court. I ordered a battery charger for that old Whites, but then they found the ring by another detector. SO, I began playing with the 5900 here at home in my country acres.

    I found out fast that this hobby was WORK, and I fround no real treasure at all for weeks. Then, I actually found a single coin, and the rest became history for me. I metal detected here at home, sometimes after midnight, it became an actual addiction. It took me nearly a year to go to actual public parks and such though.

    I suspect that very many newbies in metal detecting stalled out fast, and mothballed a decent machine. In my case, my brother "past forwarded" a gift from our mother, and I now own 7 machines and more accessories than any sensible person should.

    This...is...a...work-required hobby, and spots to hunt are slimmer by the day. Add to that the fact it hardly takes but one looky-lou to b!tch and call the cops...I can understand the closet queens.
    Last edited by McKinney_5900; Jan 22, 2021 at 09:11 PM.

  11. #26

    Feb 2016
    macro racer 2, whites mx5, whites mx sport, trx pinpointer
    1274 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Probably half a dozen times have people spotted me detecting or my machines in my truck and told me they had a detector languishing away in a closet.

    The one I have that does that is a Whites classic SL ll. Bought it new about 24 years ago, used it infrequently for 6 months, I retired in '13, used it to some good that fall and again in the spring of '14. Bought a new Whites m6 that summer and 3 other detectors since.....the old classic SL ll has been sleeping again ever since after 2 very short stints.
    Last edited by ecmo; Jan 23, 2021 at 10:32 AM.

  12. #27

    May 2020
    25 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    That's how I got my ace 250. I started out with a tracker iv and a friend gave me his old 250 that was sitting in his closet. Around here the worst time to hunt is between Christmas and march...people get new machines and the beach gets pretty hunted out (at least in the dry sand I can't speak to the water).By march they get tired of it after not immediately getting rich and stick it in the closet or sell it on craigslist.
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  13. #28
    Mar 2014
    New Glarus,WI
    1141 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Quote Originally Posted by TheGreenBoy View Post
    There was a mania, about 10 years ago, in our country; searching for the welth of precestors. Tipycali, the individuals new exactely their precestors had stached hudge amounth of welth somewhere, but they didn't know exactly where. They usually bought the metal detector and used it few thimes on their property, giving up shortly. Few optimistic ones came back for deeper and deeper detector but it did not help. This is how i ended with makeing ala-carte PI with polarization power of about 800W (compare that with microwawe oven), and a hudge pile of lead acid batteries powering it - for a short thime. It was able to find larger target at about 8 - 9m, i do not belive anyone actually dug that deep.
    And THIS^^^^,boys and girls, is what is known as “taking a meat cleaver to the English language”. My apologies to the OP if you are from Neptune...

  14. #29

    Mar 2020
    1157 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I bought a new White's Spectra V3i almost two years back and used it quite a bit for one year. Had a lot of success, but moved on to a new Nox 800 because I wanted something lighter and weatherproof. I'm not happy White's went out of business. I'm also unhappy this fine V3i unit is sitting in my closet. Rather than go through the hassle of selling it, I was searching locally for the right person to give it to, maybe a youngster or retiree, who was very interested in getting into the hobby but short on cash or suffering from the pandemic. Was thinking of someone who had a bad Christmas but I didn't find the right person. So I'm still hoping to find that right person, someone I can lend the manual to and ask them if it something they are interesting in learning.

  15. #30
    Nov 2009
    Central Florida
    Fisher CZ5, Coin$, Equinox 800, E-Trac, Safari
    15 times
    I hope everyone put their detector in the closet
    More treasure for me


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