The Compadre is one of the finest turn on and go metal detectors on the market. Most of us have never let ours go, because they are just too handy to have in the car, or as a loaning machine. They work well, and hit reasonably deep with the 8" coil!
I just bought one. I have many high dollar detectors already. I think it is a good value. It is a great one to loan to a friend. My primary use may be to make a quick run through a park looking for pennies dimes and quarters. After all the easy stuff is found, switch to a different detector.