I was heading out the door to detect and my wife said she wanted to go. We drove 3/4 of a mile to a chiseled corn field with long gone farm houses. I started swinging my AT Pro and it didn't take long to find a target. Rang up 55 on the VDI. Dug the plug and started in with my trowel and carrot. Next thing I hear a "crunch" noise and hear my wife say, "I broke it!" She stepped on the rod of the AT and it broke clean in half. Found my target, a piece of brass tubing. Well, short hunt and time to go. Fixed the AT with a piece of dowel and some screws. If it holds it will be a battle scar. If it fails I'll buy a replacement part. I didn't say a word to my wife. She's a great woman. (and super cook) Married 34 yrs. so how could I get down on her?