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Hi all. Im 49 from Cwmbran South Wales. My husband and I are total beginners. We don't have a metal detector at present but are both really interested in it. It's on my to do list for the new year if I can get a detecor sorted for my hubby for Christmas :)
Fulton from Moss Hill, TX. I started metal detecting about 6 months ago. Needed to add an active hobby to my 'get healthier' plan (lost 36 pounds). Before I bought a detector, my personality demands that I over research things and it led me down the metal detecting rabbit hole of information. I want to thank Merrill for his youtube content. It was very informative, unbiased and factual, as well as entertaining. I watched all of them, and I liked and subscribed, of course. Merrill helped shed light on the ins and outs of detecting and gave me the confidence to finally make the leap. I got a few park permits, bought an XP Deus 2 down at a nice shop in Florida on a business trip, came back to Texas and started my new adventure. First day I found 2 silver rings. Blind luck because I was just figuring out the Deus 2. But it definitely got me hooked. The last six months I have gone every week to a beach, park, or old home site (got a few permissions). I'm loving every minute. Thanks Merrill. Oh, and I don't have a handle yet, was thinking "Quawtah Master".
Hey ya'll. I'm Doug. I am a hobby gold miner and refiner. I mine from trash, like e-waste and jewelry, refine through chemistry. Now I would like to see what's in the dirt. Because everything in my refining hobby goes full circle, kind of like recycling, there are more uses for a lot of junk metal in the ground. Copper is for waste clean-up. Iron cleans the copper. Aluminum gets purified, melted and sold to other hobbies. It's like a chemical exploration. Metal detecting makes sense.
Hi guys, I'm Matthew )aka minelabmatt) from UK.
You know the one, Merrill....remember i sent you all those random UK coins..lol.
nice to meet you all.
Hi, My name is Dale Anderson, I live in NW Illinois. I've been metal detecting since the early 90's, starting off with a Tesoro Bandido. I've owned many detectors since, my last one being an Equinox 800. I love the data I get from a digital detector but I also love my analog detectors. When the new wave of digital detectors started coming out, I of couse wanted one but hesitated when I started seeing information about the Nexus company. They make detectors that are showing some impressive depth and unmasking abilities. The Khz of the detectors are based on the coil that's attached to the detector. The coil I ordered (and I'm sure I'll be placing another order) is the 9 inch concentric coil Nexus call the silver scout. This is a 24 khz coil, specifically made for unmasking in trashy areas. Their coil selection is huge and my next one will be for depth in non-trashy sites. This Nexus MP3 is due to arrive today and I can't wait to spend the time to understand it and get detecting!
Erik from Arizona, been swinging for about 5 years, just recently picked it back up. I started with a Tesoro Lobo, switched about 2 years ago to a Nox800 and recently went to the 900, was always afraid of the water leakage so figured what the heck. Me and I buddy got permision to search an old drive in, some silver rings and lots of change, we got a lot of space left to cover. Swinging in 107 temps takes some work for sure.
Hello, all. Shannon from Port Saint Lucie on the Treasure Coast of Florida. I've been detecting in one way or another for more than 40 years, off and on. I started on a $9.99 Radio Shack kid's "detector" from the 1980's, which had at best an inch of detection ability. It couldn't detect a penny on the surface if there was grass. But this fascinated me nonetheless, which got me started.
Over the years I have owned a Minelab Sovereign XS, a White's Spectrum XLT and now I own a Minelab Equinox 800 and an XP Deus 2. The Deus 2 is what I currently use, and I hunt on the beach most of the time. Occasionally I coin shoot, and on rare occasions I hunt for relics also.
I would like to pay for my detectors by finding jewelry. I would love to find some Spanish 1715 Plate Fleet relics, jewelry and coins. Realistically I probably need to retire before I have the time to spend on the beach to actually do these things. 45 minutes plus each direction, and an average of maybe 7 hours a month to actually hunt, isn't helpful.
In the mean time, I'm having fun, getting out of the house when I can and getting sun and exercise. I'll consider anything above and beyond that icing on the cake.
I am blake and I am 13 and I have been metal decteting for about seven months now. and I found your youtube channle and I whatched a few videos and thought to give it a try and I got the simplex, I was hooked when I found my first silver ring. I now have the legend and have found loads of great finds. and I always tune in to your live stream.
thank you all for being so supportive blake
Recently retired and looking for the best detector for me.
Grear information here.
Merrill has an amazing YouTube channel. His honest opinion on detecting shows his passion for the craft.
I live in Central IL...... For now! 😜
Mostly park and old homestead searching.
I am borrowing a friend's Garrett ace for now. Not a fan!
Our local Scheels sells Minelab.
At the beginning of my search I was leaning towards a ML Equinox 600, but now I have been watching more and more videos about the Nokta Simplex and Legend.
Nokta seem to build a nice machine for the money.
I am a Keep It Simple person, but if it means that I could do better then I will learn how to use a complex machine.
Thank you all for the great information.
Hello Swingers! I am Steve aka Ferrous Grump. I operate Crystal Coast Ring Finders along the North Carolina coastline. I have been watching Metal Detecting NYC since almost the beginning. I am always looking for tips and information about various machines.
Yar Treasure Hunters! I started metal detecting while living in the US Virgin Islands and flying seaplanes. My success was such that I was hooked as a 3-4 day/week hunter. Dug it all with my trusty Sea Hunter MkII. I'm a landlubber up in New England these days, searching for coins, not wedding bands. It's great to play with the new technologies the detector industry has to offer, but wondering when the next great underwater PI detector will be launched. I feel it's an underrated technology with unarguable depth capabilities.
Hello all. We are three generations fairly new to detecting. From Salisbury, Maryland.There are some nice parks in the area and we are 1/2 an hour from Ocean City, MD. Which has 10 miles of broad sand beaches.
Rob Sr. Garrett Ace Apex
Rob Jr. Harbor Freight 9 function, Vanquish 340, Equinox 600.
Rob III. Bounty Hunter Tracker V.
Good luck to everyone.
Ahoy! Mike in San Diego, here. Retired teacher, educational technologist and underwater photographer for 30+ years (earthwindow.com). I bought a GoldMonster 1000 for nugget shooting in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada but found that everything that isn't under claim is pretty picked over or off-limits so I hope to get a machine for man-made treasure: mostly beach detecting. (The GM1000 is idiot-proof but won't work at all in that environment). Merrill, I have enjoyed your videos, candor. and you seem like an all-round great human. A little daunted by the detector choices. I borrowed a GPX 4500 a couple years ago and couldn't make heads or tails of it. Maybe an Equinox 900 or Mantecore with a little video hand-holding.
Hello everyone. Merrill I have enjoyed the videos and knowledge you have shared. Thank you for that. As for me I live in southern Virginia, where I enjoy fishing, gold prospecting and metal detecting. Trying to get the wife and kids to join in with the gold prospecting and metal detecting as much as possible.
Hi everyone, Blueboy from UK just saying hello. Mostly detect the fields here & finding Roman & Hammered coins along with many artifacts etc. Been detecting since 1985 so done quite a few hours.
Greetings from Auckland New Zealand.
Glenn's the name and detecting is the hobby!
Purchased the Nox 800 a few weeks ago and now the Manticore is on order....
Many years ago I owned a detector but life got in the way.. Now I'm back and what a difference in tech..
So this means I'm really new to it all all over again!
I'm developing an Andriod app mainly for new users at the moment but hope to develop it into something more.
Thanks to Merrill for all your info / video's as I have learn't alot from them!
Look forward to getting into this great hobby once again..
Terry, One of our associates walks the beaches of Long Island! We make the trip every now and then BUT we now have a reason to make the trip more.
Hello all! I am Skag from Minnesota. I have a Equinox 800 and just waiting for my number to come up for the Manticore. Merrill you are right in your videos. What a stress reliever. Now if we could just get through winter!
Hi Merrill, and to all
I just stumble across your videos, I know, I know. You been living in a freaking cave? I was an old bottle collector for the last 45 years. About 4 years ago I bought a Bounty Hunter Platinum. It was a amazing first detector. Found lots of stuff. Sold that to get a better one, and I never got the better one. Now I'm ready. I have a grand to drop on one, and cant decide on what to purchase. I mainly do parks, fields, private residence, and railroad tracks. I'm looking at EQ 900, EQ 700, Nokta Macro Legend, Deus 2. ( not sure about the wireless). Any info would be great. Also what company does everybody deal with? Thanks all
I did go through Big Boys Hobbies. Prices are good. Same as everywhere else. They have more in stock than most other stores.
I have used Big Boy Hobbies, Serious Detecting, Metaldetector.com (right down the street from me!), and KellyCo Detectors. I enjoyed working with all of them and mostly decide now based on inventory.
Then there are accessory companies too (mainly for my old Nox). Steve’s Detector Rods is amazing. Steve worked with me to come up with a custom design to fit a custom 3d-printed handle hinge I built so the whole Nox800 would fit into a travel case. Detect-Ed is another good one, but shipping from Australia can take a bit.
Thats a good ideal for the hinge. the shaft telescopic in and the handle folds over that. You might have something there. I've bought things from those stores as well. International rates are expensive.
Hey all - I'm Brent. I'm "That Guy Again" in most forums since I tend to collect hobbies and pop up all over. Into archery? I'm there. Into metal detecting? I'm there! Into hand carved wooden spoons? Somehow there too. I'm a software engineering director out of the Boston area (Swampscott for those who know the area). I normally hunt beaches with my Deus II but just got a Manticore in the mail today and can't wait to get out with it once I'm through this next week.