tboykin

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  1. The big knock on the V3i is that it has a big learning curve. Some people just want to turn on the machine and find stuff. It's possible to have an extreme performing detector without requiring an engineering degree to know how to run it. Just my 2c. FWIW I run a V3i when I am at the beach, all other times it's the MXS or machines that aren't on the market.
  2. Thanks Chuck, I will shoot you straight when we have a new product. For now there are a lot of options on the market to choose from. They all do about the same things so the choice can be hard to make.
  3. Can't talk about current projects, but I will say that the company's focus should make members of this forum happy.
  4. Thank you guys for all of the feedback. I always feel bad digging a big ole plug in parks. I will try and work on my screwdriver skills.
  5. I think it's a matter of finances for most companies. As volume in sales drops, they have to lower the price to keep the bottom line looking good. This happens when companies don't bring new products to market or constantly release "rehashes" of old tech. The great thing about this is that as newer companies advance technology, the dinosaur brands will have to keep up. Or they will die. Just dropping the price isn't going to be enough to keep things afloat - you gotta play ball and offer something the world hasn't seen before. It's a good thing for everyone - the aging workhorse machines become cheaper for entry-level users, and the power users get new technology to play with.
  6. I am trying to focus on ring hunting in some of the parks around here, and I'm curious what recovery methods you all use. One of the older guys I hunt with only uses a screwdriver, another an old knife... I usually bring a hand digger and cut 3-sided plugs. Probes don't seem to be too popular, but when detecting nicely manicured parks what method do you use? Probe and pop? Cut a plug? I'm hoping to some across some other technique that might not be as common, but is equally effective and doesn't mess up the grass too much.
  7. Here's one Bruce/Sheila joke I know that is somewhat safe for work - Saturday morning Bruce got up early to go for his weekly detecting trip. He was moving quietly so he would not wake his missus, got dressed, filled the esky with beer, and slipped quietly into the garage. He loaded his gear into the ute , and proceeded to back out into a torrential downpour. The wind was blowing 50 mph, so he pulled back into the garage, turned on the radio, and discovered that the weather would be lousy all day. Bruce went back into the house, quietly undressed, and slipped back into bed. He cuddled up to his missus' back, now with a different anticipation, and whispered, "The weather out there is terrible." Sheila replied, "Can you believe my stupid husband is out detecting in that?"
  8. That is really cool!
  9. That is basically a TDI with some of the controls removed.
  10. LOL @Digger Bob making the most out of a big dam problem --- http://www.krcrtv.com/news/local/butte/paradise-prospector-a-golden-opportunity-at-the-damaged-spillway/370298858
  11. You guys will love the next issue... It'll have a VERY SPECIAL guest article....
  12. I have been instructed by the engineers to shut my trap. So instead I would suggest finding a copy of the "Advanced User Manual" written by some very smart people. A quick google search should help you find it.
  13. Just to second what Steve says, DO NOT TOUCH CALIBRATION MODE. You will only gain your detector a trip to the factory! There are other secret menus on the V3i, but this one is the most useful for people who have gone off in the weeds with their parameter tweaking.
  14. Thanks guys, I got a lot of folks contacting me so I will edit my OG post. RIP inbox.