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Here is a subject you will rarely see. What makes for a good looking metal detector? There are many I have swung over the years that were downright embarrassing. Maybe that is why I try to make sure I detect when nobody can see me! These days though there are some good looking detectors out there, kind of like the sports cars of the genre. My favorite - the F75 Special Edition, also called the Limited Edition. Fisher can't make up its mind.

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Next up, the Minelab CTX 3030. This detector really wowed me when I put it together for the first time. Slip, twist, click, snick. Really cool and exposed wires are so 20th century.

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Here is something completely different - the XP DEUS. The entire detector is in the coil, which is operated remotely by a control box or even directly by the headphones. It has a folding telescopic rod assembly that looks vaguely like the starship Enterprise when folded up.

 

 

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On one hand the Minelab SDC 2300 is kind of goofy looking, but it is guaranteed to wow people when they see you unfold it for the first time. And so incredibly compact when stowed away!

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The White's V3i is nothing spectacular as far as overall looks, but its display screen is by far the best on the market. Full color, bright, sharp - it really pops. Others would do well to try and at least match it.

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Finally, a bit different look, and one I was surprised with when my wife said she liked it. Kind of got that military thing going for it, and a unique color. The Garrett ATX.

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I nominate Troy x-5. Always thought it was just a beautiful detector.

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Steve, reference the exposed wires. Don't forget that in the late 90's Minelab had the Golden Hawk. It's wires were hidden and it had a military look. It found gold but wasn't real sensitive. Similar to the XT18000.

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September 1999. The Golden Hawk probably should have been called the Golden Turkey. It and the Relic Hawk were one of Minelabs rare market failures. As you say, basically an XT1800 with extra tracking settings in a very expensive housing. And an external battery. Seriously? Have to admit I kind of wanted one though!

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Well I'm glad to see that I got 3 out of the six you posted....CTX, SDC and the Deus. Traded the ATX a while back for the SDC. That darn Deus is not as easy to learn as my CTX but I'm slowly starting to like it for it's detecting abilities. The light weight and look's caught my attention early on. I've found a few things already that I missed with the CTX in heavy trash. Or maybe I'm just digging more with it then the CTX.  Did the XP Deus make the cut  on your detector team?

 

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