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  1. Ah, who knows. But of this I’m certain. Our colonist settlers were masters of repurposing out of sheer necessity. They needed a washer, they could make on out of a coin. I have a pair of cufflinks made from half reales. I have musket balls made into fishing sinkers. They didn’t have a Walmart and were thus more resourceful.
  2. Well I guess there goes my flagpole holder theory😟
  3. I go there now more for nostalgia than expecting finds other than small iron. I dream of the day I stumble onto another such site. They’re there, but it’s rough terrain and homesites were somewhat scarce throughout that period. Good thing is if you do find a site with no cellar hole or anything obvious, it’s more likely to be untouched, so that’s all the more reason to look for them. There is no LiDAR available and sat photog doesn’t show much due to the tree density. Another special find from this site is this gold open thimble, engraved Germany.
  4. Random detecting very old area woods listening for telltale iron targets that led me to this virgin homesite a number of years ago. I still go to this site but it’s Rare to pull up any non ferrous target these days. Still searching the woods in hope of wandering onto another hidden homesite like this one.
  5. This is it- it’s a flagpole holder from a colonial house that no longer exists even a cellar hole or any trace of. I’ve found many mid to late 1700s finds placing the homes heyday during the Revolutionary War, including Georgian coppers, New Jersey coppers, and Spanish reales, some with dates surrounding the Rev. War. I can picture it holding an early American flag with 13 stars on it , mounted next to the front door of this colonial house.
  6. Forgot to mention that I have a 1/2” wide large rubber band that goes around the coil and covers edge and the rubber band is covered with black electrical tape which keeps the band from slipping off. The rubber band is good cushioning against rocks. I got the bands ( like 7” diameter) off eBay. I suppose they come in other sizes as well. I don’t have one for my 11” coil. With silicone fusion tape it probably provides enough cushioning alone.
  7. I just use a few times around with electrical tape and change it when it starts getting ragged. I have used the silicone self fusing tape on other things with benefit, so I might upgrade to this at some point. I find it to be fairly expensive otherwise I’d find even more uses for it. I think it would be superior in terms of cushioning against rocks.
  8. I’m pretty well covered on the pinpointer front: XP Mi6, XP Mi4, Garrett pp AT ( AKA Garrett Carrot) Garrett pro pointer II old original Garrett propointer always keep a spare in the car glove compartment. They all get used but my favorites are the XP and Carrot.
  9. Might give it a go later in August when my wife will be away for a week and I’ll have lots of time to myself. I did the .71 update with my work laptop and it went ok- this one I’ll do at home on my Chromebook and I haven’t heard about too many updating issues. I do like the idea of the new audio features.
  10. I’m still using.71 but have heard enough to convince me that 1.1 would be a worthwhile update. Reasons I haven’t yet are 1- I hate hate doing updates for fear of complications ( I’m not great with computers) and 2- .71 has been serving me quite well.
  11. Very nice finds that would please anybody in a single hunt. How many junk targets did you dig in the course of finding these three rings?
  12. Mi6 and Mi4 pinpointers, I have both but don’t pair the Mi6 bc I don’t like that it shuts off the detector while using it. I almost got Steve’s shaft but held off bc I already have separate shafts , one for 11” coil and one for 9” which I keep in separate backpacks, although it’s still on my wish list. I like the very well made 3-D printed remote holder available thru eBay. You can’t lose the remote and enables you to easily remove the remote to put in a wrist ban holder ( i modded a remote holder myself which works great). I also just put glass screen protectors on the remote and WS6 ( which also has a wristband made from the commercial XP one but I improved on with an elastic wristband) I like all the options you have in how you configure your Deus 2. I’ve had A couple other detectors since getting the D2 but they were just being passed by in favor of the D2 so now they are all I have (I consider it two detectors- remote D2 and WS6 D2, or 9” and 11” ) because of the 2nd shaft- which is also an add-on accessory. It’s the lighter Orx shaft. Like many I’m waiting for a small elliptical coil, and wouldn’t an 8” concentric be a great accessory to try?
  13. This was my first detector - I got as a gift and didn’t really take it serious but also made enough finds with it that It became my biggest hobby. I wonder if the slew of cheap Chinese look alikes with kooky names actually work or just frustrate you out of a hobby?
  14. I modified an f75 and an Equinox with the folding mechanism you are referring to- they do work very well and make detectors small enough to fit in a backpack easily without removing anything, and they fold and unfold very easily. I tried the Xterra pro but wasn’t thrilled partly because its too big collapsed for a backpack, and I didn’t consider it worthwhile to modify. Can’t beat the XP for weight and max portability - it’s all I use now. Hardly a need for any other.
  15. Appreciate the comments, Thanks According to the UK finds database regarding Crotal Bells, mine is consistent with late 1700’s design, having a sunburst pattern only on lower half.
  16. Who’s going to be the first to introduce an AI assisted detector- not sure what that assist would look like, but you know it’s going to happen at some point.
  17. Good news - just picked up an essentially new ProPointer AT on eBay auction ( with warrantee card) for under half msrp ($60). I mostly use my Mi6 and Mi4 pinpointers, but like to have a regular battery one in my cars glove box as a ready spare. I also have a several years old but decent shape Garrett propointer II so I’m pretty well covered on the probe front, lol
  18. Went to a new spot today in the region of an early 18th century farm house. Was running program 3 - Sens FT and 9” coil. First good target a screaming 84 was the tennis ball size crotal bell shown below. I’ve been hoping to find another crotal bell and didn’t know they came in a jumbo version. Unfortunately, I think the horse stepped on it when it came loose and it’s got a crack and one side is mid-shaped, my pictures are of the best overall direction. I used a wire brush wheel to clean it up to show the typical design. The clanger ball is still there and it sounds great when you jingle it. Was very muddy so I didn’t stay very long, but long enough to find a flat button and a horseshoe. Definitely going back soon.
  19. I wish these things bugged me more as it would imply I’m getting more detecting time in and therefore recharging more. Anyway it’s an interesting topic and if a magnetic quick connection for charging the remote were available, I’d buy one. For the past few months I’ve been using the WS6 as master most often, but lately it’s been more like 50-50 with the remote.
  20. Thanks Chase, thanks ghostlight. I’ll check it out. I’m not a big watcher of MD videos but I’ve been watching The Scottish Detectorist (who By the way uses a Deus 2) and I’m ready to pack up my belongings and move to the land of my grandparents, great aunts and uncles. Well, maybe 🤔 I’ll just go for a week or two. I will hit full retirement age this October- and even though I’m not retiring for another 10 years ( assuming my good health continues) I intend to actually use my bloody vacation time for actual vacations, lol
  21. I don’t think anything new would interest me other than a small elliptical coil. When can we expect to find out what the big hubbub is all about?
  22. I have been struggling to find detecting time so I haven’t felt the need to update from .71 - am I missing anything awesome? I remember reading you can use chrome and I have a Chromebook laptop, am I correct that I can update using that? And you have to email XP in order to log in? Sorry guys, I’m a little behind.
  23. I’m sorry to say I’ve missed a few good sidewalk tear outs in old areas by waiting too long to try, so I learned a lesson that time. You have to strike while the irons hot - like you did.
  24. I have slim fingers and see fine as long as I’m wearing my 3.0 diopter reading glasses so I like using my ws6 as master ( with my 9” coil ) for my 11 “ I just got a remote holder that attached into the shaft end and the remote sits in it with a screwed on top with thumbscrews which can’t fall off. So I can use my remote worn on my arm or use it shaft mounted - same with WS6 I can use it on the stem or worn like a watch. I have only used the deus2 in the water once so not much experience to tell.
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