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  • Location:
    SW Pennsylvania
  • Interests:
    Detecting old house/farm sites, especially in the woods. My favorites finds are coins, buttons, crotal bells, and other relics from colonial/Federal US era up to maybe 1880s.
  • Gear Used:
    Minelab Equinox 800 (purchased mid-August 2020), Garrett AT Pro

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  1. Happa54, that will be an awesome trip! I took a White's machine to the Philippines back in 1998 for my father-in-law and had fun with it, although didn't have enough time to detect much. We did go to a WWII B-24 bomber crash site in Mindanao, though, and found a lot of parts where the engines cratered in (practically surface finds in a field of debris, so no real detecting skills necessary). I've been back quite a few times since visiting my wife's family, but haven't brought a detector due to time constraints, carrying too much other stuff, traveling with a child, etc. Now that I have an
  2. Thanks Steve, that is great information. I'm going to start paying a lot more attention to the 10-12 range in particular on my colonial site that I believe to be a tavern that operated during War of 1812. Got 3 Spanish silvers out of it so far (4, 1, and 1/2 reales, all 1780-1790 range), and Escudos and 1/2 Escudos do indeed get discovered by metal detectorists from time to time, so although my chances are slim, it's definitely worthwhile to dig. Really enjoying my new Nox 800 (had it almost 3 months now and one of my finds was a 1780 1 Real with a hole in it, included in those 3 t
  3. Thanks, Steve! I've heard great things about XP and the Deus for sure, and ORX sounds tempting, but I think the Equinox will be my aspirational goal for now. But if that "palatable impulse buy" opportunity comes up sometime later down the road, that would be pretty cool to have an ORX for dense ferrous like some of the old farm sites.
  4. Steve, Optix, Jeff, GB_Amateur, and phrunt, I truly appreciate all of your thoughtful and meticulous responses, especially to someone who is a newbie to the forum. This is just what I needed to help me make an informed decision. I was leaning strongly toward the Equinox 800 before I posted but had a few "gray areas" where I needed to seek more input, and after hearing your collective expert opinions, I feel armed with the knowledge that my earlier research and reading was on the right track. Pretty compelling information, and like most of you have commented, there's a good solid warranty t
  5. Looks like you nailed it, Phrunt! I'm surprised that there's been no further comment on this thread since much of the info on the Apex came out and they're taking orders. Well, now I don't know what to do to upgrade from my AT Pro... my quandaries are: 1) it's unclear to me what kind of depth the Apex will get (is it going to be deeper than AT Pro) and whether it will have the features I want (since it is at the Ace level) although it's a very attractive simultaneous multifrequency option, 2) Anfibio was an option for me but I'm not going to buy it if Nokta/Makro will
  6. Haven't heard anything new about this for months (not the naming contest, but the detector). Does anyone have a progress update from Nokta/Makro and/or Dilek? Maybe a simultaneous multifrequency machine wasn't tenable for them.
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