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New tones for an old ear

9 Jul

I continue metal detecting with my new XP Deus metal detector.

I have been using the Basic 1 program with high discrimination. I figured I’d ease into it. Well today, I hunted with some of the other programs and I even tried a custom program.

Oh boy! I like running my metal detectors wide open. The problem, if you want to call it that, is that then you have to hear all the trash and iron signals, and although I am used to the cacophony, it is going to take me a few days to the new tones. The high tone is not near as high as I am used to and the low is not near as ‘grunty’ as I like my iron tones to be.

Still, being able to collapse the machine and being able to hunt in true wireless mode (no transmitters to clip anywhere) is a joy. Once I get the tones down, I will be unstoppable!

Thank you for looking.

XP Deus Day!

6 Jul

The XP Deus metal detector is here!

The brown truck dropped it off and I immediately put the coil, the headphones, and the control box in the charger.

The first thing that grabbed my attention is how light the coil is. If it is possible to make a smart coil this light, why isn’t every company doing so?

The rod (or stem as the French call it) is also very light.

Used as I am to heavy detectors, I am a little afraid to damage the arm cuff as it is made of very thin plastic. I haven’t heard or read of any problems with the cuff breaking so I will trust the engineers who designed the thing.

The control box is just about the size of my iPhone but it is lighter!

Last, the back phones (they wrap around the back of your head by the neck) are kind of dainty and obviously designed for someone with a smaller head than mine! They are not adjustable so I will just have to be very careful. I’ve read some complaints about the back phone band breaking but a lot of people say that if you are just careful, they will last a  long time. At any rate, a replacement band is only about $19 U.S. so I’ll be fine. There are also mods on the Internet where some clever people put the back phones in regular head phone holders.

There is hardly any assembly required beyond attaching the coil to the rod which is the same as in every other detector out there.

The XP Deus has been out for about three (3) years but it has only been available in the United States since February of 2012. For most of that time, the Deus was the ONLY detector with the collapsible, wireless design. Another well known company has come up with a detector that copies these features BUT it is WAY heavier than the Deus. The Deus weighs a little less than two (2) pounds without the control box attached! And a little more than two pounds when the control unit is attached to the rod. This is the feature that made me choose the Deus as my main detector.

After a week of swinging the Tesoro Compadre (2.2lbs), I know I am going to REALLY like swinging the Deus.

The standard coil is 9 inches wide but there is a larger coil available for it. The coil is water proof of course.

The control unit is back lit. Nice!

The Deus is programmable. It is not as programmable as the White’s V3i but it’s complex enough to satisfy my need to mess with settings.

There are many other features to this machine that I like but I really want to get the coil on the soil! I have a number of sites ready to put this French detector to the test!

Thank you for looking!


2 Jul

I continue metal detecting with the Tesoro Compadre metal detector while I work to get my XP Deus in.

I have hunted with the Compadre a few times now and one thing that continues to impress me about this little machine is that often I will retrieve a rusty nail along with a good target from the same hole. To be sure, I have done that with all my other detectors at one point or another but never in the numbers I have with the Compadre.

This leads me to believe that the Compadre can compute the iron out and show me the coin. What does this mean? To me it means that if there are coins in iron infested sites, the Compadre can definitely hold its own.

Case in point: yesterday, I took the Compadre to the Iron Pit. There are segments of the Iron Pit where I have extracted every target that wasn’t iron (and a lot of iron too!). I have gridded those segments from every direction with all my other machines. At the Iron Pit the other day, I dragged a magnet over the surface a few times and I filled a plastic cup with iron chunks ranging from pea size all the way to quarter size. Anyway, I wanted to see how the Compadre did in this mess.
I should mention at this point that as a rule, I run my detectors wide open because I like to know what the iron situation is at all times. I also scrape the soil whenever possible and always use a mid to slow speed swing.

I set the Compadre on Max discrimination (the equivalent of only high tones in other machines) and the very first swing produced a hit. What!? I couldn’t believe it. The target turned out to be a bullet casing but still, this was missed by more powerful and more expensive machines.

I detected for about ten more minutes before I got yet another hit! This one was a clad dime about two inches down. I was utterly amazed. This dime was big enough and shallow enough I should have never missed it!

Soon I decided to call it a day but before I left, I opened the Compadre all the way to nickels. I swung for about five minutes and bam! I got a nice loud signal. I was flabbergasted!! This small area I was detecting was still heavily littered with iron both under and on top of the ground and this was the original spot that I found last year and I have painstakingly gridded up, down, diagonally and over again. So how did I miss this nickel?
The target was not a nickel in fact, but it was a machined cylinder about a quarter of an inch high and 1/16 inch thick. It was about two inches down.


Now I wonder if the more expensive machines from Tesoro are this good. I mean, put more power on this little wonder of a detector and it could really pose a threat to some of the flagship detectors out there. But the Compadre is perfect as it is. I love how light it is and like I said before, its brutal simplicity makes it a ton of fun to use.

Even after I get my XP Deus, expect more reports on this marvel.

Thank you for looking!

First hunt with the Tesoro Compadre

28 Jun

I got the first Compadre metal detector yesterday evening. The box it came in was small and light. Given how I don’t want to swing heavy detectors anymore, this was encouraging.

I unpacked the machine and was impressed by how small it is. The control box is small and the coil is small and the whole thing is incredibly light. The Tesoro Compadre felt very solid once I attached the coil and tightened the cam locks.

I didn’t have time to test it until this morning. I met Patton from the Friendly Metal Detecting Forum at one of our favorites spots and the fun began!

I decided to forgo the headphones on this maiden voyage. When you first turn the Compadre on, it performs a loud battery test that lasts a couple of seconds. The unit is powered by a single nine volt battery. One small gesture that I really liked was that the battery was included with the detector and it was a well known brand battery.

The Compadre has one and only one control knob and that is the Discrimination knob. It goes all the way from All Metal to Max. In between those you find the usual discrimination settings of Iron, foil, nickels, pull tab, and zinc. I set the discrimination to Max. I believe in this setting, you discriminate all but coins.

The Compadre comes with a stock five and three quarter (5.75) inch concentric round coil. If you are not used to small coils, the stock coil may bother you at first. Luckily, I had been swinging my AT Pro with the 5x8DD coil so I was used to the small size.
The coil is hardwired thus it cannot be changed. This could possibly be the only draw back to its design but I may be of a different opinion after I’ve hunted more with the Compadre.

I noticed right away that if you swing this small round coil too fast, there’s a good chance you will miss targets. A medium swing speed seemed adequate to pick up all signals loud and clear.

The Compadre has only one tone.

As I said before,  the Compadre  has no depth gauge, no ground balance control, and no sensitivity control. This didn’t keep the unit from finding coins right away. Oh, the Compadre also lacks a pinpoint button.

To be perfectly honest, I didn’t miss any of these features. To estimate depth, first you have to realize that the Compadre will likely not go deeper than  six (6) inches. So that’s your limit. Once you know this, you can simply lift the coil off the ground and note where the signal cuts out. With a little practice this can give you a pretty good idea as to how deep the target is. The pinpointing feature is unnecessary given the size of the coil. Use the criss-cross technique and you will be fine. I had no problem at all accurately locating my targets.
The sensitivity and the ground balance are set at the factory and whatever they are, the machine did fine with them.

I dug up some trash during my hunt but the Compadre is not fooled any more or any less than any of my more expensive and heavier detectors. I didn’t find any coin deeper than four inches. I still have to figure out iffy signals and deep signals with this machine. Once I accomplish that, I have no doubt my finds will increase. I cannot emphasize enough how light this machine is and how important that is when it is hot outside or when you are tired.

Assorted coins

30 minutes of sheer fun with the Compadre

The Tesoro Compadre definitely lives up to its reputation. Its brutal simplicity makes it very fun to swing. No more worrying about tweaking this or that. This makes it an ideal metal detector for children or for the casual hunter.
Don’t let the Compadre’s Spartan nature fool you though. If you believe this detector to be a toy or a child’s machine you will be making a grievous error! This machine is a powerful, well built machine that will find the goods. I have no doubt about that even after only a 30 minute hunt. Just because I think this machine is ideal for children and hunters who hunt sparingly, I don’t mean to say this machine would not be deadly in the hands of more experienced detectorists.

I look forward to long, fruitful hunts with the Tesoro Compadre metal detector!

Thank you for looking!

The ever-changing state of affairs

25 Jun

Another Compadre

My youngest child has asked that I take him metal detecting. The problem is, when one wants to go so does the other. To solve this problem, I have ordered an additional Tesoro Compadre.

One Metal Detector to rule them all!

In a fit of madness, I have decided to trade my three current detectors for an XP Deus. Lately, I have come to appreciate the joy that is swinging a light weight detector. Plus I still want the power of a flagship machine. The XP Deus fits the bill to a T.

top view of XP Deus metal detector


Another thing that I look forward to besides the power of the XP and its under two pound weight, is the fact that I can collapse the unit and put it in a bag and carry it with me into the house or into the office. No more leaving my expensive detectors in the car so that some loser can steal them.

I LOVE my V3i! Especially now that I am beginning to understand it. I am going to miss the three frequencies and the analysis tools. I am going to miss the 22 KHz frequency for micro gold. Alas! I think the XP Deus will deliver equivalent power with the added conveniences of no wires and lighter weight.

I will miss my beloved AT Pro. The Pro is the detector I became a proficient hunter with. I found more stuff with it than with any other machine. We were like one me and the Pro. At three pounds, it was my lighter detector but again, the XP is less than two pounds! I may yet regret giving up the AT Pro but the XP may work better in some of the iron infested sites around town.

Last I say good bye to my newest machine; the CZ-3D. I got this machine to get the hard-to-detect coins that I know are there. I have found many coins now that didn’t read like coins at all. The CZ-3D was designed for just this kind of scenario. I didn’t count on the weight of the unit however, especially once I put the 10.5 inch coil on it. Man! I even tried hip-mounting the unit which helped but then I had to adjust my digging style. Nonetheless, this machine quickly earned a spot in my heart by finding nickels missed by everyone else.

So I am counting on the XP Deus to deliver all the things I am giving up and it yet may. I’ve heard the following about the the XP:

1) It works great in iron infested sites.
2) It goes deep
3) It can find nickels , which are notoriously hard to detect
4) You can swing it all day!

All of these things are important to me but the weight issue was what drove my decision. I hunt during the hottest months of the year and I hunt for gold so I dig more targets than other people. It was very important that the machine I use be light and easy to carry.

The ProPointer is NOT dead! 

Reports of the Garrett Propointer’s death have been greatly exaggerated! It turned out that the thing just needed a new battery. Special thanks to my hunting buddy Patton from the Friendly Metal Detecting Forum for lending me his spare propointer which led me to discover that my propointer was not ready for the trash can.

New Member of the Family

21 Jun

Ever since I sold the Garret Ace 250 metal detector, I’ve been feeling guilty about it. The 250 was the machine that my son could swing without too much trouble. After I sold it, I had no detector that he could use.  So the other evening, he asked me if we could go metal detecting and I had him try both the CZ-3D and the AT Pro and both were too cumbersome for him. I felt terrible!

So I picked up the phone and called Chuck at Indian Nations Metal Detectors and ordered a Tesoro Compadre.

Tesoro Compadre faceplate

The Mighty Mite!

The Compadre is so popular, they are in back order. I think we should receive ours in about two weeks.

The Compadre is perfect for my son. It has only one knob to contend with and it weighs only 2.2 lbs! But don’t let the simple interface and weight fool you. This little detector operates at 12  KHz  which will work on small gold and with its 5 3/4 inch coil, it can punch through to six inches deep. I’ve seen videos on YouTube that show how well the Compadre discriminates iron. Also, its small coil is perfect for our trashy parks.

When my son is not using it, I plan to swing the Compadre to hunt for gold. I can’t wait!

In other, sadder news, my Garrett Propointer has died. Well, actually, it has gone insane. When I turn it on, it will go off and not stop. I’ve tried everything to no avail. I think I’ve dropped it one too many times. I am using the Pistol Probe by DetectorPro but it’s not the same. Although the Pistol Probe reaches deep, I am having a hard time adjusting to it. I will continue to use until I have the money to buy a new Propointer.

Thank you for looking.

The Return of Big Bertha

13 Jun

Big Bertha, my White’s Spectra V3i, was on leave while I decided what to do about the terrible chattering that I experienced the last few times I used it.

Since I have two other excellent detectors, I was in no hurry to tend to the problem but last night I finally tackled it. First, I suspected that some dirt had gotten in between the coil cover and the coil. I took the cover off (a big challenge!) and indeed, there was quite a bit of detritus in there. I’ve decided to leave the coil off and hunt with the naked coil.

Second, while I was removing the coil cover, I noticed that the cable was lose at the control box! That was probably the real cause of the chattering. Oh well, the cable connection is tight now and the cover is off. I took Big Bertha for a spin at lunch time today and the process of re-acquainting myself with it has begun.

A have a few words about owning and using multiple detectors. When you are using several detectors, the mastering of them is going to take longer. I get a little confused with the VDI’s when I switch detectors. Plus, I have to remember the quirks of each one. So I may not be as effective a hunter as I would like to be. I am not worried however, I know eventually I’ll be able to switch detectors with no problem.

The one good thing about hunting with different machines is that I am learning all the things that are common to all of them. Indeed, many of the things I learn with one unit can be applied to the other ones. This includes all general issues about metal detecting. By using three different detectors from three different companies, I know what is universal to the hobby and what’s particular to each brand.

So in theory anyway, in the future, the learning curve for any new detectors will be a lot more gentle.

Thank you for looking!

Back in business

4 May

I hunt with the V3i. I hunt for deep stuff. I mean, I go for stuff nine, ten, eleven inches or deeper. Trying to get there with the Lesche digger is just not nice.

For those signals, I relied on my Sampson T-handle digger. I could dig ten inches down with that shovel in a second flat. But alas! I left it in the park one too many times and my luck finally ran out. Problem was, I always laid it down to unlock the car and after I put the detector in the car and every thing else, I often forgot the shovel. Every time I was able to notice or remember within the hour and recovered it. Except when I didn’t.

So I’ve been passing up deeps signals right and left since the unfortunate morning when I lost my Sampson. But not anymore! Look at what I just ordered!  Raptor, model 31, from Predator Tools. Yeah!


That’s not a digger; THIS is a digger!!!

Eight inch blade and made to cut a plug and scoop dirt. Plus, it comes with a sheath so no leaving it at the park!

Thank you for looking!