Tag Archives: Blisstool V3


22 Apr

After only a few days with the Bliss I can tell you this detector is the real thing. I have been waiting for a detector that could hit a target in the post-12 inch range with a clear tone. Last night I spent an hour or so at one of our oldest parks. Two targets were too deep to be retrieved. It is possible I was detecting pipes, really. Normally, when I get a ‘hole to nowhere’ I suspect that I missed the pinpoint but no so with the Bliss. The targets were still giving a nice bright repeatable hit in the middle of the 2 foot+ I had dug. I stopped at that depth because my arm is not long enough to go deeper than that.

Then there were the other targets; a piece of lead the size of a dime at about 14 inches and, incredibly, a small copper earring at the bottom of a 16 inch or so deep hole. Sure, you could argue that the targets fell from the side but I am satisfied that they didn’t. After about 30 holes dug with the Bliss I finally got one last night where the target read deep but was only about 6 inches deep; and who knows, maybe the real target went undug.

And so this leaves me wondering: How am I reaching those depths with an 11 inch coil? Is the Bliss putting out so much power that, like my friend lawdog1 says, it may be knocking out tv reception around the park? Of course, the thing missing is discrimination at those depths. Again, I believe that the discrimination stops around the 7-8 inch depth, meaning that after 8 inches the detector can only tell you that there is something down there. This is the case with any and all detectors out there (with the possible exception of the AKA Russian detectors) Still, my beloved Deus cannot consistently find me targets at 14 and 16 inches deep.

The other mystery to me is why this detector has not taken off like wildfire. I suspect it is because the many knobs intimidate people. This is of course silly given that the Whites V3i is a marvel of sophisticated technology that probably has a screen I never found that gave the weather forecast. I often bemoan the fact that I never reached the potential of that detector. Big Bertha, I didn’t deserve you.

Be that as it may, the Bliss is the machine I have been waiting for to collect all those deep coins and jewelry laying at depths unreachable by most detectors today. I haven’t yet let the Bliss loose on my deep silver park. I get all warm and fuzzy at the very thought.

I promise you that from this post on, I will document the finds. I bought the Bliss used and I can see some issues with some of the potentiometers. Alas, the warranty is gone. I suspect however that the Bliss will pay for a new one towards the end of the year. And the version 6 of this machine (I own version 3) is deeper and better.

Oh my!


The Summer of Seateds

21 Apr

No, no, no, I haven’t found a Seated coin yet. I do think however, that by this Summer, I will have found a number of them. Whaaat??!! I hear you say…

I base this prediction on the fact that I took The Bliss out at lunch time to try a technique to gauge depth created by Ahmed Merchev, the designer of the Bliss. The technique worked just as advertised.

I purposely chose a park that is super trashy. In fact, I chose a spot in the park that is trashier than the rest. I wanted to try as many targets as possible to test this method. I located eleven targets that, by following the described technique, I believed were nine inches or deeper. All eleven targets were indeed nine inches or deeper. ten were iron (square nails, cut nails, iron blobs) and one was what appeared to be a piece of cup made of copper.

You may be scoffing  by now about the fact that I dug mostly iron. I am not worried. The one thing I was just giggly about, is that this technique avoids the pesky miniature aluminum that so plagues me when I use the Deus for the same deep targets. I wanted to try this technique at this park especially because I know that there is so much darn shredded aluminum there. I dug none of it with the Bliss today.

So I’m all set for the Summer of Seateds. I have five very old and very trashy parks where very deep and very old targets are to be found. I will happily dig a pound of deep iron if it means I can find a hundred silver and gold old coins.

Stay tuned.

Dragomir’s Maiden Voyage

19 Apr

I paid for the Blisstool on Friday and I got it on Monday. That’s the level of service I’ve come to expect from Chuck at Indian Nations Detectors.

So I read up a little on the Blisstool and set it up as recommended in several forums. At lunch time today I took it to a spot that I have cleaned up of almost all signals. The first thing I noticed is that the volume goes from 0 to 100 really fast. It nearly busted my eardrums!

The second thing that I decided is to get wireless headphones as soon as possible. After several years of wireless hunting with the Deus, being tied to the machine was a strange experience.

The Blisstool is well balanced with the 11 inch coil. I didn’t try the 15 inch coil today but I hope to do so this weekend.

Hunting with the Blisstool is not as odd as you would think. If you have ever hunted with the Tesoro Compadre or the Tesoro silver micromax then you know what it feels like to hunt with the Blisstool.
I was surprised to find that there is nuance to the sound. Not all targets sounded the same it seemed to me. The machine pinpoints well.

As I set it up, I began to dig iron right away. I messed around with the discrimination and I got some iron to break up but a number of nails and pieces of wire sounded really well. I know with time and experience I will master this so I am not worried.

If you know me, then you know what I was really interested on was depth. The deepest thing I dug with a good solid signal was a super small piece of aluminum foil at about 6 inches deep. 6 inches was very deep relative to the minuscule size of the piece of foil.

The Bliss is very sensitive, giving me nice solid and repeatable signals on the thinnest of wire. Soon my lunch hour was over and I put the machine away and returned to work.

I have a sense that this machine will produce. I also have the sense that it won’t take me long to figure it out.

I have a number of spots around the city parks that I have cleaned extensively during the past two years so I have places to learn the Bliss.

Thank you for stopping by.



The Bulgarian

15 Apr

An opportunity arose for me to acquire a Blistool metal detector for a pittance and I took it.

I have already named it: Dragomir.  A fine Bulgarian name if I say so.

Dragomir is only v3 but it was so inexpensive I had to buy it. If it proves worthy I hope it pays for a v6 or newer.

There is some evidence out there that Dragomir may be able to sniff out a silver dime at 12 inches in the ground. No air-testing foolishness here. We shall see.

Blisstools are not for the weak of heart. Dragomir has more knobs than a space shuttle. A bunch of these knobs and toggles work in conjunction so if you mess with one, you have to know how it affects the others. This may explain why there are so few posts and videos of people finding anything with these metal detectors.

There is no screen and it has only one tone. No depth indicator either. Dragomir is like the Compadre on whatever it is that makes the Hulk and Captain America into bad-asses.

I don’t have Dragomir yet. As or right now, it is being lovingly packaged to make the trip to me. Then I will coax the latent super powers out of it. We will be an unstoppable combination.

Dragomir will not replace Maurice. No, not at all. Dragomir will simply join the team of The Awesomers.

Stay tuned.