Chasing the dream - a cautionary tale

posted Aug 30, 2010, 4:04 AM by A Standish   [ updated Aug 31, 2010, 12:54 AM ]
This is a cautionary tale about chasing the dream machine.

Many experienced detectorists convince themselves that they are missing artefacts and signals which are outside the depth of their present machines. So they read up on the latest machines, assessing the publicity and then making a decision to buy it.

One detectorist spent in excess of £3000 chasing the dream machine and after talking to sales staff, who advised them that the machine would not be suitable for them, went ahead and bought it, without even testing it first! The machine duly arrived and the control box was strapped onto ones belt, leads attached and instructions read, it became very clear that just getting ready for the fields was going to be a major task in itself.

It soon became clear that learning the 'dream machine' was totally dependant on ones ability to distinguish the subtle tones. There was no other visual device to help you, like many machines have.

Well, one can imagine the sense of frustration that was building when after almost a year, the machine had hardly ever seen the light of day and when it did, caused the operator many a headache in trying to understand the signals.

Finally, a decison was made to part exchange the almost unused machine for another one. Yep, you guessed it, a heavy loss was incurred.

So several bits of advice are offered:-
1. Make sure you try before you buy,
2. Be certain that you do the research very carefully, before parting with the hard earned cash, and
3. Be very wary of the advertising content.

Don't make the same mistake as the detectorist above.