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    Damian, Western NY
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    Like many of you, I've always wanted to own a metal detector. I finally pulled the trigger after watching Chicago Ron's videos on YouTube. Not only does the guy pull a pound of gold a year from Chicago beaches, he organizes hunts in England where they nab 300 B.C. Celtic gold coins out of farmer's fields. Wow. 

    So I asked for a Garrett Ace 250 for Christmas from my wife and hit the beach. Well I did find a few rings and some clad coins, but unless a big storm just passed, most of the jewelry is out waist-deep in the water. If yo watch Ron's videos he uses a floating sifter and a long-handled scoop to grab his rings. And sadly, the Ace 250 can't get it's box wet. Therefore it didn't take me long to want to upgrade... and then we had a daughter. And I became a stay-at-home dad, and sadly the Ace had to be put up for a while. 

    Fast forward a bit and we've moved from Chicago to western NY state and bought a 200 yr old house, so it was time for an upgrade to see what was in my yard and beyond. Enter the Garrett AT Pro. Now I can get more depth and hit the water again. Though, sadly, the "beaches" along lake Erie aren't quite the sandy jewels on Lake Michigan in Chicago. Now that I think of it, Chicago is really ideal for lake hunting. The current isn't as rough as the ocean. And the water is fresh so the mineralization doesn't challenge your detector. Ron hunts with the Minelab Excal 2, which is a PI machine. Not much for discrimination but boy will it shine on a beach, salt or fresh water.

    After upgrading to the ATP my finds have increased in value and age. I'm almost sorry I started with an Ace 250 because it didn't take long to outgrow. So I recommend starting with the AT Pro. More expensive, I know, but it's sooo much better of a detector and is waterproof to 10 feet. It has a basic mode (sounds like an Ace) and a Pro mode when you are ready. So trust me, start with the ATP. Get a used one if you're on a budget.

    I started this site to help those getting into the hobby and to be a place for information for all levels of detectorist. Welcome! Help it grow, tell your friends!

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