For many detectorists the act of buying a new machine far outweighs the thrill of actually doing the hobby …
… that’s the impression I get from looking at the various detecting forums, talking to detectorists and keeping my eyes and ears open. If you regularly visit online hobby sites or Facebook then you’ll be very familiar with the threads extolling the virtues of one make of detector over another. They usually run for several pages, becoming increasingly vitriolic and personal before an enlightened and increasingly frustrated moderator pulls the plug.
The machines being ‘discussed’ – I use that word lightly – are rarely the reasonably priced models, but high-end machines costing a lotta dosh. I am often amused to see that whilst these detector wars are going on some unsophisticated newbie has just purchased a machine costing peanuts and found the kind of treasure the warring combatants are convinced they will find with their sophisticated gear. It rarely happens.
For the guys with all the latest gear (but little idea?) it’s as though when they do venture into a muddy field they have to hold their head up high by sporting the latest and the most expensive equipment; when we all know that all you need to find treasure is enthusiasm, a reasonably priced proven detector and a spade.
But, of course that’s not true, because they have to turn up looking like a cross between a soldier on active service and an astronaut … that’s if you can see them in all that camouflage. In addition to the fancy dress costume (don’t forget the leather wellies) they’ll have the latest wireless and noise-cancelling headphones, the most expensive pinpointer, a vehicle that doubles as a hotel if it spots with rain … and the ability to talk for hours about the merits of the DD coil. Nine out of ten will also carry a video camera to capture that clod shot we all want to see. Not!
This simply means that every button or crotal bell they find has cost approximately £1m. It doesn’t seem to matter though. As I said; for so many detectorists the thrill of buying a new hobby-related gadget far outweighs the thrill of actually swinging the coil.
I’ve already ‘lost’ two subscribers since posting this blog. More will follow, no doubt! 🙂
© This has been another tongue-in-cheek production on behalf of detector retailers everywhere! 🙂