. . . guaranteed to annoy someone, but it’s what I think; you may even be able to recognise yourself 🙂
for many metal 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 friends and keeping my eyes and ears open. If you regularly visit online hobby sites 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 well over a thousand pounds.
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’ll never happen.
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, fingerless gloves from John Lewis, 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.
This simply means that every button or crotal bell they find has cost approximately £1m. It doesn’t seem to matter though. For so many detectorists the thrill of buying a new hobby-related gadget far outweighs the thrill of actually swinging the coil.
This has been another Devil’s Advocate post by JW