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Mar 18, 2008
I currently own a White’s Coinmaster 2D that I purchased back in the early 1970s. This is my back-up unit even though I have owned more expensive units (Whites Classic 4 ID) they did not offer any real big advantages over the 2D. This detector is very easy to set up and use and has served me well for all of these years. It is easy to adjust the discriminator to eliminate unwanted junk (pull tabs, tinfoil, etc.) The weight of this unit is easy to handle but the addition of an armrest (like on the new units) would help eliminate fatigue when using the unit for more than an hour or so. I have found a lot of coins and other things using metal detectors. I now use this 2D mainly for locating spent cartridge cases on my personal shooting range. With the cost of metals increasing almost daily this use has recovered the cost of the detector many times over. I have sold my others because I want to get a Gold Master.
My most memorable finds are a ring that a friend of my sister had lost in my parent’s yard. This ring had been out there for about ten years and when my sister told me about it I went to the car and got my Whites and found it in about thirty minutes. It was down about six inches but gave a strong signal.
I carry the White’s in the car all the time, for those times when you see an area you just have to check out. That is what happened with another memorable find, a sleeve button from a World War One army uniform. While driving around on an old military base I found an old railroad station and just had to check it out. I found the button in the crack between two concrete slabs; add to that a few old coins that were also found and I had a very good hunt.
Another, was when a friend and I were deer hunting and he thought his wedding ring went out with the dishwater. It took me about two hours to find it, and saved him from the wrath of his better half. I got a nice steak dinner for that one.
I could go on and on with stories about using my metal detectors, but space is limited. The bottom line is I cannot imagine not having a metal detector. I have decided to go prospecting for gold in the western states and will be purchasing a new model for that purpose. Wish me luck, because I’m out of here.
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Mar 17, 2008
I've been metal detecting for close to 20 years. I purchased a Whites Classic 4 ID a number of years ago. It was very reasonably priced, and at that time went metal detecting about twice a month. Once I starting using the Classic, I'd get out whenever I could.
At one time, I lived near one of the largest preserved Civil War battlefields. I found numerous items around my home every time I took it out. The Whites Classic was perfect for me. It was very easy to use and understand. It is light weight enough for me to use for hours, even with my disabilities that affect my strength. I could dig anything that set it off.
I'm very rough on metal detectors, and the Classic put up with all the bumps. This includes dropping it more than a few times. One time I found an old map, a reading magnifying glass, and a perfect Confederate amulet. I have found enough old bullets to fill almost ten coffee cans, parts of horses' bridles, belt buckles, buttons and hundreds of old coins. My oldest coin I found was an 1868 silver dollar, but the magnifying glass was so exciting. I dragged that metal detector back and forth over 350 acres.
I have taken it to the beach many times, and found it very easy to discriminate different minerals. I'm fairly mechanically challenged, but was able to adjust the controls and understand the settings very easily. It was great tuning out all the pop tops and metal "trash.” I think my favorite find at the beach was a gold and diamond ring.
I now live in the Shenandoah Valley, a beautiful place full of history. I've just barely scratched the surface here. I think the Classic is a wonderful detector for anyone to start with. Even though I've been detecting for years, the Classic has never let me down. The Whites Classic 4 ID just like a good friend.
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