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I have been detecting for around 11 years, mostly parks, older homes and street construction in older areas of town. My primary detector is a COMPASS Coin Scanner Pro that I have owned for several years. I have newer detectors (Garretts and Tesoros) but I always go back to the COMPASS.
Last summer when street construction was being done in an old area of town, several local TH's including myself were very active in taking advantage of this opportunity. Many older coins were found, Indian head cent's, Buffalo nickels, Barber dimes, Mercury dimes and Wheat cents, also tokens and medallions. I personally found a 1868 2 cent piece, several Barber dimes and Mercury dimes. One of the Mercury dimes was a 1921D in good condition. I also found a 1914 D Wheat cent in good condition. One of the guys that I have detected with over the years was very impressed with my COMPASS, on how well it found coins in the very poor ground conditions. He uses a White. He would come over and place a dime in the ground and ask me to try to pick it up and I always did. He kept telling me how impressed he was with my COMPASS.
I knew that my COMPASS was a good machine, but until last summer when several different machines were being used, I came away with a good haul of coins. It really made me feel good to know that my old machine was keeping up with some of the best. The City Park (very old) is being worked on, in one area were the ground conditions were poor, I found a Shielded nickel, 3 V-nickels one in very good condition, two Buffalo nickels, one Barber dime, two Indian heads, several Wheat cents and two rings. At the time I found these coins one of the TH's using a Fisher, kept coming over every time I dug something up, he was really impressed that I was finding old deep coins. It is currently snowing and cold, I can't wait to get back to the park and see what else I can find. I have never seen another COMPASS being used by other TH's. Some of the older guys say they seen some around years ago. When I can get some money together I will buy an new COMPASS. I am very interested in seeing if they are as good as the one I have
I've been using this detector for a while now .A very good over all machine easy to use,has discrimination control,power level,notch level with analog meter an push button all metal. I would say there about the best detectors for nails I've ever seen round or square,they also have the best target separation of targets that I've seen, better then Tesoro.
The meter is also very accurate on targets,a little hard to understand at first though. I detect with a friend that has a whites q2 and my meter is more accurate then his. I also shoot just as deep as his whites an Im using an 8 inch coil to his 9 1/2" . These compass scanners will work good any where and are very smooth with very little false signals. I did want to mention about the compass gold scanner pro tested it on depth against a gold bug 2 an aMinelabb 1800,the Compass Gold Scanner Pro with an 8 inch coil got up to 4 inches deeper then a gold bug 2 on larger size nuggets it out shot the Minelab 1800 in the 20 an 60 frequencies in the 6 the Minelab shot just as deep, and thats with the compass gsp with an 8 inch coil against two others with 10 inch coils.
Also the gsp has a analog meter an is very accurate on iron targets and it also discriminates deep,it also will give a broken signal on iron and on aluminum which can be very helpful when looking for gold.
I want to mention that the xp has an auto notch and it works very well in lots of pull tabs an bottle caps in that mode you want to dig a repeatable signals that come in good no ,is also good to use in heavy junk areas ,it shoots very tight in that mode dose well on silver I've shoot dimes up to 6 an a half inches in all kinds of soils an hit them well and I've shot pennys on edge up to 4 inches an detected them easy ,its the only auto notch that Ive seen that works,but if you think there are gold items there go back an use straight discrimination cause the auto notch uses pretty heavey discrimination. On the sweep speed with these machines You can go fast or very slow dosnt matter it discriminates better if you swing it faster, try a compass if you like ghost town sites there the best for them.
The best detector I've ever owned. Has excellent power and depth. I also owna Tesoro Silver Sabre II and my compass out shoots it in everyway. It has better depth better discrimination an has better separation of targets than my tesoro.
I have also noticed using a smaller coil on this machine you lose very little depth if any. It also is smoother operating than my tesoro over lots of nails an in tougher ground conditions. I performed the same tests as this new x5 detector on pulltabs an did it easy I was really impressed on how deep my detector still shoot with that much discrimination turned up,I put this detector in pulltab setting and got no signals from the pulltab put a clad dime underneath the pulltab hit it easy.
This detector can be swung fast or slow ,how ever it shoot very deep an will keep you busy. I have'nt got a chance to use it goldhunting but have tested it on nuggets and it seems to shoot fine though I wish this detector would come with an elliptical coil for gold hunting it would be even better. I liked it so much an was so impressed with these detectors I bought another one and I still use my tesoro also.