The old Konovalov sight had received some minor modifications based primarily on the sight picture of the rear notch.
I still have this machine. They are both good machines, regardless of their age.
Even though the technology has improved in the years since, these machines can still find coins and other small items. Discriminate mode is a little bit limited, though, compared to today's machines.
There's nothing like having a big coil for finding deeper objects. Who knows what's down there? That's a lot of digging. Ground balance is very important. Incorrect settings can cause drastic loss of depth. Many times I'd read about "faint signals" in the treasure magazines, but I'd always wonder why I never got any of these myself.
What was happening was that I used the machine exclusively in G.
Because of how I had the detector set up, I was either getting a loud bell-tone, a broken-up but loud trash signal, or nothing at all. There were no "faint signals".
Over time I began to get frustrated with the unit, but it was really my lack of knowledge that was the problem. On top of that was the reluctance to use all-metals mode, since that would have meant digging nails and bits of foil.
Little did I know that is was possible to find things much deeper than 4 inches, if only I'd known what I was doing. Max are of course all-metals modes, and I've lately come to appreciate them much more.
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It took me a while to learn that one has to hold the coil in the air and tap the "depth finder" button at least twice to re-set the machine periodically, at least in G.
Failure to do this will cause the machine to find either every speck of ground minerals possible, or else nothing at all. When it's operating properly, it becomes obvious. In a typical area you should get signals ranging from whispers all the way up to loud tones, but there should be near-silence in between Constant silence is no good, either.
Norm gives theoretically less depth but can handle more severely-mineralized ground. Where I usually hunt, G.Chinese Flat Handled Spade coins Generally smaller, Flat Handled Spades can be considered an improvement from the Hollow Handle Spades.
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Vintage magazines appeal to people who have a particular interest in old paper, to be sure, but they are also collected for the specific content on and between their covers. The first "real" metal detector I got was a Sears model that was a White's Coinmaster or /D Series 3 on which Sears put their own graphics.I still have this machine.
A friend of mine also still has his White's Coinmaster /D he bought when they first came out with that model, so I think that would make it a series 1.