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  • Metal detectorist finds U.S. curler’s Olympic ring!

    Great story here form NBC Sports!

    Curler John Landsteiner lost his U.S. Olympic ring on Huntington Beach in California. Doctor Rings & Things found it.

    Landsteiner, part of the first U.S. Olympic champion curling team from February, dropped the ring about 10 to 20 feet into the Pacific Ocean on July 19, while he was in Southern California to attend the ESPY Awards, according to Reddit.

    Landsteiner turned to Reddit and metal-detecting websites, posting the coordinates of where he lost it, hoping it washed ashore and that a sincere stranger could find it.

    Enter Leon Jones, aka Doctor Rings & Things. Jones is a regular treasure hunter, posting his searches on YouTube. Jones found the ring this week and, through local TV station KTLA, video chatted with Landsteiner.

    “It means a lot to me,” Landsteiner said, according to KTLA, adding that he will fly to California to take Jones out to dinner. “Tears were shed the night it disappeared.”

    Rings are given to all U.S. Olympians, not just those who earn medals. Landsteiner’s last name was engraved on the ring, helping Jones identify its owner.

    “I watch curling all the time,” Jones said.

  • XP Deus Update V5 is Out Now!

    The new update is available on the XP deus webite which adds some further expert mode functionality and additional settings. you can get all the information by clicking here to visit XP Deus website.

    It's important you keep all your software upto date to make sure you're not missing on any security features, or any new functionality that gets added with each version.

    XP Deus WS4 / WS5 Headphone new features:

    • Reactivity
    • TX Power
    • Automatic Ground Tracking
    • Frequency offset (35 frequencies with the new X35)
    • Iron volume
    • Audio Response

    XP Deus Version 5 offers the following updates:




  • Apple or Android while Metal Detecting?


    When you go metal detecting what phone do you use? Apple iPhone or a Android such as  Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus? Are phones a help or hindrance while metal detecting??

  • BBH Is Proud To Introduce Nokta Metal Detectors To Its Lineup


    We're excited to announce that we have recently launched a new category on our website for Nokta Metal Detectors. 

    The Nokta Impact series are hailed as some of the best "all round" multi frequency detectors on the market currently and we're excited what their future technology will bring.

    You can check out our Nokta Impact metal detector packages here and if you have any questions, as always feel free to contact us at any time.

  • XP Deus V5 update and New XP Deus X35 coils!

    Over the years, the XP DEUS has continued to evolve, especially with the FREE software updates allowing the user to benefit from our advancing technology without the need to buy a new machine.

    XP have been regularly introducing new accessories, such as the MI-6 pin pointer which connects directly to the DEUS, let’s not forget the super light and incredibly stable new HF coils which have taken the Deus to a new level.

    This month XP are pleased to announce the upcoming release of 3 new search coils for the DEUS accompanied by a new FREE version 5 update which will also be available soon.


    The X35 search coils:
    Designed around brand new electronic advances, these new high performance and versatile coils will allow you to choose from a wide range of frequencies ranging from 3.7kHz to 27.7kHz. In total there are 35 available frequencies, based around 5 main frequencies that are quickly accessible.


    A new Boost mode is now an option on frequencies 3.7Khz to 4.4 kHz and can significantly increase detection depth on highly conductive targets, such as large masses and large Silver coins. For added performance on such targets we recommend the larger coils such as the 34/28 cm (13” x11”) or the 28cm (11”) round coil. These new coils will be available as options at the same prices as the previous coils from the end of July 2018, and they will be supplied as standard with the DEUS from September 2018.

    X35 coil main characteristics: écran deus v5v4

    Total of 35 frequencies – 5 main frequencies with 7 wide offsets 3.7 to 4.4kHz, 7.1 to 8.4kHz, 10.5 to 12.4kHz, 15.2 to 17.8kHz, 23.5 to 27.7kHz
    Selectable frequency offset without loss of performance.
    TX power adjustment is available on all frequencies and offsets
    Special Low frequency TX Boost feature:
    Normal or Boost option – The transmitted power has 2 selectable levels when using frequencies 3.7Khz to 4.4kHz.
    The BOOST mode significantly increases the transmission power of the transmitting coil, allowing greater detection levels if the soil conditions allow.
    TX boost is a special mode, the battery life of the coil may be reduced down to 6 hours.
    The overall battery life of the x35 coil has improved on most frequencies by +10% to +40%
    High frequencies 23- 27.7kHz – Excellent sensitivity to low conductive targets and small targets.
    Better overall stability
    The X35 coils are available in 22cm (9”), 28cm (11”) and 34 / 28cm (13” x11”) and will work with the DEUS in version 5.


    The new update allows you to accept and use the X35 coils and all their features listed above without the need to buy a completely new detector! Also the version 5 update includes some new features to the WS4 and WS5 wireless headphones, now they have become even more versatile!


    WS4 / WS5 new features:
    TX Power
    Automatic Ground Tracking
    Frequency offset (35 frequencies with the new X35)
    Iron volume
    Audio Response

  • Be Careful, Fake AT Pro Pointers are hitting the market

    We're seeing various reports of fake Garrett AT Pro pointers circulating, mostly from eBay. The fakes seem to be using an almost identical hard shell (though slightly different shade of orange) with good looking box, case and paperwork but the cap and internals are very cheap. These fakes are unreliable and not protected by any warranty. We always advise against purchasing from international sellers, especially via eBay. If you are looking to buy a Garrett AT Pro pointer, please purchase directly from an authorized Garrett Dealer. It's really important to note, the fakes are NOT waterproof as you can see in the pictures.

    The images are from the Garrett AT Pro Users Facebook Group:

  • Custom, Hand Made CTX 3030 Lower Rods? Yes Please!

    We'd like to announce a brand new vendor for BBH, Steve's Detector Rods!

    Steve's Detector rods are made of the highest quality materials, right here in the USA, in his shop in Norman, OK. What sets these CTX 3030 rods apart is the price and build quality. These rods have exceptional hand-assembled levels of detail and quality, they are made from carbon fiber tubes with engineering grade plastics to sustain the test of time.

    We're excited to add this product to our store and stand behind these rods 100%. Check them out now! Steves CTX Custom Hand Built Lower Rod

  • The Many Life Benefits of Metal Detecting!

    Metal detecting has always been a great form of exercise, walking the fields and parks, swinging a sometimes 20lb machine around hunting for treasure, but there are many other great benefits besides exercise that come with metal detecting:

    - Great social experiences. most people love to approach metal detectorists when they are in public places like parks and beaches. the hobby can sometimes look strange yet exciting at the same time to onlookers who may be curious about the hobby or if you've had any success on the day, metal detecting is always a great way to meet new people!

    - Good family bonding activity! having family members interested in metal detecting? bring them along! kids especially love the thrill of the hunt. Sposes should be encourage to give it a try at least once too, you never know, you could get them hooked too and have a full time partner for your hunts!

    - Financial benefits saving all that clad really pays off. most new detectorists can fully pay off their detector purchase within the first couple of years with clad alone if your good about keeping it! those quarters and dimes really do add up! then take into account the rare finds, like jewelry and older coins and you could be onto a real financial winner, far outweighing the initial cost of your equipment!

    What are you waiting for? call us or jump on live chat any time and find a great deal on your next metal detector, we're always just a call or click away and would love to see you out in the field!

  • Mothers Day and Metal Detecting?

    Mothers Day and metal detecting are two things that usually are not in common. Most of the time we associated Mothers day with spending time with mom at home. Sometimes that can mean cooking breakfast for her in bed, Taking her for to a nice restaurant that she likes or simply showing up with a card and a hug.

    Many of us however are lucky enough for out Wife or Mom that likes to detect as much as we do or maybe even more. We have customers all the time call us wanting a machine for their wife because she keeps "borrowing" his. ha ha Metal Detecting is a great way to get outside got some exercise and spend time with each other while digging up the loot!

    Happy Mothers Day from Bart at BBH Metal Detectors!

  • In Depth Minelab Equinox 800 Review

    Big Thanks to Silverfiend for this excellent Equinox 800 guestpost!

    When I first read the announcement of the Minelab Equinox detector at the Detectival event in England, I must admit to feeling excited! What they promised was an affordable, multi-frequency, waterproof, lightweight detector which you could change from multi-frequency to a choice of single frequencies. I finally got to open my very own Minelab Equinox 800 detector on the spring equinox of 22 March. Even though I only have a few hours on it, I LOVE what I am seeing.

    Even just taking all the parts out of the box, I could tell this was going to be a feather weight compared to the Minelab CTX3030 I have been using for the last 5 years. The fit and finish of the parts are nice, and if you’ve ever put a metal detector together before you won’t have to look at any instructions to figure it out. For anyone looking to buy one, PAY ATTENTION HERE: This detector does NOT come with a power source. You get a USB charging cable, but you supply your own USB power source. Minelab recommends a 5V 2Amp charger. Charge time is directly based on the power supply. The recommended power supply will take 4 hours to charge the battery from flat to full. My initial charge took almost that long. If you use a lower rated power supply, such as a computer USB plug it will likely require much longer to charge. You can download the full PDF user manual from Minelab’s website to read their recommendations and warnings on charging the detector.

    Ergonomics can be the “make or break” of a detector. Because this detector is so light, most of the weight winds up being in the coil and that can make the whole setup feel “nose heavy” if not adjusted correctly. First, the lower rod can be extended a long way to accommodate someone who is tall. If you aren’t that tall, but still try to hunt that way then you are going to feel the consequences in your arm. Best practice (for this or any detector) is to shorten the shaft so the coil is right in front of your feet. Ergonomically, the closer you can get to your natural stance with your arm hanging loose at your side, the better off you will be. For anyone who wants to put the coil as far out as possible, adding a little weight under or behind the cuff is something to consider and it’s something I might play with to help with balancing. To Minelab’s credit, slots are made into the footrest to make it easy to strap external batteries, counterweights, or both combined.

    One of the most helpful features Minelab has made available on recent detectors is the ability to have wireless headphones so that you are no longer tethered to the detector. This began with the CTX and the WM-10 module. The Equinox comes with a new version of the same technology, called the WM-08, however it also can connect to any Bluetooth Low Latency headphones. The EQX-800 stock wireless phones are what I have been using so far. One thing to keep in mind is that the Equinox uses 1/8 inch (3.5mm) headphone connectors instead of the more common 1/4 inch. If you have an older set of phones that you absolutely love and want to use with this, you will need a 1/4 female to 1/8 male adapter.

    Of course, the first thing everyone wants to know is “how does it perform”. That is always a dangerous and loaded question. It’s difficult to offer a true, honest answer until you have a solid grasp of the functions and language of detector and THAT takes time. What I do feel comfortable saying is that I am VERY happy so far. You can read my first experiences with the Equinox and judge for yourself. Whenever people ask me for advice when starting out with any new detector, I always tell them to start out easy, don't hunt trashy sites. Even better to start in a tot-lot to learn tones, responses, pinpointing, etc. Jumping head-first into a trash filled site is never a good way to start. That is a solid, smart bit of advice aimed to help learning while preventing frustration. Of course, I didn’t follow my own advice. I went straight to a previous hunt site, one that is extremely trashed out. So why did I go there?

    Because this was a place I had already dug a lot of old coins! It’s hard to resist the urge to see what you might have missed with an older detector. Predictably, the non-stop barrage of tones left me feeling like "what the heck have I gotten into? Is this thing any good? Am I even going to like listening to this?" The biggest obstacle to learning language of the EQX is that it is so sensitive and fast that trashy sites will lead to sensory overload. I suggest you learn from my mistake and head my long-standing advice. Start in the “bunny slope” level of sites and work your way up to hunting the expert level grounds.

    Once I got onto a cleaner hunting spot, learning the tones of this new detector became much easier. I began learning to differentiate target sounds and the responses of deeper coins from shallow ones. I finally started digging old wheat-cents and then I dug my first silver dime (a Mercury dime) next to a chunk of iron. This was in a place I have previously hunted with the CTX, the E-Trac and my old partner had hunted with a DEUS. My second day to get out with the Equinox was at an old park where I previously never found anything old. My previous hunts only produced modern clad. So, I’m sure you are again curious “why I would choose this spot”. It was a 100+ year old park, in small town. It would likely have seen countless parties and celebrations with hundreds of people in attendance in its time but is far enough out of site that most detectorist would have missed it. Even though it hadn’t produced for me yet it still had great potential. My first hunt there with the EQX800 gave me a Barber dime (as well as some wheat cents), my first for the year and my first silver from this place. In these first trial runs, I learned quite a bit! At first glance, the depth meter seems completely unreliable. As you gain experience you see it is great if a target is alone. I think the problem people have with it is that it gets confuse in trash (and trash is practically everywhere). The VCO pinpoint really helps give you a great clue on the depth, and I think that this may be the best method overall.

    My third hunt, I took it to a site that has been pounded hard by other detectorists. Its public, its old, its been hunted for decades. I dug 13 silvers from there in one day with my CTX (after which, other local hunters pounded it AGAIN). With the Equinox I pulled more deep, on-edge wheaties. I dug my first Indian Head from this site (and first for the year), I dug 2 Buffalo nickels and then I hit GOLD! A tiny, old, deep, gold pin with a 1929 date inscription. It was a measured 6 inches deep and still gave a solid nickel response. After that, I knew this detector was a game changer for me.

    How would I summarize the first few days of using the Equinox? Simple, “We have a winner!” Everyone wants to compare the Equinox to it’s brother the CTX. I have been using the CTX since it’s release 6 years ago. So far I haven’t found anything that the CTX could see which my Equinox couldn’t. HOWEVER, the Equinox is worlds better at hitting low conductors like gold and nickels. I have dug more buffalo and V-nickels in a week with the EQX than I dug all last year with the CTX. The tiny gold I have dug are things the CTX could never find. Every detector has its niche, but the Equinox seems to be a very, very large niche in this hobby. If you are looking for your first detector, or just your next, I wouldn’t hesitate to offer this as a very strong choice to consider.

    Good Luck and Happy Hunting, Silverfiend

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