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  • All New Garrett APEX Metal Detector is out!

    Garrett announced Today online the new APEX Metal detector. You can check them out on our website. Multifrequency with wireless Z-LYNK technology should be a hit. We are SUPER excited about this one!

    Click This link to see them on our website for pricing. Garrett APEX Metal Detector

  • Top 4 Metal Detecting Tips For Beginners

    We spend a lot of time giving out useful tips and info to our established metal detector community, today's post will be dedicated to the beginner detectorist, to the person with gold fever who's just bought his first metal detector and wants to strike it big or to the next generation of metal detectorists who are coming of age in our wonderful hobby!

    Tip 1: Permission! always make sure wherever you detect that it is allowed, legal and you have permission! the last thing you want to happen on your first outing is to get in trouble for detecting somewhere you shouldn't be. If your starting from scratch, local parks and sports fields are an ideal place to get a feel for your new metal detector. check your local and state park website for information on what is and isn't allowed. Most parks are fine with metal detecting, but always make sure before heading out. never try and metal detect on private property if you do not have permission from the land owners!

    Tip 2: Gear. Make sure your always ready to recover the finds you hit. A good digging tool like the lesche hand digger and a pinpointer like the AT pro pointer can cut finding and recovery times in half. Along with the tools, a comfortable backpack and plenty of water will also be needed, metal detecting can become incredibly engaging, remember to stop, rest and hydrate!

    Tip 3: Shoes! A lot of newer metal detectorists, especially new ones forget the importance of good footwear! if your going out into the woods, or scouring a large sports field, the last thing you want is achy feet! Hiking boots work incredibly well for metal detecting but whatever you wear, make sure its comfy and can keep you on your feet for several hours at a time, you're going to be doing a lot of walking, don't forget the correct footwear!

    Tip 4: Have fun! While most season detectorists have learned their machines to become a part of them, new detectorists have a lot of practice to become one with their machine. You will dig up every scrap, piece of junk and penny you hit for quiet some time but the more you practice, the more you learn the tones and frequencies of finds, adding discrimination and digging better tones will help you avoid most of the trash thats waiting to be dug up and help you focus on better, and even more valuable finds. The learning process is often quick, but have fun, dig up everything and learn your machine as you become more familiar with it!

    If you have any questions or would like any info on any of the metal detectors or accessories we sell, please don't hesitate to contact us, we're always around and happy to help. Happy hunting!

  • Step-By-Step Guide To Nokta Makro Simplex Software Update Procedure

    We've heard from the community about the difficulties surrounding the Simplex software update process. Here's How to do it:

    1 - Visit https://www.noktadetectors.com/metal-detector/simplex-metal-detector/ - on the left hand menu, click the "Software Update" Tab to locate the download link, click the red link to get the latest software version and download it. (enc-simplex-system-2v76.zip as of the time of this post)
    2 - Once the file has been downloaded, extract the files from the zip onto your desktop
    3 - Run the DetectorUpdateSetup.exe file from your desktop, install the update tool software, a new desktop icon will be created
    4- Run the "Nokta Detector Update Tool" from your desktop "Select Simplex from the drop down menu and proceed with the following instructions on screen.

    You can bookmark the simplex webpage for future refrence, when new software updates for the simplex are released, they will be posted on the top of that page, in red.

    if you have any questions or would like more information on the Nokta Makro Simplex metal detector, please don't hesitate to contact us and happy hunting!

  • Spring has sprung, Family metal detecting adventures await!

    Looking for a great new family activity to get out into the world and away from the computers and gaming consoles? Metal detecting is a great family activity, there are many ways to get your kids involved and excited about history!

    The obvious first tip is to metal detect parks! If they don't enjoy swinging your machine, or digging the signals they get to play on the swings! we've found that most kids are very eager to get into the historical side of metal detecting, finding old coins or relics can often intrigue the younger generation, what better way to introduce your kids to history than with a great find for the collection!

    Our second tip is to go prepared and make a day of it! Bring a picnic and drinks, teach your kids to not get discouraged if your not finding things and perseverance is key to a successful metal detecting trip!

    The third tip is a bit of a cheat, but bring and find something of historical significance or with an interesting background! what better way to get them excited than by starting the day with a great find full of excitement and wonder of  what the next find could possibly be.

    Metal detecting with the family can be a great excuse to get outdoors and get some exercise and sunshine, while teaching some exciting lessons in history and the technology your using and it doesn't even need to be expensive! BBH carries a large selection of great priced beginner metal detectors that won't break the bank, if you would like more information, please don't hesitate to contact us and happy hunting!

  • Useful Wireless Headset Tip For Minelab Equinox 600 and 800

    We recently found out that the equinox 800 headset (ML90) uses the same FCCID as a similar headset from Rambotech, the OEM R8T80. The interesting part is these headsets can be pair to two devices at the same time. Here's how you can pair to multiple devices simultaneously:
    Once the headset is paired with the Equinox 800, Turn off the detector and the headset
    Turn on your smartphone and go into bluetooth settings > scan for new devices
    While the smartphone is scanning, long press on the headset until it flashes red/blue for pairing mode
    Once connected to the smartphone, switch the detector back on. You're now connected to both!
    The great part about this tip is when you are out detecting in the field and you get a phone call you can accept it via the headset by pushing the power button on the side and it will switch audio signal from the equinox to your phone, pressing power again on the headset will end the call. Another great benefit is you can also use the smartphone to check the battery level of the pair bluetooth headset!
    Happy hunting and if you have any questions of the equinox 600 or 800 feel free to contact us at any time!
  • WHITE’S GOLDMASTER GMX SPORT GOLD DETECTOR

    Whites GMX Sport

    Are you looking for a high tech, waterproof metal detector? The White’s Goldmaster GMX Sport gold detector is just what you need. This gold prospecting machine is IP-68-rated, submersible to 10 feet and weighs just 3 pounds, 12 ounces.

    You can take your prospecting to new depths with White’s XGB ground balance system. The GMX Sport brings a new generation of VLF detection technology, with features that any detectorist, rookie or veteran, will love.

    Starting with the industry-standard 48kHz operating frequency, White’s packed all the necessities into one waterproof package to help you find gold. A large, backlit display shows you all the machine’s settings as well as valuable target information. And the Target Graph at the top of the display shows Ferrous, Gold, and High Conductor ranges, which is mirrored with Target ID numbers ranging from 0-99.

    The all-new XGB ground balance system handles mineralized ground unlike other VLF prospecting machines. For advanced users, TracLock and Ground Grab are just a tap of a button away. You can even assign a ground balance offset in both TracLock or XGB modes. Plus, to help prospectors that prefer drywashing, sluicing, or panning, the GMX Sport features a Ground Scan mode that can show you where valuable paystreaks are in streambeds and washes.

    With 10 levels of adjustable sensitivity, adjustable audio volume with two levels of Boost, adjustable discrimination, vSAT, adjustable threshold, non-motion pinpoint, and a Tone ID mode, the GMX Sport might just be the most advanced VLF gold nugget detector on the market. But don’t let that scare you if this is your first prospecting machine – this is a turn-on-and-go gold detector, with advanced features you can grow into without sacrificing performance.

    Here is the link to it on our website https://www.bigboyshobbies.net/whites-gmx-sport-metal-detector

    As always if you have any questions feel free to contact directly from our site or call us.

  • Minelab Vanquish Comparison Chart

    Minelab have provided the following chart to help determine which new Minelab Vanquish metal detector is right for you. All Minelab vanquish metal detectors use their revolutionary new Multi IQ technology and offer uncompromising performance that won’t break the bank. The Vanquish is Simple yet powerful, it’s perfect for anyone starting out or stepping up their detecting game. With ground-breaking Multi-IQ technology, multiple Find Modes, lightweight collapsible design, and much more this is the detector you’ve been waiting for. If you have any questions about the Vanquish, or any other metal detectors we sell, please don't hesitate to contact us for more information!

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  • Some of the best treasure ever found with a metal detector!

    Detectorists from all over the world continue to find epic treasures, buried from humans for decades, sometimes even centuries - here's a handful of some of the greatest finds ever dug up by amateur hobbyists:

    Derek Mclennans massive haul of over 100 items in Scotland back in 2014 was hailed as the countries most significant metal detecting find ever, consisting of a ninth century solid silver cross, a silver pot, lots of gold objects, an incredibly rare silver cup and more that dated back to the roman empire. He was awarded approximately $2.5 Million for the find and the haul now lives in the museum.

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    In July 2009 Terry Herbert was detecting some farmland close to his home in Staffordshire in the English countryside when he came ac cross a massive hoard of gold, enough to fill over 344 bags worth! This triggered a full archaeological expedition which lead to over 3500 significant pieces representing hundreds of complete and intact objects! The haul was dated to anglo-saxon times and was valued at a cool $5.3 million. The find has since been written about in the famous book: The Staffordshire Hoard: An anglo-Saxon Treasure.

    Mike Demar was diving off the coast in key west back in 2008, he presumed he was clearing more trash off the floor but when he removed the sediment he discovered nearly a pound of gold in the form of an old chalice, approximately 385 years old which came from an old Spanish ship - the Santa Margarita which sank back in 1622, The gold was valued at a whopping $1 Million!

    There are so many stories like this scattered through our hobbies history, next time you see that detectorists scouring the beach, or gearing up in the parking lot read to hit an old park or church, think of the treasure they could be about to unearth! If you are interested in learning more or getting started with metal detecting, please checkout our huge selection of metal detectors to suite any budget and feel free to contact us if you ever have any questions! Happy hunting from everyone at BBH!

  • Brand New Minelab E-Trac Factory Shipped for $1249!

    BBH Metal Detectors are offering brand new Minelab E-Trac for $1249 with no freebies and free shipping no tax! Full 3 year warranty! Ends January 10 2020! Please no forum PM's as we dont see them. Call or email us from our website!

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  • Getting too cold, wet or snowy outside to go and metal detect? why not coin shoot for treasure!

    Coin shooting has been a popular pastime for many of our customers over the years. It's a great and free way to continue searching for treasure in your downtime and a great way to get your family involved in the practice too since it can be done in the comfort of your own home, at any time of day and during any weather or season.

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    Coin shooting is the term used for the popular hobby of going to local banks and exchanging large currency, or purchasing smaller coin currency, usually stored at banks in "paper rolls" There are still many rare coins in circulation today. Many of the silver coins that were minted are still mixed in these coin rolls banks use for change. Say you buy $50 worth of nickles, or dimes, then find a rare date or mint, or even better, a miss strike (ike a miss print with notes where the coin has mint imperfections) - These rare finds can be worth an absolute fortune to coin collectors!

    With the advancing technology of coin sorting and returns, nowadays it's incredibly easy to return opened rolls of coins back to banks and simply deposit the coins back through a sorting machine into your account.

    we're read many stories of coin shooters finding massive jackpots hidden away in these rolls of coins, it's important to have a rough idea of what to look for before you begin however, there are many guides and pictures online that can help you get started and show you what to look for. Always be on the lookout for miss prints and abnormalities as these unusual and extremely rare coins can fetch the most to certain collectors around the world since not many of them ever make circulation and are usually just destroy and remade at the mint before hitting the banks and eventually your purses and wallets!

    Once you've found that treasure bug, give us a call and see about our metal detectors and packages so you can get out and start hunting that really old and rare treasure that's not been dug up yet!

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