Old Gil, just read your post. I also have both the AT Pro, and the Safari. When I first started to use the Safari, I like many others, was not so happy with it, first, the sounds. They took some getting use to, made me crazy in fact, ended up going back to the AT. Having said that, I began reading a lot of Safari forums, also, I bought a 5x8 SEF butterfly coil (Which is GREAT), and really started to work with this Safari. It IS now my go to machine. I really started to pay attention to the numbers in regard to the sounds, target's both good and bad. I always hunt in Relic mode, and have gotten use to that one. No matter what machine you use, you will ALWAYS dig junk. More often than not, things in the minus might be iron etc. Hence, the Relic mode. I got to where I would not dig things below say 14, thought being nickel's and my ring came in 14 to 15. Well, I was wrong. I now find nickel's as low as 11, and I'm sure because they were on edge. But never anything below 11, because it was always "Junk", such as pieces of cans, wads of foil, and I mean Always, or so I THOUGHT. Again I was wrong, every so often I would dig a solid 10, JUST to confirm what I knew, Junk, or again, what I THOUGHT I knew. Dug a solid 10, and up popped a nice ring. Back to the drawing board. I have since learned that some small gold rings or plat. can be in that range. The large coil more sen. then I thought, and most times, use the smaller coil, with really little or no loss of depth. The iron? Well it's a judgement call, if you receive two sounds, very low and mid to high, could very well be two items side by side, Dig. Again, I hunt in relic, w/auto sen, and now dig from 9 or 10 and up. I now dig what will most likely be pull tabs and foil, but that's simply the nature of the alloy, SO close to gold. Point is, do not give up on it, it really is a great machine, just took alittle time. I DO recommend a smaller coil, and work with it. Again, It is now my "go to" machine. AND, if you can get Andy's book on the Safari, it will help. One more thing, "air test". I did a number of air test on 3 different machines, Minelab X-Terra 70,Garrett AT Pro, and the Safari. was disappointed in the Safari, UNTILL I learned that a single Freq. machine as opposed to a "Full Band Spec." are two different animals, FBS does not respond well in air test, good for idea on number readout though. The amount of targets you dig depending on sound and numbers is up to you and how long your knees and legs will take it, but stick with it, it is Different then the AT, it's like starting all over again, it is just that. Your not alone. I hope this may have been more help than not. I feel as I have taken up to much space already, but I think wherever we are, the U.K. or the U.S. and everywhere else, we are pretty much cut from the same cloth, the love of the hobby. A quote from Andy Sabisch's book pretty much sums it all up, it being "The most valuable thing I have ever found while treasure hunting is piece-of-mind"
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