Minelab MusketeerPrice: $300
Based on 33 reviews
Avg. Durability: 5.00
Avg. Ease of use: 5.00
Last year I spotted one on ebay and was shocked it reached £200, so got reading the reviews here. That was it, I needed to find out what I missed. I spotted a machine that had been turfed out of a attic (mint), and battled for it in auction. Again £200 mark, and money well spent. It's not only super deep, it loves silver. I don't have much permission with hammies these days but am building up a nice collection of silver sixpences that have come from between 5" and 9". On top of that I have run it with big coils and hit pennies 14" down.
Now my words of advice, don't run it in fixed ground balance, take the trouble to balance it correctly. Not only will you go deeper, you will also hit smaller things and more silver. Fixed gb misses big silver like crowns and half crowns, and reduces depth on smaller silver. I made a video to highlight the issue of ground balance https://www.youtube.com/watch?V=CYdVJPI_EP0. Takes one minute to do a proper ground balance, why would you loose half your silvers being lazy.
Max Depth: 11 inches on US quarter
Ease of Use
Would you recommend this to a new user? Yes, absolutely!
Nigel from London
Brian from Nottingham
Love the advantage!!
8 years. I think for the money, there is no better detector!! They are hard to fine now, since Minelab quit making them!! If you can find a used one GET IT and learn how to use it, you won't be sorry!! I have been MD for around 40 years, so I know what it takes to make a great Metal Detector. Just wish Minelab hadn't stop making them.. .
Frankallen from Alabama
Greetings from Holland
Richard from Holland
Jon Almada from Shingle Springs, California
Musketeer: Three Years After!
I am Stephen from Corfu island in Greece. My last review for the Musketeer was on 17th of April, 2008. There is a little something I would like to add.
Still works perfectly, in the "fix" position!
I wish it had an audible threshold! Impossible to GB out of the "fix" position without audible threshold! I asked Minelab for a modification, they answered, this is impossible! Too bad for me!
Stephen from Greece
The first trip out on a field that I have done to death with other top of the range machines I had a roman coin the first signal and then a elizabeth 1 1572 threepence at 10" and a perfect signal.
This machine loves iron infested sites and copes with ease, I have now sold the xp goldmax power as I love this machine with non of those constant iron signals.
If it is to heavy on the stem then just hip mount it with the minelab pouch, or even better buy a minelab straight stem.
A quality machine well done minelab.
ANDREW TAYLOR from KENT UNITED KINGDOM
One of the Best
My finds rate with the Advantage has been impressive, 600+ Roman coins, 12 Roman brooches, 5 Roman rings, many medieval coins (silver), including cut quarters(very very small and very thin) and so much more. These finds have all come from iron infested sites (Roman sites are littered with old Roman nails as well as hot iron pottery and building rubble), the Adavntage sails through with ease, better than my friends EXpll. All in all set it up right and learn to interpret the sounds and you'll not get a better detector at anywhere near its price. By the way did I mention it can go very deep?
Malcolm Higginbotham from Norfolk, UK
Musky ... fast and deep
Daniele from Venice, Italy
Musketeer v e-trac
Lee from Wales