Compass Metal Detectors
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We would tell folks about our Compass detectors and they would not believe the depths we were getting coins at. Both of the detectors have nice green wrinkle finishes and are still serviceable 28 years later. If Compass were still in business, making this quality of a machine, I'd buy one in a heartbeat. I have heard bad things about later models, but I thought I had a later model, and I'm still happy, so go figure. Happy Digging!
Panopticon from MT>
One older Compass among these newer machines.
This review is of the older Compass X-100. It took me a long time to learn to use all the features of that compass X-100, but, but when I did, I began to love it. I had it for over ten years, because of how good it was.
That machine had 11 controls on it, and it ID'd perfectly, with an analog needle. I've always hated that they switched to digital squares on LCD displays. One feature the Compass had was the ability to widen out or narrow down the search cone that scanned down into the ground, so you could compensate for very trashy areas. That way, it could deepen the search cone to look down between the trash, and find the deeper, older coins. It also found more than its share of nickles and Jewelry. It also had very good discrimination, with adjustable notches. It was a very advanced detector for its time period.
After I learned how to use the features it had, I was always finding at least 20 coins an hour with it, almost no matter where I took it, to schools and parks. And this was way back in the 1960's and '70's.
Years later, I finally sold it and bought a White's 6000 DI Pro, series 3, my second top of line whites. I eventually could do almost as well with the Whites, on coins per hour, but the whites was not as good on depth. I've wished many times that I had never sold the Compass X-100, as I've never seen another detector that could match it.
Except just lately, for my Garrett GTI 2500. With that one you never have to dig up ANY trash, unless you just wanted to check a mysterious signal. That feature (the sizing of a target in the ground) was worth the entire price of the machine!
David Thorne from Klamath Falls, Oregon
Compass XP Pro Plus
The 2 cons I found with the Scanner series is they are heavy and all but the PRO2 are pre-adjusted GB.
The analog meter is dead on, if it tells you "dime"-it is a dime. Controls are easy to adjust. Depth is up there with most machines of todays build.
George Payne designed the Scanner series that revolutionized metal detecting and several of his Scanner implementations are used in detectors today.The original Compass machines have the red/gold labels, those are the ones you want.
Bernie from UT
Compass xp pro killed the compass brand !
Have you noticed that Compass is out of business now? What does that tell you about the company and the product?
I do believe that compass has had some good machines in the past, but I also feel that it was the xp-pro machine's that killed them. A lot of folks took the shaft from Compass on that one.
From what I've read the coinscanner models up to the last xp-pro series were pretty good machines.
After the xp-pro series, Compass Detectors dissapered from the face of the planet.. which kinda speaks for itself,now doesn't it?
Hey, all I'm saying is to use common sense...it's not rocket science.
Rene from Columbus, OH
Compass XP Pro Plus
I here you Bill from NY, i too grew up with a compass coin scanner that my mom bought me for a mere $59.00 at the hobby store, i found everything with that machine.
I also decided to later trust the compass brand...what a Mistake!!
I purchased a new top of the line XP-Pro + model,
and what a useless piece of junk it was!!
I paid nearly $800.00 for it and never found anything if it was more than 3 inches down.My buddies with their Garretts made me look like a fool, their mid-line Garretts were finding coins at depths up to 14 inches or more.
Even in the ( all metal mode @ zero discrimination) the top of the line Compass was a useless hunk of garbage.
I have since moved to a Garrett Master Hunter CX Plus like my buddys had, and now find coins down to 14 inches or more.
Even though the new Garrett was only $600 it runs circles around ANY other competitors higher priced machines. ( Trust The FBI )
The Military uses Garrett,The FBI uses Garrett,every other professional agency is advised by Kellyco.com to use Garrett.....
It's because they are the deepest seeking,most advanced detectors ANY amount of money can buy...Period.
Don't ever make the same mistake I did and drop $800.00 on anything other than a ( Garrett ) or you will be sorely disappointed.
Don't fall for all the sales Hoopla about all the trick features of other brands or you will be disappointed.
I too was intrigued by the Minelab detectors, the Garrett is superior Period. If you don't agree i encourage you to whip out any Mid-line Garrett and put it nose to nose with any Minelab and see which comes out on top,i dare you!!!!
Yes even Minelabs $4,500.00 machine is Junk next to a Garrett Cheapo!!
I will never again buy anything other than a Garrett,it's just that simple.
Don't buy what I'm selling? Nor the FBI? Nor the Cops?
How about thew Olympics?
"Garrett Metal Detectors to provide 2010 Winter Games with metal detection security products"
Ps,I gave the Compass xp-pro a rating of 1.. only because i couldn't rate it lower.
Brian K from Finger Lakes,NY
Compass - Coinscanner Pro
Let me start by saying that I have had and sold many,many Detectors__________ from ________the Garrett Master Hunter CX III _and _other Garretts,---to the Whites XLT,---several Fisher models___ one being the Fisher CZ-5,---and Several other Detectors (but still own my Compass.)
No other Detector that I have owned has surpassed its depth capabilities.Some of the others were a little more fun (with all the bells and whistles)...But I always came back to the Coinscanner Pro when I needed a dependable coin or Ring finding machine.It is a killer on rings/nickles,,,,and silver coins....The weight of the machine seems fairly balanced,and I can swing the 8 inch coil all day,,,, the technology doesnt look like it has changed in 15-20 years but it deffinately gets the job done.
Its meter is highly accurate,you have a choice of 1,2, or 3 tones,and if the tone stays high but the meter is a little jumpy and it pinpoints deep,,,You Better Dig it !
It has an Auto Notch feature on its Trash Out Button or (Disc Knob)When I use this AutoNotch Feature .I still find Nickles ,Pennies ,Dimes and Quarters in Heavy trash,but the down side is I loose about an inch in depth (because of the high disc)and I miss I.H. cents along with Zinc cents,,,,,,,but lets face it .....Who wants to dig all those Zincs ?,,and the I.H. Cents will most likely be a little deeper than AutoNotch can reach anyways,,,6-8" ??When using my coinscanner in an older area..I set the disc to foil,and I can still tell where most tabs and junk read,I therefor avoid digging allot of them...
The deepest coin that I have dug with it? I was in an old park that opened in 1890's,ground was fairly mineralized,so I turned the sens to 7 out of 10...Set the disc to foil and after digging several clads,and some deep junk I got a high audio tick,,,the meter was quite jumpy but it pinpointed at 8-10 inches (Week)and the high audio tick was there 3 out of four dirrections.......I dug down atleast 8 inches and got a VF + 48 rosie....I later found out this area of the park used to have a pond on it and was back filled in the 50's......
I have also dug Nickles in this Trashy Park...and iron ore infested ground.... with the Sens set at 6-7 out of 10 in the (High-Disc)Auto-Notch Mode ,at 4-5 inches...(Which I feel is Good seeing that the Disc was set fairly High,while the sens was fairly LOW).The machine was (a little noisy because I should have had the sens set at 5 ... I guess).
I recently bought A Tesoro Tejon,and it is a fun machine to use,,I use IT on allot of sidewalk tear-outs to give my Compass a rest.....
I also decided to try the Minelab X-Terra 70,
and after 15+ hours I am tempted to go back to using my compass...The XT-70 has 1, 2, 3, 4, or 99 tones,BUT does Not hit hard like my old Compass..
and as of yet I have not dug a target over 3 inches with it...I guess I will give it another 35 hours or more --time to see if I can figure out its audio lannguage and see if it will pick up deeper targets.
I cannot vouch for the newer Coinscanner II Pro becuase I own the older model..But I am VERY HAPPY with it.
Davew from NW Indiana//////Chicagoland
Compass XP Pro
I did a test; I placed 4 coins on the ground less than 3 inches apart in a line. My cz-70 would give me two blips as I swung the coil at "mach1" over them at 3 inches. The Tejon would give me 3 bleeps, never 4. The Compass gave me all 4 of them, all four made a quick "beep", even when I made the coil pass over them at about 6 feet per second! No other detector I own could do this. My Minelab only gave me one flute note one direction, and none at all the other direction. They actually cancelled out!!! My White's 6000 di Pro? It gave me one signal both direction, and didn't break it up into 4 targets or even two. It was barely better than the Minelab.
Larry D Gressel from Sweet Home, Oregon
XP Pro Plus - Old Coin Magnet
Scott Beasley from South Carolina
Garrett vs Compass vs Whites
So are Tesoros and Bounty Hunters. If one wants a Garrett more powerful, one of the 1200 series or up to the 2500 series would be a good ticket, however, there are more problems with the more powerful Garretts. When standing next to one while they are being used, the 1200-2500 sound like a bunch of magpies and computers talking to each other at a garage sale. A lot of noise, and false noise too..
The Compass XP Pro was put on the market about 20 years ago. It was basically an experiment to see if a "single-filter" detector could outdo one that ran on a double, or 4-filter. One filter operated fast, the other was a slow phase shift.
Whites and another detector mfg (also created by George Payne, the father of GOOD ground-cancelling discriminator technology) in a town 12 miles from White's, along with two other detector brands (A.H Pro (which produced the FIRST ground-cancelling discriminator called the "Phantom", I believe), were having a race to get the filtered machines working better than one another's competition.
With enough experience and a VERY GOOD understanding of the principals of phase shift and filter technolog, one with a powerful machine like the XP series could walk all over the very best of other brands. It could also beat many of the top-of-the-line detectors now made. It also had a lot of nobs and "toys" on it. Oftentimes though, the XP series would malfunction. They were having trouble with broken connections due to mis-use and/or abuse (being tossed around or dropped, left in a hot car, etc).
In those days, the company was under different ownership, yet still produced some of the finest metal detectors in the world. Under new ownership/management they do again today.
The XP Pro series is still one of the most powerful detectors one could ever find, and there is a site online whereby it was found to be only second to a Garrett 2500 series in all-metal mode depth while using it in Florida on the beach, but, it takes nearly an engineering student to understand how to use it. In the hands of a novice, even a cheap Bounty Hunter or an old cheap Wilson-Neuman would work better.
PS: Fisher makes and sells detectors to the Military. So does White's. Fisher has made and sold more mine and metal locating equipment to the Military than any other company. Fisher INVENTED the mine-locator, in WW2.
Larry from Sweet Home, Oregon
Compass xp-pro plus
I first caught the detecting bug as a kid of 10 when mom let me buy a Compass Coinhustler for around 50 bucks...I found everything with that machine and it was great.
In my later years i stepped up to the xp-pro plus machine which retails for $771.00.
What a piece of crap! My buddies and there Garretts were finding all kinds of nice things and nomatter how committed....i couldn't find Squat.
So we ran some experiments, they would get a hit and we would see if my machine could also pick it up. Can you believe that nomatter how we set the Compass, it still hard a hard time getting so much as a chirp,even in all metal mode?
It wasn't that the batteries were dead, the thing was like new, what a piece of junk,i will never again spend that kind of money on an unproven machine again.
I now own a lesser classed machine (supposedly) that outperforms and was $200 cheaper, a Garrett GTA-X 550, i wouldn't trade it for the world.
The depth of the Garretts is without paralell,i don't care what you've read, or what your buddies tell you, they are the best detectors period.
Why do you suppose the Military and every police force in the USA uses a Garrett?....Because they are without paralell thats why.
I hear all kinds of great things about Minelabs new machines and am curious.
But they want over 2 grand for the high enders and i will never again drop over 700 without having a detector i can take for a demo spin.
If you don't find somthing in the first hour or so in a known hot-spot, take it back.
Now don't anyone go getting angry, thats just my opinion. Have fun!
Bill from Upstate, NY