Tesoro CompadrePrice: $200
Based on 50 reviews
Avg. Durability: 4.85
Avg. Ease of use: 5.00
Simple, Effective, Economical
One can swing it all day as it is so light. There are no display screens to distract you from the hobby. Discrimination works very well with no noticeable loss of depth at its maximum setting.
If one wants to get into metal detecting at a low cost with a machine that will find you coins, silver and gold the Compadre is your best choice hands down.
Cougar from Northern Michigan
Do not be fooled by its(toy like) looks
Last weeks finds
Victorian Silver Florin 1890
George 3rd farthing 1799
Tudor Hammered Silver Penny
Pewter ink well
RAF cap badge
London North Eastern Railway button
Large amounts of drinks cans, bottle tops etc
The Compadre always finds something,
if you are looking for turn on and go this is the one.
R Neill from Northampton, England
Should have bought the Compadre first
I just love how this machine allows me to get in a rhythm of digging targets. I've only owned it for a couple of weeks and I've found an earring and a really nice Fiori. 925 Italian pendant. Looked up the value of that single find and it almost pays for the Compadre.
I no longer have the other machine. Right now, the Compadre is everything I need and want in a metal detector.
Joe Faraldi from New Jersey
It's a no-brainer. Buy one!
DetectorOCD from Dallastown, PA
Simple, quiet, and loves small gold!
DetectorOCD from Dallastown, pa
Newbie... But Compadre finds a ton!
I was playing with it in my front yard, just trying it out and learning how it worked, and I found a 14K gold wedding band about three feet from my front door. I was pretty excited!
I took it to our local park a few days later and found tons of coins and about 1 billion pull tabs. Found several old wheat pennies, lots of quarters, and even a few dimes... No nickles though.
In my very own back yard I have discovered some amazing things. I have so far found 2 Continental Currency coins buried together about a foot deep, and the compadre had no trouble pinpointing them. They look to be silver... I am trying to find out how much they are worth, so if anyone has an idea of there value please let me know.
The Gold ring paid for my compadre 4 times over....
The compadre is simple to use and it finds tons of stuff. The tone it gives when it finds a coin is unmistakable. Two thumbs up!
Dan from Ohio
My introduction to the Coinpadre!
A majority of the time I can tell what I'm about to dig - but you have to learn what it's telling you first. It's so light and has a quick recovery time so can swing it pretty fast. The only problem with that is sometimes getting a loose cam lock and the pole gets a little creaky. Put it back together and your good to go. The quality is top notch, pin pointing is a breeze and I can easily determine the size and shape of any big iron objects.
It's small size is very unassuming and toy-like, so you don't look like a threat to the local park manager - but oh how looks can be deceiving. The Compadre is a truly capable machine.
Digital displays are nice but they eat battery time and the real essence of detecting comes down to the sound and that's what drew me to Tesoro. There is something about the quality and crispness of their sound that made them stand out.
As I learn the Compadres language the age and quality of the finds have gotten older and better. Last find was a 1902 indian head penny ay 7 1/2 inches.
Bottom line, would I recommend this detector - heck yes!
Jim from Minnesota
Very Fine Metal Detector
Cougar from Northern Michigan
Anonymous from New York
Looks can be deceiving.
I can't count how many times I've been up for a quick trip out to the park or tot lot and have foregone my pricier machines in favor of the little Compadre. Really, it's the ultimate grab and go MD.
Nope, it isn't 'impressive to look at' what with all manner of buttons and screens and knobs and levers and switches, but an experienced detectorist will be doing lots of digging with it. Once you learn its language and start to get a better grasp of what signals are given off by what targets, you will be able to use the Compadre and your brainpower to compete with many high end machines.
My favorite machine of all time is still the Whites 1266X, but I do love this little Tesoro. Price aside, they could charge $399 for it and I'd still love it based on performance and durability. It's a real champ.
Stan C from Gilbert, AZ