A few days ago, after a long day of fall yard work. I found myself icing down the work with a few beers at the local water hole. A neighbor shouted from across the bar “hey you still have that detector right?” I sure do yelling back. What did you lose? He’s wife shouted before he could speak ” his wedding ring”. A few chuckles around us, he hangs and shakes his head. She also went on to say the yard was mowed the next day. I was familiar with his yard, having detected once before with my Garrett ace250. I hadn’t been there since purchasing the Garrett ATPro. So with confidence I said to him “no worries, I’m sure it didn’t go far”.
Yesterday I get to his yard and begin setting up. When I’m on a dig I set my ATPro this way “All the time”. Mode:Pro; Iron discrimination: 0; this let’s me hear everything in the ground. Never having done a recovery, I finally get to see how it fares under heavy discrimination. My last machine, the more you discriminate the more depth you loose. I wasn’t worried about depth, since it hadn’t been lost more than a few days. I was worried about the lawnmower. I still ran in “Pro” mode, but I put the iron discrimination as high as it could go. Knowing the ring is silver, I was able to discriminate even further. I eliminated everything from the penny down. This means I was only going to hear what I wanted, Dime, Quarter, and Half. To a Searcher that really High Tone screams dig me. Twenty minutes in with a slight drizzle and no ring. I started thinking maybe it’s not where he said heard it fall. Then I heard the buzzing of a mower in the distance as a reminder. But still, I was optimistic in thinking it wasn’t destroyed by a Toro. I began walk down his sidewalk, quick sweeps on both sides as I walked. Finally I a screaming sound, it sounded perfect loud and sharp. Brushed a leaf a way and there it was, unharmed like the day he bought.
We’ve all been there, one time or another. Lose your car keys, lost phone, or a ring. What a feeling of relief it’s is when you finally have what your looking for back into your possession. I got to admit, i was just as exciting finding and returning this ring, as I do when finding silver coins. My hand got the shake just the save.