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Post  nero_design on Thu Jan 08, 2009 9:30 pm

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We found this whilst cleaning the other day. Seems to be an early, commercially produced metal detector from 1967/1968.
This old dinosaur has some "modern" features on it too... like a coil cable concealed within the shaft and 'typical' shaft mounted tightening-clamp. Another detectorist just unearthed one of these in the United States this week so there's more than one of these out there! There's a socket for the headphone jack although it's out of view in the images.

This was no doubt a very "futuristic looking" detector in it's day.
Reminds me of the cover art on this vintage issue of AMAZING STORIES Magazine. (CLICK LINK)

Pretty retro looking!

Cheers,

Marco
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Post  101vet on Fri Jan 09, 2009 12:41 am

Metrotech is weel known for its subsurface transmision detection water mains etc (google metrotch) and the logo on the coil bears a resemblence to a reverse image and styalised radioactivity sign..

I found an old geiger counter in '69 in the top of a wall cupboard of company house we were stationed in at Alise Springs ... didn't looktoo dissimilar.

Good luck with your research,
JK.

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Post  dave1963 on Fri Aug 28, 2009 9:21 pm

I had one of them back in 1978-9.it was my first detector,i got it new for $350.mine had a different coulor coil.i know the bloke that still has it .the first time i took it out i got a 1868 shilling that i still have.
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Post  nuggertman on Sat Mar 13, 2010 6:43 pm

hi m8 my brother has got 1 ..... infact it won a prize on tv [ yes] dont now how old it is but strange looking thing i will get apic as soon as i can john
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Post  kon61 on Mon Mar 15, 2010 6:35 pm

G'day nero_design;

Is it just an ordinary,early model,metal detector,or Geiger counter,or a combination of the two?.


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Post  docholiday on Sun Aug 28, 2011 12:15 pm

This was my first detector purchased in 1972---found lots of minie' balls with it. Good memories!!!!!!

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