Before we get into the Nokta Makro Simplex we need to look at the history of good affordable metal detectors, notices and seasoned detectorists could use.
Ten years ago I was living the life. I was selling metal detectors which afforded me the ability to spend most of my time metal detecting. I couldn’t begin to tell you how many times I took a customer’s call and sold a metal detector while I was out metal detecting.
This was the time I really started my adventure at learning as many metal detectors as I could. It was important to me to know what I was talking about when selling a metal detector. At the time my go-to metal detector was the Minelab E Trac, it was simply the best detector had ever used at finding deep silver coins and it could do it in heavy iron or trash like nothing I had ever seen before.
At the time, no one was talking about Garrett Metal Detectors, at least no one I knew, and I knew a lot of detectorists. Most of what Garrett had was outdated, heavy and just wasn’t relevant anymore. That all was about to change though with the release of the Garrett AT Pro.
What made the AT Pro so special was a combination of a few things. First being price, I don’t recall now what they were selling for when they first came out, but they were in the five hundred range. Not that there weren’t other detectors out there in that price range but not with the kind of performance we were seeing out of the AT Pro. The performance for the price was outstanding, being waterproof was just a huge added bonus.
Much like the Garret AT Pro the Simplex is performing at a much higher standard than what we have come to know out of detectors in that price range. At 254usd (without wireless headphones) the Simplex is going to change the industry much like the AT Pro did.
I have used just about all the latest and greatest metal detectors out there. XP ORX, Minelabs, Nokta Makros, garretts Tesoro’s and many others including some detectors you’ve probably never heard of. I know it is hard to imagine but I’m seeing performance out of the Simplex like I would come to expect from detectors in the high-end price range.
When the AT Pro came out and people quickly learned what a great metal detector it was it took off. I have used an AT Pro but most of my experience was hunting with others who used the AT Pro. Time and time again I watched as people pulled incredible targets that were masked and deep much like my much more expensive detectors like my Minelab E Trac.
I probably detected with the Simplex close to 20 hours and I can’t believe it is a 250-dollar metal detector!
What makes the Simplex stand out is literally everything about it. From the DD coil, high quality build, telescoping shaft, waterproof, well balanced, Iron audio, quick recovery speed, deep.. all this at a price point we have never seen before! I will go as far to say it is built better than some of the high-end detectors, it goes deeper than some of them too!
I will say that I have not had a chance to test it on a saltwater beach or any beach but I am hearing some decent reports. I was just talking to a guy the other day who runs an Equinox on saltwater beaches. He said the Simplex works as good as most VLF metal detectors and even better than some on saltwater beaches, but it isn’t up there with the Equinox or a PI machine on mineralized black sand beaches. If you’re wanting a Simplex, right now you will have to get in line as they are hard to come by, they are so in demand that currently I am not aware of any dealer who even has one in stock. For good reason though. In my opinion this is the metal detector to buy for the newbie detectorist or a season detectorist who wants a new toy. Whether you’re new to the hobby or a seasoned pro you’re going to find Nokta Makro Simplex metal detector will find you treasures!
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- Price: $254.15
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- Price: $126.65
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- Price: $12.75
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- Price: $12.75