BIG News, Could YOUR Atpro/Gold and CTX become boat anchors when both the big 2 release new coin shooters in the coming months?
I notice that the Garrett ATMAX is now on pre-order and Minelab have announced a new coinshooter to be launched in September in the UK at a rally that is happening there. So the big 2 do what they do best and launch new gear.
The CTX3030 and the ATpro are the 2 of the biggest selling machines in Australia and it looks like they are both about to be superseded by the latest model, leaving current owners in the position of having to decide what to do with the old machine.
The CTX is a bit different to the AT as it can be upgraded, but no new updates have been released for the machine for a long time. Looking at the release of the monster 1000, the 7000 update and now this new model I can see why they have been too busy to get a CTX update done.
The New minelab machine is a complete unknown so we will wait and see what happens there as far as price point, features, tech used etc. Who knows it could be a 705 replacement and shock us all. Time will tell I guess.
The Garrett ATMax seems to be an ATpro upgrade with their wireless module built in. There is still a physical cable from the coil to the control box though, it’s a start at least to getting rid of cables.
Interestingly they have dropped the frequency a bit to just over 13khz, the atpro is 15khz, I would say this is part of the extra depth claimed as many know the lower the frequency the deeper you can punch in theory.
It is still not updatable, but with the ATpro being around for such a long time I would say the atmax will occupy that $1400 price point for sometime.
So back to the old machines…..
The ATpro was a $1300 detector for a long time and has now dropped to the $1099 price point. This is to open up the old price point for the ATMax.
The same thing happened to the Xterra 705 range, It was a $1099 detector in a dual pack, it dropped to $799 and opened up the price point for the goldmonster 1000.
Its pretty common to do this when you release new models of anything so its not a surprise unless you go to sell your old machine that you bought at the higher price point. Then it really sucks bigtime.
My 705 that I paid $1099 for is now worth less than $500 in resale value, ATpro’s are dropping fast and I see them around for the $6-800 mark. I suspect this will drop another $200 or so when the atmax actually hits the market.
The AT range hold their value a little better as they are not sold at major chain stores in 40% off sales like the xterra range are. So AT owners don’t get beaten up quite so much on resale at the moment.
But what about your accessories?
This is where you will get smashed up a bit, but again it’s the same with the accessories on your car. A $2000 bull bar does not affect secondhand retail price, you’d get the same with or without the bullbar on trade in. Same goes for your 4 coil collection, it’s not worth much second hand.
Hopefully the ATpro coils will fit on the max, but I am not sure if that will be possible. The frequency difference won’t matter as ATgold and ATpro coils can be interchanged without drama.
So If you own a CTX or an AT it might be prudent to sell fast before then new models actually hit and the market is flooded with second hand models. OR do what I do and throw the old girl in the cupboard and every know then take her out for a nostalgic swing. LOL
In the meantime XP deus owners were treated to a new update, Version 4, and it cost them absolutely NOTHING to get the latest firmware and upgrades.
So Instead of buying a new machine, selling an old one, learning new noises, techniques and wondering if they made the right decision Most ordered a new pin pointer and HF coil and just got on with the job of digging up cool stuff.
What an absolute bunch of smug bastards!
Even those people that bought a deus way back in 2010 got the upgrade for free so that their machines are just as good as a new one bought today.
One thing about being an XP distributor is you only ever sell people one detector as the XP is normally the last VLF most will ever buy. Upgrades are free for life so you never need to re-invest in a new kit.
Unless the other half wants one……..
So get ready to get your wallet out if you want the latest from the big 2 or if you own a Deus just head over to the xp site and grab your new one for FREE, Its a download away.
Cheers Folks, Happy Hunting.
P.S After 2 years working with XP deus as a detector and XP as a company I can say that in my humble opinion there is no better option for VLF detectors on the market in Australia.
How best to describe the XP Deus?
Its like having an ATpro, an ATGold, an Xterra 705 and a gold bug 2 all in the one machine with turbochargers fitted as well.
Throw in a weight of under 1 kilo, no wires, rechargeable, a 5 year warranty and free upgrades for life and you can see why the XP deus is being sent to more and more detectorists in Australia.