Since I started collecting them since Late Spring 2020 and I don’t really live near the coast, the only setups I have used more than once are :
– The Sovereign 1991 with the 8″ original coil:
Light to handle and finds small stuff. Not sure about depth. Some people say the original coils are the best but I can’t really compare. The unit hangs in a random shoulder bag and gets in the way and I’m afraid the part where the coil connects to the unit is going to get hurt by the bending.
– the Excalibur with the Detech 12×10 which works pretty well and isn’t too heavy. Pinpoints quite easily. The Excalibur is attached to an old camera-harness; It’s a bit of a fuss to get it on and off, but the weight and the fact that the unit is hanging behind my back is not bothering at all. I also learned to turn the knobs without seeing them.
– Sovereign Elite with Detech 12″and NEL 14″ coil
The NEL Thunder 14″ coil seems a tad bit heavier on the arm (might be the weight, or just the fact that you have to swing further to keep it away from your feet). Plus, the pinpointing is harder. I still have to test where the actual detecting begins because I think it’s not the entire length of the coil that reacts. Once you know where the beginning is, you can pinpoint by swinging the coil away and back to the target.
Minelab 10″ coils
I’m not even intending to try the current Minelab Tornado 1000 coil because of it’s weight. Maybe i’ll sell it separately or with one of the detectors at some point.
I replaced the old BBS 10 cable to the coil and sold it a while ago: