"During the early hobby years of metal detecting Jetco was a prominent name. Not because it produced high-quality
state-of-the-art designs - it did not - but because it was widely advertised and reasonably affordable. In later years as
other brands introduced more advanced T/R detectors, Jetco faded from the magazines but was still sold in
nationwide department and catalog stores. Thus it became a popular beginner’s detector, the first and often only
exposure some had to the metal detecting hobby. In the end - which came in the late 70’s I believe - Jetco introduced
blue aluminum-boxed White’s look-alikes, including a basic T/R unit, but by then everyone else was producing
much more powerful units with discrimination and ground balancing.
Jetco was, in fact, my first metal detector. Like many who bought one, I quickly exhausted myself digging mostly
garbage and a very few coins. This is the downfall of buying an overly cheap detector as a first: those who become
disillusioned by the poor performance of such a unit will often abandon the hobby. Some, like myself, do a little
more research into other available brands and move on to something better."
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