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  2. I am lucky enough to have both and they really compliment each other. When I'm in the proper mood to hunt an average site the right way I use the CTX, low and slow and analytical. When I just want to cherry pick I have programs set up on the Deus that allow me to do that, or I can also use it low and slow but with tones instead of looking at the screen. The subtle tones are where the Deus is at. Deep ID is where the CTX is at. Perfect pair.
  3. Thanks paul, kiwijw, and madtuna, yes I have some more of the same to go yet, but not enough for a GRB 777XL, I wouldn't mind a small jaw crusher though to break em down a bit. Yes back east now, we had a good trip. cheers dave
  4. I know a bloke with a nice GRB 777XL that would make short work on those species Dave. Top bloke too...handsome and single to boot! You still in WA or back east?
  5. Steve H., this has been an interesting read. I have George & Carl's book in my personal library and have enjoyed everyone's comments in this forum read. I've owned several Fisher CZ's, four White's DFX's, a half-dozen Minelab BBS and another half-dozen FBS models, and White's Vision, V3, V3i and VX3 units from White's. There were things I liked about them, but many things I didn't care for in the way of 'simplicity,' 'function,' packaging/balance and especially in field performance at most of the iron littered sites I hunt. I have hunted several very challenging wet salt environments side-by-side with some friends who were/are very devoted BBS and FBS users and never was out-performed when we compared signals on located targets. And on dry sand/dry land hunting I enjoy reading about former models, current models, and even the pending Minelab Equinox ... but I haven't found anything in the way of field use or write-up about what is coming that sways me into wanting to use a simultaneous multi-frequency detector over my stable of excellent single frequency models. All of my Regular-Use units, with the exception of the Nokta Impact, provide exceptional performance at 10 kHz, 12 kHz or 14,5 kHz from Tesoro, or my Nokta's at 15 kHz, 19 kHz and the selectable-frequency Impacts that offer 14 kHz and 20 kHz for most sites I work, and the option to put 5 kHz to work as desired where appropriate. My personal preference is for selectable frequency models, like my two Impacts, over any of the multi-frequency operation detector designs. There are a lot of choices on the market today to give anyone the options they might prefer, and I'm quite comfortable with the selections I have made. Monte
  6. Bye Bye Dolly Pot

    Thanks fellas, yeah I put about 60kg through a mates one the other week and was picking out gold balls caught up in the screen with a nail. But it sure as hell beats days on end of pounding in the dolly pot.
  7. Nice davsgold. Good on you mate. Thanks for sharing. Good luck out there JW
  8. Bye Bye Dolly Pot

    Good move mad fish. That will save you some time. Be nice to see some video footage of it in action & the procedure & of course....results. Good luck out there JW
  9. Bye Bye Dolly Pot

    Have always kept my crushing's from dolly pot, put in the poverty pot , when I bought a 777electric awhile back did the "poverty pot" just before Xmass, that was a top Xmass. Now saving poverty pot for cyaniding one day. Like Trent says on top of the screen you`ll get a few gold "ball bearings".which will contaminate next crushing if you don`t remove. Way to go...............
  10. Bye Bye Dolly Pot

    Hi MT, yeah mate they make life alot easier
  11. Bye Bye Dolly Pot

    Nice mate, I got one of those too, she's a real beast! Be very careful when removing the screen to clean it, there will be heaps of little gold balls sitting on it 😉
  12. Equinox Speed Test Video

    Fast it is, sometimes a little hypnotic if I'm not careful it's easy for my mind to wander a little when I'm swinging And it's really trashy, the detector can handle way more than my brain can process. Hard to know how much I'm missing (probably a lot), but it'll single out a particular target sound and let me pinpoint it with a wiggle to the edge of the coil in tight trash if I catch just a hint of the target frequency or sound quality I'm cherry picking during a normal swing. As far as depth goes, my results seem to vary a lot depending on conditions I believe depth is not a Deus strong point and anything deep is by ear with no target ID. waiting to see like everyone how this new mineLab toy plays out, even when I get something new I'll still keep the Deus.
  13. Bye Bye Dolly Pot

    ahh species I'll still probably sodomize in the dolly pot but this will make short work of the 'other stuff'
  14. They start off here. Then they look like this. Then after the dolly pot they look like this. And the fines from the crushings. The end result
  15. Bye Bye Dolly Pot

    WOW mate that will make short work of those species. cheers dave
  16. Hello GRB777 XL
  17. Coil Cable Neatness Tip

    Now if my math is right 80 pounds of gold would be 960 troy OZ. At todays spot and a purity estimate of 18k that would come to $940,536.00 Now the variables here are .... was that 80 lbs troy or avoirdupois? And the gold purity of 18k is about 750 fine. But anyway ya figure it that was worth a big chunk of change...........
  18. Someone's going to get a great deal here! Makro Gold Racer, Stock GR26 5.5x10 Coil, GR40 15.5x13 Coil, GR19 7.5x4 Coil, and GR13 5" Coil. That's close to $1200.00 worth of gear... Everything works great and as it should. The screen has had a protector on from day one.. I screwed up the foam grip a bit by putting a custom wrap on, so its a little warped but still functional. $725.00 Shipped Free in the US only. That's like getting all the accessory coils free! PayPal Preferred.. Willing to negotiate if you don't want all the coils.
  19. Minelab Equinox Unveiled!

    The CTX and Explorers/Etrac have a choice of response rather than Normal. I like smooth or long. Is that available on the Equinox? Mitchel
  20. Equinox Speed Test Video

    I was out of town when I first saw this video. It is impressive. It got me thinking if my Whites V3i could do the same as the Equinox. When I got home today I didn't have time to setup an exact test bed replica. I set down 6 coins. I set the swing speed of my detector from a normal of 80 to 5. My whites V3i reacted very simalarly to the Equinox at a similar swing speed (unrealistic detecting). I didn't have any iron nearby to place in the test bed. so that part is untested. However, the Equinox appears to be a very appealing detector for me. I'm waiting to hear more about ground balance, depth and possibly frequency abilities (like the V3i). Can't wait to see more about this detector.
  21. Coil Cable Neatness Tip

    No loose lips.... He had a friend "caretake it" for him while he was ill. When he came back, she wouldn't give it back.... said she "needed" it. (gambler) He said "ok"
  22. Equinox Speed Test Video

    Downloaded video, then watched. That Deus is fast!
  23. Don, I'm not Steve, and I haven't really put much time in with the XP Dēus other than some simple side-by-side comparisons In have done with Dēus owners. However, I have also come across four avid detector operators who own two to five different detectors, one being the XP Dēus. Of them, one has decided to hang onto the Dēus for a while and work it more as he learns his newer detectors, but he is favoring his Teknetics T2 Classic w/5" DD in trashier sites, and that has taken a 2nd place position to his new Nokta Impact. The Impact is his current favorite detector and the Makro Racer 2 and Dēus are sort of a second pick now and then. One of the other three is keeping his Dēus as a 'back-up for friends to use. The other to? They sold off their Dēus' because they preferred their newer detectors. Why? When I asked they said they didn't care for the battery charging system; didn’t like the audio sound; wanted to have a smaller coil option; and felt the unit was kind of ‘busy’ and not so simple and straight forward. They both have a Nokta Impact, and one also has a Makro Racer 2 and the other a Nokta FORS Relic. They are keeping all of their Nokta and Makro detectors and search coil assortment. All four of them are Relic Hunters, mainly working old western USA sites primarily in a search for older era coins, trade tokens, and other small artifacts of interest. About 85% of the locations they hunt are old RR oriented town sites that abound in dense iron contamination. A couple of then also engage in Coin & Jewelry Hunting in typical urban areas and have, or have had, one or more of the Minelab FBS models to include Explorer II’s, E-Trac and CTX-3030. They like them for more open, sparse target sites with well spaced trash for hunting older higher-conductive coins (mainly silver) that might be at mid-to-deeper depths. They like other detectors for places where gold jewelry is most likely to be encountered. Since they hunt iron littered sites they tried the new 6” Minelab coil and were left unimpressed when their Nokta FORS CoRe, FORS Relic and Racer 2 models all easily out-performed them using just about any smaller-to-standard coil available for them. I tried three Minelab’s with the 6” coil and I was very unimpressed with the performance in very dense iron nail littered sites. I have owned over a half-dozen Minelab FBS models and I can appreciate them for their strengths, but for me, my health limitations, and the vast number of older sites I prefer to hunt, I want and need top-end performance in a dense iron debris situation. Very dense, and that calls for a detector to unmask fully or partially exposed coins, tokens, metal buttons and insignia, and other desired keepers while handling a dense iron challenge. I've been a very Avid Detectorist for over 52 years now and my Regular-Use Detector arsenal includes three (3) Nokta Relic devices, each with a different search coil mounted, and I can recommend them highly. Some iron targets can produce high-reading numeric VDI read-outs, but that can happen with almost any detector, with rusty tin and similar sheet-iron objects being the biggest offenders. But it is also a matter of using and learning the detectors to know them better. Most of my hunting (95% or better) is with a low Disc. setting where I hear iron nails and most ferrous targets. I usually use the Iron Audio Volume control and keep it set low, at '2' which still lets me hear a low-tone audio response just before, just after or both when I sweep my coil over low-reading iron junk. Use of Double-D search coils does make it more difficult to deal with iron, but using a proper slow and methodical sweep I can audibly classify iron-based metal targets over 95% of the time. That is in a wide-range of mineralized ground conditions. The CTX-3030 is a good detector for some people and some types of hunting locations, especially for many urban sites where you are dealing with grassy sites that do not have a lot of iron debris and where trash is more spaced from desired targets which allows less good-target masking. Question: Where is 'here?' If you provide a general description of where you live it might help let readers associate the typical ground mineral environment you generally deal with. Good, 'functional' TID can be very important and useful, and I'll credit many FBS Minelab models for producing somewhat better-than-average TID info on mid-depth and deeper targets than most of the competition with comparable sized search coils. But not always better, and yes, ground mineral make-up can have a lot to do with it. As for you reference to the Fisher brand, again I will say it depends upon the specific models, coils used and ground mineral make-up. I have had a few F75's and was never impressed with the TID where I usually hunt, which is in Oregon, Eastern and Western, as well as Utah and Nevada. I prefer the Teknetics T2 to the Fisher F75, and they both operate at 13 kHz and can use similar search coils, but the T2 'Classic' and small 5" DD coil can provide me the best, tightest TID response. The 'standard' 11" BiAxial (Double-D) has not locked-on very well for me on any FTP product I have owned and used. Time and again, when on detecting outings with friends and family I have been asked to compare a target response on something they have located and repot the audio and visual TID I get. ALL of my Nokta detectors have been very reliable and lock-on quite well to targets at almost all depth ranges. They are in my arsenal because they do that and provide other performance that out-classed the detectors I owned at the time or compared them with afield. The XP seems to work fine and be a 'fit' for some users, and the Minelab CTX-3030 finds favor with others. Some have one of each because they can complement each other with different in-the-field performance. I'm simply adding my 2¢ here that it sure wouldn't hurt to try a different and newer brand and model that brings us solid, well engineered design, in a well-balanced physical package, and offers a nice range of search coils. Monte
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  25. Selectable Frequency And Multiple Frequency

    Thanks Dave. Obviously I have an interest in the area myself. Looks like the original post will need an update when I have time! Up until now only the V3i/VX3 allowed for both multi frequency and selectable/switchable frequency in one unit. A V3i in the MX Sport box would have been a great follow up but now....
  26. Good article Steve. I am a complete illiterate when it comes to multi frequency detectors. I did have the Eureka Ace but it was selectable. More and more I am liking the look of the Equinox. Dave
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