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  1. 11 points
    Minelab to include a shirt with all Equinox orders!
  2. 7 points
    Complaining with a sense of humor beats raw anger in my book. At least when discussing toys instead of life support equipment! The more I think about it, even with me having an Equinox, I am still going to deserve one of those t-shirts before this is all over.
  3. 4 points
    Minelab equinox first shipment
  4. 3 points
    Good chance that is wood. Should be quite heavy and like Steve said, cut a chunk off. If then it is all solid black, you don't see the grain of wood, soak it in Clorox for a week or however long it takes. Sometimes soaking does nothing but usually it will work. Here is an example that was all black. There are small crystals also
  5. 3 points
    I love the t-shirt - every Equinox shipped to people with a preorder should get one!
  6. 3 points
    I was told yesterday by my preferred dealer he isn't expecting any for 2 weeks yet. I've decided not to preorder one and to let the frenzy settle and will be considering getting one once they've hit the ground around the world and there is more real world results on how well they perform in different environments. I'm in no rush ANYMORE. To be honest, I'm a little annoyed at Minelab's communication, it's not a way I would run a business and in fact, it's disgusting they're treating their customers this way. All everyone wants is a simple explanation of what's going on and when they expect it will be resolved. I know quite well how the shipping industry works, even if there are delays in areas of shipping, they will know exactly when it's expected to arrive somewhere, if there are delays with ships, a new timetable is made, saying what ports it will be at and where, and delays are often just days due to weather, not weeks or possibly months. If they have found a bug or problem, that's all fine, it's not going to make people cancel their pre-orders en mass, but the poor treatment they're doing now to their customers is causing more damage than an informed delay ever could.
  7. 3 points
    "The Consequence of Equinox". A term to be used to describe how something new devalues and virtually obsoletes anything that does not have the latest technology and performance. What I am seeing is an ALMOST complete halt to metal detector sales in the 650.00 on up range. Used machines even high end detectors have dropped in value and sit on forums and for sale sights with hardly any interest. The testers that have had their hands on the Equinox and dumped their machines were lucky, they had the "insider trading" advantage. Minelab makes fantastic machines and whomever does their marketing is an absolute genius. Not only have they come up with a new and supposedly show stopper machine, they have dealt a crushing blow to other manufactures that have machines with less features in that price range and above. How about a Deus for 1500.00 with less features? A V3i heavy and not waterproof? A CTX heavy and more than twice the cost. An MX Sport single frequency at the same price. AT Pro, nah single frequency. I know that I would have loved to have sold off a a couple machines and not took a beating. But hey the old machines are like junk in the closet now to be taken out for nostalgic reasons. Hey remember the radio shack machine you found that 1/4-20 washer with? I can't sell that! LOL. Well folks hopefully we are into a new era of latest and greatest. I really don't know how many detectorists are out there that will spend the money to support companies that can afford to have the brain trust to develop cutting edge technology. Well that's my rant and my personal opinion on this. Now to check on my E800 order. I still have a fondness for my deus though and will keep the batteries charged. Dig we must!
  8. 3 points
    Metal detectors are too small a volume of sales to support dedicated logistics and shipping infrastructure akin to a company like Apple. Apple has sold 77 million iphones in the first quarter of FY2018 alone (Oct - Dec 2017) and has a total revenue in the quarter of $88B. Compare that to the parent company of Minelab which in all of 2015 generated $21.5M in revenue (1/16000 of Apple) and only half of that was related to metal detector sales. You can literally do the math and see what you envision is not happening anytime soon in metal detecting land, unfortunately. Apple = SpaceX, Minelab = slow boat from Malaysia. Minelab transparency would be great, but it isn't going to make the detectors get here any sooner, unfortunately. Not sure most of the targets are going anywhere either, so sit back, relax, detect with what you have if you can or help us point out things in the manual we don't understand or complain about something really important like: what's up with no Equinox accessory pricing or availability information.
  9. 3 points
    People talk about testers being afraid they might piss off a manufacturer because they won’t get another “free” detector. Interestingly enough, I appear to be valuable because I speak my mind. The trick is to not be rude or stupid, and I see neither in what I posted. Just good solid advice should someone choose to pay attention to it. If that was enough to get me “canned” then I would not care. As far as I know nothing has changed since Minelab’s last statement regarding detectors shipping. One thing to keep in mind when reading Minelab notices. It appears to me that “shipping to customers” is the same to them as “shipping to dealers”. The key thing is units are on the move on the way to end user hands. I am “pretty darn sure” it really is a shipping and logistics thing, but if you want to then ignore that and go with whatever rumors you like best.
  10. 3 points
  11. 2 points
    When I started the GPZ 7000 thread at http://www.detectorprospector.com/forum/topic/1230-minelab-gpz-7000-the-controversy-ends/ it was for owners of the detectors who have had time on it to air their opinions. It became apparent lots of other people wanted to weigh in with their opinions. I am therefore starting this thread for everyone else who owns anything else or not to voice whatever opinions they have on the detectors or companies themselves. Say anything you want, no holds barred really, but it would be nice if it was kept constructive. I prefer myself to keep things upbeat and positive. It is just who I am and I have tried to keep the forum as a whole along those lines. But I do not want people to feel like certain opinions or viewpoints are not welcome and so this is the place for whatever opinions you may have about any detector manufacturer or their products. I am not going to get involved as long as people do not get personal. This in no way is my relenting on my overall expectations for the forum as a whole. There is a time and a place for everything however and going forward this is the thread on which to air suggestions, complaints, issues, or just plain gripes. Again, all I ask is keep it civil. Thank you. Just to get you going here are some new metal detector bumper stickers for you.... First Texas - Even we don't know how many we make or what they're for! Garrett - We already made a flagship detector so quit asking for one. Minelab - The most hated name in detecting! Tesoro - Search for the past with detectors from the past. White's - Anything happen while we were sleeping?
  12. 2 points
    Rumors have been circulating for years that First Texas was to release new flagships, but year after year, nothing has surfaced and many began to lose faith that these new machines would come to market. Machines were only continually rebranded, slightly altered, often highly discounted, and employees were let go. Rumors began running in the forums that First Texas might be on its way out. This was far from the truth however. What was really happening behind the scenes is this company was busy hiring new talent and moving into a new state of the art facility with every intention of competing at the highest level. And now it looks like we may soon start to see it bear fruit. These interesting exchanges occurred on Facebook Sounds like we've got a lot to look forward to from the crew at First Texas, and I'm rooting for them to give Minelab a run for their money. If anyone is poised to do so, it's First Texas.
  13. 2 points
    Gerry I'm buying a new Equinox so you can buy your wife more shoes and diamond earrings strick
  14. 2 points
    This thread is a couple years old but maybe timely to bump to top. Everyone except Nok/Mak still sucks at customer communications and if there is one thing nearly every one of them could improve at still, that’s it.
  15. 2 points
    Chase, please send me a pint of your favorite over-the-counter sedative. Wise words - thanks
  16. 2 points
    This video has English subtitle so make sure to activate that under options if you do not see them. From the Makro Kruzer Owner’s Manual Page 23: EXTRA UNDERGROUND DEPTH (E.U.D.) The target IDs of certain metals (such as gold) in high mineralization and under hot rocks or at fringe depths may be reflected differently on the device than what they really are. Based on the DISC. setting, you may experience a depth loss for such metals or the device may not detect these metals at all. The E.U.D feature of the Kruzer enables you to detect such metals deeper utilizing a different tone than the other tones of the device. When using the E.U.D, the device does not discriminate metals and it provides the same tone for all targets. You can use the E.U.D feature of the device 2 ways: Instantly or continuously. To use the feature instantly, you must keep the SELECT button pushed down, and to use it continuously you must double click the SELECT button. In both cases, the frame around the selected search mode will keep on blinking. E.U.D will not work in the GEN and BEACH modes. If you are using the E.U.D constantly, unless you turn it off, the feature will be active even if you change the search mode. NOTE: Because this feature enables the device to detect some targets that are normally masked by ground conditions and thus are undetectable, it is possible to dig more ferrous targets when using this feature.
  17. 2 points
    Is this the ultimate consequence of the Equinox?
  18. 2 points
    Why Equinox? I like the feeling of hopelessness, pain, and despair.
  19. 2 points
    My version of the manual. Print a copy, punch binder holes, attach reinforcement labels over all holes and install in a nice 3 ring binder. Took a little effort, but I now have a nice study manual. Of course I also have a hard copy in the truck, copy on my phone and PC.
  20. 2 points
    Poor, Steve, when he was a kid, I bet he never dreamed he would finish out his work career as a Babysitter! Ya all need to sit back, relax, crack open a cold one, and count yer blessings. The Eq will come.
  21. 2 points
    The answer you are looking for is both simple and complex. I will try to explain the simple part. First, whether a target is a high or a low conductor is determined by the GB control and just where it is set. If the GB is set so the ground signal is nulled, then any detected object that generates a low tone has a longer time constant than the ground signal. This results in the GB signal channel being greater than the metal response channel. Thus, the summed signals results in a negative response, and this results in a low tone. In the case of gold nuggets this means the nugget has to be pure enough, the right size and density and often the right shape or right surface characteristics. Over the years, much of the gold I found came from Rich Hill AZ. Fortunately, this gold is quite pure (92% or so). As such, gold larger than a quarter OZ was large enough to generate a low tone. All gold smaller would create a high tone,. Early US gold coins follow this pattern, meaning a $5 US gold coin would or could fall in the GB hole and be almost not detected. All lower valued gold coins would be a high tone or a low conductor. As the purity of gold is reduced, the conductivity of the gold diminishes, thus, much if not most is detected as low conductors. A good example is the gold we found about 5 miles from Rich Hill where all the gold found registered as low conductors even up to the 1 oz nugget found. At this site almost a pound of gold was found with many of the nuggets greater than 1/4 oz and all tested with the TDI registered as low conductors. Reg
  22. 2 points
    Better states for detecting IMO--if you are going there and are detecting as a side venture then that's different. I would pick other states such as CA, AZ, NV if Montana isn't proprietary. It is a beautiful state tho--i used to have a home in Ennis---south of Bozeman near Alder... But I was addicted to ETOH back then instead of AU
  23. 1 point
    Not good. My dealer called me today and apologized for having no status whatsoever for me. I told him that it was clearly not his fault and not to worry about updating me till he is ready for me to pay the balance and him to ship it. i do worry a bit however that this is not just a logistics problem. The EQ is probably the most complex and ambitious detector ML (or even anybody else) has ever designed. The ugly thing about software is that fixing a bug often leads to a lot of other code no longer working. Troubles can mount quickly when you try to change a line here and a line there. Apple, with hundreds of engineers probably involved, is shipping their HomePod speaker today - without a key component of it’s software - AirPlay2 included - just not read for shipment yet.
  24. 1 point
    Spent half a day last Saturday detecting at Quartzsite and found a couple little beauties.
  25. 1 point
    Hi Simon. Like the two good fellows above have said. I too have & have used JP's B&Z dual external booster/speaker combo for quite a few years now & would not be without one.. Prior to the B&Z when I had my GP 3000 I used a DeTacc signal booster & always through the headphones. I took a while to be comfortable using external speakers as I loved being locked in to my own world with the headphones. The headphones blocked out external sounds & it was just me & what the detector was telling me about the ground & of course the target signals. I tried external speakers but just didn't gell with them, but a few operators out there, that I "look" up to, insisted on there use over headphones. So one weekend I deliberately left my headphones at home & was forced to detect the whole weekend with the external speakers. I don't really know what it was but something just clicked with me & I have never used headphones since. With the Zed & its wireless audio & no headphone or battery cable.....bliss. The SDC had a too short a cable on the headphones, even though it was a curly cable it was a damn pain. The headphone jack point was the small one, just like the Gold Monster, & so not compatible with the 1/4 inch plug that most boosters come with. It then required an adaptor to make it work. But due to our insanely mild ground the 2300 hasn't been a big fan of mine. With a booster through headphones you just need to be very careful of blasting your ears with a sudden LOUD close to surface signal. ie .22 or lead bullet. More so with a silent threshold detector like the GM 1000. With the PI machines you were always trying to maintain a very smooth even threshold background sound, & any interruption to that needed investigating. Especially those very very faint soft mellow whispers. They are the ones that give you a hard on, excuse the termanology , & get you excited. They are also the ones where the signal booster comes into its own. So yes, a signal booster, in my book, is a must have item. Congrats too on your just over one gram of finds in the weekend. You are obviously getting it sussed. Well done. Cheers. Good luck out there JW
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