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About Steve Herschbach

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    Reno, NV
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    Prospecting, metal detecting, building websites
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    Minelab GPZ 7000, GM1000, CTX 3030; Garrett ATX; Makro Gold Racer; Teknetics G2; White's V3i/BigFoot; Nokta Impact; Fisher Gold Bug 2; Garrett Carrot

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  1. XP Deus 74 KHz Elliptical Coil - I'm Impressed!

    In my opinion the Deus has been proven more than durable enough - as proven by huge numbers of users around the world. I was just trying to describe how I like a more traditionally configured detector better. I knew I was going to regret posting about getting rid of that coil.... Make me really regret it by finding some great stuff!!
  2. T2 Depth On Coins

    Depth is relative to ground mineralization. Pure white Florida sand and nice, loamy farm soil (low magnetic mineral content) has people reporting 10 - 11 inches on coins. I get about half that here in the west and getting 6 - 8 inches is the best I usually hope for on coins but in real mineralized ground it may be less. Are you using the 5" round coil or something larger? If the 5" then a different coil may be the answer. I have used the Gold Bug Pro and F75 (brother to T2) extensively. The GBP at 19 kHz has a reputation for not getting as much depth on copper and silver coins as the 13 kHz F75 and T2 but the difference is not much from what I saw. I would bet on the T2 and F75 squeaking a bit extra but at a guess only like an inch or less. On low conductors like a U.S. nickel the GBP will meet and usually exceed what the T2 and F75 can deliver.
  3. Curious About Fisher Cz Series Detectors

    So far only Fisher, Minelab, and White's have dabbled in multifrequency in any real way. Fisher and Minelab both introduced their new multifrequency designs in 1991 and so both can argue the fine details of who was "first". 1991 Fisher CZ-6 5 & 15 kHz 1991 Minelab Sovereign BBS 1999 Minelab Explorer S/XS FBS 2001 White's DFX 3 kHz or 15 kHz or both at once 2009 White's Spectra Vision 2.5 Khz or 7.5 kHz or 22.5 kHz or all three at once 2012 Minelab CTX 3030 FBS2 The CZ series was developed by Fisher Research with lead engineer Dave Johnson playing a major part. Running at 5 kHz and 15 kHz, the CZ is still one of the better coin detectors ever made and is particularly effective in saltwater environments. The CZ-20/CZ-21 is still considered to be one of the best saltwater models made. The basic CZ design is the same with the exception of the still in production CZ-3D, which tweaked and moved various target responses in an attempt to deliver more and better old coin finds. The CZ series is an old analog design requiring a great deal of hand tuning. This tuning suffered greatly as the "old" Fisher at Los Banos went out of business and took time for the "new" El Paso Fisher to get right. Details here by Dave J. I had several CZ detectors and my personal favorite was the CZ-5. The CZ series will chase coins with the best detectors made today. The only real complaint you will hear is a tendency to identify some deep nails as non-ferrous coin targets. The Cz series is quite unique because Fisher rearranged the classic target id scale. Nickels in particular were placed at the high end along with the rest of the coins. The scale is very basic - iron (low tone) aluminum (med tone) and coins (high tone). This simple systems is very effective in practice for coin detecting; just go dig high tones. It was so effective the CZ was nicknamed the "Coin Zapper". A fourth tone was added later to break the zinc penny/indian head penny range out as a separate "old coin" range. Fisher CZ Approximate Release Dates CZ-6 Quicksilver 1992 CZ-6a Quicksilver 1992 CZ-5 Quicksilver 1993 CZ-20 ( Underwater ) 1995 CZ-7 Quicksilver 1997 CZ-7a 1998 CZ-7a Pro Quicksilver 1999 CZ-70 Pro Quicksilver 2003 CZ-3D 2004 CZ-21 ( Underwater ) 2009 I often toy with getting another CZ but I never end up being happy playing the nostalgia game. It was always my wish that Fisher somehow reproduce the CZ as a compact digital design but so far it has never happened. Making a direct translation from analog to digital apparently is not easy without something getting lost in translation. The Fisher CZ-3D is still in production. Information here. For information on changes made in the CZ-3D see Fisher Intelligence, page 5 - CREATING THE CZ-3D FOR THE REAL WORLD Fisher CZ-5 and Fisher CZ-3D Control Panels Compared (Click on all following images for larger views):
  4. Minelab's Sensational New Metal Detector

    I think Minelab's mistake with the update feature was in using it only for bug fixes. People assumed it would be a ticket to new free features every now and then. That may or may not have been in Minelab's original game plan but it is obvious from the complaints surrounding this that Minelab should have done something more. Some little update in any way, even if just cosmetic, and even if just once a year, would have been well received. Now there is just this vague feeling of a promise unfulfilled. On the other hand my CTX comes with a wireless remote speaker that allows me to plug any headphone I wish into it. This is better than being stuck with proprietary wireless headphone solutions in my opinion.
  5. Minelab's Sensational New Metal Detector

    "Obsoletes all single frequency VLF detectors" Nothing like marketing setting a low bar for the boys in engineering!
  6. XP Deus 74 KHz Elliptical Coil - I'm Impressed!

    It's a tiny little thing that weighs nothing Del. Like swinging a feather. Well, a little more than that but you get my drift.
  7. XP Deus 74 KHz Elliptical Coil - I'm Impressed!

    Rather than compare a multi-purpose detector like the Deus to dedicated nugget machines, here are my "apple to apple" ratings of three similar detectors... XP Deus Base Unit (no controller) $799 plus $425 HF elliptical = $1224 Least expensive Deus with controller $1230 plus $425 = $1655 Two coils, run at any one of 4, 8, 12, 18, 14, 30, and 59 or 74 kHz Nokta Impact $849 One coil, run at any one of 5, 14, or 20 kHz White's V3i $1224 One coil, run at 2.5, 7.5, 22.5 kHz, either separately or all three at once (true multifrequency operation) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Nugget Detecting XP Deus Nokta Impact White's V3i Detecting In Dense Iron XP Deus Nokta Impact White's V3i Coin Detecting In Groomed Parks White's V3i Nokta Impact or XP Deus Detecting On Saltwater Beach White's V3i Nokta Impact XP Deus Jewelry Detecting White's V3i Nokta Impact or XP Deus
  8. For Sale White's Dfx With 6x10 DD Coil

    Price reduced to $399 shipped
  9. For Sale Like New Bare Nex Gen Drysuit

    One last price drop to $399 before it goes to eBay...
  10. XP Deus 74 KHz Elliptical Coil - I'm Impressed!

    It's definitely hair splitting type differences. Not anything I can quantify in chart form as my testing was neither that rigorous nor scientific. All we are talking is a few hours comparing gold nuggets and other targets in the field as I found them. I cannot claim to have mastered the Deus well enough to say I had it tuned to perfection and that my tests were not therefore unfair. All I try to do is decide what machines I would rather use. I was not looking to present proof to others about anything and would never have brought any of this up if not asked directly about it. Rest assured that if the Deus blew the other machines away for actual performance then all my other "issues" would not matter at all. That said, in my opinion the Deus HF coils are quite capable and any competent electronic prospector should be able to use them and find gold nuggets. I know I can at least - see first post in this thread. It holds its own with dedicated prospecting machines in its frequency class, and that is saying a lot. The hair splitting I will leave to others.
  11. XP Deus 74 KHz Elliptical Coil - I'm Impressed!

    The Deus is very close to being that magic "do-it-all" machine, and definitely is for lots of people. In theory I like the idea of one machine that can do everything. However, in the end those types of machines tend to get complicated, and if anything this second visit with the Deus helped highlight again for me why having detectors that are focused on the specific task at hand has always worked better for me. The V3i and Deus suffer from a similar issue as regards my detecting style while nugget detecting. I have always preferred "workhorse" detectors. The idea of my Deus or V3i rolling around in the back of the truck with the shovels and picks just does not sit well with me. The Deus in particular seems dainty to me. Tiny buttons, tiny wires, tiny connections, delicate charging clips, etc. For a task like nugget detecting where I prefer an old beat up pickup truck it seems more like driving a nice French sports car. This is a purely subjective and straight up personal perspective sort of thing, but there it is. The reality is the deus is extremely popular with large numbers used around the world for many years and any real concerns about durability would have been uncovered by now. Then there are all the settings and options, most that have nothing to do with nugget detecting. The Deus was quite obviously designed without nugget detecting in mind. The Gold Field program itself was a late addition, and V4.0 seeks to address other areas in which the Deus has fallen short as a nugget detector. XP in my opinion has largely succeeded in their goal in this regard. I had this idea that basically I could have the Deus with two coils, 11" round and HF elliptical, and not only tackle most anything but possibly eliminate several other detectors. But in head to head tests on small gold in the field with ferrous trash and hot rocks, I found that if left to my own devices, that there are several nugget detectors I would rather grab than the Deus. Specifically, I thought I might keep the Deus and get rid of the Fisher Gold Bug 2, Makro Gold Racer, Minelab Gold Monster 1000, Nokta Impact, and Teknetics G2. Faced with actual reality however, if next summer I had all those machines in one pile, and the Deus as an option, I would be grabbing and using those other machines while the Deus would go idle. Now I am not trying to pick on the Deus, and frankly would just let it quietly go, but you asked. I like a detector that is more or less set up like the Makro Gold Racer. Three pounds or under, with lots of inexpensive plug in coil options. The detector itself can use rechargeable batteries but I am not fond of coils with batteries. Wireless headphones (with plug in headphone option) are good. I do like a large, readable screen and a built in external speaker with lots of volume. The Teknetics G2 is another machine that hits a sweet spot with me for getting the job done with a minimum of fuss. In fact, I can see myself eventually upgrading it with either a Fisher F19 or Teknetics G2+ as I would appreciate having more tone and volume control. Anyway, it is mostly a detecting style issue more than anything. What I really want I guess is a Deus stuffed in a Fisher F75 housing with wired coils. The Nokta Impact is actually pretty close and would be killer if it topped out at something higher than 20 kHz. I decided for what I am doing and how I do it the G2/GM1000/Gold Racer combo stays and the Deus goes away. The HF coils are in short supply right now so I figured it was a good time to sell it. My Deus 11"/WS5 combo will probably go up for sale also at the end of the month.
  12. White's Electronics 2016 Summer Catalog View File White's Electronics 2016 Summer full color metal detector catalog. Submitter Steve Herschbach Submitted 08/19/2017 Category Catalogs & Brochures  
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  14. Minelab 2013 Catalog View File Minelab 2013 consumer products color catalog. Submitter Steve Herschbach Submitted 08/19/2017 Category Catalogs & Brochures  
  15. Minelab 2013 Catalog

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    Minelab 2013 consumer products color catalog.