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  1. GPZ 7000 Vs GPX 5000

    What they are worth is dependent on the user .. :p I know, I am being dodgy. They are worth whatever you can get them for. They come down in value pretty quickly once they are used. Shop around like you would a car and you will soon answer your own question. But you can find some good deals around if you talk to the dealers. Don sold me his but if you can, go to a minelab dealer so you get training then you KNOW you are getting a fair price and a genuine gpz. This training can be extremely valuable. There is a learning curve and a lot of people do not take the time to learn it. But getting back to the question, base your price on the warranty left and conditions and extras (like the 19" coil, spare batteries ..etc.)
  2. GPZ 7000 Vs GPX 5000

    Don - I had no problem running your GPZ in hot ground. For Arizona, it handled it better than my GPX5000. First thing I did was pounded areas I had with the GPX5000 and I'd say 75% of the time, I found more gold that was either out of reach of the 5000 or way smaller than the 5000 could hear. But here is what I learned: 1) forget running the GPZ like the GPX5K. They are different animals. Expect a little more noise. It does not sound exactly the same, does not tune the same, and will pick up some extra ground noise more in a useful way (if that makes sense) Treat it more like a VLF on crack. 2) GPZ needs to be moved slower and kept more level. It is due to the coil design. 3) The one big weakness (which may be what caused your issue-as I have heard it before from others) is not having a salt mode. I *do* think GPZ fell short with this. People running in certain places of Rye Patch have encountered this. As for the new timings (I don't notice a difference at all) So if you're mainly running salty soil ... I think you still might be disappointed. (curious what others might add) Also damp soil was a problem sometimes on the GPX5000 but the GPZ handled this damp ground very smoothly. But then again, my damp isn't salt damp. 4) and to be fair, the other big weakness is that there is no small coil size. (so you will miss the tight places) So if you can deal with #3 & #4 (and the price tag), I would definitely put the GPZ in the lead. But if you have all the 5000 coils and you're happy, why change. I would still choose my GPZ 100 times over myself. And the people who go out with me know I have found a heck of a lot of gold with it (large and small). If I had the right coil, the 5000 may have found some of the big pieces. "If I had the right coil" being the key words. As for the air test ... don't do it. It is useless ... means nothing. Just my opinion and I mean no disrespect. Just that more than half the work is tuning out the ground for the situation, so why remove it from the equation? Also, the GPZ is typically run at much lower sensitivity numbers than the 5000. I typically run no more than 4 or 5. (unless you're used to vlf machines and then you can run the smoking hot settings discussed on this forum). For me, those settings do great on the small stuff but can mask out the deep stuff. But all this is just my experience with both machines.
  3. A Couple Pounds

    Nice job, Walker. Some killer nuggets there. Tom - yep ... all the big stuff is gone in AZ. No gold here .....
  4. Nice job. Sounds like Simon is getting some great learning time. JW, awesome of you to share and help others. Also, I was wondering of your method of hiking in both machines (ZED and GM)? I found that for the GM I could put on a 2" strap and just throw it over my shoulder. I use prussik knots to put loops where I need them and it works pretty well. The ZED.... well that just goes over my shoulder like I am carrying a 2x4. LOL
  5. Great review JW. So I know you focus on the hills more often than not. I am more 50/50. I was wondering how you pick your hillsides? For example, do you primarily look above old workings? Just curious to learn more on hillside hunting. Thanks! Andyy
  6. Ga-10 Guide Arm Question

    Interesting, JW. Sometimes I put it through the top loop of my water pack (meant to be a handle). This still isn't very ergonomic, though. I am thinking some sort of shoulder sling with a loop on it would work well.
  7. Ga-10 Guide Arm Question

    I am just wondering what you all did with your picks? Did you grow third arms? I like the Guide Arm, but then the only place to put the pick is on your hip. I do not like having to have a big chunk of metal on my hip. Some say they do not notice it, but I do. For a backpack I use the Camelback and the hip stick. This way I always have water with me. If I could find a good way to use the Guide Arm, I would do it, just to save my shoulder.
  8. Goldmonster Question....?????

    I agree with Dsmith. Manual Sensitivity will not track out the gold. I keep mine on this most of the time. Auto sensitivity, however, is really good in mild ground and can give you more sensitivity than Manual at 10. But I am not fortunate enough to be able to really test this. I believe this has been discussed a few times in this forum. Andyy
  9. Gpx 5000 Question

    Smallest I could get with my GPX5000 with 9x14 or the Sadie, was .2g. But this could be due to my settings and ground conditions. I ran my machine very conservative and quiet. In my opinion, my settings are better for the deep gold in mineralized ground. Small gold depth can be improved if you can learn to handle a little more noise in your threshold. But also .... If you want to go smaller, get the flat wire elite or evolution coils. They seem to go just as deep but allow you to sense smaller gold than the non flat wire type. As for the Sadie, that coil is probably one of my favorite. It will get .2g nuggets all the way up to 2oz nuggets, VERY deep. At least it did for me. Of all my coils the Sadie (except for ground coverage) was the most versatile to the different sizes of gold.
  10. Rail Dawg - not sure of your history with detectors but the GPZ is a different animal from the GPX 5000. It can seem to be a little noisier than the GPX but it is actually giving you more information. Be patient with it and she'll treat you well. Learn her language, take your time, and read the advice on the forum. Hope to see much gold in your future!
  11. Too funny. I thought of that and decided i couldnt be that cruel even if they deserved it. Or could i ..... . But seriously, only post pics with snip it or other screen capture software.
  12. Well now that is interesting. I did not realize there were two types. I was unlucky enough to pick the type that did not work with the GM1000.
  13. When I post a picture, I use screen capture. Then you should be able to right click the picture and check the properties are gone.
  14. Cyanide Tailing Piles

    Strange. I would not expect there to be much cyanide treatment with dredge tailings. But what do I know. Definitely check to see if the mines nearby had "FreeMilling" gold and you should be good. Also look for "High Grade Ore". Or just look at the tailings to spy free gold. I have a recent post where I ran across an old hard rock mine with quartz tailings and there was some obvious gold visible. Later we crushed pieces and there was gold inside. (and a good amount of it) You need a good detector for the really small stuff. Sounds like you're going big :) Also, in case you haven't already done so, do a search on detecting mine tailings. You will get some very good articles that detail how to attack those dredge piles. Other than that ... what Paul said