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  1. The New Coils For The 2300

    Now now Jennifer, just you behave yourself or you will have to go to the naughty corner. My SDC's warranty is up any way & I wouldn't mind a smaller coil for it. Especially a 10x5 I would much prefer a smaller coil for the Zed though . Good luck out there JW
  2. Hi All

    Hi there rockett, Welcome to the forum. And mighty fine work it was too mate. Nice haul there. Well done. Got to love the Zed..Thanks for sharing. Good luck out there JW
  3. Hi there Team, Headed off Saturday with all intentions to swing the 19" coil on my Zed. But it didn't happen......again, due to lambing ewe's in the paddock of my choice. The joys of spring time. It was all rather picturesque though with the wild thyme bushes out in purple flower. Not 19" coil friendly country. But gold in them hills none the less. Even in the old timers prospect pits & turned over gully workings. So I stuck with the 14" coil but upped my game from sensitivity 18 to full max 20, High Yield/ Normal. Tried General/normal but High Yield/Normal was the one. In my rush to head out the door I had left my Pro-Swing Harness behind I had recharged the B&Z booster batteries, the detector battery & the WM12 & put them in my back pack but not the harness. Result being I couldnt use the B&Z booster as the duel speakers & cables were on the harness. So I upped the WM12's volume to max & my back pack has the "D" ring on the shoulder straps in the same place as the Pro-Swing Harness so there was no problems with the detectors weight & clipping the bungy to the "D" ring on the pack. I hit a well flogged patch area so was detecting very slow coil sweeps just above the ground & with the swing arm keeping a very smooth, even & controlled motion to try to maintain a steady threshold. As steady as you can with the sensitivity up at 20, using that extra noise as my "new" threshold. It is amazing how a target signal lifts & stands out above that extra noise. Your mind & ear just seems to adjust to it & you can pick it out amongst the other noises. I wasn't long into it when I had my first "lift" in the "new" threshold. It wasnt deep & it was big either but it was gold. The next signal was very faint & after the initial scrape & dig it was still in the ground & I was into the rotten schist bedrock. So I was pretty confident that it wasn't going to be rubbish. I was hoping it would live on down & be a multi grammer, but then suddenly it was out. The biggest of the day at .7 of a gram The rest were pretty small to tiny. But the depth to size with the Zed still blows me away. I guess with sensitivity at 20 helps. Again...down into the rotten bedrock schist Almost a surface dweller. But look how small for that 14" coil. About 6" deep Still...not bad depth for the size of it Ended up with 13 bits. The smallest was .04 of a gram. Total of 2.34 grams. Better than a poke in the eye with a blunt stick. Cheers Good luck out there JW
  4. Thanks guys for the comments & kind words. Thanks too Steve for obviously changing my original post. Best of luck out there JW
  5. Gold Bug Or Gold Monster?

    Good luck mate. It is a good choice. JW
  6. Gold Bug Or Gold Monster?

    Wicked post Steve. As usual. Nothing really more to say. I am talking the GB2 here. I too have both & it IS a tough call. I am glad I have both as I love them both. You could toss a coin...it really is hair splitting in regards to gold found. Like Steve said, the GB2 with its 71khz should have a very slight edge on the tiniest bits over the GM 1000's 45 khz. Just dont sneeze when you are trying to find it in the rubble. If new to gold detecting there is a bit more of a learning curve with the GB2 & its manual ground balancing. But that can be a bonus & with a bit of experience you can tune it as hot as you are comfortable with. You have that choice. I guess bang for buck & getting two coils....the GM 1000 is hard to beat & also its fully auto features make it a breeze to use straight out of the box & unique to a gold VLF....silent, no threshold. That can be a bit unnerving when use to a threshold. But you soon get over that. There is a bit of a bump falsing issue with some of the coils that people are experiencing with the GM 1000. Me included, but mine isnt too bad I just deal with it. Some seem worse than others & some have no problems at all. Under warranty it looks be be getting sorted by some. Good luck with your choice & good luck out there. JW
  7. GB2 Gold

    Hi there guys & gals, Thanks for your comments & for dropping in. Idaho Peg: I still do like my GB2 a lot. Between it & the GM 1000 there is not a lot of difference....if any thing. I like the GB2's little 6x3 sniper coil & the fact it is epoxy filled to lock those windings in place. It can take a fair bit of knocking about when poking & prodding bedrock cracks & crevices with no falsing. Not that I bash it about. WOW.....you are spot on the money with your comment about not getting too close to that edge. Yes it is a long way down to the river, & that is exactly what my wake up call post is going to be about. Thanks Mr SwampStomper Al, You my friend have a good photographic memory. Or have you physically been to Queenstown & this location? Yes I have showed quite a few pics from & around this spot. It was one of the first places I tried out the GM 1000 where I got numerous pieces of this small gold. This below pic I did a you tube footage of the piece of gold dug out. I also took the GB2 back then as well & it too got gold. Why you may ask am I still getting gold off this spot? As I have thrashed it over the years with the GP 3000, 4500 & with the Zed which got more gold as well. I have never failed to get gold here & still continue to. I don't know exactly why it is that I just didnt get it all in the first couple of times. I am always very thorough when I detect spots that have produced gold for me but I have learned over my years of gold detecting that you never ever get it all.....EVER!!! That is why I keep going back to old haunts. Especially now with the Zed......& again with the 19" coil ( which I have yet to do) to certain spots I believe harbor the best chances. SwampStomper Al said: You pulled a deep-crevice edge-dweller earlier in the year.. Neat little spot to have close to home.. Nice bits..! Mate...you are exactly right, & that area was just up & off to the top left of the above pic where that little prickly bush is showing in the top left. I wasnt going to do it now but I am on a roll, so I will. This is my WAKE UP call. So lets go back to earlier this year where I prized out that slab of schist with a crow bar to chase a little bit of gold (not that I knew it was going to be a piece of gold) that I had got the signal with the Zed that was dropping down further & further into the crevice. I almost had to give up on it. So this is the slab of schist I prized & the crevice that I created chasing the signal. Note the edge dropping off down down to the river. Notice the prickly bush to the right. That is the same prickly bush in the top left of the above pic. Next pic I am standing right on that edge looking back to show the crevice. This next pic is a distant shot of the ledge. Yes....the one with the BIG crack in it. Close up: So those glacial gravels you can see on the right is where I got the gold with the GM 1000 & the GB2. This post with the GB2 was at the top of those gravels along that bedrock. OK...here we go...... That bedrock to the left of that crack....yes....where I was standing digging that crevice.....is no longer there. When it went I don't know....but it wasn't long ago. Lets revisit the two above pics as it is now. Apart from the slip....note how much higher the river is. Snow melt. Close up. It doesn't look so bad from the distance. It isn't until you are standing on top of the ledge looking down.Remember that prickly bush. Thats it to the bottom right. And again. Note the long tap root that must have been going down into a crevice in the schist's fracture foliation line. Note GB2 at the top. It is sitting where I found that piece of gold with the GM 1000 that I took that you tube footage of. Prickly bush bottom. This shows the depth of what went....and where I was standing. Again...prickly bush bottom left. Apart from a bit of rubble at the bottom the rest has just been spat out & consumed by the river. That just completely blew me away when I saw that. The thing was I didnt even notice it when I was digging those bits of gold with the GB2 by the glacial gravels. It wasn't until I was back on top, where the pic showed the GB2 sitting, that I saw it. GOSH...the things we do chasing a signal. Sorry if this was a bit long winded. But it put the hebbie gebbies up me. I am off out there. Could today be the 19" coils day?? Good luck out there JW
  8. GB2 Gold

    G'day you lot, Now that we are well & truly into daylight saving, which gives us an extra hour of daylight after work in the evenings, & with the evening daylight increasing as we head into our summer it gives plenty of time do do evening detects localy around the Queenstown area. So one night after work this week I decided to take poor lonely neglected Mr Gold Bug 2 out for an evening stroll to some old exposed bedrock workings where I just knew there had to some small tiny gold hanging out in the schist cracks & crevices. Full max sensitivity, Low mineralization & Boost. Ground balanced with a slight rise on the downward pump. So running flat out & hot. I wasn't long into it when I had my first sweet little Zip Zip. Flick into discrimination & still zip zip. A few scrapes & it was out It was the right colour Not long after another sweet zip zip. Opened up a bit of a hole. Ended up with 3 bits out of that dig of which I didn't get a pic. Dont know why. From the 2nd pic above, with the river way down below, I moved along that flat bit beyond the scoop to where those three raised bits of bedrock schist are. I got a zip zip from the rubble in the middle one. A sassy bit of gold. Got two more signals from that same dig that both turned into lead fragments. Carrying on slowly over the bedrock I got a signal that lived on down a bit into a schist crevice. A tiny bit of gold This just carried on happening. I ended up with 11 small bits for just over half a gram before I decided to call it quits & head home. I did get my share of shot gun pellets & rubbish. A lot of it I chucked over into the river but some ended up in my pocket. It was a fun couple of hours. I do have a bit more to tell about a bit of a wake up call that I was greeted with at this spot. But that can wait for another time. Will tomorrow be my christening of my 19" coil?? Cheers. Good luck out there JW
  9. The Reg Wilson Gold Album

    Geee....& I thought those red things were the sails of land yachts. That land looks pretty parched. Not much for the cattle to nibble on. Cheers. JW
  10. The New Coils For The 2300

    A 10x5 coil was a long time favorite for me on my GP 3000 & 4500 because of the tight places I could poke & prod it. The 2300 is pretty deadly on small gold as it is. A 10x5 on the 2300 will be even more deadly, but again for me it is the places I can get into with it & the reason I would love a smaller coil for the Zed. We were spoilt with the minelab SD, GP & GPX range of PI's & the multitude of coils both from Minelab & the other after market coils that became available for them. They all gave those range of detectors almost unlimited options on ground conditions, gold depth & size of gold. Each coil being a game changer. I just wonder if we will ever see the likes of again. Cheers. Good luck out there JW
  11. The Reg Wilson Gold Album

    Hi Reg...so you are human. Good luck out there JW
  12. The New Coils For The 2300

    On 19/10/2017 at 1:16 PM, Jin said: "I wondered if this was the new coil for the sdc being tested, but it sounds more like a gpx is being used." When I first saw that video clip before heading off to work this morning I thought the exact same thing. As I do have an SDC & it doesnt sound like that. Gosh....haven't heard or seen anything from Stoppsy for a while but I recognised that voice straight off. Cheers. JW
  13. Map Snafu Leads To Patch

    That sounds like a familiar saying here in kiwi land as well. Something like "My fur coat" or My f---en Oath .......Opsss....sorry..... did I say that Absolutely fabulous find. Good luck out there JW
  14. My Rye Patch Hunt

    Very well done Jeff & Sue. Congrats on snagging a few bits from what I am hearing from others on this forum is getting a VERY hard place to find gold these days. I like Jennifer's saying of "Dry Patch". Sort of says it all for many that go out there. So you did well. But yes....you got to love the Zed & the depth it gets. Good luck out there JW
  15. The New Coils For The 2300

    Hi Dave, I know what you mean about not needing a smaller coil for the Zed than the 14 as it finds small gold in it own right. But I would like a smaller coil more for places I know there is gold but I just can't get that 14" coil into. Cheers JW