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  1. Dear Chris, I get that a lot! I had this one customer that walked to my office from the strip. I told him that was a bad idea as it was a bad neighborhood. We said he was a coach at a high school and taught the wrestling team as he used to be a college wrestler. We concluded our business. I insisted that he allow me to give him a ride back to his hotel. He vehemently refused. He takes off walking and about 10 minutes later is back at my office with a bloody elbow. He said some jerk tried to rob him and he took him to the ground and broke the guy's arm. This happened like two blocks from my office. He said he knew he broke the robbers arm because he heard it and felt it snap. The bad guy went running off down an alley screaming in pain. The bad guy didn't get anything and my customer said he didn't want to file a police report. I got out the first aid kit and bandaged him up. This time he very graciously accepted my offer of a ride back to his hotel. Doc
  2. Dear Rob, Sorry I didn't mean to brag. But you know this industry / hobby, word travels fast and we live and die by what people think of us. To have a rumor floating around that I went out of business and had financial problems is like industry homicide. Someone kills you and your business with rumors that are 1000% fictitious. I think the way this rumor got started was that I went out of business was that in the interim of remodeling and selling my building and looking for a a nice warehouse to rent, I rented some warehouse space from someone in the fabricating and distribution industry. I had no financial ties with this company, other than they were kind enough to rent me some space temporarily, so I could move out of my building to do the remodel while I looked for a new permanent location to rent. Nice warehouse space in the Las Vegas area is at a premium. You have to jump on it within the first hour it is listed and get out there to see it, and put a deposit down if you want it. Nice space gets snapped up literally within hours of listing it. I went to view one warehouse and there were three other interested parties there and they were already in a bidding war. So I just left. I just got really lucky on the location I have now. It is really nice and an exceptional location. Right off I-215 at Gibson road. Easy off and easy on the 215 to get to the warehouse. Well the party that I was temporarily renting some warehouse space from had to make some modifications to their corporate structure. This included downsizing their Las Vegas location and moving some of their manufacturing to a different location out of state. As I said I was not involved in any of that, I was just a renter. However, when customers came to see me at this temporary location and my landlord had moved, and I had already moved to my new warehouse, they jumped to the conclusion that maybe I went out of business. Nothing could have been further from the truth, it was just a transitional period between selling my office building and finding a new bigger, better location for Doc's Detecting Supply. Doc
  3. Wow Rob, thank you. Do you want me to send the check to the same address I always use?
  4. Thanks for helping me on this Steve. I had read all of the tips, but I did not realize I had not posted enough times to allow me access to the Classifieds. My fault. I have been very busy over the last 2 years, remodeling my office, selling it, and moving to a new location. But it's all good now! Thank you for being a friend and always being one of the guiding lights in this industry. Doc
  5. Well after 31 years I put my office building up for sale. We remodeled and put it on the market. For those of you who have visited my business you know what a great location it was, close to the Las Vegas strip, airport and convention center. However, it was a really high crime neighborhood. To be honest I had real reservations about whether I would get a buyer. But God always provides. So who do you think bought my office building? The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. My office building will be the new home of the Neighborhood Criminal Justice Center. So you know what that means? In two years, after they clean that neighborhood up, all the property values will go up. That's OK. I am glad to have left something for that neighborhood that will be positive. There are a lot of nice people that live in that area. Fact is, that a professional office building is not really the proper kind of structure to run a Metal Detecting Prospecting Supplies and Accessories business out of. I am always amused by how information sometimes get twisted in this industry. I have heard every rumor imaginable. Some people heard I had sold my office building, so somehow that translated into "Doc died." "Doc went out of business." "Doc isn't a Minelab dealer anymore." "Doc got into financial troubles." Rumor 1. Not dead. Rumor 2. Not going out of business I expanded business. Rumor 3. I am one of a select few Minelab dealers that is a "Managed Dealer." That means I deal direct with Minelab, not some go between distributor. I am also one of a handful of dealers that is a Certified Minelab Gold Machine trainer. Bottom line I am a Minelab dealer, I have been for 25 years. Rumor 4. I have been very fortunate in life financially. I sell metal detectors as a hobby business. I am 68 years old and I could have retired 25 years ago. I am a psychologist and years ago I developed some written psychological tests, back in 1977. Those tests are still used by over 850 companies around the world to screen employees. So I have always had a steady income stream from my testing business. I have invested my money very wisely in safe investments over the years. I own my 8 year old home, free and clear. I owe no one anything. I have no debt. I started selling metal detectors because I loved the hobby and my wife would not allow me to stay home and retire. (I mean who in the hell retires when they are 43 years old?) You have helped Doc's Detecting become one of the largest suppliers of Metal Detectors and accessories in the Southwest and we needed to expand. To that end, March of 2017 we moved to a new location. We have rented a 4500 sq foot Office warehouse in Henderson Nevada. Unlike the old location, this is a beautiful location. 1180 Wigwam Parkway, Suite 110, Henderson Nevada. This is the largest warehouse West of the Mississippi dedicated solely to Treasure Hunting and Gold Prospecting Equipment. From Metal Detectors to Sluices, to Gold Pans and classifiers to Picks and digging tools. We primarily do mail order, but if you would like to drop by for a cup of coffee, please call for an appointment. Thank you for your support over the years, it is you that have made Doc's Detecting Supply grow into the company it is today. By the way if you would like my free 51 page color catalog, PM me with your mailing address. U.S. residents only please. Doc Doc's Detecting Supply 1-800-477-3211 Visit my YouTube channel DocsDetectingSupply
  6. Minelab Fix For The GM 1000

    Remember this machine is doing a lot. It is auto-ground balancing, ground averaging, and if you have it in AUTO-sensitivity 1, or 2 it is doing the auto sensitivity adjustments too. So give it some time when doing the initial ground balance. Pump the coil up and down, only 6 inches off of the deck, then finish the procedure by doing about three figure 8's on the ground so it can actually get some information fed into the ground averaging function before you start to swing. I think the other thing a lot of us are struggling with is that most of us who have used Minelab's pulse induction machines over the years have ran our ground balance in FIXED, and then checked the balance every now and again by raising the coil off of the ground. If it was out of balance, we would push the button and re-balance the coil. This is particularly true here in the United States where the ground is not wildly variable. For those of us who have ran in Auto-Ground balance we are use to a little more "talk" from the Minelab detectors, as they keep adjusting to the changing mineralization in the ground. With the Gold Monster it is only AUTO GROUND BALANCE, so you have to remember it is very sensitive to you raising your coil up over a bush, or anything that would causes the machine to re-balance to new circumstances. Try to keep the coil on the ground. If you do anything weird, take a swing at a passing vulture, use your machine like a golf club to chip a rock onto the 11th green, remember to re-balance. Especially important if you hit this big booming trash target. Re-balance. Take about 15 seconds to balance the coil. Pump up and down, close to the deck, no more than 6 inches, and do a figure 8 three times. Doc Minelab® Certified Gold Machine Detector Trainer
  7. Offered on Ebay https://www.ebay.com/itm/Docs-Essential-Rod-Kit-and-Accessories-for-Gold-Monster-1000-Metal-Detector/322903192432?hash=item4b2e87b370:g:yKoAAOSwTmtaGS5v Gold Monster 1000 Metal Detector NOT Included Doc's Essential Adjustable Rod Kit and Accessories for Minelab Gold Monster 1000 Manufactured and Distributed by Doc's Detecting Supply Henderson, Nevada No one can dispute what an amazing detector the new Minelab Gold Monster 1000 is. However, there are some design considerations that the average gold prospector may find frustrating. Included standard with the Gold Monster 1000 is a three piece screw together rod that is non adjustable. These three pieces form one rod set and in order to change coils, you have to remove one coil from the end of the rod and attach the other coil. This Minelab standard three section screw together rod can be nice for travel. However, in actual use, these three rods have a tendency to want to become unscrewed. (I recommend putting a piece of electrical tape around each screw together joint to prevent them from becoming unscrewed.) There are no tie wraps included to secure the coil cord to the rod, this can cause the detector to false when the loose wire bumps a bush. The Minelab provided plastic scoop is angular in design, and can actually get rocks caught where the scoop is molded to the handle. It is essential to have a nice rounded bowl type scoop that can work like a mini-gold pan to isolate those little nuggets. HERE'S WHAT YOU GET! Included with Doc's Essential Rod Kit and Accessories are: One (1) high quality light weight real carbon fiber upper with 7 adjustment holes so you can find the exact length to suit you. No more rods coming unscrewed from itself. Two (2) 28 inch lower fiberglass rods, one for each of the 2 coils that come standard from Minelab with your Gold Monster 1000 (detector not included). No more unscrewing the coil. Simply switch the rods with your coil already attached. 4 real VELCRO® brand tie wraps, 2 for each rod to make sure your coil cable is securely attached. 1 Heavy Duty high quality Treasure Scoop. *We use authentic Gorilla Glue® brand glue in assembling our upper rods and lower rods. Gorilla Glue expands as it dries. Accordingly you may find some excess dried glue on the rods. This is perfectly normal and does not effect the functionality of these high quality products. The excess glue will wear off with use. **Doc's Detecting Supply is a Certified Minelab® dealer.***G.M. "Doc" Lousignont, Ph.D. is one of only a handful of Minelab Certified Gold Machine Trainers in the United States. QUESTIONS? CALL Doc 1-800-477-3211
  8. Offered on Ebay https://www.ebay.com/itm/Docs-Essential-Rod-Kit-and-Accessories-for-Gold-Monster-1000-Metal-Detector/322903192432?hash=item4b2e87b370:g:yKoAAOSwTmtaGS5v Gold Monster 1000 Metal Detector NOT Included Doc's Essential Adjustable Rod Kit and Accessories for Minelab Gold Monster 1000 Manufactured and Distributed by Doc's Detecting Supply Henderson, Nevada No one can dispute what an amazing detector the new Minelab Gold Monster 1000 is. However, there are some design considerations that the average gold prospector may find frustrating. Included standard with the Gold Monster 1000 is a three piece screw together rod that is non adjustable. These three pieces form one rod set and in order to change coils, you have to remove one coil from the end of the rod and attach the other coil. This Minelab standard three section screw together rod can be nice for travel. However, in actual use, these three rods have a tendency to want to become unscrewed. (I recommend putting a piece of electrical tape around each screw together joint to prevent them from becoming unscrewed.) There are no tie wraps included to secure the coil cord to the rod, this can cause the detector to false when the loose wire bumps a bush. The Minelab provided plastic scoop is angular in design, and can actually get rocks caught where the scoop is molded to the handle. It is essential to have a nice rounded bowl type scoop that can work like a mini-gold pan to isolate those little nuggets. HERE'S WHAT YOU GET! Included with Doc's Essential Rod Kit and Accessories are: One (1) high quality light weight real carbon fiber upper with 7 adjustment holes so you can find the exact length to suit you. No more rods coming unscrewed from itself. Two (2) 28 inch lower fiberglass rods, one for each of the 2 coils that come standard from Minelab with your Gold Monster 1000 (detector not included). No more unscrewing the coil. Simply switch the rods with your coil already attached. 4 real VELCRO® brand tie wraps, 2 for each rod to make sure your coil cable is securely attached. 1 Heavy Duty high quality Treasure Scoop. *We use authentic Gorilla Glue® brand glue in assembling our upper rods and lower rods. Gorilla Glue expands as it dries. Accordingly you may find some excess dried glue on the rods. This is perfectly normal and does not effect the functionality of these high quality products. The excess glue will wear off with use. **Doc's Detecting Supply is a Certified Minelab® dealer.***G.M. "Doc" Lousignont, Ph.D. is one of only a handful of Minelab Certified Gold Machine Trainers in the United States. QUESTIONS? CALL Doc 1-800-477-3211
  9. I am trying to post in classifieds but when I go to create, topic, Classifieds is grayed out. It has to be something simple that I am missing. Any help is appreciated. Doc
  10. Gold Monster is a great really easy to operate machine. However, I had bigger deeper targets in mind. Last time I was in that gully I pulled a 3.6 gram nugget, it was positioned exactly the same as this nugget, sitting just up on the side. However it was about a 1/2 mile away from this nugget. The area is really a good looking area with lots of tributaries feeding into the main wash. Probably take 5 years to work the area properly. It's also on a a AMRA claim, of which I am a lifetime member. Cool area. Takes an hour just to get to it by ATV. Doc
  11. Fair to say a good time was had by all at Bill Southern's fall outing. Plenty of food. It was delicious. Bill smoked 2 briskets, I smoked 1, Kevin Hoagland smoked a pork roast, and someone smoked a turkey. There were a ton of people. Debbie Smikoski, the Minelab representative, came with two suitcases full of Minelab goodies for the drawing, which was free. Everyone walked away with some kind of Minelab goody, whether it be a hat, t-shirt, gloves, etc. Bill donated a Go-Find 40 for the drawing and I donated a pick, there were other donations made as well. Bill, Kevin, Mike Furness, Debbie, and I hosted two training sessions on the Gold Monster 1000. We trained over 50 people on this amazing little gold getter. I went back to a ravine where I had my last successful find and spent one hour walking just to get far enough and exhausted enough that I figured most detectorists would probably be tired of digging trash. That is where I started looking. There was no shortage of trash. Got a nice target that sounded pretty loud, could have been mistaken for trash but I liked where it was positioned, right on the side of the gully before it would drop into the wash. Turned out to be a nice 3.3 gram nugget, perfect pendant nugget. If you have never attended one of these spring and fall outings I encourage you to do so. Lot of fun, lot of good information shared, great food and people. The next one coming in the Spring is going to be at Quartzsite. Here's some pictures. By the way we have moved to a 4500 sq foot warehouse in Henderson. 1180 Wigwam Parkway, Suite 110, Henderson, NV 89074. I sold my office building to the Las Vegas Metro Police Department. I think given the neighborhood, the police would be the only ones safe in that building. I built my building in 1986, so it served me well for 31 years, it was time to cash out. The Metro Police are going to turn my office into a Neighborhood Criminal Justice Center. Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Doc from Doc's Detecting
  12. Jennifer is a good student and a great hunting partner. She has a weird sense of humor, a sure indication that she was once cop. I told her what the general lay of the land was out there and the kind of terrain I have been most successful in, and damn it, she listened and then went off and found a quarter ouncer. Very reminiscent of the time Hoss Blackman took me out. First time out I found a 1 grammer that Hoss planted. I found this out later. Second time I found nothing. The third time I legitimately found a 1/4 ouncer in a place Hoss took me too. He was more shocked than me, and that's saying something. Jennifer, by the way, Dolan Dave knows every square inch of Gold Basin, he knows it like the back of his hand. Doc
  13. For the GP I would choose the Gold Screamer Gold Amplifier. I like this amp because it runs off of your GP Minelab lead acid battery, so no extra batteries to carry around. Doc
  14. Congratulations. Stories like this restores my faith in humanity. Doc
  15. Wet Wood & Tree & Plant Roots. Gpz7000

    You will get hot hits at the base of Barrell Cactus and also the roots of Joshua Trees. These plants take up the mineral rich water that exists in the soil and concentrates it in the roots. Sure always sounds like a good target until you realize the entire base of the plant sounds the same. I would advise against ever digging up any cactus, as many desert plants are protected. A good rule of thumb is every 30 minutes turn around and look at where you have been. If it's hard to tell, then you are doing a good job of respecting the environment, I don't mean to sound preachy because I know most of the ol' timers are careful in their detecting and prospecting, Doc
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