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  1. Fisher F75+ Announced

    I think Russ said on the podcast that the Fisher 5 year warranty to the original owner would remain, but now would be transferrable for the first two years. He also said that the “+” would come with a certificate good for a free factory refurb/upgrade within the 5 years. Having said that, I got the impression from how he described it that they were still sorting out exactly how that would work.
  2. Oh, Oh, I Did It Now!

    Steve’s conclusion is logical. If your needs are completely served by a $650 Detector - why pay more? If the Equinox 600 performs as advertised, spending more than $650 for ANY Detector has to be justified on the basis of what job the buyer has to do that the EQ 600 can’t do satisfactorily. That applies not only to singlefreakers but multifreakers as well. Heck, it even applies to the EQ 800, not to mention the CTX. So what do the other makers do? First of all, they have to deliver value for money. I think this process began before the Equinox was announced. For the past year, First Texas has been offering special pricing on Detectors, notably by introducing their AmeriTek line of machines which were agressively re-priced units from each of FT’s three product lines. Now they have pre-announced the T2+ and F75+. We will see soon enough what “value proposition” these products offer - price, features, packages, etc. Offering proven existing technology at agressively lower prices or in true value-added packages will become more common. The rules of the game in the high end of the detector business have clearly changed. The Equinox at it’s agressive price point wasn’t necessarily the cause of this. It is quite possible that a general slow-down in sales at the top end - especially in North America along with the increasing competition from “fast followers” like Nokta/Makro and some East European companies have created a marketplace where $2000 general purpose detectors are pretty much over, even $1200 detectors are a tough sell. All of this is also a reflection of the underlying problem which Steve has pointed out elsewhere - that no manufacturer is offering us truly new technology which changes how we locate and identify targets. VLF IB Detectors - single frequency, multifrequency or a combination thereof, are not new - and none of them represent any sort of breakthrough in performance. Minelab is clearly saying that the Eq detectors are not “better” than the CTX. Here are my thoughts on how a manufacturer can break the $650 barrier which the EQ 600 might be imposing on the marketplace. One way to sell detectors for >$1000 would be by offering new breakthrough technology that gives: Solid ferrous/nonferrous ID on coin sized targets at depts beyond 12” in even the most mineralized soils, including black sand and Culpepper VA. Unmasking abilities not available today like the old 100 kHz machines ability to see through nails etc, but do so to full depth not as couple of inches like the old Compass machines. ‘Learning” software which incorporates USER feedback to “tune” the machine to the current context of the hunt - by this I mean the ability of the user after digging the last of - let’s say three - zinc pennies - to “tell” the Detector that the last three signals were zinc pennies and so, until the ground conditions change and make the conclusion invalid, ignore targets whose data matches the data you have for the last two targets matching this one - a sort of super adaptive “notch” ability. Advanced user feedback via better visual and especially audio operator interfaces - go read Keith /Southern’s posts on Dankowski about “blendy/bleedy” audio. Coil/detector communication allowing the coil’s performance to be tuned to the site - one optimum sized standard coil which could perform broad “sweep” coverage or narrowly focused trashy site selectivity. No coil changes needed unless physical access demanded a physically smaller coil.
  3. Two new pinpointers (or 4 - depending on how you count) - props to ML and FT. I had better get busy selling my Pistol Pro!
  4. Gold Bug Or Gold Monster?

    The Gold Bug which costs more than the GM1000 is the Gold Bug 2. There is also the Fisher Gold Bug pro which is a completely different detector. The Teknetics version log the same detector is the G2. Right now Teknetics direct is having a sale on the G2+ (the + is the Tek version of the Fisher F19 - a sort of upgraded Gold Bug Pro). The F19 is reviewed on Steve’s Equipment Review page http://www.detectorprospector.com/gold-prospecting-equipment/fisher-f19-metal-detector.htm The good news is that these are available on the Tek direct website at low prices: https://www.tekneticsdirect.com/. The G2+ is the only one on the site - call Teknetics to order the others. MAP Sale Price G2+ $699 $449 G2+LTD $699 $449 F19+LTD-P $699 $449 You need a discount code you can get from any Tek dealer of PM me for mine.
  5. Also this https://hobby-detecting.com/tek-point-a-new-pinpointer-by-teknetics-announced-photo-and-video/
  6. How Do You Buy ?

    I bet detector manufacturers wished that their old machines had been more like laptop computers. A 5 year old laptop is very unlikely to be working and even if it is, won’t be of much use. A 5 year old metal detector is just aboit broken in! They’d sell a lot more new machines if they died after a few years like computers tend to do. companies like Whites have trained us over the years to expect that a 20 uear old dectector can be fixed good as new for a hundred bucks or so. I think those days are aboit gone. Newer machines are mostly only repairable by board replacement and the supply of boards for old machines is limited.
  7. Minelab Equinox Unveiled!

    The news seems to just be getting better and better. On another forum, Steve pointed out that it seems like - for too long - the market leaders were chasing big $$$ in the African gold fields and ignoring is relic, jewelry, coin and history hunters on the other continents. For Minelab at least, that is clearly over. Excellent.
  8. Minelab Equinox Unveiled!

    Forget the detector - I want that beautiful vintage Airstream!
  9. Minelab Equinox Unveiled!

    What the heck happened to the Minelab we all freely complained about - silly prices for stuff?? Now they are pulling a "reverse GPZ" - new tech at a dramatically lower price point - instead of a dramatically higher one. They just made it hard for anybody to buy their top of the line hobby unit - the CTX - by under cutting it's price by 50%! Bold move, but one which I suspect will pay off bigtime. XP is the company most immediately threatened by this move, along with all the 2nd tier europeans, including the Turks. First Texas probably saw this coming and made some pretty dramatic price cuts several months ago - now the pressure is on for them to catch up with new machines. Well done Minelab, we have all been waiting too long for something truly new.
  10. Bigfoot Coils On Ebay

    Good grief - no wonder nobody else could make them - part physics, part voodo!
  11. GB Numbers = Mineralization?

    There's nobody in "forumdom" world who works like our Steve. this thread will likely be the "go to" reference for mineralization basics in time to come. thanks Steve.
  12. Gold Canyon and the Superstitions - where there is no gold. the lunar eclipse - rising - with a 2000mm lens.
  13. The above message is a clear signal to the players in the detector business worldwide - distributors and dealers - FT is saying that if they want to sell FT products, they must not dirty their hands with pirate product. The key word in the below quote is "products that infringe the copyrights of any metal detector manufacturer."
  14. Hunting In Coal Waste

    Steve was among the pioneers in using the variable GB control of PI detectors like the Infinium and later the TDI to move the GB point of the system around to adjust the switch-over of the high conductor tone and the low conductor tone and thereby discriminate between classes of targets. The TDI,- thanks, I believe to Reg Sniff - got the ability to turn off either the tones, leaving the user to hear only the remaining tone. The main issue in using the TDI this way was that the already lesser depth available in "GB on" vs "GB off" was further reduced when offsetting the GB control from the correct GB point in order to exclude iron. Alexandre Tartar in France, spent more than 10 years studiying existing PI detector designs. He has detailed his progress in a document which he posted on a website he set up. The whole site is in French, so I ran the PDF through Google translate and saved it to my Google Drive account. Here's a link MANTA-HISTORIQUE.fr.en.pdf Here's a link to a long video of beach test of a V1 or V2 Manta - the platform he developed based on his study and analysis of existing PI detectors. This is the platform which First Texas has acquired along with hiring Alexandre - and which they have stated that they intend to use to develop various PI detector offerings. Notice that they demonstrate both the "multitone" and "silent" iron discrimination (similar to the TDI) - as well as the ability to detect a gold ring beneath iron nails, nasty black volcanic sand and both the nails and the sand. Especially interesting to me was the latter part where they demonstrated good depth on a gold coin and a large ring while excluding iron. Not demonstrated was any capability to do the same stuff with silver coins. Also, although the beach sand looked as if it might be somewhat mineralized, what is demonstrated is a beach detector and no claims are made as to it's suitability inland especially in ares of high and variable mineralization. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=G8sdp4RG73g&feature=youtu.be
  15. Here's FT's notice to distributors: To all Fisher and Teknetics Sales Agents, First Texas Products has dismissed its lawsuit against Deteknix after the two companies entered into a Confidential Settlement Agreement. Deteknix acknowledges that FTP owns the T2 software and agrees to the validity and enforceability of First Texas copyrights in its software code. Deteknix has agreed not to infringe any First Texas copyrighted software code in current and future products. Deteknix will take reasonable steps to ensure that their agents, servants, officers, directors, employees, successors, and attorneys do not violate the terms of our agreement. This is great news that we were able to come to such terms. And, after a quick perusal of the Deteknix website it appears they have abandoned the Deteknix name brand. In light of this, we will soon be rewriting our distributor agreement. This agreement will take a dim view of counterfeit reselling, and include strong deterrents against infringers. We ask that each of you look closely at your product offering and make sure that you are not selling any company’s products that infringe the copyrights of any metal detector manufacturer. Best Regards, Timothy Mallory Vice President of Sales and Marketing First Texas Products 1465 Henry Brennan El Paso, TX 79936
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