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  1. Reports Of GM1000 5" Coil Touch Sensitivity

    I did this with GPX coils and bought extra shafts so that I did not have to zip tie on two or three coils. I have more coils than shafts so some of them I would Velcro instead of zip tie. I've also secured the wire just before it goes into the battery to prevent movement. That seems to be a 'known' issue with a loose coil wire. Have the issues ever been more than that on the Monster? (I still don't own a Monster but I've used one.) Mitchel
  2. Nurse Paul In Oz

    I've evaluated the situation. We have seen nearly the last of Nurse Paul. He won't be hunting much up this way any more. It won't be worth his TIME or energy. Nothing will provide him with the excitement. He'll start saving for next year to go back to his nuggie busters. Mitchel
  3. Nurse Paul In Oz

    Norvic, What kind of chocolate did he promise you? I'll make sure you get it ... if he has eaten all of it! Mitchel
  4. Nurse Paul In Oz

    I hope we don't leave it to Paul to be the only one to tell us about his adventure. His memory is not quite the same as the mates he has been with so we want the REAL story in addition to his ... if possible. The yarn ... oh the YARN ... will any of us hear it all?
  5. Some Gold Basin Love

    Chris, WTG If you go to the right places and put in the hours it still can be found. Good proof. Mitchel
  6. Jen, As you can probably tell I'm a bit of a contrarian so here goes ... You need to sell YOUR package as a Jennifer package and get a premium. All of these other guys (with the exception of Steve) are nobody s and couldn't get a premium on their sale if they tried. Who is that Fred guy anyway?? What did he ever find? You (and your detector/coils) are special. You should ask a premium and tell everyone how much gold you found with all of it. Can you imagine the cachet someone will have when they tell everyone that I bought Jen's detector? Wow! (Tell everyone that you'll sign it with the sale.) Largo mentioned Bob Dansie (Montana) and I remember a few years ago he was going to sell his stuff. People would have paid some extra for it but instead he gave it to his daughter. Don't sell yourself too short and don't sell it to someone who knows too much! When you hear the magic words out on one of your trips and they say, 'I wish I had a 5000 like yours' then you tell'em 'You can have this one for $$$' and do the deal. Give them lessons with the sale and tell them the 'personality' and it will be a good marriage. Mitchel
  7. That's what we need! More eye candy.
  8. Falling a bit short of big expectations is part of the process I guess. That is not arrogance. It is part of the risk and reward. Don't be too disappointed but I know you want to keep the pressure on yourself to meet your budget marks. Just remember that 99.9% of us can't make such a plan because we don't have the knowledge or the area and those that do have 'mixed' results also. Some things you just can't control. Fantastic job no matter what. Mitchel
  9. Metal Detecting Olympics

    Thank you Norvic. I know what you mean of course being out in the field is such a great joy. How do you take or would you want to take that solitary experience 'away?' I don't think it would take that away but give us better detectors and entertainment. Race car drivers race and then return to their normal driving when not in competition. What I'm 'proposing' is an artificial event. A made up competition that would allow detectorists and manufacturers a format to display the considerable skills they have and the equipment that they use. I doubt that anyone reading on this forum would much be interested without knowing there would be a big prize (Darts paid the winner 350,000 lbs!!!) and you would have to be younger than most of us to get the proper coverages and sponsorships and survive the challenges. Maybe there are some physical barriers that would require physical agility as well. To use another cliche ... this is a very preliminary trial balloon for such an event. The largest event I attend has 400 or so detectorists in a scramble, finding coins and tokens. It is fun for some but not all like it. You pay $25 to get in and in about an hour if you are quick you can just about get your money back. Local businesses contribute prizes and services which are awarded by raffle and finding the right tokens. Metal detecting companies and dealers kick in detectors and products as well. Minelab had a National Metal Detecting Day event for a couple of years. It was a scramble style event. I won an eTrac at the second event in Santa Barbara. Skill in these events is necessary but not primary. I would like to promote skills and equipment to a much higher degree. It is done with other hobbies, pursuits and professions so why can't we have a few professional metal detectorists who are praised for being our elite? I can imagine planting targets to try and trick the detectorists and they would have figured out the puzzle. Something that we could all 'relate to' so to say so that we would be interested at some level at watching the competition. Without viewers, fans or public interest then it could never be a viable proposal or event. From the lack of reaction so far I'd say the idea is dead in the water or as they say dead on arrival but at least I got it out there! haha
  10. That is almost too good for me to imagine ... splitting 23 ounces and that being a tough trip! Well done. Thank you. Mitchel
  11. Metal Detecting Olympics

    The 'new' would be 'Who could see it and who could not?' Who saw the most or what detector saw the most with multiple operators? Can't we design a skills competition that would push the detector industry for better detectors and at the same time give us winner of the U.S. Open of detecting or the Australian Open champion? Have you seen all the money in darts? fishing? tennis? golf? any of the racing? And let's not forget poker. Let's get some. As many of you here have stated ... you can give a good detectorist almost any detector and he will out-find a bad detectorist with a good machine. How much of that is really true? How much is the detector and how much is the detectorist? If I went out and told 10 detectorists who I think are good to go to 10 spots to detect with THEIR OWN detector would they all find THE target there, or NO target there in some cases or could anyone GUESS or use a discriminating detector and tell me if it is a penny, dime, nickle, Euro, quarter, etc and the depth? What if I gave these same detectorists the SAME detector ... could we learn or could they learn anything from this? To a large degree we are scientists here using scientific instruments to sense the ground. What if we found that one of us has a technique for using it better than the rest of us? Is that supposed to remain a secret? Maybe it would and the 'tell' that the detectorist learned who be his/her advantage over the rest of us. I must admit. I am guilty of not practicing very much before I go out looking for nuggets. I don't set up a few samples, a few local hot rocks, etc and try a few different settings with the EMI present. I should and I'll try next time harder. I do have two test chips and the ferrite ring but then I'm on my way. I'll compare this with my other pursuit of 3 cushion billiards. Many times I just go in and play a game. You can be on or you can be off. There is very little time for warm-up because someone is always waiting to play a game. Later in the day there is time to practice shots. Practice helps and good practice helps even more. After an hour or so of practice (just like a lesson from Lunk) it sticks with me and I'm better for a few weeks. I can tell I'm swimming up river with this idea of a competition. I'll kick it around for a bit more before I let it go. Would Minelab like to go against Garrett? or Deus? or Nokta? Whites? Does Toyota like to go against Ford, Chevy, Chrysler/Fiat/Dodge?
  12. GM 1000 & Zed Gold

    JW, Well done. Well written. Mitchel
  13. Metal Detecting Olympics

    Steve, All other hunts are a first find competition. You find it first only. You keep what you find. If you are quick you find more and if you are lucky you find a good token or object. Where is the skill test? My idea is for many people to be told where there may or may not be a target(s) and everyone tries to find it and in some cases tell what it is without seeing it. Let's say you have 20 people go to the same 15 'holes' on a course. They do it one by one. It would be like me being invited to your test garden. Can I see all of your targets? Could you see all of mine? You don't dig them as a one-off/first find competition. Someone has put a test garden near the GPAA claims in Gold Basin. I don't know the depths or the objects and I have only seen it once but I'm told there are objects buried to 18" with a 'marker' above each target. Does anyone know? Mitchel
  14. GPZ 7000, A Look Inside

    Jen, Thanks for the video. This looks like the 'main' boards because the connectors for the screen chassis and coil are hardwired to the board. I had my screen chassis replaced. I'm told in addition to the screen there is a board in there also. I think it controls things more than just the screen. Maybe it has the other adjustment settings as well? When I went to update the system after I got it back it required a complete update. I don't know if it requires a coil to be attached but mine was. It takes the main boards and the screen chassis to run the full software. Mitchel