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    Coin & Jewelry Hunting, Relic Hunting and of course Research since March of 1965.
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  1. Vaq Black

    RickUK on 11/12: Interesting topic especially as i also have a Vaquero but its the UK version called the 'Laser Trident11 Extreme' the difference here is that the normal UK Vaquero ie Trident 11 is basically the same as the US Vaquero. What makes the 'Extreme' version which is a modded version made by the UK service/repair centre Pentechnic is that it has been slightly modified inside and also a few other additions,fine tuning and basically its a 'steroid' version of the standard Vaquero,the freq is 18.5khz or possibly 19khz i stand too be correct on the 19 khz comment,but this is mainly aimed at our small silver hammered coinage and that is the main reason over the 14khz of a normal version of the machine,also it has the higher tone modification and also has a fixed and manual GB facility,one other major visual difference is that they also have the 'Tejon' battery box on which is 8x1.5v rather than the 1 9v battery. ... Rick, I had heard about an operating frequency difference and just checked a Pentechnic as that reads as follows: New features include: 12v Battery System - 14Khz search frequency Hi-Tone audio and more....... MicroMAX design - All metal mode - Microprocessor technology - Frequency shift Silent search Disc mode - Ground Balance Control - Fixed or adjustable ground balance 11"x 8" 2D Widescan Searchcoil OR 8.5" 2D Widescan Searchcoil Price includes Coil Cover, Batteries & UK delivery I think someone made an error at some point because most of what I have heard from people over in the UK, as with this Pentechnic ad, is that the Trident II Extreme works at a similar frequency to the USA offered Vaquero. That would be 14.5 kHz in the center toggle position, and 14.3 or 14.7 if it is off-shifted to the left or right. Also in their ad the said they modified it to the ED-180 Discriminate rather than the standard ± ED-165 RickUK on 11/12: Mine came with the 11x8 coil on although you can of course stipulate the 9x8 Concentric coil or even any other coil combination as you wish,but i was not sure about the 11x8 coil for some time,but it has grown on me over time,i also have and use alot the NEL Snake coil 6.5x3.5'' for really trashy roman/saxon sites this combination on the trashy sites makes it a deadly combination,especially when you have a field that has roman hob nails on from the roman shoes,but the small coil allows you too pluck decent roman coinage from between these beds of nails.... I like the 8X11 DD in wide-open areas, and it can achieve some respectable depth-of-detection. Most often, however, I prefer the smaller 6" round Concentric coil. I have used some of the mid-sized coils from NEL and CORS, and have a CORS Fortune, new in the box, to go with a new Vaquero I am going to sell. I know a lot of folks like the mid-sized DD coils, but I don't use them on any Tesoro models. Only the 6" Concentric, the 7" Concentric on the Mojave, and the 8X11 DD on my Vaquero. RickUK on 11/12: One of the main reasons that i bought a Vaquero or UK variation is that its ultra lightweight even with the 11x8 coil on it,i have wrist problems with my detecting arm and it makes no odds how hard i try with the other arm which is good,it just aint happening,the left arm just does not do the same as my regular detecting arm.Also of course the legendary Tesoro/Laser discrimination albeit its really optimised when using a Concentric coil but its pretty good also with the WS coils as well.... For over half-a-century I have used many detectors, and as light as the newer Tesoro models can be, I just can't get my left arm & hand to work a detector and coil like my well-trained right arm and hand do. As I mentioned, I use Concentric coils most of the time, and prefer them in trashier sites I hunt. The 8X11 RSDD coil isn't too bad, but my aging and falling apart old self does limit the duration I can work the Vaquero with that coil. If you have the Trident II Extreme in the Tejón rod and battery configuration, that little extra battery housing and weight might help with some of the nose-heavy feel I get from the 8X11. RickUK on 11/12: It will never be my main machine,no Tesoro will ever achieve that for sure,its a site specific use machine in my book and its good for that use only really,do i have other machines ?? yes i do infact i have many many machines once again some are for everyday use like say my Deus and T2,but i also have site specific use machines as well for depth ie hoard hunting that crown belongs too my Nexus machines and also Pulse machines for a couple of very highly mineralised sites,and a tremendous selection of coils for these detectors that i own/use,are they all used the answer is 'yes' of course some are used many times during the year and other's just a few times but the all earn there keep in some way.... Like you, my Tesoro models serve more specific applications for me. I parted with my T2 and White's and other makes and models in January of '15 when I switched my Target ID/Tone ID detector team over to the Nokta FORS CoRe. I still have a White's MX5 in my Specialty-Use battery where I assigned the Makro Racer 2, but my Primary-Use Detector team is made up of my CoRe, Relic and two Impacts by Nokta along with my three Tesoro models. RickUK on 11/12: The Vaquero is a good reliable lightweight workshorse and brings a smile and alot of enjoyment factor when i use it,does it find me anything ?? yes' of course it does,with our rich historical heritage in the UK it has found me some very nice finds as like all my other detectors as well.We are very luck in having as much history as we do here,if i am honest we tend too take it for granted.... Yes, you do have some long-time history of lost or buried finds to search for compared to here in the USA or many other countries. I wish I could spend a detecting season over there just hunting away. And I agree, the Vaquero or its UK cousin, can serve us all very well in the right location at the right time with the right settings and coil. Monte
  2. Vaq Black

    SteveJJ on 11/11: I'm curious if the Black and Standard are the same circuitry and only differ in the color and coil they come with. ... Black or Gray rod version, both use the same circuitry and the only difference in performance from one to another would be attributed to the coil mounted and settings used. SteveJJ on 11/11: I looked to see if the black coil was sold separately on Tesoro.com but they don't list any separate coils, so I couldn't get an answer to that. ... It's listed on the Tesoro website as: ... 11X8" Widescan (includes scuff) S-11X8W-SC-D 3' $159 $12 And the 'SC' in the description describes it as the standard Short Cable offering. It can also be purchased with the Long cable, the 'LC' coil, if you have a good reason for the extra cable length. Finding one ios more up to the dealer who does or doesn't stock Tesoro's accessories. SteveJJ on 11/11: I was thinking of selling my (gray) Vaquero once I got the F75, but it may just live in my trunk as a quick grab machine. It certainly is nice and light! ... ALWAYS have a good Tesoro in your personal detector arsenal, that's been my opinion for 34 years now since I took I the Tesoro line for personal use. I have several all-time favorite Tesoro models, and I'll hope to get my Bandido II µMAX back, but for now I have the non-TID detector needs covered with my Mojave, Silver Sabre µMAX and Vaquero. If I am making a short trip somewhere, out shopping, running to visit someone, going bird or game hunting, etc., etc., I like to have at least one favorite Tesoro with me. The Vaquero can serve you well when the time is right. Monte
  3. Vaq Black

    GB_Amateur on 11-11: Just a few more questions, I promise! ... Okay, unless you have more as they can always be welcome. Be careful when you say "I promise." What if I was to say something like, I'll keep all my Forums posts and replies short. I promise! There's a good chance no one would believe me. GB_Amateur on 11-11: I just (quickly) read the Vaquero manual on the Tesoro website. A couple things I noticed which I'd like clarified/confirmed: 1) Is the all-metal mode really non-motion? If so, is there a difference between actually switching to all-metal (temporarily) when hunting in discriminate mode and just using the pinpoint button? And does the pinpoint button even do anything (extra) when you're in all-metal already? ...No. The Vaquero's All Metal mode does require motion because it employs a fast Auto-Tune circuitry. Most Tesoro's, such as the Silver Sabre microMAX, have Auto-Tune in their selected All Metal more or in a Threshold-based All Metal Pinpoint function, but it is a little slower threshold-retune speed than the Vaquero which has a faster Auto-Tune in either the selected All Metal or the momentary Pinpoint function. No, not really. If you are in All Metal mode and you select the momentary Pinpoint button, you may experience a very tiny bit of thumb joint and muscle exercise, but accomplish nothing else by doing so. When the vaquero was first introduced I bought three of them, for me and two friends, and I checked them all in-the-field on some located targets just to see if there was any difference. There wasn't. Nothing I or my fields could perceive. GB_Amateur on 11-11: 2) The manual says 10-20 hours battery life (for the single 9V). Is that your experience? If so this sounds like a great application for rechargeable 9 volt batteries. The non-rechargeables ain't cheap. ... I never use rechargeable batteries for a few reasons: ► I prefer a decent alkaline battery, and that doesn't mean it has to be Duracell or Energizer. I never use Ray-O-Vac, but that's due to poor experiences with them and consumer magazine reported testing from the latter '80s and early '90s. I will use the two brands I mentioned, and I also have had good battery duration from 9V batteries I have bought from Lowe's, Tractor Supply, and my local Western Family Thriftway store brand. ► Many times, I have found rechargeable batteries that are just a bit over-sized than most alkaline batteries. Some are too long, maybe too wide, and too thick, and if too thick they can prevent a battery door from fitting. When too lengthy they over-compress the + & - contacts in the detector, and that can lead to a standard-size alkaline battery cutting on-and-off from improper contact. ► I also don't care for most rechargeable batteries that have a shorter run-0time than alkaline batteries, and also seem to quit or die out almost suddenly and without warning compared to a good alkaline battery. ► Good alkaline batteries always give me 20 hours of run-time or more. Often much more! I use headphones always and that benefits battery operating time a little, too. Monte
  4. Vaq Black

    Tiftaaft on 11-07: Monte, I am curious to hear how you decide which of your lineup to choose. For example, what prompts you to grab the Bandido over the rest, or when do you say.. "I'm going to hit this site with the Vaquero" etc. ... When it comes to selecting a non-display Tesoro Bandido II microMAX and Vaquero, here are my 'think modes' for picking one over the other. First, I currently lack a Bandido II µMAX because mine was among the stolen detectors last month. I hope it is recovered and returned, or I find another choice specimen because it is one of my favorite Tesoro's. ►Most of the time I am searching very trashy sites and close to metal structures, metal fences or a lot of building rubble so I use a 6" Concentric coil. Either the Bandido II µMAX or Vaquero will work okay, but I usually use them in the silent-search Discriminate mode and I also like to reject iron nails. The Bandido II µMAX does that at the minimum Disc. setting, where I always leave it because I very seldom use more Discrimination than nail rejection. Of the two, you can increase the Disc. setting of the Vaquero to try and duplicate the Bandido II µMAX performance ... but ... the Vaquero does tend to be just a little bit noisy or chattery in many sites. More than the other unit. Still, the Vaquero can work okay for this and today, without the Bandido II µMAX, I grab the Vaquero most of the time. ► Sometimes I like to search a wide open area with limited targets, good or bad, using the Threshold-based All Metal mode, and make a quick-change to the Discriminate mode to check or analyze a located target, then quickly return to the All Metal mode. For this, I would grab the Bandido II µMAX because it has the toggle switch for quick mode-change. The Vaquero would require you to twist the Disc. knob out of the clicked All Metal setting, adjust to the rejection level you want, then rotate the knob fully counter-clockwise to the clicked All Metal mode. ► There are times I want to accept more targets while in the Discriminate mode, even down as low as accepting most nails and some other ferrous trash. The Vaquero provides that option since it has the ± ED-165 Discriminate circuitry so it is the unit I grab first of the two models. ► At times, in wide-open areas with sparse, well scattered targets, ferrous and non-ferrous, I might also be able to benefit from some added depth-of-detection. For that I grab my 'black' Vaquero and mount the 8X11 DD RSD coil that's already on a spare lower rod for quick changes afield. The Vaquero gives me the better depth and the larger-size coil I need for those site challenges between those two models. Tiftaaft on 11-07: I try to approach my machine choice by the size of the field, the ground condition, and the targets I hope to find... but would be very interested in your decision tree. ... As you can read above, that is basically what I try to do. Consider the size of the site to hunt; factor in the amount of and density of targets at a site; and as noted determine if I want to get a hit on nails and more iron debris at a site or not. Then, coil size and type become a consideration, too. Monte
  5. Vaq Black

    From Tiftaafit: Speaking for my reasons for choosing the Vaquero over the Tejon... I liked the pinpoint button option, but honestly, knowing now what I didn't know then... I rarely use it other than setting the ground balance... the Vaquero pinpoints easily without it... even with the 11x8 coil, and especially in AM. ... Tim, the Pinpoint button on the Vaquero is a very functional feature and one that I have enjoyed on a Silver Sabre µMAX since they were introduced twenty years ago (October of '97). They had the button on the earlier Sidewinder models since early '94, but those models had some glitches in circuitry design so I didn't keep them around. I was pleased to see the Pinpoint Push-Button included on the Vaquero & Cibola models and it was one reason I liked the Vaquero. And yes, the Tesoro's can pinpoint quite well even in the silent-search Discriminate mode, especially with a Concentric coil over a DD design. Also, I was sold on the weight difference between the 9V and AA's.. though it probably wouldn't make that big a difference when swinging. When I got the Vaq, I was swinging an Etrac with a 15" WOT on the end... so a couple AA's over a 9V wouldn't make that much difference. ... The Vaquero's 6" coil is a bit heavier than the 6" coils I use on the general-use series, but any coil on a Tesoro has to be less fatiguing than a Minelab FBS device sporting a 15" WOT coil. I guess the biggest deciding factor along with those rather minor differences was that I am mostly a turf hunter for coins, and hopes to get better and jewelry hunting. So I was looking for a nice marriage of targeting higher conductive items, while being decent at hitting on shallowish gold.... The 14.5 kHz Vaquero is a very good unit so far as frequency is concerned. I tend to prefer most detectors to operate somewhere in the 10 kHz to 15 kHz operating frequency, although there are times I will make use of a lower frequency or some models at a higher frequency. All the Tesoro's in my Regular-Use Detector Team are in that 10 to 15 kHz range and all perform quite well for my Coin and Jewelry Hunting needs (and also tackle Relic Hunting sites just as well). What I didn't know when I bought it, but found out when I started using it... I switch back and forth between AM and Disc to try and get a target id more than I thought I would, so the Tejon switch would be handy... but as I understand the supertune option better, the Vaquero might give me a combination of both AM and Disc, (though understandably less depth than AM and less accurate ID as in pure disc mode... but it is a trade off).... I do switch between All Metal and Disc, to check a target, but that is really easily accomplished by simply making use of the All Metal Pinpoint feature rather than making a mode-change switch from All metal mode to Discriminate mode. In time, however, especially when comfortable with any detector and especially the Tesoro's, I just take the 'Beep-DIG!' approach to success. With any detector I keep my Disc. level low where I am just accepting iron nails (when using a multi-Tone ID detector like my Nokta CoRe, Relic or Impact or White's MX5, to a setting where I am just barely rejecting iron nails (which would be at the minimum Disc. setting with ED-120 Disc. Tesoro's or just increasing the Vaquero to barely reject common iron nails) and I might only use a higher Discriminate level once or twice in an entire year for a specific application. I never "thumb the Disc. control" or do other things to try and capture any sort of Target ID with a Tesoro. I adjust for a proper slight audio hum Threshold setting, Ground Balance spot-on to just slightly negative, run the Sensitivity as high as tolerable w/o noise and chatter, use my preferred lower Disc. setting, then start hunting. When I get any good or reasonably iffy target response (Beep), I Pinpoint the target and recover it (DIG!). No messing around with sizing-and-shaping most targets, or tinkering with controls to try and identify or classify the object. The ONLY way to know for sure if it is a good or bad target is to take a look at it. (Read my signature below.) Having said all that, and having the Vaquero in my possession... it does everything I hoped it would do, and more (much better depth than I expected while in AM). However, I admit, I might have the same exact comment if I had the Tejon in my possession rather than the Vaquero. As CSN&Y said... Love The One You're With. :) And I do.... Just keep on putting in time with the Vaquero to learn and master it. It can make a great complement to what your Minelab detectors can do for you since their all have their own strengths and weaknesses. Monte
  6. Vaq Black

    From GB Amateur:This thread has been based upon the Vaquero with mention of other models. From what I can find online, the Tejon seems to have a lot going for it as well, --... All of the 'better' Tesoro models have "a lot going for them" and it is just a matter of each individual deciding what it is about a particular Tesoro detector, current production or one from the past, that qualifies it as being 'good' or 'better' Tesoro that does what they want or need. There's no such thing as a 'perfect' detector which is why I have a few models in my personal detector battery that serve my needs well and are a complement to other models in the team. Having owned, used, sold, and evaluated almost every land-based Tesoro model since July of '83, working them in a wide range of challenging environments for Coin & Jewelry Hunting, Relic Hunting, Beach Hunting and even doing a bit of Electronic Prospecting, I have narrowed down my all-time favorite models. Today, that list of my top favorite Tesoro's include the Bandido II µMAX, Mojave, Silver Sabre µMAX and Vaquero (in alphabetical order, not by favorite pick). If I had a larger den to display ALL the Tesoro models I have enjoyed, it would include the Inca, Bandido, Bandido II, Silver Sabre II, Pantera, and a really nifty nugget hunter the Diablo µMAX. But I have settled on keeping 3-5 of my favorites on-hand for frequent use that are also lighter-weight compared with most of the earlier designs. Note, if you will, that the Tejón is not in my list of favorite Tesoro models. (For those not familiar with this unit:) Apparently on the plus side it has dual discrimination, which allows you to set one in all-metal and the other in some kind of discrimination (for example, cut out iron) and then switch back and forth using the 3 position toggle switch beneath the control box (3rd position being pinpoint mode). If I understand correctly, you get higher sensitivity in all metal so you could search in that mode and easily flip over to discriminate to check the target's conductivity (above/below your set threshold).... I don't consider the *Dual Discrimination* feature to be a plus. I will replace the Bandido II µMAX (microMAX) that was among the stolen detectors from me last month because there are times that I like to hunt in the Threshold-based All Metal mode then quickly shift to the motion-based Discriminate mode to check a target. A Bandido II µMAX has that toggle-select function. Most of the time, however, I search in the Disc. mode and only use the All Metal Pinpoint function to isolate a target, or maybe to size and shape a target. That can be accomplished with a momentary function of a pushbutton Pinpoint mode using my Silver Sabre µMAX or Vaquero. With most Tesoro models, the Sensitivity control is only a function of the Discriminate circuitry and the All Metal mode is designed at the highest Sensitivity setting and isn't adjustable. You can see that with the Vaquero as the gain adjustment doesn't effect the All Metal mode depth like it does the Disc. mode. Since the Fisher 1260X, introduced in '82 as the first popular slow-motion Discriminating detector, featured the *Dual Discrimination* function, I have not had anyone show me a really practical way to use that type of set-up that would be useful to the mass market of detecting hobbyists. One of the design testers of the prototype was a big fan of the 1200X series from Fisher and I believe was instrumental in encouraging Jack Gifford to design a model to try and rival that Fisher series. But there was a problem with that introduction. The Tejón was introduced in 2003, I believe, and by then Fisher had pretty much parted ways with that old Dual-Disc. concept because the industry, as a whole, wasn't using it. The 'traditional' approach of using one Disc. mode was totally functional and even Fisher had gone away from what they brought to market. Remember, Fisher's first 1260X came out in 1982 and the Tejón in 2003. Unfortunately, as much as I really enjoy my favorite Tesoro models, they just haven't seemed to keep up with industry trends, and the Tejón's 'new' features came along 21 years after Fisher's introduction. On the minus side, it's about 3/4 lb heavier (some of this being due to the batteries: 8 AA vs. single 9V). It runs at a higher frequency (17.5 kHz vs. 14.5 kHz) but I wouldn't think that is a big minus. It also doesn't have the +/- 0.2 kHz frequency shift/tweak option of the Vaquero. ... I like using AA batteries and all of my detectors are so powered, except for my Tesoro's and my Nokta/Makro Pinpointers. I had three Tejón units after they were first introduced and I didn't mind the 8-AA battery housing at the rear of the package, especially when using the standard 8X9 Concentric or a larger-size search coil. It provided a little counter-balance for a bigger-size or heavier coil on the far end of the rod. As for operating frequency (initially stated as being 17.5 kHz but the Owner's Manual says it is 17.2 to 17.6 kHz), the Tejón works OK for general hunting needs, and in theory the higher frequency might give it an 'edge' for lower conductivity objects such as gold nuggets, gold jewelry or US 5¢ coins and the like. But in-the-field, I compared all the Tejón's I owned as well as the few people brought to a seminar, and I had better overall performance, including depth-of-detection, from the Vaquero using the same search coils. Is the Tejon's dual mode just not useful in practice or is there something else that users have found that the ads aren't telling us?... Ads are just that ... ads. Advertisements, usually by a manufacturer, to try and promote what they feel might make a product sellable. The most useful feature on the Tejón, in my opinion, is the variable Tone Control, yet they have failed to incorporate that useful feature on any other model I feel that dollar-for-dollar, feature-for-feature, the Vaquero is by far the better investment over the Tejón. Just my opinion, of course, but it is based on personal experience and detecting time afield. Monte
  7. 57buick, just a few questions and comments. We all have different opinions when it comes to site description. You said the following: "... a very old site that used to be a school but now is an old church" - "... an old wooden baseball diamond back stop thats falling down ". My question is, what do you consider very old or old to be? I know many people get into the metal detecting hobby in recent years and consider an 'old site' to be something that dates to the 1970 or even 1980 era. For me, any dated location would have had human activity in the 1940s or '50s if it was a school or church, but more preferably sites that date from the 1800s up through the 'Depression Era' here in the USA. You also said: "So been hard to get my coil to the ground." Just a reminder, you don't want to get a search coil 'to the ground' or 'on the ground', just work it close enough to the ground to achieve the best performance. Most manufacturers will caution detectorists to stay off the ground by working the search coil at a height of ± 2" off the dirt. Get the coil too close, especially in black sand, pea gravel or other highly mineralized conditions, and you can have a negative impact on performance. Therefore, the actual coil-to-soil distance might not be that bad if the grasses are matted down really well. It sounds like pinpointing a target and target recovery would be more difficult in a dense, matted grass and weed environment. I have encountered that in abandoned ghost towns, old church and school sites, and even old homesites that are in-use, but an adjacent field or garden area had a very weedy or grassy growth, yet that was where the original homestead cabin used to be. In those situations I have done the following things, depending upon the site, or gaining permission from the property owner: 1.. Grid or progress through an area by trampling the grass/weeds down. 2.. Grid or progress through an area using a flat piece of wall-board, plywood, Plexiglas or other object that you can stand on and detect through. 3.. Maybe hold off until a better time of the year when some weed and grass growth is minimal or almost gone. In many places that might be very early spring, just coming out of winter, especially if you live in an environment that endures a snowy season. 4.. Use a weed-eater to clear an area to be searched. 5.. If the place of interest is still used and just not cared for, ask to mow it. That's what a friend & I did since he had a riding mower and made quick work of the overgrown weeds and grass. Before I went to any significant effort, however, I would first search parts of the site that would be more likely to hold lost keepers and determine if the site is really worth the effort. Time might be more wisely and productively spent search other places, or doing research that might lead you to another potential site to hunt that is accessible and grass/weed free. Monte
  8. How Many Remember

    Quote from steveg: Monte -- Not to derail the thread, but any luck recovering any of your stolen gear?... No, nothing yet. Nothing. The responding Portland Police Bureau officer whom responded to take the report is off on Tue., Wed. and Thur. so I am going to try and contact him again this Friday. However, Portland, Oregon is a big city and they have a lot of cases to deal with and I don't think they do a lot of follow-up on these types of break-ins as would a smaller-size town. I try to check craigslist every day or two, but there are so many other on-line sites that can be used it is just impossible for me to do it from almost 400 miles away. I did alert the three major detector dealers in that area, but I don't think all valuable goods stay in the same area where stolen. A 3-4 hour drive and the goods could be up around Seattle Washington and sold there. Still, I am holding out hope that something might happen to get detectors and gear back. Thanks for asking. Monte
  9. How Many Remember

    Those were my friends, O think you are referring to, Chris Beniston and Tom Smith, but it wasn't on the Tesoro Forum as much as on a regular Metal Detecting Forum. They both used Minelab Explorer II's as their regular tools and were especially in search of silver coins and other higher conductors. The things the FBS detectors can do better at, which isn't the lower-to-mid-conductive range. At the time they lived in the greater Portland, Oregon area and had been more active in the local Portland detecting club, and made one or two adventurous trips to the NE every year. Then life changes and they are now living in California. I haven't spoken with Tom in several years now, and only occasionally, like once-a-year, get a call from Chris. I ought to get a hold of him and find out if they are still actively detecting or if interest has waned. Monte
  10. Vaq Black

    Quote by Tiftaaft: Thought I would throw some love at the Tesoro forum since it has been quiet here since Steve set it up. ... Tim, glad you posted this, and as a long-time Tesoro fan, for over 34 years now, I'll have to devote more attention to this Forum. I recently purchased a Vaquero Black with both the 12x8 and the 5.75 widescan.... I also added the newer black-packaged Vaquero to my detector team and outfitted it for my needs and wants. The 'Black' Vaquero comes standard with the new 8X11 RSD Double-D coil which works well for me in my Tesoro set-up because I grab this unit with this bigger coil for coverage when hunting a beach, a plowed field or other larger open-area that has metal targets well spaced. That allows me to get the benefits of depth-of-detection the Vaquero provides. As a rule, even though I have been using Double-D search coil designs since putting the early Compass Yukon TR models to work in 1971, I still prefer a Concentric coil over a DD most of the time ... if I have that option. I do with the Vaquero, and I keep the thin-profile 6" Concentric mounted full-time on my Vaquero. (Marketing folks thought the 5.75 name would be cute but the coil measures almost exactly 6" in diameter.) I am still choosing my locations and learning the settings, but there is just something about running a Tesoro... so much fun!!... 'Fun' is a key word to figure in when using any detector that is simple, functional, and works really well for our wants and needs, and the Vaquero fits that category, to be sure. For me, settings are pretty easy: • I adjust for a proper slight audio Threshold hum. • Usually GB to be spot-on when hunting in the All Metal mode, or just slightly negative when searching in the Discriminate mode. • Discrimination is either set at 'minimum' to respond to non-ferrous targets and most ferrous debris, or increase just to the point where I just barely reject common iron nails. I never use more than that. • Unless I am close to some interfering source, I leave the Frequency Shift toggle in the center position to operate at 14.5 kHz. My intent was for it to be a good grab and go for tot lots, curb strips and edges of basketball courts, though I do have a Compadre as well. But the 12x8 also lends itself to walking into the field as well. While I am still trying to understand the true depth of this unit, it is definitely meeting my initial expectations, and I believe it can also be a good unit to hit areas that I have already covered with my other detectors, and possibly squeak out an additional find or two.. especially with the 5.75 coil. I have already found a couple of junk rings and a good ratio of clad for the actual swing time I have posted... looking forward to finding some gold, or something with a little age to it. HH Tim.... All my Tesoro units serve the "grab-and-go" niche in my arsenal, but at times I also work them like I used to as a primary search tool. Generally they are my first pick for cruising tot-lots and playgrounds at parks and schools, hitting sidewalk tear-ups and other renovation work, and for 'scouting' out-of-the-way locations I research to see if there is a hint of potential production at the site. I did send my Vaquero to Tesoro to get the high-tone modification, and while it isn't quite as high as what I get from my Silver Sabre µMAX (pronounced microMAX) it makes the audio response a lot more 'hearable' for my impaired hearing/deafness. Quote by GB Amateur: I have a couple more questions for you guys (and any other Tesoro users for that matter): 1) how many tones does the Vaquero (and other Tesoros) have?... Steve H. gave you good answers, but the Vaquero, like the majority of the Tesoro models, produces a single tone audio response. The older Royal Sabre, Golden Sabre Plus, Pantera and Golden Sabre II had a two-tine audio, but those were older and somewhat larger and heavier than the models produced today. There were a couple of Golden µMAX units that were supposed to produce four processed tones, but today we mainly have the benefits of single-tone audio in most of Tesoro's newer, lighter-weight detector models. 2) Are the modern Tesoro detectors a throwback to the (good old?) analog days in their response?... as Steve stated, Tesoro essentially ARE based on an analog circuitry which some of us certainly enjoy. It makes a great complement to the more modern digitally-based models most of us are using. That's a pretty vague description/question, I realize. What annoys me still (yeh, of course I live with it because of all the nicities digital signal processing brings) is that sometimes over large targets I get a short, clean tone (not actually clipped, though) making it sound like a small target when it isn't small at all. I don't remember analog detectors doing that.... Any detector, with an analog or digital circuitry, will sometimes produce a response on some targets that the operator might otherwise expect to be rejected. This is caused by several factors, such as the conductivity of the object (and that factors in what it is made of, plus thr size and shape in orientation with the search coil's EMF), and even the size and type of search coil can be a factor. That said, we see so many of the modern detectors this past several years coming with, or being used with, a Double-D search coil, while most Tesoro models come with, or many of us prefer to use them with, a Concentric search coil. It is a known rule that Concentric coils deal with iron targets better than a DD coil design, at least in most applications, and that's true with both digital or analog circuitry devices. My personal opinion is that while an Average Hobbyist might do okay putting less frequent, shorter-duration hunts with just one detector and be satisfied, any savvy Avid Detectorist will likely own and use at least two or more detectors, often having four-or more in their working arsenal. If so, I think at least one detector ought to be one of the better models Tesoro has offered in the past or currently. In this case, the Vaquero we're discussing can make a nice complement to some modern Target ID/Tone ID digital type detectors. Monte
  11. White's MX7 & MX Sport Compared

    Quote by Ridge Runner: Hi Monte I started detecting little over two years before you. I myself was a dealer for White’s for a while but my trouble was it took up too much of my detecting time, We started at a good time when just about everything was coming up silver. Chuck If you started before me a couple of years, that would have made it 1963. I used home-built "metal/mineral locators" as we called them from March of '65 until the summer of '68 when a White's GhostTowner BFO got in my hands. Couldn't afford a factory produced unit before then, and since that time I have almost always had at least one White's detector in my arsenal. Often more than one, but I always try to maintain a stable of very good performing detectors for the types of hunting I prefer to do, and I feel the new MX7 is going to make a very good fit along with my Impact's, Relic and CoRe Target ID devices. And as you know, even with detectors that would seem inferior compared with what we enjoy today, we got to enjoy unmatched Coin Hunting production! Just imagine what we could have found in a day, a week or a month if we had the health and mobility we had back then ... but were armed with an MX7 and smaller-size coil in-hand! The problem we have today is that while we might enjoy pondering back in time to enjoy those fond memories of what seemed like unending coins to be found, and a very ample percentage of silver in the mix, it is sometimes a real challenge to try and get some upstarts in this great outdoor sport to believe us. It was something they haven't, and never will, get to experience. Sadly, neither will we get to again, either. Monte
  12. White's MX7 & MX Sport Compared

    Chuck, I am with you in that I shop for my own Christmas in order to get what I want, and 'Christmas' shopping might take place on any of the 365 days a year. I also feel the new MX7 is going to be one of the best offerings we have seen come out of Sweet Home in many years. It's using a now refined and proven circuitry. It's in a well-balanced package with a properly-located headphone jack, and they have priced it at a remarkably competitive price, too. Something we haven't seen from White's very often in the past decade or so. This new model will quite likely be one of the most talked-about detector offerings in many discussions on Forums, in meetings, and any get-together of avid detectorists. There's no such thing as 'perfect' detector, but it is great to see a more competitive entry come to market from White's. A White's detector was the first factory-produced unit I ever had back in the summer of '68, and I have owned and used and used to sell White's detectors for almost five decades. Some I didn't like very much, but quite a few satisfied me immensely and brought me a lot of success afield. I believe the new MX7 might just end up making it to the top of my all-time favorite White's detector list. I sure am hoping so. Best of success to everyone as this year is concluding, and on into next year as well. Monte
  13. MX 7 And Halloween Tomorrow

    The choice of that shade of orange for the MX7 is, to me, an attractive color. And it is very fitting for this 'season' here in much of the Northern Hemisphere as we are now into fall. So it can be a 'hint' of Halloween to some, but to me it was just a close-guess suggestion because the fall season and typical decorations, including orange pumpkins and orange tree leaves and such I associate with things from Halloween to Thanksgiving, so I took the hint to suggest this fall, and in November. I was also pleased to see that the MX7 appeared to be essentially a land-based (weatherproof, not waterproof and submersible) version of the MX Sport. On occasion I'll get in some beach hunting, but I don't swim so I don't need a detector that does, either, thus the MX Sport wasn't a good 'fit' for me. Besides, we all know about the nutty pre-release videos that were out and the many glitches the MX Sport had at release, and I wasn't very impressed when my local dealer got theirs in. That simply signal to me that the MX Sport wasn't really farmed out to enough evaluators to get it checked out and corrected before it was put into final production and that rush-to-market left a bad taste with many. However, it was close, and White's put in the time and effort to make corrections and improvements in the circuitry, and also changes by getting away from terrible videos, as well as people changes who deal with the media (A clap of hands for Tom Boykin). With the announcement of the MX7 I was pleased to see that, since it is basically an MX Sport circuitry, they should have all the bugs worked out by now. I have a couple of friends who use the MX Sport and are quite satisfied with the performance and have no issues at all. Then I considered any other packaging changes and I was even happier to see they finally put the headphone jack where it should be, at the rear of the device, and that the outfit is kind of similar-to the MX5 package. I do wish they would have used the spoked 9" Concentric instead of the old-style 950, and while they do have the 7" DD I really am hoping that somewhere in the future they will offer a smaller-size Concentric coil. Something maybe in the 6" to 7" diameter size. But for now, White's has brought a new model to market that I feel should make a very decent 'fit' in my detector arsenal, and I believe this new product, both attractive, functionally designed, and at a more competitive retail price will also appeal to a lot of avid detectorists looking for a land-based detector in an up-to-date engineerd circuitry design. Just my thoughts and I can't wait to get mine and head out hunting with it! Monte
  14. Stolen Detectors

    You can go to the ahrps.org site here: https://www.ahrps.org/forums/read.php?2,7264,7296#msg-7296 I have posted photos of my back-up or second-use Nokta FORS CoRe (formerly Steve H.'s unit) and back-up FORS Relic that show the 'Edge Red' and 'Edge Blue' powder-coated colors I had them done, and the stolen CoRe and Relic's will look like these. So if my hand isn't on the operating grip-end then they are likely my stolen detectors as I don't believe anyone else is as attached to their Nokta devices to customize them as I have done. Let me know if spotted. Thanks! Monte
  15. Steve H., this has been an interesting read. I have George & Carl's book in my personal library and have enjoyed everyone's comments in this forum read. I've owned several Fisher CZ's, four White's DFX's, a half-dozen Minelab BBS and another half-dozen FBS models, and White's Vision, V3, V3i and VX3 units from White's. There were things I liked about them, but many things I didn't care for in the way of 'simplicity,' 'function,' packaging/balance and especially in field performance at most of the iron littered sites I hunt. I have hunted several very challenging wet salt environments side-by-side with some friends who were/are very devoted BBS and FBS users and never was out-performed when we compared signals on located targets. And on dry sand/dry land hunting I enjoy reading about former models, current models, and even the pending Minelab Equinox ... but I haven't found anything in the way of field use or write-up about what is coming that sways me into wanting to use a simultaneous multi-frequency detector over my stable of excellent single frequency models. All of my Regular-Use units, with the exception of the Nokta Impact, provide exceptional performance at 10 kHz, 12 kHz or 14,5 kHz from Tesoro, or my Nokta's at 15 kHz, 19 kHz and the selectable-frequency Impacts that offer 14 kHz and 20 kHz for most sites I work, and the option to put 5 kHz to work as desired where appropriate. My personal preference is for selectable frequency models, like my two Impacts, over any of the multi-frequency operation detector designs. There are a lot of choices on the market today to give anyone the options they might prefer, and I'm quite comfortable with the selections I have made. Monte