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  1. I know it is really early in the bout. But possibly is the new kid on the block going to knock out the reining champion of many many years in the gold nugget VLF sport? I'm hearing so many good things about the GM 1000. And I'm really leaning on getting one soon. Hearing so many good reports from " Average Joe" dectectorists. I have had way more experience and success with Minelab detectors than any other brands. So I guess I speak Minelabbian better than anything else. My gut feeling thinks that we might be crowing a new Welterweight Champ. I guess time will tell?????
  2. A little over a week ago I received my repaired Gold Bug 2 back from Fisher in El Paso. I thought my threshold knob was bad, but Felix at Fisher said it was the ID and Mineralization toggle switches-probably from years of dirt build-up. They replaced the toggles, checked out the calibration and cleaned it. Turn around time, shipping included, was less than three weeks. We took it out four days ago and got this .7 gram nugget in shallow gravels on bedrock. To preclude the problem from happening again I bought a thin neoprene washer and cut a round disc using a Henry rifle cartridge. After slicing a tiny x in the center of the discs with an Exacto knife they slipped tightly over the toggles. Not pretty but I think this will work.
  3. I received this question via email, edited to remove any tips as to the source: "Steve- been reading your reviews of detectors from way, way back. Now I'm looking for a bit of advice. I've got a claim where I've pulled nice gold, but the biggest single nugget has been just about a gram, pretty small stuff (but it's pretty plentiful). My GB-2 has really shined in this environment - shallow bedrock, low mineralization, and plenty of small gold. The issue is that my son doesn't want to let me use the GB-2, as he wants to use it all the time. That puts me in the market for another VLF machine. I've tried the GB-Pro, and didn't really care for it. Your review of the Nokta AU Gold Finder, and the Makro Gold Racer, both look pretty good. Other than the display and control box itself, are these machines really the same, or would one do better (coil size being equal) than another on small gold with low mineralization? The reason why I just don't go get another GB-2 is that it would be a nice bonus to use the new detector close by my son, while still hopefully having it excel and finding small gold. Any insights would be greatly appreciated. If there really isn't anything else that comes close, then I'll certainly go for another GB-2, even at it being as old as it is, but if there is another one that would excel in the above environment, I'd certainly appreciate your opinion on it." Well, in my opinion the 71 kHz Gold Bug 2 with 6" coil has been and continues to be the top of the heap when it comes to finding the tiniest bits of gold. So the real question is whether you feel like giving up that little edge the unit has over all the rest in order to run a machine right next to your son without the two machines interfering. You also have the advantage of being very well versed in the use of the Bug. Let's assume you do want to get something else however. You have mentioned the 56 kHz AU Gold Finder and Gold Racer, and they are indeed the same circuit in two very different packages. Coils from one will work just as well on the other. Other current new model alternatives would be the 48 khz White's GMT and probably the very soon to be available 45 kHz Minelab GM1000. Finally, I should mention the XP Deus V4 high frequency coil options hitting the market now in case you might consider a more exotic option. There also have been hints of a dedicated gold machine from XP this year. I would assume a small coil as being a must have, and an advantage with the Gold Bug 2 is you can get it with the small coil as a stock variation. So let's compare internet prices. Fisher Gold Bug 2 with 3.25" x 6.5" coil = $764 Makro Gold Racer with 5.5" x 10" coil $699 plus 4" x 7.5" coil $119 = $818 or Pro Pack $899 Nokta AU Gold Finder with 5.5" x 10" and 5.5" round coils = $999 White's GMT with 6" x 10" coil $729 plus 4" x 6" coil $127 = $856 Minelab GM1000 with 6" x 10" coil and 5" round coil = $799 A Deus runs $1250 plus the 4.7" x 9.5" elliptical HF coil at $425 = $1675 so not a good fit here for price and no smaller coil option than the elliptical. The only hope of that improving is if the dedicated gold machine shows up with the HF coil as stock. I have to admit that the reports of warranty issues with early Gold Racer models have me concerned. This despite the fact I have what must be the oldest Gold Racer and AU Gold Finder units in the country, and both are going strong. I have to assume the issues, whatever they were, have been ironed out. I don't know that for a fact however. If you got one and still had a problem, Nokta/Makro is famous for resolving issues with customer satisfaction. The units carry a two year transferable warranty. The GMT is the safe tried and true made in the U.S. option, and as far as performance the 56 kHz Gold Racers and 48 kHz GMT run neck and neck. The big unknown at an attractive price is the 45 kHz Minelab Gold Monster 1000. My best advice - wait! The flood gates are just now opening as regards reports on the GM1000 and at $799 with two coils it looks on paper at least to be an option worth waiting to find out more about. If you have to do something this minute, the GMT is the safe option if the reports of problems with the Gold Racers worry you. Personally, I have been very happy with my Gold Racer and would not trade it for a GMT. I have to note I finally did get another Gold Bug 2 with 6" coil however. If you are the sort of person who can't live without having that last small edge of performance, it is still the machine to beat for tiny gold performance in milder ground like you are describing. Click picture for larger version.
  4. This is very important stuff for Gold Bug 2 owners so do please take note. Go so far as to tell friends that own a Gold Bug 2. I made note back in June 2015 that the design of the 6" coil had changed, along with the coil cover. The old coils had an exposed epoxy bottom, with either a black or light gray epoxy exposed to the elements unless you used a white scuff cover / skid plate. Here are the old coils and cover: The new coil has a fully enclosed white plastic housing and is a compatible replacement for the old coils. However, the scuff cover / skid plate is a different size and is black in color (thank you Fisher!). Here are the new coils and cover: The new coil cover will not fit on old coils and the old coil cover will not fit on new coils. Here is another tidbit I found out recently by accident - I have not seen it published anywhere. The Gold Bug 2 three piece rod was always a bit odd. The upper rod inserted into the middle rod. In other words, the middle rod section was female on both ends. I have never seen anyone else do it this way, but back in the day this was one of the first if not the first three piece S rod designs to hit the market. The original Gold Bug 2 rod was a two piece design. This made the Gold Bug 2 an oddball rod design compared to most of the rest of the First Texas lineup, and somewhere in the last couple years they went to the rod and arm cup used in other First Texas detectors for compatibility between various models. There are also more adjustment holes in the new middle rod - seven old versus nine new - an easy way to tell them apart. A good idea actually, but it means if you have an old Gold Bug 2, the upper and middle rods are different than the new ones. If you need parts, be careful to explain what you need. I promise most dealers will not know about this change in the rod design. Click on the image below for closeup. Lower rods are compatible between both versions so no worries there.
  5. First Nugget Of 2017

    I got out to do a little metal detector prospecting in California yesterday, and got my first nugget of 2017. I've not done any prospecting for months and this was the first time I'd been out prospecting this year. It's been a rough past few months. Some of you may know why, my mom passed away a couple weeks ago. So I decided this would be a good time for me to get away and to take my dad as well for a short day trip to get away from things for a few hours. It was tough to get over the hill into California even on a sunny dry day - I80 westbound has been closed most of the last few days and they were diverting westbound car traffic at Hwy 20 and holding westbound trucks at the state line. A small section of a hill just east of Alta is just sliding down on the freeway like toothpaste. Caltrans clears off what flows onto the road and then more flows down. We were also in a stop and go traffic jam from mogul - just west of Reno - to nearly the state line as NDOT did emergency repairs on the Nevada side. However, once I made it in, it was a beautiful sunny day. In the gold country, I could see the rivers are all running high and water is flowing down every little drainage. I saw a lot of little mud and rock slides and places where erosion has done damage to the roadways. It was also very green in the lower elevations of the gold country as all the grass and little plants are springing to life. It's still full on winter here around Reno. I-80 west is finally open this morning, but the next round of storms arrives tomorrow (Thursday). I dug a lot of little bullet frags and bird shot, but it was great just to get out and stretch my legs. I think the little nugget I dug was about my 5th target. It weighs 0.2 grams. Not much but it is gold and now I have something in my bottle for 2017. Gotta start somewhere!
  6. Hi guys. I went out for a three hour detect late friday afternoon to an area I hadnt been to for a couple of years. I was surprised at how much sweet briar rose, thyme, broom & black berry growth there had been since I was last here. I struggled swinging the 14" coil on the Zed. So it wasnt a very eventful session. I did manage to get a very faint signal in a section of exsposed up on edge schist that did turn out to be a .3 gram bit of gold. Due to the tight detecting spaces I gave up with just that one piece & headed home. I got up early saturday morning & packed my gear & a bit of tucker & thermos of coffee & headed off on a 2.5 hour drive to an area for a full days detecting. After negotiating in 4 wheel drive a bit of rough country & driving up & down gullies & spurs, arrived at my spot that I call Doug's Gully. Named after the chap who put me on to it quite a few years ago. It is an area I have done quite well on with my 3000, 4500 & now I was going to try the Zed. Got all rigged up. Fresh batteries in the B & Z booster, fully charged battery in the Zed. Pick belt on & harness on I went to the front pocket of my back pack to get the fully charged WM12 to hook up.....& WHAT...no way...your kidding. No bloody WM12. I had left it on the charger back home. I couldnt believe it. What was I going to do now? Turn around & go back home. No cant do that. I had the Gold Bug 2 which I use in conjunction with the Zed as my pin pointer & discriminator. I knew I wasnt going to get any decent gold or gold at depth. But what choice did I have. I had in the past used the Bug in a few places down this gully with some success, but not down the entire gully. Oh well...better than nothing. So off I went. This little gully is not a running creek at any time. Well not for a very very long time any way. This is the very bottom of the narrow gully floor. It rises from this up to spurs either side. This is looking up the gully & I got a faint signal at the base of that sarson stone, or siliceous cement stone. These consist of quartz sands & gravels that have been cemented into a compact stone by the infiltration of siliceous waters. The cement stones were known to the miners as "Chinamen". They were favored by the miners as being associated with gold deposits. They had a believe that if you got above the chinamen then you were above the gold. So all those big rocks & boulders you will see in these picks they are those cement stones. Signal turned out to be a thin slither of gold. As I wondered on down this gully I came to quite a large cement stone cutting right across the narrow gully floor. My thoughts were that if water & gold ever did flow down this gully then this stone would be a perfect trap damming across the flow & any gold caught on its up stream side & down stream side if it acted like a giant riffle. I paid a lot of attention detecting all over, around all the edges & every little crack or hollow in the stone itself. First three signals were shot gun pellets. The first out of this hole & the 2nd to the hollow to the left My fourth signal & no reason why it shouldnt be another pellet from just beside the scoop. But it was a bit of gold. Ye Ha Then another signal in that hole beside the coil Another small bit of gold Then another Looking up the gully & the cement stone blocking across the floor I had back in my GP 3000 days got some better bits at the bottom of this stone. But none there this day. The gully widened out in a few places. Looking up gully you can see here the remains of the old timers throw out piles either side of the gully. Here on that bald bit I got a signal This is looking across the gully, detector in the same spot as previous shot This was the signal Then probably the biggest bit for the day I found this gin trap with the 3000 quite a few years earlier. It was still sitting where I had left it These little finds kept on popping up & then I hit a little glory hole of many tiny bits of gold the more I dug down in to the schist I wont bore you with all those but ended up for the day with 37 little pieces including a little speci for the grand total of 2.09 grams. The speci itself was .4 of a gram so it shows how tiny the rest of the gold was. Was a fun day but dont think I will forget my WM12 again in a hurry. Cheers Good luck out there JW kiwijw
  7. Hi guys & gals, Mrs JW & I headed back to my last wee patch find. It was going to be a scorcher of a day. We had to do a bit of walking as we went in Mrs JW's car as I had done in a rear wheel bearing & axle oil seal in my 4 x 4 on my last return home from this spot, & at this time of the year I couldnt get any one to do the repair. . So rigged up with the Zed, 4500 & 11" Elite coil (as Mrs JW hinted that she might have a swing) & the Gold Bug 2 plus all the other paraphernalia. We trudged off to the spot. Mrs JW clearing the sheep & rabbit poo off her choosen spot to make her nest. Settled in nicely & with sounds as well. Rock on Mrs JW To start off I went over my previous back filled digs with the Gold Bug 2. I had come on to a few little glory holes. One coughed up about 20 bits of gold. So I figured there was going to be some tiny gold the Zed had missed. Well.... signals every where. This just kept going on And on Mrs Jw ended up giving a detect a miss as she said it was too hot. So she just chilled out under her umbrella reading & listening to her sounds. I broke out the Zed & hit on some more little glory holes. Getting multiple pieces out of the one hole So between the Zed finding these little glory holes & the GB2 cleaning them out. I had a ball. All up. 57 pieces For a total of just 4.55 grams. Still.....a good note to leave 2016 on I am just about to head out for my first detect of 2017. Cheers all. Hope 2017 is kind to you all. Best of luck out there. JW kiwijw
  8. One for the tech's I would like to find out the wiring of the five pin coil plug (10"DD) for the Gold Bug 2. A friend has an issue with his and I would like to re-solder the wires back on correctly for him. Any help would be appreciated. Regards Steve
  9. Hi there Steve or any one else who may know the answer. Will this Fisher quicksilver coil fit the gold bug 2? http://www.trademe.co.nz/a.aspx?id=1060981988 Many thanks for any help. Cheers Good luck out there JW :)
  10. Hi guys, Two of my sons are down visiting for a couple of weeks. I took them out for a days detecting up in the hills. Brent used the SDC 2300 I was using my 4500 with the coiltek 14" elite mono. Aydin with the gold bug 2 was the only one to get any gold. 3 little bits. The first didnt even register on my scales which weigh to 100th of a gram. The 2nd bit added to the scales & they flickered between .03 of a gram & zero. With the third & biggest bit added the scales settled on .06 of a gram. So 3 for the Bug & NOTHING for the Minelabs. On finishing for the day & getting back to the wagon Aydin discovered that a battery door had fallen off & a battery fallen out. He didnt know at what stage that happened so there was no going back looking for them. My question is, What individually do the two batteries power. Does one power the circuitry of the detector & one the headphones? As the detector still operates on the external speaker with just the one battery on the right hand side looking at the battery compartment. We are planning another few days out & I am wondering if I can get away with just the one battery. I might have to try & make something else up temporary to hold the 2nd battery in place until the new battery door arrives. That or break out the GMT for Aydin to use. He got the bug 2 sussed real quick. Cheers guys. Good luck out there JW
  11. Gerry found an amazing gold specimen in dredge tailing piles! Bill Moore Laporte, CO
  12. Seems like anyone that uses a Gold Bug 2 much flips that iron disc switch back and forth so much it eventually gets loose. There were also periods when the proper star washer did not get used at the factory, and they got loose real quick! The fix is easy. There is a large shallow nut that holds the coil connection fitting in place below the battery doors. Remove this nut and washer. Of course the coil must also be disconnected. Now grab the ground balance knob on the control panel and wiggle until the control panel pops loose in the housing. Pull the control panel and guts carefully out a couple inches. There are wires leading from the circuit board to the battery compartments and threshold knob so take it easy. I usually just pull out far enough to be able to see the nut on the backside of the disc switch inside the control box. If you look at the iron disc switch on the control panel above you will see the round portion has flat sides. You need a tiny wrench to grab hold of this. There is also a loose nut on the backside (that's why the switch is loose) that you can turn with a tiny wrench or a firm grip with needle nose pliers. If the lock washer is missing you can't add one without desoldering wires, so the best bet is to just add a tiny drop of loctite and firm everything up. Now reseat the control panel, lining the coil connector up properly with the hole, and reinstall the large washer and nut. Job done!
  13. G'day, I'm sure a lot will read this post and' should be able to give me some idea but... What is the performance of the GB2's 14" coil over moderate soil? And how does it perform in iron Disc if the ground was producing a lot of noise? Iv done the good old Google search and it seems that no one uses this coil, does it behave erratic or no one uses them.... Thanks in advanced.
  14. Not too long ago I posted about converting a Tesoro Silver uMax into a pinpointer at http://www.detectorprospector.com/forum/topic/980-tesoro-silver-umax-pinpointer-conversion/. I finally sold the Silver uMax, but I kept the shortened rod and put the slip mount for a Gold Bug 2 on it. This way I could convert my Gold Bug 2 into a similar setup which I still have today. I put it together this morning just to show it to you! It is a bit unwieldy with all the extra cable but it actually works just fine. The bent coat hanger is just a hook for hanging it off my belt. The entire unit is 16" long.
  15. Well after playing with the Deus the last four months I did find a .97 gram piece of gold with the Deus. I have found a dealer to trade the Deus for a Whites TDI-SL, or maybe the Whites SPP. As much as I love the ergonomics and no wires of the Deus, I found myself playing way to much with the settings and would have to tell myself "quit screwing with it". I bought a Gold Bug 2, what a great little detector. I have figured out I like the SOUND only, manual controls and no fancy screen stuff. Oh ya I have looked at many detectors, and would often think how nice those digital screens are, I think they are a distraction. PS: I have got this feeling that the Deus is kind of a prissy machine (don't want to hurt it) stupid ha. The Gold Bug 2 I can dig rocks with the coil, and don't feel bad, hope I don't get in to trouble for detector abuse. Ivan
  16. Not super new information but most people do not know it so... Fisher January 2015 - 6” Elliptical Coil Quality Improvement We have improved our 6” elliptical coils. The plastic will now be injected molded rather than vacuum formed. This change will result in better quality and shorter lead times on the pieces. These new coils will no longer have epoxy bottoms and the new ear design will have vertical ribs. This new style fits the stem with tighter tolerance and minimizes the need for stem washers. New coils will begin shipping as the old stock is depleted. This new style of coil also utilizes a new snap-on style coil cover, which is much easier to install and remove. We will continue to maintain stock of the old style coil cover (p/n 6COVER-E) so be aware of the difference when you order because they are not interchangeable. Here are the affected part numbers: 6COIL-E MSRP $169 (used on F70/F75) 6COIL-E-7-GB2 MSRP $143.95 (used on GB-2) 6COVER-E2 MSRP $9.95 (new coil cover)
  17. GB2 vs Original GB

    Can anyone tell me what the difference is between the two detectors?
  18. This is a follow up thread to my previous thread Control Box Cover For Gold Bug 2. The Fisher Gold Bug 2 was one of the very earliest best designs for nugget detecting ever conceived and to this day I think the case can be made for it being about as good as it gets. Lightweight, tough, and easy access control panel. But what really sets the Gold Bug 2 apart is a feature getting really rare these days. It comes set up right out of the box with the ability to hip or chest mount. Now light as the Gold Bug 2 is this may seem to be no big deal. Many detector manufacturers these days feel that way. Thier detector is pretty light, so why worry about hip or chest mount capability? Most purchasers do not care, so the capability is fading from the scene. However, there is hope with new wireless designs that are bringing this capability back to the fore, as in the XP DEUS, but better yet, with no cables at all. Even the DEUS though feels heavy compared to a hip mounted Gold Bug 2 sporting a 4" x 6" elliptical coil. Talk about featherweight! Hip or chest mounting keeps the control box under the rain jacket, safe and dry. For serious wading it is impossible to beat chest mounting with anything short of a waterproof detector. The Gold Bug 2 control box slides off the rod assembly. Two slim slots integrated onto the back of the control box are designed for belt use. Simple as can be to hip mount. Belt slots on Gold Bug 2 Now the fun part is you can make a chest harness for nothing. Here I have just taken a camera strap I had sitting around and clipped it into the upper end of each belt slot. Adjust belt and strap to length and now you have a harness! Finally, when used in conjunction with the control box cover from the other thread, you have a nice chest mount setup with cover. Very important. Be very aware of the coil cable where it exits the control box. I mount the hip box on my rear hip so when I bend over the cable does not bend against my body. Same thing with chest mount. Get the control box up high to try and eliminate any excessive repeat bending in the cable. If you ignore this you will have a premature cable failure at the point, so do not say I did not warn you. Simple homemade harness for Fisher Gold Bug 2 Gold Bug 2 chest mount Chest mount with cover Here are a couple real life photos. First with me at Ganes Creek, Alaska in 2001 with my first larger nugget I ever found there, a rocky 14 dwt specimen. We were swinging 14" coils those days for ground coverage. Then my buddy Jeff Reed in 2002, again at Ganes Creek, with a chest mount setup.
  19. Found this little 1.4 grainer today ...second with with my goldbug2.. Got a good deal on it ..needed some cosmetics but only paid $300 for it 2days ago and found gold today...found a bunch of other stuff too...I might go in the square nail business or maybe hot rocks...lol lol lol But I'm happy and having a ball learning this machine...
  20. got my eye on a gold bug 2 ...i see other coils available for it ...my question is...how much more depth would I be able to get out of a bigger coil such as the 14"...and would I get the small stuff as well as the big stuff...and I plan on submerging the coil if I can on more than one occasion... thanks for any help...
  21. From the Fisher Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/FisherResearchLabs?
  22. Nevada Last Week

    Here is what I found last week in nev. Will post these later after I clean them up. Rick.
  23. Okay, yeah, I took, as a first outing, a GB2 to a public park and a tot-lot for about 1.5 hours to practice with the 10x5" coil (all I own.) First target out ... a hot rock. Uh oh. Second target out...darnit ... I can't nail it down... what the heck ... turns out it was 8" of 16ga steel wire. Grr... Third target ... oh yeah, I have discrimination! Target! Discriminate ... solid clean spike. Discriminate means no iron, pull it up ... rusty nail. *boggle* Fourth target ... okay, signal...discrimination ... multiple-spike flutter ... due to last #3 target that must mean it's NOT iron since #3 was .... rusty wire. *boggle* Things I learned which you all probably already knew: 1) I have no idea what I'm doing. 2) Manual GB is a lot of work. Doable, but still a bit of work to do it over and over and over. 3) The park I was in had hot-rocks. Granite-looking nodules of evil. Everywhere and at all layers. This is just obnoxious. 4) Iron discrimination either doesn't work, or more likely, I'm going about it all wrong so I need to work on this. 5) This GB2 is insanely sensitive. I chased a signal in the sand for almost 10 minutes only to find out it was, literally, the platinum puck off a spark plug getting kicked around. 6) At 12 cents clad per outing I'm never going to pay this thing off. =P (I bought it for the gold fields so this is very tongue-in-cheek.) 7) The mosquitoes are active now. They're huge and hungry. 8) Digging everything stinks when you're not allowed to actually dig. See #1 and #4. 9) Having a pointer (TRX) is nice. In trashy areas it's annoying to get it out, put it away, get it out, put it away, get it ou... 10) All pinpointers should have headphone jacks. Talk about drawing attention...11) Foil + lawnmower = no fun12) It's was a pretty darn good time. Well, except for the mosquitoes. I cannot find any YouTube videos or anyone on "how to interpret the Gold Bug 2 tones." Even over lots of trash and some test targets it's not quite making sense. Anyone have any good resources on learning those tones? Especially the discrimination tones? On the plus side - I cleaned out a bunch of rusty trash, beer bottle caps, wires and such so the park it 0.00000001% cleaner.. Rock on.
  24. Fisher Research originally released the 19 kHz Gold Bug model about 1987. It was a real breakthrough design at the time with a compact control box, S-rod, and elliptical coils. The detector is a good unit but is strictly all metal (no discrimination). It has no LCD readout and looks much like the current Gold Bug 2 but has a white lower rod and a black control panel face. Some people are confusing this old model with the new so be aware of this when looking at used detectors. The 19 kHz coils for the old Gold Bug will not work on newer versions of the Gold Bug below. Around 2010 a number of new Gold Bug models were released by Fisher. First came the Gold Bug. Then came the Gold Bug SE (Special Edition) which added manual ground balance at a bargain introductory price. The SE with minor tweaks later became the Gold Bug Pro at a higher price. So now we have two basic versions, the Gold Bug and the Gold Bug Pro. They differ from the old 1987 model by having an LCD readout. The standard version of either detector comes with a 5" round coil. There is a Gold Bug DP (Deep Penetrating) which is nothing more than a Gold Bug Pro with an 11" x 7" DD elliptical coil instead of a 5" round DD coil. The only difference listed by Fisher between the Gold Bug and the Gold Bug Pro is that the Gold Bug Pro has a manual adjustment option for the ground balance and also offers "higher sensitivity". Both models use a "Ground Grab" button as a simple ground balance method that is quite effective. The Gold Bug Pro allows you to also manually adjust the ground balance setting up or down. The manual adjustment can be used in conjunction with or separately from the Ground Grab button. The big question is the "higher sensitivity" claim. There are two possibilities here. First, that the Gold Bug Pro actually allows for higher gain or sensitivity levels. However, I was in marketing too long and have a more jaded thought. Manual ground balance allows for a higher degree of control that if used properly can get you more sensitivity. There is a very distinct possibility the higher sensitivity claim follows directly from the ability to manually ground balance the Gold Bug Pro. This could be tested with both units set side by side with identical ground balance settings and max gain. If the Gold Bug Pro is inherently more sensitive an air test should show it. I have not had the chance to do this my self but if somebody wants to there you go. My opinion? I believe the Gold Bug and the Gold Bug Pro if outfitted with the same coil are basically the same detector. The only real difference is the manual ground balance option on the Gold Bug Pro. Do you need it? Not really, and especially when you consider that for $499 vs $649 that is probably all you are getting. The Ground Grab function is remarkably effective and would suit most people just fine. I personally do like manual ground balance and so for me spending the extra money to get it is a non-issue. I do as a rule tell people that if cost is not an issue get the Gold Bug Pro. It is far more popular and would be easier to resell. But in all honesty I think the Basic Gold Bug is the real bang-for-the-buck unit. There is nothing else close to it at the $499 price point that offers full LCD readout target discrimination while in full power all metal prospect mode. I should note that First Texas owns both Fisher and Teknetics. The Fisher Gold Bug DP (Gold Bug Pro with 11" coil) is marketed by Teknetics as the G2. The Fisher Gold Bug DP goes for $699 and the Teknetics G2 is $749. The $50 extra gets you a pistol grip rod instead of the Gold Bug S-rod and an arm strap. Nice gray paint scheme also. Really boils down to pistol grip vs S-rod, purely a personal preference thing. I use the 5" x 10" elliptical myself and consider it to be the best all around coil for the Gold Bug. However, right now you have to get it as an accessory or as part of a two coil package. Fisher would be doing us a service to release the Gold Bug with this coil as standard on the unit. My Gold Bug 2 is slightly better on the tiniest of gold but the Gold Bug Pro easily outperforms the Gold Bug 2 on larger nuggets at depth. For all around nugget detecting the Gold Bug or Gold Bug Pro (and G2) have a better balance of both small gold and large gold capability than the Gold Bug 2. To recap first came the original 1987 era Gold Bug with knobs and switches: Then about 2010 we got the new Gold Bug: Followed quickly and briefly by the Gold Bug SE. Note how the plus and minus buttons now have dual functions, both Disc and Ground Balance, compared to the basic Gold Bug above: The Gold Bug SE was basically the prototype for the Gold Bug Pro, which got a new faceplate decal and a higher price: And finally, the Gold Bug Pro was also marketed under the Teknetics line as the G2 with a different rod/handle assembly: Gold Bug Pro DP compared to Teknetics G2:
  25. Thanks again Steve, you are definitely speeding up my learning curve. I live in Nevada now so it will probably be a few weeks before I can get back to the beach (my wife travels to California often and has a free companion pass so I tag along for free). I will share anything new I learn. Most of my experience has been with the Fisher GB2 on meteorites and while not related to beach hunting I have learned a few tips recently that have paid off. I usually hunt the Franconia Strewn field which consists of chondrites and tiny irons. Most of the chondrites have been found and most folks think the irons have as well. But many of the irons are tiny, some smaller than 0.1 gram. The irons exist in an area that has been more or less entirely gridded. I recently bought a 14" coil for my GB2 to allow me to cover more area and went back to Franconia a few weeks ago. I hunted the usual area of "iron alley". I kept the sensitivity maxed out at 10, as well as the audio and the audio boost switch on. I ground balanced often, but with these settings the GB2 more or less is continuously noisy. Anything less than max sensitivity would be a waste of time because most hunters run maxed out. Anyway, with all the visible scrapes and dig holes on the smooth desert pavement areas I decided to instead concentrate mostly on the areas with large basalt rocks from golf ball size to around softball size. The GB2 was screaming from all the hot rocks but every now and then I could hear a slight faint blip in the background. Sure enough many of these blips turned out to be irons and many were larger than normal up to 1.5 grams or so. After 3 days of hunting I had 49 irons and 2 chondrites, a new record for me! What I learned from all of this is to focus on the specific target sound or blip that usually indicates an iron and ignore all the hot rock sounds. It can be tough to do because the basalt hot rocks create a loud background chatter that is almost continuous. And most folks avoid the basalt area for that reason. This technique probably won't be much good with the ATX because it runs so quiet, but just thought I would share it. ....jim