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  1. Hi all, My name is Joseph and am a lifelong resident here in Fairbanks, Alaska. After about 8 years of searching for gold with a pan, homemade sluice and 2" suction dredge, I'd decided to take a leap (after reading a few spectacular in-depth reviews here) on purchasing Minelab's Gold Monster 1000 at the beginning of April. I have a older Bounty Hunter tr/bfr detector and a older Fisher 1212x I'd found at a pawn shop although I learned they are both ok for finding decent size metals like keys/coins and hot rocks on the surface and the Bounty Hunter has helped me find black sands a few times, but not so good on the small sub-gram gold I normally find. The snow is still on the ground here, maybe 1ft in my yard and still around 7 feet in the area I like to spend the summertime prospecting. This past week I'd taken a short drive to one of the local fishing lakes to see if I could find some ground to get a little practice in and luck was in my favor. Not being to familiar with detecting non-ferrous metals, I thought it would be a good idea to chase after some of the tin foil and lead sinkers that had been scattered all over the beach from years of people that like to hang out there. With the large coil on, I'd held the machine off the ground to power on, let it complete the air test and started out in "All Metal Mode" at "auto plus one" sensitivity and was about 30 seconds before I'd heard the first loud beep with the meter slamming to the right, it took a few moments to find out it was the first small split shot lead sinker! So on to the next few targets I'd noticed plenty of beeps with the meter going the other direction (ferrous) I'd dug them anyway to make sure and turned out being single fish hooks. What got really annoying was how overly sensitive the GM1000 is on tiny pieces of foil and I mean tiny! It screamed like it was a large target until I turned the sensitivity to manual to the 6th bar which calmed things down and helped me focus on some actual large targets. After about an hour went by I had 14 lead sinkers, 5 hooks and a few pennies, I just had to check out the 5" coil. Round 2: I'd returned to full auto plus one sensitivity and found what cherry picking really was by simply lifting the coil up just a little to see if I could make any difference in the sound getting lighter response from the smaller targets and seemed to do the trick of avoiding some (not all) of the tiny foil pieces and continued to score some good size lead, a few dimes, nickels and then my first silver which looked to be a part of a bracelet or?? Didn't matter so much as it made my day! I was happy to then try out the "gold mode" for a while as I felt really comfortable with the full auto/all metal settings. I did not like the beep..beep sound it made while ignoring the ferrous targets after hearing a more wha-zip sound I had gotten used to and doubt I'll ever use it in that environment again. (maybe in the hills?) Although the meter seemed to be spot on still. So back to it, I got to dig a few more hooks, sinkers, 2 fly's, more coins, a broken cheap ring, some tiny shotgun pellets, a few bullets, a pellet gun pellet and then the magic happened, a beep like I hadn't heard yet... My first gold with the GM1000, first with a metal detector and first gold of the year was a 1" tall pendant (brass plate) with gold flakes and is my first Initial! A true blessing as the silver was a great find for me, it still blows my mind and if I never find another flake with this machine, I couldn't be happier with how my first experience went! Thank you to all who have posted about this detector and other forms of prospecting knowledge, I hope I can do the same as I get more familiar with the gm1000 and will do my best to help contribute to any info I may provide in the future! Joseph
  2. Did some testing with my new Gold Monster. The GM1000 is easy to use and has a perfect user interface. While it can be quite compact using custom parts, I wish Minelab would provide a telescopic shaft. A better shaft would really make a big difference for usability while hiking and biking with the monster. The hard part with the Gold Monster is learning to find the tiny targets it detects, digging staple-size targets is challenging. Now I am hoping to find both huge and tiny meteorites with the Gold Monster.
  3. Lunk or someone I'm sure will be doing a comparison between the Gold Master 1000 and the Equinox 800 for hunting Meteorites. Looking forward to that comparison to determine whether I want to add the GM1000 primarily for Meteorite hunting while keeping the 600 and 800 for more general purposes.
  4. Hello everyone I am french so excuse my bad english I am a goldpanning addict and I have never used a detector before... However I am interested in goldmonster 1000 but I have some questions, despite reading various topics on the forum, it's not totally clear for me. It seems that there is not a lot of GM 1000 users in France ! Almost nobody is looking for gold with a detector here, it's not Australia or California But i know some areas with 0.1 to 2 or 3 gr nuggets on the bedrock and i want to test it with a metal detector. Do you think goldmonster works properly to search for gold in a stream (river), to examine the bedrock underwater ? I know that the coil is waterproof but the detection capacity is it good underwater? And in the wet gravels on the banks of the river ? In attachment, show you my biggest nugget (2.7 gr) and some "big" pieces of gold i have found (i think GM 1000 is able to find this type of gold). Thanks for your advices ! Vince
  5. Hi guys, We had a public holiday today. ANZAC Day. Anzac Day occurs on 25th April. It commemorates & is a day of remembrance to all New Zealanders & Australians killed in war and also honours returned servicemen and women. ... The date itself marks the anniversary of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZACs) landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915. They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning. We will remember them. We will remember them. Lest We forget. I packed the GM 1000 & the EQ 800 & headed out in search of some small tiny gold that I knew had to be lurking within the folds of schist bedrock & cracks & crevices. The area wasn't overly friendly for the EQ's 11" coil so I started out with the GM 1000 & its 5" coil to get into the tight places. Sensitivity was A combination of Manual 10 & Auto +. Not 5 minutes into it & I had my first faint little signal. Down on to the schist bed rock & the target was out. A small piece of gold. Junk targets were very few. I got another good little hit in the folds of schist. Another small bit of gold. This was the start of a bit of a roll. Rabbit hole dig to the right & a signal dig on the left A small piece of gold. Most of the signals were very erratic on the gold chance indicator. Sometimes there wasn't even any movement on it until a few scrapes had been made. Ended up with two bits from that dig. But oh so small. Another good hit A better bit of gold. I then got a signal that had me into a couple of crevices in the schist bedrock. Ended up getting 3 bits from this little area. Tiny bit I then gave the EQ 800 a run & couldn't believe the two tiny bits I got with it. Full max sensitivity of 25 & multi IQ. Prospect mode 1. Can you even see it? To the left of the center bar on the E. Same in the below pic. I ended up going back to the GM. On my way back out I got a signal that turned out to be in a crevice that wasn't even visible until I dug into it & uncovered it. It was on a drop of down into a tailing race. A small bit of gold On my walk back to my wagon I took a snap of the autumn colours looking down the river. End result for the afternoon was 12 for the GM for .32 of a gram And two for the EQ 800 for .05 of a gram Grand total of 14 for .36 of a gram. Won't be quitting my day job. Cheers. Good luck out there JW
  6. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFgzy3yZCA1FdeJcOEbOYMQ/videos Just thought i would post this up, i have been watching his clips for a while now, He is the most prolific gold finder with the monster i have seen, certainly shows how good the monster is at pinging those specimens and tiny flakes. I have been loving the posts by Kiwijw & Phrunt who have been doing well with the monster in NZ but i haven't seen much of the monster in Australia and more in the more mineralised ground until i came across this guy. Cheers,
  7. From the Anderson Website: Anderson Gold Monster Shaft -0836CF Fits - Minelab Gold Monster Price- $149.99 USD
  8. So I recently had an experience where I was forced to use headphones with my GM1000, I hate headphones, or should I say I hate the cords on headphones, I get all tangled up in them. I was looking into ways to make my GM1000 have bluetooth wireless so I can use my Equinox 800 wireless headphones on it if I need headphones for any reason, this gadget seems to be the right thing for the job EastVita APTX Bluetooth Transmitter 3.5mm Bluetooth Audio Transmitter Receiver Adapter Car Aux Cable for Speaker Headphone Has anyone tried something similar? or know if this will work? Thanks
  9. Having a bit of fun with the GM 1000 so thought I might chronicle my finds in the one spot (if that's allowed??). Went out this afternoon with the literal dog, the figurative dog and the 3 hounds (the kids ). Took the GM to a spot where I had been before with the SDC and the Zed and had never found anything but rubbish. Old quartz vein site that had been pretty well smashed by the old boys. Lots and lots of targets with a little bit of sign of previous detectorists but I am assuming they were put off by the rubbish too. Today I strapped on the big coil for a bit of a change. Have almost exclusively used the little fella as I think it's a bit more stable and sensitive - although I have absolutely nothing to back that up with. A few small pieces of lead and a bit of ? tin. And one nice little specie 👍🏻 Also had a bit of a noise in the quartz wall but it was hard to get close enough so will be heading back there with the little coil to get a better swipe at it. Only out for about 45 mins so plenty more to this story (hopefully )
  10. Today I was out detecting with my GM1000 and about half way through the day the volume on it went really quiet, I don't know how to do a factory reset on the GM1000 to see if that will fix it, I have it set at maximum volume obviously and its internal speaker is just so quiet, I didn't have headphones with me so it cut the day short as it was so hard to use when you couldn't hear it over the creek noise. I got home and tried it with headphones and they're loud, normal volume levels so I think it's associated with the speaker, perhaps a faulty speaker. I quick google shows nobody else has had the same problem? On the plus side, I did manage to find a couple of nuggets before the speaker packed it in.
  11. nolan_dusty

    GM1000 Falsing

    Is falsing still a problem on the Gold Monster? Reason I ask I'm currently in the market for a detector Im looking at a GB2 mainly but I think I might get a Monster later down the road to add to the assortment of gold detectors. I have read many posts on various pages and forums saying that the coil falses a lot when brushed against something which could be a problem for me. I currently hunt in really thick sage brush an I really dont want the detector going off all the time in the brush that is one reason I plan on picking up the GB2 first because I heard its stays really stable and you can put the coil to the dirt. Has the Monster been updated since its release? do they plan on updating anything on the Monster like headphone jacks or keeping the sensitivity under control to reduce falsing?
  12. Hi guys, The other night after work I took the Gold Monster & EQ 800 for a walk. I was keen to try some comparisons. Got to the old workings & fired up the EQ 800. All was good for a few minutes & then all of a sudden the thing went crazy. Noisy as & VDI numbers all over the place. Lifted the coil up in the air & no difference. Waited for it to settle down...which it didn't. WTF. I checked my settings. Backed the sensitivity from 25 down to 15. Still no change. Did a factory preset. Was ok again for a little bit & then Bang....same thing again. I thought the worst.....that something had gone wrong with it. Didn't think it could be EMI as there is nothing out there to cause it. On getting home later I saw that Steve had done a post on interference from mobile phones. MMMMMM....maybe....although I had never had that kind of reaction like I had with the EQ that night. I do use my phone for taking photos & I do get a bit of a reaction on my PI's & the Zed when a txt comes in or a phone call. But nothing like what happened on the EQ. Well the EQ 800 was unusable so I tried the GM 1000. No problem with that. It just purred away. Sensitivity on Auto + as it was hitting better than manual 10.. got a faint as little signal. Then another Gosh...dont sneeze. Then a better signal. A bit deeper & it was still in there. Bugger the EQ, there went my comparison testing again. So I just kept going with the Monster. Another signal Another small bit of gold All up ten little pieces & no junk It was just going on dark & I decided to pull pin. I got the EQ & tried it quickly & it had settled down. Maybe it was some form of EMI. Blowed if I know from where though. I like how the EQ 800 headphones, through the cable, fit the Gold Monster. Cheers Good luck out there JW
  13. Gerry in Idaho made this comment in my previous Monster Gold Post. "Those Monster bits are very impressive. Just think of how small you can detect with the little 5" round coil? Reality is, the small coil does not even need to be used, unless in extreme rough terrain. Both machines are way better at small gold than what we expected." (Referring to the EQ 800) I replied: Hi Gerry, I have used the 5" on the monster & like you say it doesn't really need to be used. There seems to be no measurable difference in size of gold finds with either coil, it does just come down to the terrain & where one is wanting to poke the coil. Both machines are deadly on small gold, that is for sure. The real surprise to me has been the EQ with that 11" DD coil. Especially in Multi IQ. Staggering. People out there need to realise that I am able to run both, & the GB2, in maxed out settings due to our insanely mild ground. This is helping no end in me getting these tiny bits. I realise that many of you wont have a hope of running these hot settings & hence you are unlikely to be getting gold as small as I am showing what I am getting. But it just shows the capability of both these machines. Naturally the tiny gold isn't very deep. Thanks. Not having used the little 5" coil for quite a long time and then thinking about what Gerry & I commented on I decided to go back to an area where I have been finding this small gold with the EQ 800 & the Gold Monster with the 10 x 6 coil. As in my last few gold finds posts. On Saturday I went back with the EQ 800 & the Monster with the 5" coil as I had pretty much done my dash on finds in this area. I got straight into it with the GM & the 5" coil. Manual 10 was a bit ratty, as was Auto + so I settled on Auto for my general detecting but always flicking into Auto + & manual 10 on the hint of a signal just to cross reference. With the 5" coil I was able to get into places that I couldn't with the 10 x 6 coil on the Monster & definitely couldn't with the EQ 800 & its 11" DD. Gosh...first signal came in seconds. In that hole in the schist on the right of the detector. I tried the EQ 800 before digging. Not a peep. But the ground was quite uneven right on that bottom edge of the schist & the EQ's coil couldn't get right down on the ground. As you will notice there is a lot of ground not suitable for the EQ's coil. Different angle of the same spot. Small piece of gold The dirt area top right was more suitable for the EQ & is where I got 17 tiny bits with it. The rest...not so good for that 11" coil. I then got another signal with the GM & again I tried the EQ as the ground was reasonable for the EQ's coil but another zero response. Small gold it was This little spot ended up with 6 bits of gold as I dug into it. I tried the EQ on another signal that I got with the GM. It was on the edge of a protruding bit of schist bedrock. It actually got a hit on this & was reading 2 consistently on the VDI. Full max 25 sensitivity & Multi IQ, prospect mode 1 Bloody shotgun pellet. I ended here trying the EQ on further signals as the ground was not favourable for its coil. But the 5" on the Monster was doing a grand job. Down into this schist crevice. A nice little slug. One the 10 x 6 missed. And another Different angle of the above dig. Notice the briar rose bush straight up from the end of the pick handle in between those schist outcrops. This was the spot of my next signal. I had dug a signal in there on my last trip with the GM & the 10 x 6 coil. It was rubbish, but I had attacked that briar rose bush a little. The red berries are the rose hips that the miners used in the early days for making rose hip tea for its vitamin C properties. They are almost ready for picking. Just needing the first heavy frost, then it is harvest time. I did that last year but it was a real pain processing the berries for making the tea. So...got a signal & Had to lay into that briar rose bush a bit more & was getting down into a crevice in the schist Bingo I took a pic of the finds at this stage thinking I would be needing to head off. 11 little blighters. But no...it wasnt over yet. On my way out I got another signal. You will notice the green scoop standing up in the crevice dig of the last find beside that briar rose bush. This find down a bit & into the schist bedrock. Again, not a suitable place for the EQ's coil. Even the GM 10 x 6 missed this one. Well that was it so 12 bits all up. I was out of there as it was getting dark. Here are a few pics of the detected area. The earthy flat areas are where the EQ did well. The GM the rest. I was using the EQ's headphones with cable into the Monster. Gold Monster & 5" coils gold finds. So yes the 5" just gets into more spots that the 10 x 6 cant & still gets good depth on the small ones. I was happy with the result & wasn't really expecting it to be honest. Cheers Good luck out there JW
  14. Somewhere in this, or possibly another forum, I read that if the GM is in manual sensitivity that it won't ground balance (fade) out a target like in Auto???? Not sure if the GM only auto ground balances while in auto or does it always auto ground balance even in manual sensitivity???? Hope that my question makes sense...... Still snow on ground so can't test this myself just yet.... Thanks guys.........
  15. For a bit of a test of my VLF's I put the bits of gold I found on this prospecting trip into small plastic bags and put one at a time in a big bucket of gravel I got from one of the two creeks we found the gold at, I threw a handful of my daughters black sand collection into the bucket and mixed it around to make it a bit more realistic of a test. I also added a 2 gram test nugget I purchased on a local auction site some time ago for the test, in the hope one day I find one , it is smaller than the nugget John found on this trip but it must be thicker. I buried the nuggets down at around the 5cm mark, the same sort of depth we found them at as they were mostly in bedrock, one at a time and run each of my detectors over it, excluding the Go-Find as I knew it had no hope, started at the smallest nugget and worked my way up. I put the most suitable coils for Gold prospecting on each detector that I had and put them in all metal mode when available. Starting left to right Equinox 800, GM1000 with 5" coil, Gold Bug Pro with Nel Snake Coil, Gold Bug Pro with Cors Fortune Coil (Nel Sharpshooter), I also used the GBP 10" elliptical on this one, T2 with 5" Coil, Garrett Euroace with Nel Tornado Coil. I wanted to know which detectors I own would have found the nuggets I found with John to work out which are suitable to do the same job as my GM1000 in that situation with the size gold we found. All were in default settings, sensitivity at max and the Equinox in Gold 1 and all were ground balanced to the buckets gravel. Knocked out of the competition immediately was the Garrett Euroace. Nothing at all from it on all 8 nuggets. All other detectors picked up all the nuggets except the T2 missed the smallest nugget of the 8 but got all the others fine. Moved down to 10cm and had the same results. Moved down 15cm and the T2 lost the smaller nuggets and struggled on the bigger ones, the GM1000 got a erratic on its gold probability meter on the smaller ones and the bigger ones were getting harder to to get a stable probability, The GBP lost the smaller ones on all coils and was getting faint on the bigger ones and the Equinox was really struggling and only signalled on them as the center of the coil past them, the edges of the coil got nothing at all on all nuggets. Moved down 20cm, T2 was out, GM1000 lost the smaller ones completely, erratic on the bigger ones, GBP signal was getting faint but still a dig on all coils only on the biggest ones, smaller were still gone, Equinox lost all but the biggest ones. Down to 25cm, GM1000 was out, GBP still faint on the biggest ones on all coils, Equinox was faint but still there on the biggest ones. At 30cm all were out except the most faint signals on the GBP with Cors Fortune and the 10" Elliptical which I wouldn't dig as sounded too much like normal ground noise, and the Equinox was the same but giving a slightly better signal than the GBP and maybe I would dig it. These were the winners for me! GM1000, then Equinox followed closely by the Gold Bug Pro's with various coil options. With any of these combinations I could find the same size nuggets in the same ground, except the Equinox's big coil would let me down. The T2 did surprisingly well and I see why it was a popular prospecting detector but prefers bigger nuggets, however it's still the most comfortable detector I own. The GBP's are really good machines, I take back everytime I doubted their ability, it was my ability that was the problem, not the GBP, I was just in ground that didn't have big enough nuggets for them. As for tiny nuggets the GM1000 and Equinox are the only suitable machines I own. I really want Minelab to bring out that 6" for the Equinox now as I think it will do very well. This was by no means an accurate test, I was just working out what detectors I have that can find these nuggets so if my wife or anyone wanted to use one I wouldn't be wasting their time using one as the Monster is firmly in my hands when I go detecting from now on until perhaps the Equinox gets a smaller coil. The other reason I wanted to do this test was because I liked John's 6" GB2 coil so much for the task, and my Nel Snake 6.5 x 3.5 for the Gold Bug Pro is the same sort of size and shape. I will try out my GBP at the same creek sometime with that Nel Snake and see how it performs in the real world. Seeing his GB2 in action made me want a GB2 but my next and possibly final detector for some time is going to be a GPX 4500.
  16. Has the Gold Monster 1000 already been made redundant by the Equinox 800?
  17. Two Questions with two different creeks, both are freshwater inland mountain fed creeks about 25 minutes or so drive from each other. Creek #1 So I went to an alternative creek to my usual spot today to do some exploring, my GM1000 wasn't behaving at all there, I was unable to use it, I'm unsure if it was because I'm an unlicensed driver of the thing and was operating it incorrectly or if it couldn't handle the ground. I tried JP's ground balancing method numerous times to calm it down and I tried running it on Sensitivity 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 ,7, 8, 9, 10, Auto and Auto+, All metal and discriminate in all the sensitivity levels, nothing made a difference I would still constantly get this Siren sound when I was swinging around. I've attached a link to a Youtube video showing the issue. I thought the siren sound was when it was overloaded such as when you put it up next to a big chunk of metal (the same noise happens on my daughters Go-Find 40 when it goes near big bits of metal and at this creek as she has tried it before here and was unusable due to the siren constantly going off) so I dug the area of some of the siren noises, Couldn't find any metal at all with the naked eye, certainly not giant bit's that I would expect would set off the siren noise. I didn't find one bit of junk at the location. The other odd thing is a majority of the time the Gold Chance indicator was indicating it was a non-ferrous target that was causing the siren noise, usually all the way over to the Gold side, you'll see in the video no doubt. I knew I hadn't found a nugget the size of a baseball, so what on earth was causing it! I gave up using the Monster and started just digging buckets of gravel and running it through my sluice and found more gold in the two hours I was there than I would normally find in a day at my alternative creek. It's the first time I've used the sluice at this location but it was nice to see a girl sluicing on my walk to the spot I went to, gave me confidence there must be gold around.. BUT and I think this may explain the siren, my sluice was getting full of little black rocks, I just kept running it for the 2 hours anyway as I could see the front of it was filling up rapidly with little bits of gold (and one nugget that got stuck in the first portion of the carpet) and when I pulled it out to do my cleanup and gather up my hoard I was struggling panning it down because these little black rocks were heavy. I eventually got out a magnet that came with my panning kit and ran it over them and wow, cleaned out my pan in seconds, it was all magnetic. I had to be careful and clean the magnet in another pan as gold was sticking to it like mad. I ended up getting a large container of the stuff in only 2 hours of running about 8 buckets of gravel and that container is damn heavy. Is this stuff the culprit of my Monsters siren noise? Would an Equinox 800 handle this soil better? Are they tiny little crazy hot rocks? they do look like little black crystals up close. All other hot rocks i've encountered in the past are big proper rocks. Is it possibly this black sand I hear about, for some reason I assumed sand would be associated with a beach, but I am new to this all. V Highly Magnetic, and for some reason Gold really likes to stick to them, you'll probably notice little bits of gold in amongst it in this photo. It looked a lot and felt damn heavy so I put it into a coffee jar I had laying around and weighed it. 2.45 Kilos! 5.4 Pounds! No wonder my backpack got really heavy Creek #2 So I've been messing around quite a bit with my GM1000 at another gold bearing creek, when I run the sluice in there I can get lots of bits up to the size of .3 of a gram but mostly the bigger bits are .1 to .2 of a gram. I've noticed in air tests if I run my GM1000 in manual 10 I can get a much bigger depth on a .2 gram nugget than in Auto or Auto+ in an air test so I'd prefer to run it in manual if possible.. I know that air tests are rubbish but it just seems like manual 10 goes deeper most of the time. When I swing my GM1000 in and around this creek in manual 10 I am getting a lot of signals around the place but mostly in clusters, but not everywhere, I can cover 2 or 3 meters on manual 10 and get no signal, then I can come across a spot where about 1 meter radius has signals, so there is some ground that comes up clean, move a few feet away and I get signals again, is it possible this is small gold its seeing or is it some sort of falsing, our ground is normally very mild and if I do dig a bucket of gravel from where it signals there is almost always gold in it. Is it possible that the signals are just the tiny bits of gold I get when I dig a bucket from those spots and sluice it, it seems to me that's the only explanation, but some of the bits are so small it would be a surprise. My other concern is these little signals are this black crystal stuff again, the creeks are near to each other and I have noticed hard to pan out tiny black crystal rocks there, but not millions of them like the other creek, usually 50 or so in a days sluicing. Thanks for any help, these situations have me puzzled, I also would like to know opinions on if the Equinox 800 would handle these situations better than the GM1000.
  18. Was doing some testing on targets with my GM 1000 the targets were clad coins,lead bits,aluminum foil and a couple of gold rings I was trying to get a feel for how each sounds different on the GM 1000 what I need an explanation on is this when I would pass a clad coin pennies,nickels,dimes and quarters under the coil they would all give pretty much the same sound but where I need the explanation is on the iron and gold chance meter on the GM 1000 they all also read on the non ferrous side of the meter why is this nails and things like that would read on the iron side but all clad coins hit on the gold chance side should the meter be reading clad coins like that I understand the nails and things like that but why the pennies,nickels,dimes and quarters the clad coins also would give of a sound on the speaker and hit on the gold chance side of the meter while in deep all metal or discrimination modes it did not matter.
  19. has anyone had issues with their headphones for the GM 1000 mine all of a sudden got to where you have to mess with the plug the part that plugs into the control unit has vary low volume but when you mess with the wire that goes into the plug it starts working i know its the headphones because I plugged a set of ear buds into the control unit and they work fine are the headphones under warranty also or do I need to purchase another set If they are under warranty who do I contact to get them replaced the dealer I purchased from or who
  20. I am just back from a little detector outing and while I was at it I reflected on how once again I seem to do things a bit differently than other people. I am usually shy of talking about my specific settings because I am the last person to claim I know what's best when it comes to other people and how they detect. Ground conditions vary as do people's personal styles and preferences. Therefore I will include my usual caveat here that I am not claiming what I am doing is "the best" way of doing things. On the other hand I do seem to be able to make detectors deliver for me and I am willing to share how I do things in case it may help somebody else. Hopefully that proves to be the case with this post. For me the key is knowing my detector and how it reacts on my ground. I then let the detector tell me what to do when it comes to balancing sensitivity and ground responses. The task at hand has a lot to do with it. The Minelab Gold Monster 1000 is from my perspective two different detectors in one package. There are two basic tasks I usually expect to perform with it: 1. I have an acre of ground I want to detect from end to end. This for me requires using the larger of the two coils included with the GM1000, a blunt tipped 10" DD elliptical. Due to the GM1000 being a very high gain detector in more ways than one, my basic goal here is stability. I want the machine to be well behaved so that I can cover ground relatively quickly without having to deal with spurious false signals that require analysis. I am going to sacrifice a little theoretical "hots" in order to efficiently cover large areas, areas that may or may not contain gold. 2. I have a 20 foot by 20 foot area that I already know has small gold in it. My goal here is not to cover ground but to clean out the gold. This will at minimum mean running the Gold Monster as hot as possible, and may very well include going to the smaller of the two coils, a 5" round DD. However, I can find gold down around the 1/10th grain (480 grains per Troy ounce) region with the 10" coil and it will hit the larger bits at greater depth in milder ground so I am generally going to stick with the 10" coil unless I really am trying to get the very last flyspecks. What follows is predicated on the moderately mineralized ground of northern Nevada, where alkali (salt) ground is as much or more a consideration as small hot rocks. Even small depressions like a hoof print will collect water during a rain, and when almost but not completely dried the small damp spot may create a positive signal if the Gold Monster is running at high sensitivity levels. Once again I will warn that the specific settings I mention will vary under different ground conditions. Under the first scenario where I am trying to cover large areas I have found both manual sensitivity and auto sensitivity to be useful. Deciding between the two is as simple as knowing how variable the ground is. If the ground is relatively homogenous with minimal variation then manual sensitivity can work very well. If the ground gets too variable requiring constant burdensome adjustments of the sensitivity control to keep up, then going to auto sensitivity is more efficient. What does that mean in actual practice? Let's go over that but first I need to discuss the power up procedure. Much has been made of the necessity to hold the coil in the air as opposed to on the ground when the detector is first powered up. I will admit I am perhaps less stringent as regards that procedure. If I have any nearby electrical power sources, like a power line, cell tower, another detectorist nearby, etc. then I will raise the coil off the ground and point it directly at the tower or other person. This gives the GM1000 the best chance of "seeing" the interference during the few seconds frequency scan so possible interference can be eliminated or at least reduced as much as possible. However, in the interest of being completely honest, I have not found the Gold Monster at 45 kHz to be particularly sensitive to electrical interference and while in the middle of nowhere Nevada I often just turn the machine on and go about my business will no ill effects noted. The raise coil and point at nearest electrical source is a very good habit to develop, but in my experience at least it is not as critical for me as it appears to be for others. I am always going to use the deep seeking all metal mode whenever possible. This is not just because this mode goes deeper, but also because the coil is more forgiving about reporting items that are not centered well under the coil. The discrimination mode has the net effect of reducing the overall size of the detection area under the coil. This means that when running in the iron discrimination mode more care should be used to overlap sweeps. When my goal is covering ground that little bit of extra ground coverage per sweep does add up and all metal mode helps reduce the chance a nugget will be missed on any given sweep. The Gold Monster is noteworthy in that Minelab finally seems to have realized that the speaker actually needs to be loud enough to hear! I am quite enthralled by the boosted audio and the way the smallest targets pop even with my admittedly poor hearing. In fact, the Gold Monster bangs out so loud without headphones that I will often run a notch down from the maximum volume setting - it's so loud that in quiet locations it can be too loud. The volume control is also a secondary sensitivity control in a way, and so I usually run it full out. I do this as much to help create a forced threshold sound as to enhance my ability to hear small targets. More on that later. One of the greatest features on the Minelab Gold Monster 1000 is the automatic ground tracking. In my ground at least it is very efficient at effortlessly keeping up not only with ground conditions but in taking the edge off many hot rocks that would be problematic for other detectors. The beauty of this is that it eliminates the need to keep up with and make small adjustments to the ground balance control as would be the case with a detector that lacks an efficient automatic ground balance. I think most companies are equivalent when it comes to many features, but I do think when it comes to automatic ground tracking technology that Minelab has been and continues to be the industry leader. I was a "manual tuning only" diehard for a long time, but my experiences with the Minelab SDC 2300 in particular taught me to let go of that old thought process. The automatic ground tracking shifts the burden to the sensitivity control as the prime operational control on the GM1000. Minelab has positioned this control close enough to the center of the control panel that it is easily manipulated up or down with a thumb press by either left or right handed individuals. To summarize, I will raise the coil and point it at the nearest electrical source and then I will power the detector up and wait until it completes the frequency scan. The Gold Monster defaults to the last settings and so my machine will already be in all metal mode, but if not I will switch to that. From there I will go to manual sensitivity setting 7 and do a short walk around sweeping the coil over the ground. For me this means the coil is sliding lightly over the ground or no more than a few millimeters over it. So far for ground I have been frequenting the magic settings are 6 - 7 - 8. With the Gold Monster at full volume what I am seeking is a very minimal amount of ground feedback. These are very soft sounds that are quite unlike the hard edged pop of a genuine target. These sounds are created by the sensitivity being so high that ground noise is just starting to overcome the ground tracking ability to silence the ground. The problem with a silent search machine while in manual ground balance mode is that without a threshold you can end up leaving some performance on the table. If a setting of eight generates a little ground feedback, and you decide to go with 7 to make the machine completely silent, there is nothing wrong with that per se. However, if the ground changes and gets milder you may have the ability to run at a higher level of sensitivity, and without a change in the audio to alert you to a change in the ground, you will just leave the setting where it is. In my case if a setting of 7 is completely silent, I will bump to a setting of 8, and this almost always gives me that little ground feedback I want. If 7 is too noisy, I will drop to a setting of 6 and this will probably do the trick for me. The range between each setting seems about perfect for a person to settle on a range of three settings, too little, too much, and just right. For my areas 6 - 7 - 8 are the magic numbers. For worse ground the range may shift lower, to 5 - 6 - 7. Try and picture this. At sensitivity 7 I am just scanning along, coil lightly on the ground, with soft ground feedback, waiting for that hard little signal that even the tiniest target will generate. Then all the sudden the machine goes dead quiet. I have entered less mineralized ground. One thumb tap to sensitivity 8, and I get my "false threshold" back. Or, at a setting of 7 the machine gets noisier. Maybe a little alkali patch or more mineralized ground. A quick tap down to 6 reduces the feedback to my desired minimal level. What I am doing is letting the ground tracking do its job, and then just bumping the sensitivity up or down a notch to ride the ragged edge of best performance for the ground. "Gee Steve, sensitivity 6 - 7 - 8, aren't you giving up lots of depth running at 6 or 7 or anything less than 10"? My air testing...." A pox on air tests! They have uses but have little bearing on how to get the best performance out of a detector in the field. I do like to run my detectors hot and that does often mean with some ground noise, but it has to be kept within manageable limits. For the purposes of covering a lot of ground pushing the GM1000 to the edge is good but any farther and everything sounds like a target and knock sensitivity shoots up dramatically, especially at the hyper sensitivity settings of 9 and 10. The reality from what I have seen so far is that the Minelab Gold Monster 1000 at settings of 6 - 7 - 8 will match or exceed most detectors in its class. Let's save manual sensitivity 9 or 10 for my next detecting scenario up next. Again, a reminder that 6 - 7 - 8 is working well for me in moderate ground. In more mineralized ground it may be 5 - 6 - 7 or even 4 - 5 - 6. If you simply listen to the machine it will tell you where you need to be. Too high, too low - just right. I have actually found gold with the sensitivity as low as 3 when in some nasty salt encrusted ground. People seem so adverse to lowering sensitivity I often wonder how many would just give up before going that low. It just can't find gold set that low, can it? Yes it can. You either tame the ground or go home and even though depth is reduced you can still find gold a low sensitivity settings if that is what it takes to get stable performance in the worst ground. So what about auto sensitivity? Simple really. If you are finding that you are having to bump the sensitivity up and down too often (you will know when that is for you) then it is time for Auto sensitivity. Auto sensitivity is different than manual in that you can trust it to keep the detector at the optimum level even if running silent. In general Auto is the silent running mode whereas Auto+ usually introduces a slight amount of ground feedback at full volume. As I mentioned earlier the volume control acts as a secondary sensitivity filter and running it lower can reduce or eliminate slight ground noise while still allowing targets to sound off loud and clear. Auto+ works best for me in most places but if need be I can drop to simple Auto for more difficult variable ground where Auto+ may get too noisy. OK, we have been hunting as described above and get a target. What next? If you are digging everything, a good practice, then just recover that target. If it is faint, either bumping the manual sensitivity up two points or dropping out of Auto into a high manual setting can aid greatly in pinpointing and recovering the target. What about trash? Too much and I don't want to dig them all? I am hunting in all metal mode and I rely on the meter to make a dig or no dig decision. In some ways it is a probability thing. If a few sweeps over the target from various directions produce a series of "hard left" ferrous meter responses, the target is likely ferrous. My goal is to try and coax a non-ferrous response with the meter kicking to the right. Just one non-ferrous response raises the odds you have a non-ferrous target. Even then I might pass in a trashy area, but two or more non-ferrous responses and you had better just dig it. Small nuggets in mineralized soil are fighting the ferrous content of the soil itself and in bad ground the ferrous ground response often wins. If you are looking for gold look for reasons to dig targets, not reasons to walk away. The amount of trash will help determine just how aggressive or lax you decide to be in these dig or no-dig decisions. Running is disc mode should be reserved for situations where there is no other option. It may be needed to eliminate a certain hot rock response. Or there may be multiple trash targets per swing - you can't analyze them all. The iron discrimination mode can be a real lifesaver in these instances. However, consider the borderline nugget that will read ferrous seven out of ten swings. That means you only have a 30% chance on a single pass over the target of having the machine give an audio non-ferrous report while in iron discrimination mode. The odds are even worse if you are not perfectly over the target, a bit too high, or swinging a little too fast. If the detector decides ferrous on that first pass, you get no sound and go right by, never knowing it was there. This is where detectors with a ferrous tone have the advantage in alerting you to every target so you can double or triple check. With a silent rejection system you get just one chance at the target and if the detector is wrong, the nugget is missed. Minelab Gold Monster 1000 Iron Discrimination Mode Versus All Metal Mode All metal is more forgiving in multiple ways, but mostly by alerting you to every target, allowing you to stop, get the coil lower if need be, slow the sweep, change the angle, etc. all with the goal of trying to coax a non-ferrous response from the target. I highly recommend that if you use discrimination you use it sparingly and conservatively, and only go to full blown iron disc mode it you must. We all have a different threshold for when that will be but rest assured hot rocks or thick trash will pretty much force the issue. That sure sounds complicated! In practice, hunting at sensitivity 6, I am going to get a signal. If it is faint, I will bump the sensitivity a couple notches now that I am on target. Too hot for general hunting but fine for spot checks. The target response will enhance, giving much surer results on the discrimination meter, and allowing for easier pinpointing and recovery. Target in pouch, sensitivity back down two notches and I am on my way again. For extreme ground JP has a bit more complicated method for getting back into the hunt as described here. For me personally hunting in moderate ground simply going back to my base sensitivity setting and swinging away is working fine. Again however, I am discussing just general detecting at this point, not getting the best and finest edge on the performance. Which leads me to.... ...that 20 foot by 20 foot spot I want to clean out. The 5" coil has an edge on the really tiny gold and in more mineralized ground in particular it "sees" less ground and is the coil of choice for cleanup duty. In moderate ground I run the Monster at manual sensitivity 10 and much like running my GPZ 7000 fully maxed out with Steve's Insanely Hot Settings I tame the machine strictly through coil control. This means moving at a crawl, and because at sensitivity 9 and especially 10 some knock sensitivity is introduced, I employ my magical ability to keep a coil 1 mm off the ground while never touching anything. In severe ground sensitivity 9 or 10 may not be attainable at all, and as always I defer to JP and his operating procedures for dealing with really bad ground. But for my milder ground I can crank the GM1000 all the way up and even with the 10" coil hit gold down to around 1/10th grain and with the 5" coil smaller yet. Again, extreme coil control is the answer here but the catch is that you are never going to cover much ground in a day doing this. If covering ground is the goal, stick with more stable settings. But if you want to chase flyspecks (they do add up) then be very patient while working the coil and the Minelab Gold Monster is pretty amazing in what it can do. I do hope this helps somebody somewhere. Again, all I am doing is telling you what I am doing and what is working for me. If you prefer to do something different by all means - I am not trying to say these settings are the "best settings" as in my opinion there simply is no such thing. The best settings for my wife would probably be Auto sensitivity while in disc mode. "Here honey, swing this closely over the ground, and if it goes beep, dig it up." Different ground and different experience levels mean different settings. Never be afraid to experiment. If you only use settings you find on a website and never experiment yourself you will never truly learn any detector and what works best for your circumstances. Good luck out there and above all, have fun! More Information On the Minelab Gold Monster 1000 Sensitivity Settings Photo below: Some gold I just found, 4.9 grams total. The top four nuggets were found with the GPZ 7000 (largest nugget 2.2 grams) and the bottom nine with the Gold Monster 1000 (smallest flake ?? gram) using the methods described above.
  21. I am really interested in the GM and I had a few questions. 1st how does it do on bedrock?That's primarily where I'd use it. 2nd I'm going to post a picture of some gold I found sniping. I really want to use a metal detector at this location. There's definitely gold there. Do you think this gold is big enough for the GM to see? And 3rd I have access to a old hydraulic mine do you think it would do ok there? My last detector was a mxt and I never did find gold with it. I'm located in Oregon
  22. This subject has been mentioned before here but it seems some people are having issues that may go beyond the "norm", whatever that is. See Bill Southern's forum at http://nuggetshooter.ipbhost.com/topic/30883-mike-c-falsing-fix/ My 5" coil starts to exhibit touch sensitivity at Manual Sensitivity level 9, becoming more pronounced at 10. I have had no issue of note with my 10" coil, which is the coil I use almost exclusively. My impression has been this touch sensitivity in the 5" coil is inherent in the High Gain/Audio Boosted design of the GM1000. For me the solution had been to either lower the Gain/Sensitivity or to just get down and dirty with coil control. See my post from May at http://www.detectorprospector.com/forum/topic/3614-understanding-the-sensitivity-control-on-the-gold-monster-1000/?do=findComment&comment=39955 as regards all this. Any experienced detectorist knows a loose coil cable near the coil can create problems, and Mike Conner has suggested affixing the coil cable on the 5" coil as firmly as possible to prevent movement in the cable, with what he reports as being good results. This has been a non-issue for me as I run the 10' coil almost exclusively and my sensitivity when in manual ranges between 6 - 8 with rare forays to higher levels as described in my recent thread here. My main concern is reports of 5" coil touch sensitivity at much lower Gain/Sensitivity levels than what I have experienced. So the big question for you Gold Monster owners (no second hand reports please) - what coil sensitivity are you experiencing and at what Gain/Sensitivity level does it start to exhibit with each coil? Have you tried more firmly affixing the lower cable to the rod, and has it helped?
  23. Just wondering on peoples thoughts on how the GM would go on the beach, I am looking at buying one to use for hunting nuggets and cleaning up patches, but I go to the coast several times a year so it would be nice to still have a swing while on holidays. I have seen some commentary about them being okay at finding gold chains etc and I know I will dig a lot of junk, just after thoughts. Thanks in advance.
  24. The odd thing is some GM 1000 work great out of the box. Then others have trouble with the small coil. But then you have people like me and a few others have trouble with both coils. It would be interesting to know if Minelab has more than one plant where GM 1000 comes together. Then too if Minelab had to buy their electronics from another company that could of been substandard without knowing it. This wouldn't be the first time a top name company got the shaft unknowing what they were buying was substandard. How many of you have sent your GM 1000 in to Minelab ? Chuck
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