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  1. I have been painfully considering a purchase of a 7000. Seeing the gold a friends 7000 is getting that seems to be out of reach of a 5000 is giving me reason for this consideration. However with the areas I used to have access to that facilitates the use of the large coils are being lost due to development and I would have little or no areas to go that there would be a benefit to the large coils. If Minelab would make a small coil like the 11 inch diameter that is stock with all the other models up to the 7000 it would justify a purchased. I wonder if it’s the technology in the electronics that will not work with a small coil.
  2. Maybe a new thread if you have the time JP. "How to target large, deep gold with the GPZ?" Is it your conservative settings or something different again? How does the audio differ, etc? There are bits and pieces (linked below) that maybe all add up to an answer but if there are any other secrets you want to add JP, I'll listen
  3. Seeing some barely-used gpz 7000's coming across the auction block. Weren't there early ones that had issues? If so how were these issues resolved? How can you tell if the unit on the auction block is not one of these? Having not owned one yet I'm a little behind and appreciate any feedback.
  4. Hi all does anybody ground balance there machine as per instructions then leave the machine on the ground with ferrite under the plate ? I did this while i was getting the rest of my gear ready and it really made it quieter , in very hot ground. The machine was sitting there for about 5 to 8 min approximately.
  5. Hello Johnathan the GPZ 7000 has been out for a while now, is there any plans to do a DVD. I could see how a soft ware upgrade could potentially make it harder to give any advice on settings as upgrades come along. Or is the whole thing a big head ache.
  6. I updated to the latest firmware in september, sunday when I was detecting I would lose my sound through the wireless, I plugged in headphones and no sound from the machine through them either EXCEPT for turning it on, and also when the WM wireless connects I hear that (but probably from the unit not the headphones) Anyone else have issues, I do see 2 other threads but have tried both fixes including updating again. No dice, need the GPZ! mlgdave
  7. Jonathan, any truth in the rumour that Minelab are considering introducing a lightweight version of the 7000? A proper prospecting detector rather than a modified military monstrousity that the Z currently is? You being close to Minelab, I'm hoping you may be in a position to enlighten us. I for one would consider an aquisition should this come to pass.
  8. Bit Of Local Gold

    Just returned from my annual trip away (that's another story for another day), I've been out 3 times detecting since getting home and two of those were training sessions. Yesterday morning it was my turn to do my own thing for a few hours before the heat beat me to a pulp. A few minutes later and I had a plucky 1 gram nugget on a continuation of a spot I detected with my son Timothy back in July (got AU$800 worth off there for the session, much to the delight of his pocket book). There is a fair amount of trash and the obligatory shot gun and 22 bullets along with the added hassle of a high voltage power line, so I had to concentrate on the wide broad deeper sounding targets mixed in with the Sferic and 50 Hz noise, 3 hours of this and you find yourself needing a little lay down. This location is also problematic because it is on a slope above a straight flowing gully so the coil is opened up to even more interference dependent on where you are working on the slope. Long story short I plucked some nice gold for the effort which made the little lay down later on justifiable. Interestingly I pinged a solid 5 gram chunk in my old scrape from the 5000 days, a boomer signal for the GPZ and not that deep so can only assume the quieter running GPZ 7000 was clearly an advantage in a high EMI area. Just below it I got a nice deep warble that made my skin goose bump and sure enough 16 inches down a 13 gram slugster came to light pushing the mornings total to 23 grams of 97%-98% Clermont golden goodness. Considering I spent 2 weeks in WA this year without a piece of gold this was pure heaven especially since I have more signals to investigate over the next few days. The GPZ still continues to amaze me, if only it was lighter and more manageable so that other people could tap into its potential more fully. The weight really does detract from good detecting practices with this technology. The Super D coils really do need to be kept above saturation effect for maximum depth on the deeper pieces, the coil sweep also needs to be evenly controlled, all vital methods that are are adversely impacted upon due to too much outright weight for the average user. JP
  9. Does anyone think about going back to the first firmware update for the GPZ? Has anyone felt the audio is different and better results were had with the first update? The upgrade works good but I can't seem to get the audio where it used to be even though I wrote the exact settings down. Just curious if someone out there experienced the same thing. No problems finding gold, just doesn't sound right.
  10. Certainly not my first finds but have been out today and might as well start an album. Especially with these beauties!! Now with a thread name like this you might think it will rival the Reg Wilson album?? Sadly you will be disappointed at present but don't worry as my plan is to start small so the gold in the album can do nothing but get bigger. A cunning stunt if ever I saw one Off an old area where the gold has been washed/rockered/something. Have found quite a few other little bits there but the one to the right of the echidna's nose would have to be the smallest. To give the non-Aussie's an idea the 5 cent piece is our smallest coin and on another Aussie gold forum really small gold is often measured against the nose of the echidna. Amazing to think the 14 inch coil can pick this stuff up. High yield, difficult, sensitivity 15, volume 1, B&Z booster working nicely Retirement.......a long way off at this rate.
  11. Hi guys, I have done a goggle search on this & have come up with nothing. I thought I saw an article on here about it but a search showed nothing here either. I thought there might have been something printed on the box to help out.....but no. Is there any thing I need to know or is it all pretty easy really? Thanks for any help or advise. JW
  12. We'll i finally got to join the 1oz+ club!! My buddy Dave and i headed to Gold Basin for a half day trip. We hit our usualy spot and split up. I headed to a wash that i found a 5.4 gram piece a couple of weeks ago. I didnt hit the whole wash, so i figured id start where i left off. A bit later, i get a nice signal by a bush in the middle of the wash. It turned out to an 8 gram specie with some dark host rock mixed in. 10 feet away in the bank of the wash i get another screeming signal. This was the flat nugget, also about 8 g. I radioed Dave to tell him the good news. The next couple of hours there was nothing except a couple of meteors. I decided to hit the bottom end of that same wash on my way back to the truck. After a bit i get a nice signal in the wash, it was the .8g flat piece. The wash had widened out, and the bedrock was deeper, so i wasnt detecting to slow wgen i got a slight sound. I thought it was just ground noise because i was running the GPZ hot at 18 sensitivity and high yield and normal ground. I did a scrape and the sound was still there. I took about 6 inches off with the pick and the sound seemed more distinct. I fugured it wasnt mineralization but rather trash because the dirt was silt, not hard pack. I kep widening and deepening the hole and when i got to over a foot it was screeming. I was figuring tin can ir something. After about 6 more digs and around 2ft deep. I get it out of the hold. I did reach bedrock so i was feeling hopeful. It turned out to be a 1.41 (OZ) nugget and a pretty one at that, with a bit of quartz. I finally joined the club. I feel like i deserve a patch or something lol. I radioed Dave to tell him the good news, and he was eccited for me. (He was already a member pf the club) a bit under 2 oz for the day. I took Dave to the wash, with his big coil on the GPZ, to try to score him a big nugget, no luck. We packed up and headed home. oh and i finally paid for my GPZ in nuggets ...and some. thanks Chris
  13. My 7000 Has Died

    I was one minute into the day when the 7000 lost sound to the WM12`s. This has happened before but restarting the detector always fixed it, but this time the detector wont power off either. The only way I can turn it off is to unplug the battery. Tried everything, turned off the GPS, plugged in 2 sets of headphones, did a full detector reset- Still no sound and wont power off. I phoned Minelab, they seem to know what`s wrong with it and only want the back end of the detector back, not the coil or shafts or battery Thank goodness there is still 5 months of warranty on my detector.
  14. Hi Guys & Gals, Well.... as of today I am the proud (I hope) owner of a 19 inch dog , mans best friend, coil for my Zed. This will be very very very interesting. Cant wait to get out there this weekend to give it a spin. Watch this space.... Ye Ha. Good luck out there JW
  15. Scored A Few

    Made it out for half a day yester to an old patch. My buddy dave let me borrow his big coil for the GPZ and i wanted to give it a shot. Good news, i scored 3 nuggets with it, bad newsI have a 9 in metal plate in my hip that sounds off every time i moved the coil to my right. Almost impossible to hold the coil far enough away to avoid the signal. Put heavy strain on my back trying to do that. So I switched coils and tried bumping up the sensitivity to 18 ground normal. I managed to get a couple more pieces. 4.6 gram total. Big was 2.2. I had found out my girlfriends brother is a closet prospector lol. He watches all thr shows but has never found any color. So i lent him my GMT and taught him my dig, rake, detect technique and he got 7 pieces for about a gram and a half. We werent getting cell service where we were and he didn't want his wife to worry, so we packed in early at 1:30. I text my girlfriend we were on our way. She asked why so early, and i told her Jason got sick. She text back with concern asking if was the heat? I replied "hes got a bad case of gold fever" lol in which she replied that i am a dork. I guess i am. Chris
  16. With several GPZs working in a small area, is there a recommended auto tune procedure to tune each other out? Norm
  17. Hi guys, in your opinion, what is the best vid on youtube for someone just starting out with the gpz? Maybe something that walks you through the start up settings and stuff.
  18. Hi guys, looking for some advice. I have been lucky to have a 3km river section in north queensland mostly to myself for the last 6months...it takes an 90mins to walk in one way...so the few ounces have been well earned! A couple of small patches off to the side of the creek, the rest has been bits from the shallow creek bed. All pieces with my gpz 14 inch combo. I run it in normal high yield until the constant hot rocks slow me down too much and then its high yield difficult. Average depth would be 4-5 inches. deepest 9-10inches. Most common size has been 0.4 - 1.5 grams (with a few under 5gms) and i have dug NO deep holes for gold - very little trash in this area and deepest hole was for an old pick head. Question is, with the gold getting harder to find, would you recommend i try a 19inch coil over the same ground even though up till now there has been NO deep targets??? I heard you can run the 19 in normal a little easier than with the 14inch but i imagine hot rocks will still sound off and i cannot tell the different yet with a couple hundred hours on the machine! Thoughts appreciated. (ps a gpx with evo 14x9 has been over the patches too). stru
  19. Hi guys, After seeing Jens success on using Steve's insane hot settings on her Zed & the result she shared with us I just had to give them a go. I had tried them in my early days with my Zed but could do with out the brain hemorrhage dealing with all that noise. Besides......I found the Zed deadly on the conservative settings & they pleased my state of mind so I have just stuck with the lower sensitivity. Usually 4-8 range. Due to our insanely mild ground I can run in High Yield/ Normal all the time & soil smoothing off. I went back to the last area I detected a couple of weekends ago where I found a 4.39 gram piece. It was an old patch area where I had done well on back with my GP 3000 & 4500. Getting well over one ounce of gold off it. Previous to getting the 4.39 gram piece with the Zed I had got no gold from the area with the Zed on two previous occasions. The other weekend conditions were just ideal, with very low grass growth due to winter conditions & the sheep had also been in the area & chewed what grass there was, right down. The ground was also quite damp with deep penetration resulting in better & deeper conductivity. I always believed there was more gold at depth in this location & just because I had got none on my previous two times with the Zed, until that 4.39 gram slug, I still believed there was more there.....& still do. So on Saturday Mrs JW had a heli wedding to video up on top of a snowy mountain peak up behind Queenstown. So I had the day to myself & decided to head back to this area & try these insane hot settings. My last time there two weekends ago I got rained off after getting that 4.39 grammer. So I had not finished detecting the entire area. The only setting I changed on my Zed was to crank the sensitivity up to 20 & turn down the volume on my external B&Z booster to try to save a bit of my sanity & stop the brain hemorrhage. Taking on board what Steve had said about using that noise as a "new" threshold & believing that a target signal would leap out above it all. I didn't have long to wait for that first signal. I started off right where my back filled hole from the 4.39 gram piece was found & detecting very slowly & rubbing the coil softly across the ground I kicked a rock out of the way. Slowly rubbed the coil over where the rock had been sitting & got that unmistakable beautiful soft mellow wee you signal. Gold just written all over it. I was 100% sure it was going to be gold straight off the bat. So I thought I would try a few different settings. High Yield/Difficult....in fact I tried them all.....& none were as good as High Yield/normal. If I didnt know the signal was there then high Yield/difficult would have struggled to have had me pull up. This was after the first scrapes Just hitting the rotten schist bedrock which wasn't far down & signal still in there. You will notice broken crumbly schist peeled out in the pile. Close up Down further & signal still in there. The rock beside the coil is the rock I kicked out of the way that the signal was under. Had I not kicked the rock aside I wouldnt have got the signal. Target out....and I wasn't wrong about my 100% prediction I carried on across the slope & after 5 minutes of slow methodical coil control & sweeping I got the faintest of hits through my "new" threshold between two rocks. I hooked one of the rocks out & scraped out some dirt. Signal had moved. Can you see it on the coil?? .05 of a gram. The next signal took a bit longer to come & was quite deep. I was just about to get the Gold monster to pin point it & to see if it was ferrous or non ferrous. When suddenly the target was out. Just at that moment my phone rang. Needing a breather I answered it. It was my youngest son, Aydin 22, calling from Brisbane in Australia. I told him I was detecting & just had a target out in the dig out dirt but hadn't located it yet. Is it gold he asked. It sure was. With that piece I told him it was time for a coffee break. I told him I always tried to get a piece of gold before stopping for a coffee. He laughed saying that I must go for some long hauls before "earning" a coffee break. He wasn't too far wrong with that comment at times. We had a bit of a chat & then we hung up. I wondered on towards my wagon still swinging the coil. Not 10 feet from the last pieec I was pulled up by another signal. This time I did get the Gold Monster involved to pin point & see if it was ferrous or non ferrous. Non ferrous was the call. And it wasn't a piece of lead or a bullet casing. So on that note I was thoroughly deserving that coffee break. Half an hour after my coffee I was on to another sweet signal. And another sassy bit of gold Then things dried up for me. I re detected the whole slope again from top to bottom this time & nothing more. Carried on into the dark, but that was my lot. I was getting a bit frazzled from my "new" threshold so called it quits. Still had a 2.5 hour drive home. So all up with the sensitivity up at 20 I got 5 more bits off this absolutely thrashed slope that still produced for me. 2.38 grams. I can hear Norvic saying "wait until you get the 19" coil" Yes I am looking. That was Saturday....there is still Sunday....but that can wait for another night. Cheers all. Good luck out there JW
  20. Well after getting skunked on my usual areas in Gold Basin today, I was getting the feeling that maybe I should try something new (I move around a lot, as people who detect with me will attest). If I'm not on colour or it feels wrong, I'll move at times several miles and start again..... So, I went to an area that I'd been hoping to try again after being chased out by trash last time.... it dawned on me today, why.... I got out of the truck, did a quick walk up to the side of the hill/bench and fired up Zeddie.... but this time, I thought... I'm not getting skunked today.... let's crank this bad boy up.... I had been running at sense of 10-15 today, depending on the area..... I thought to myself, let's give Steve's Mac Daddy Go Big or Go Home settings a run... In all honesty I'm usually running very similar settings, minus his hi gain. Well up it went.... wow, noise much but I figured.... I had nothing to lose, I'm learning the machine this Summer, I might as well see if i can get use to running super hot..... I did a quick ground balance and away I went... I got less than 10' and heard angels (well, ok, maybe it wasn't angel's but you all know the sound).... BOOOOOO YAAAAAAAAAAA nice rough little nuggy DEEEEEEEP. I proceeded to do a little "Beat the skunk, thank you Steve's settings" dance in circles..... as I was filling in the hole it struck me, why wasn't this found, out in the middle of a huge wide area, easy target... oh well.... then I commenced detecting..... and as I wandered and dug HEAPS of small trash that should have been dug by detectors before me, it dawned on me...... and then... mid thought... WOOOOOOOOOO WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO oh man.... a pop can, like I need another one of those..... and down I dug...... hmmmm when did gophers start drinking soda, this thing is deep.... and then out came a 73 grain chunk.... oh yea.. oh yea... who your daddy!!!! I then realized, I'd found my first virgin patch, and on Gold Basin no less...... 20 sensitivity is my new normal....... wow, what a huge difference... I've gone from hating a chatty threshold to now realising the power that same noise has..... It was getting late, the patch is hard to get to/from in the dark so I left..... this story will be continued.... (I hope) I'll post updated cleaned pics after they get a bath. $324.00 at $50.00 a gram... I may have an extra ice tea tonight at dinner. Thank you Steve........ for your continued reference in some of your posts (including your one recently with the shovel in it) where you mention this may be an option for some.... it was for me today and is my new norm. Jen
  21. Wow, I'm sure others have found smaller (and I did find one flatter than this on Rye Patch) but Zeddie continues to amaze me with how deep the 14" coil will find tiny gold. My 5000 wouldn't have found this without the Sadie and not at this depth (I believe it was about 6" or so)... I don't mind digging up tiny stuff like this, provided it's gold and not the small tiny wire slivers I seem to find most of the time (black for contrast, dime for size). I of course didn't make wages, but I don't care, this Summer I've dedicated to learning the machine, not expecting it to produce so being able to see tiny gold come up really builds trust in Zeddie that I didn't have at first (I sold my 5000 to force myself to use and learn to love Zeddie and I'm starting to be ok with that sale). Thanks for listening friends. Jen
  22. Check out this week's Treasure Talk as Nenad Lonic details everything you need to know about owning and operating the Minelab GPZ 7000 19 coil. He covers ergonomics, swing techniques, field settings and managing different soil types. http://www.minelab.com/go-minelabbing/treasure-talk/in-the-field-with-the-gpz-19-coil
  23. Broke My Ferrite Ring

    So, just one more issue during my Outing... I have been in the habit of tossing my ferrite on the ground...foolish me. They break into many pieces...so no more tossing... I wonder if the ring can be super glued back to one piece and function correctly? Or is it more like a metal ring that no longer gives the same signal once the circle is broke? Or do I need a new one? so many questions.... fred
  24. While up in the Sierra for a WSPA Outing I used my gpz. I had not used it since I did the upgrade. When I pushed the map button the man-icon came up but there were no tracks. The unit would mark a point and display it but no tracks to see where I had wandered. I also noticed the unit would not return to correct threshold in a timely manner. Nor did the other functions always work correctly... two different issues I think. What say yea? fred
  25. opinions welcome regarding the "best" coil-cover for the 19 inch. I don't like the stock cover-but, that was a forgone conclusion.. I am not sure of the choices or durability of the manufactured items... I think the lexan is durable but...................more weight on a heavy coil. I will say that using the 19 inch makes the 14 seem a featherweight...in comparison. fred