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 )
I have noticed when using my monster that it really sounds off when bumping into rocks weeds and such. Especially on auto or auto plus or higher sensitivity manual. I think I have finally figure out what seems to be going on and was wondering if and one else has noticed this. Where the cord attaches to the coil there seems to have a little to much movement in the cord and when you bump something it is actually the movement of this cord that is making it sound off. I have taken some velcro and rapped around the cord so the cord can not move when the coil is bumped. Kind of stretching the cord to the shaft to minimize movement. It seems to help a lot. Anyone else notice this or is my machine defective?
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This Minelab standard three section screw together rod can be nice for travel. However, in actual use, these three rods have a tendency to want to become unscrewed. (I recommend putting a piece of electrical tape around each screw together joint to prevent them from becoming unscrewed.) There are no tie wraps included to secure the coil cord to the rod, this can cause the detector to false when the loose wire bumps a bush.
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My apologies if this has been covered. I did some searches and did not find answers to the question.
I have a GPZ with headphones (Sun Ray Pros) and would like to use these on my new Gold Monster 1000. I have tried the typical stereo conversion cable and it still did not work. By not work, I mean the sound stays on speaker. It did not work for Sun Rays or Black Widows headphones. But of course, the original GM1000 headphones *do* work. But we all know how cheesy those are. So far, the only solution I have heard involves opening up the headphones and making permanent modifications. Has anyone else been successful at this? (see my attempted conversion cable below..)
I am using the Minelab Gold Monster 1000 here in Oahu. So far I have found 16 gold jewelry items. And yes, I do dig a lot of tin foil and many small pieces of other types of metal. Most of the time, I can operate in manual sensitivity level 9 or 10. In some areas, I do have to switch over to auto sensitivity + to be able to hunt. I do have high hopes for the Equinox 800 here.
I've been tossing around Steve's idea of using the the GM1000 (5" coil)with the shaft adapter to drastically shorten for use pin pointing. But I know this detector is very sensitive on the small stuff and was wondering if anyone has had issues with the detector circuitry setting off the coil. I have mine on a 2.5' broomstick and don't notice much difference. But it is difficult to tell.