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I thought that Bi-polar was an unfortunate mental condition. Why use such a dodgy design in the first place? I saw some time back where a clever bloke stripped down an SDC and made a sensible ergonomic machine with much less weight.

James Beatty and I contemplated doing a similar thing to my GPZ, but decided against it in case we did something wrong and fried an expensive detector. Sold it instead. 

What is interesting is that when I changed detectors my gold recovery did not suffer but remained static, due partly to the fact that a machine with much better ergonomics, faster signal response and way less weight made it possible to detect longer with less fatigue. No more harness, and bungy cord. Freedom.

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Not trying to put the boot in Reg as I see there been a few responses to your post but some of the things you’ve said are just plain wrong and need correcting. The GPZ housing is based on the CTX

Ah, more controls implies sophistication does it? And simplicity of operation must reflect on the mental capabilities of the operator? Just simple folks really, not nearly so smart as you, are they Re

Yes Reg.  John gave up the gold not long after the belated release of the Minelab SD2000. He was the principal Minelab prototype tester here for many years. Took to teaching detecting lessons for awhi

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The current US Army PSS-14 (incorporating both conventional detector and ground penetrating radar) could have interesting civilian potential. 

Anyone over there tried one? 

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9 minutes ago, jrbeatty said:

The current US Army PSS-14 (incorporating both conventional detector and ground penetrating radar) could have interesting civilian potential. 

At least they made a small coil for it 🙂

 

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Why use such a dodgy design in the first place? I saw some time back where a clever bloke stripped down an SDC and made a sensible ergonomic machine with much less weight.

Some people love the fold up design.

Not me - I'd prefer it in a more conventional format & lighter price. Killer on the right ground though. 

 

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24 minutes ago, phrunt said:

At least they made a small coil for it 🙂

 

I guess that the mines are not buried very deep, but it's not a job I want to do, at least if you miss a gold target it's not going to blow you up

cheers dave

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1 hour ago, phrunt said:

I used to blame the tools, then I got the same tools as JW and still find 1/5th of the gold on the same day at the same location, so now I've only got myself to blame.  😵

Simon,

You are getting there.  You are becoming more and more like JW who has multiple personalities when he detects.  He adapts to the gold.  You have learned his techniques for telling a good prospecting story.

Some detectorists just remain harsh and abrasive and can't adapt their style or appreciate the style of others.  To listen/read from them becomes a tedious exercise in bashing people, places and things.

You are better as a Grasshopper. (You do know that TV show, right?)

Mitchel

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I don't think its just the detector that finds the gold, it's the person using it.  From what I've seen a lot of the gold found regularly by a lot of people wouldn't have been missed had someone been using a different reasonably competitive detector.  I don't act like one detector is going to find more gold than another detector and think people should all be using the same detector, sure some might but certainly not a significant amount.   Use the detector that you like, that suits your needs and your style of detecting. 

I think that's what Reg was getting at a bit, he can swing his QED like mad for days and not get even a tingle in his arm, that may allow him to find more gold than someone who can't as theirs is awkward or heavy even thought it might be technically better in performance or depth in certain soils or whatever.

Someone can swing the SDC and not worry their settings are wrong, a quality I appreciate and it's a well known successful detector for it's purpose.

I'd never found any gold at a certain local spot with my GPX and Nugget Finder EVO so I stopped trying ages ago, been there about 10 full days trying with it, JW recently bought a GPX 5000 and went there to test it out, he put his old Nugget Finder Advantage on it as he doesn't have any modern GPX coils but he knows this coil and detector inside out, in 3 hours he'd found two bits.

It's not just the detector, it's the operator.

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Thankfully I've improved a lot since my GPX days and now find gold much more often but I'd not try claim I'd find more on my GPZ than Reg would on his QED if we were dropped in the same location together, not by a long shot 🙂

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I have a SDC 2300 and a GPX 5000 and a Gold Monster. Each one has unique capabilities that can be used for hunting deeper gold, smaller gold, hunting in tight brush, underwater, hot ground etc. The first time I used my SDC  I slipped on a small rock ledge and fell 5 feet cutting and banging up my legs. As I fell I threw the detector away from me to avoid falling on it. It ended up 15 feet away bouncing and scraping over the bed rock. I had that sick feeling when I retrieved it, but turned it on and it never skipped a beat. Worked perfectly. Again I try to pick my machines and match them to terrain and the size  of gold and depth I will be detecting.

I do go back over an area with my other machines when possible.

 

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2 minutes ago, Rege-PA said:

Again I try to pick my machines and match them to terrain

I could not agree more. There is a hydraulic mining pit where I go (going now in 15 min...) where the GM is the only machine that consistently produces results. The area is full of trash so I ignore iron targets but still hunt in deep. It then comes down to lead or gold, with it being gold half of the times (consistently about 5-8 nuggets/hour with 0.08 - 0.5g weight range). Both SDC and GPZ are completely useless there. On the other had, only the GPZ gets me gold when I am at Rye Patch. So, one never fits all!

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32 minutes ago, Gold Catcher said:

(consistently about 5-8 nuggets/hour with 0.08 - 0.5g weight range

Sorry, meant per day....Per hour I wish

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