There is a Minelab rep from Chicago in Quartzsite right now with a GPX 6000 exhibiting it. Tomorrow is the last day, I can't make it down there though soon enough to see it. Anyone else in the area and curious to see might go to the Miner's Depot booth at the RV show though.
Based on Jasong's report that a GPX 6000 was on display in Quartzsite, Beatup and I drove up there this morning from sunny Yuma. We did indeed see and touch the machine. There will apparently be other opportunities in the near future including the Quartzite gold show in Feb. Everything is up in the air, so don't count on anything I say as gospel as far as a schedule. Nothing is firm, make your own plans accordingly. The US release is still uncertain but it was suggested perhaps late spring or early summer. I think mid Feb might be overly optimistic.
However; we saw and ran the machine albeit in the gravel parking lot of the RV show. Only the DD coil could be run because of the EMI. As of now, the US sales will include the DD coil and an 11" mono coil. There will be a 17" Mono available as an accessory for the machine, but it's US availability upon release of the machine is still in question. The African market has a corner on the market at this point.
My observations are this: As stated elsewhere, the machine is an ergonomic dream. Well balanced when fully extended with really nice carbon fiber shafts. The battery pack is detachable and has heavy duty rubber coating on the bottom to absorb shock plus the machine balances perfectly upright when setting it down to dig. The Minelab spiel is no different than the star chart shown previously, so I can't really comment on the accuracy of those claims.
We ran the machine in the DD mode to eliminate EMI. We detected .1 and a .2 gram nuggets in the parking lot at a height of about 4 inches. All of that is meaningless as far as it's actual performance in real world conditions, especially as it pertains to the Mono coil. This sneak preview was never intended as actual testing and it started raining while we were there.
From my perspective, I would seriously consider a trade down from the GPZ7000 purely from the ergonomics and portability. I would hesitate if the 17" Mono was not immediately available. I'll hit 67 yrs old this summer and just don't get up and down the rough terrain as well, especially with the weight and balance of the GPZ hanging off my shoulder.
That's about all I can tell you from a 30 minute preview in a gravel parking lot.
By Steve Herschbach
I've been a successful business person in my life, and so the business aspects of metal detecting are something I follow more than most. It's an interesting industry to watch as it is fairly small, and I know a lot of the players.
Lots of people have various issues with Minelab and some of the things they do. Yet one thing should be obvious. When it comes to genuinely extending the technology, Minelab tends to be the only game in town now, while others try to keep up. A big problem with U.S. companies is they got into this 10 year product cycle, while Minelab sticks more to a two year cycle. So where a U.S. company will have one machine for ages, Minelab will crank out multiple generations. People denigrate this as drip feed, but the advances are genuine, and after so many cycles Minelab is only extending the lead. They patent prolifically also, which helps build a wall around the lead they have.
This success leads to a huge cash flow, that can be used to advance both the technology, but also the actual design complexity and sophistication, which is reaching levels where I can't see how some of these other companies are going to be able to hang in there. The competition should be grateful for the high prices on most Minelabs, as it gives them space to compete. Witness what happens if Minelab decides to drop a tech bombshell at a lower price into a mature market just to disrupt it, as has occurred with Equinox.
The CTX 3030 I think does a good job of showing off Minelab design prowess. Nothing is perfect, but that is one sophisticated metal detector, both in function and physical design.
Then I saw this on the GPX 6000 Reveal thread (thanks to VicR):
Link to Australian design patents for the GPX6000 with the tech drawings just released. Looks like there are two design patents for the 6000 - 202014625 and 202013037
Minelab GPX 6000 engineering diagrams - click for larger version
I don't know about you guys, but what I am seeing is levels of sophistication beyond what we normally think of when we think of metal detectors. geoff_junk added the names of the designers. Cosmo Luppino, Dominic Paul Gralton, and Simon Hill. I do not know who these blokes are, but I suspect these are names that should be known because of what they are contributing. Long story short, there may be issues, but thank you Minelab for doing what you do. Imagine if the company did not exist what the available options would be, and I am sure a lot of people would agree.
My second hunt this past week was at my favorite EMI beach. Besides getting a new scoop I also decided to try a Coiltek 14" anti-interference coil for my GPX. I need every advantage when hunting this beach, so I decided to give it a go. I was hoping I could still use the coin/relic setting with this coil as it is the deepest, but it was not going to happen. So I changed timings and it worked well. Now all that was left was to see how much depth I lost. Honestly, at first I did not like the coil since I really wanted the most depth I could get, as the coins tend to be deep. But I kept at it and eventually did get 2 silvers that were around 12" deep. Not bad, but a bit short of the depth I wanted. Then something strange happened. I got another deep sounding signal and dug down around 12". Still no target with the pinpointer, so I scraped another 2 inches out, and finally I heard the target, I carefully removed 1 more inch and I flipped out a small copper ring. I measured the hole and it was 15". I couldn't believe I heard that ring that deep. I'm pretty careful with my measuring and I saw the ring flip over when I was pulling sand away, so I'm confident that it was not falling back into the hole. I use a spade to get the bulk of the sand away and then use my hand to finish finding the target. Although it's just a junk ring, I like the enamel design that the 40's through 50's era produces. I've found a couple religious medals before and they were enameled the same way. A couple more trinkets and lots of junk I didn't photograph, and that was it. I'm always happy to get any silver at this beach, so 2 silvers this time of year is a good hunt for me. Just happy to get out twice in one week.
By Steve Herschbach
This video goes over each of the controls and initial setup for the new GPX 6000. It's in English so no translation required. My thanks to Luis for posting this video on the other thread.
Minelab GPX 6000 Data & Reviews
Minelab GPX 6000 Controls (see chart below for control ranges)
By Steve Herschbach
Back in July we were speculating on a new Minelab trademark filing for Geo Sense PI. Looks like now we have an inkling what that was about and that it is related to the upcoming GPX 6000 model. Here are a couple tidbits gleaned from the full Codan 2020 Annual Report:
JANUARY 2021 UPDATE - Minelab GPX 6000 Revealed!
page 6: "Minelab will soon release an exciting new GPX® gold detector which will draw upon the best features of the GPX 5000™ and SDC 2300®."
page 14: "Minelab will soon release a new GPX® detector which introduces an ease of use technology, GeoSense Pulse Induction, and will sit within the premium end of our gold detector product portfolio."
Minelab GPX 6000 Data & Reviews