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If you have enough money for all that it does not matter what detector you get, because it will be purely about having fun. I get the impression you have never prospected for gold with a metal detecto

I was on the team, as were Nenad and JP. Any others here? In any case, if you have specific questions about the GPX 6000, ask away, and get straight answers. If it violates our NDA expect to be told s

Nailed it Steve 👍. The VAST majority of the training I provide with detector purchases is based around actual use of the machine in the field and demonstrating how I go about actually swinging the det

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My main question is about ergonomics. I am 65, 5'11, 200 lbs and am fairly fit. I did not enjoy swinging an SDC 2300 at altitude with or without a harness. I did not particularly enjoy swinging my former CTX 3030 for more than 2 hours and I definitely use a harness with my GPX 5000. I also spent a day swinging a GPZ 7000.........great detector but no fun weight wise. How does the GPX 6000 compare to those detectors ergonomically and even to the Equinox with 12 or 15" coil?

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Ergonomics varies by person. We all have different glove and shoe sizes. All I can say is the GPX 6000 is, to my practiced arm, one of the best swinging detectors ever. Perfect balance with 11” mono. Perfect. Grip is perfect for my hand. Yours? Good luck. For me half the love affair I’m having is with the ergonomics. But my recommendation? Get your hands on one and give it a few swings. Don’t need to turn it on really. Just swing it. If that does not make the sale... I honestly don’t know what to tell you. Better than Equinox, but that’s not saying much. How about I got a PI detector that swings a lot like a F75, and I’m liking it for me. I can’t offer better praise than that, and I’m darn near ecstatic about it actually. :smile:

I’m 63, bad back and hips, 5’11”, and sitting on my butt for a year. I can swing a GPX 6000 all day with the 17” mono, no bungee, all day, with what I consider minor soreness. Mind you, I’m used to swinging an ATX and GPZ! And if I was serious patch hunting with the 17” I might use a bungee. 11” mono, that bungee is never going to happen.

I did not like SDC ergo but I thought CTX was a fine feel, so we conflict there. The CTX is 0.6 lbs heavier than 6000, but again, I liked balance and grip. Maybe the weight loss will fix it for you, maybe not. We will see. I love the 24K ergonomics, you do not, so red flags.

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Steve, Fantastic Job!  Robin, is chomping at the bit to get her hands on her ordered 6000.  Must say, I’m just as excited to swing it on gold/ground, I know the 7000 has a hearing problem on.  I’m glad Minelab, had this machine tested on America’s Goldfields and more so on some dirt I’m familiar with.  Seems the only question left is when will American Prospector’s get their hands on it and start having some fun!  

Patiently Waiting!

Rick

 

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Thanks Steve for your great response. I am a huge fan of the F75 ergonomics and the GM24K is not too bad. The MX5 was and still is one of my all-time favorites to swing. Same with the TDIs......

We may be getting a new dealer here in the Denver area soon so I will definitely be trying one out. The GPX 6000 seems to have a hand grip that is similar to the Equinox which is comfortable for me.  

Having more simplified setting choices to me is a big plus. I love my GPX 5000 for its ability to detect in so many different soil types, on a huge variety of target sizes and with so many coil choices. I also am old enough (in a good and bad way) to appreciate more simple to operate detectors than the GPX 5000. How many times have I accidentally screwed up the front panel toggle switches...........especially the coil selection switch without knowing it..........

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I'd like to know around what date the extra batteries and 17" mono coil will be available in the USA.  I realize knowing that exact info is probably as accurate as placing random dates on a dartboard and tossing a dart at them blindfolded to choose.  😁

 

I also wonder what the cost of those accessories will be.  GPX 6000 with 11" mono, 14DD and 1 battery for the USA market for $6000.  Add in another battery and 17" mono and what's the total cost?

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21 minutes ago, Steve Herschbach said:

I’m betting lots of folks end up ditching their GPZ in favor of the 6000. It really puts the fun back into what was starting to feel like work.

 

Damn it Steve.  Stop talking about this detector.  I was going to keep swinging my 7000 and I am pushing 82.  Might as well spend the $6k while I can still walk.  Lightly used 7000 for sale.  

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1 hour ago, Calmark said:

I'd like to know around what date the extra batteries and 17" mono coil will be available in the USA.  I realize knowing that exact info is probably as accurate as placing random dates on a dartboard and tossing a dart at them blindfolded to choose.  😁

 

I also wonder what the cost of those accessories will be.  GPX 6000 with 11" mono, 14DD and 1 battery for the USA market for $6000.  Add in another battery and 17" mono and what's the total cost?

I have to refer you to dealers for that sort of thing. I have no idea other than I am surprised detectors are not here yet. As far as accessories, the track history is not good. Your guess is as good as mine. At least we know they are making it, so it's a matter of knowing where stuff is going and when. Heck if i know.

I don't get it. The start of every rodeo I say "ok, remember how late accessories were. How about have them ready at launch" but it never happens. Still, there is hope it will be better this time, The silence can mean anything. Stuff extra late, or sooner than we think. Minelab USA is clueless, so the dealers are also. Yet you know there is a computer tracking every serial number and where it is worldwide. They know where it is, they have an idea when we will see it.... but it is like the biggest secret on planet earth for some reason. Parts of Minelab are like studying this photo, the harder you look, the more confusing it is. Every time I think they are nuts, I have to remind myself they are by far the most successful metal detector company ever. We'd all like to be that kind of nuts.

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