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You gotta get up real early in the morning to trick "the old cougar" into thinking that pic of the BITS are next to a FULL SIZE shovel.....lol   Good try tho Gerry!  once again...REAL EARLY in the morn....lmao!

On a serious note.... everything changed for me in my detecting 30yrs when after 22yrs swinging Tesoro I made the switch to Minelab and for the better I might ad. Completely agree.....

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Nice tribute Gerry, and wonderful photos. Yes, we all owe a debt of gratitude to Minelab. The fact is the U.S. manufacturers all lost the thread, got complacent, and tried to milk old technology for far too long. It has cost some of them their very businesses. If it were not for Minelab, PI technology in particular, would have went almost nowhere. They are on third generation multi while most companies have just released their first. I think we'd be 20 years farther back than we are right now, were it not for Minelab, and its massive investment in the technology, and their drive to compete, even when for years it has only been them competing with themselves!

So yeah, I'm with you for sure on all that. Thank you Minelab, thank you very much.

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Totally agree, I was a Whites guy for a long time, when I made the switch to Minelab my world in detecting changed. My nugget count sky rocketed, gold that was unreachable became reachable, sure I found some small nuggets with my vlfs, but nothing what Minelab sniffed out! Like I said many times before I still use the 4500 and I am happy with it, one day I'll upgrade when I am ready, I could have done it years ago, I value money and I have other places where its needed like my family. As far as I am concerned the fact this 4500 still works from day   one  13 years and never had to have it repaired say a lot about Minelab quality. Thank you Minleab !

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They don't make 'em like they used to 🙂

 

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I echo all of Gerry's sentiment. I also have a long history with ML, even owning 3 of their 1st gen VLF's (Goldseeker 15000) when they were just a shed based manufacturer in Stepney. Bruce Candy even had all of his Sth African accent back then lol.

BUT, I'll make a political analogy..... when you are in power for too long, you become complacent and think you'll be there forever. Standards drop, taxes increase and a level of arrogance creeps in. When you're at the top in any 'game', especially when you're there for waaaay too long, these issues arise. 

I pray that ML will continue to provide us with the level of tech that we, as prospectors, desire. We can continue to probe the same soils, deeper and more efficiently every few years. They just need to be mindful of their QC and pricing methinks. Try not to piss off the customers....without us, they are nothing.

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You forgot one.....

I like - 1st to come out with a nugget detector that folds up so small into itself it almost disappears, can be used underwater, has it's pedigree in military mine hunting, is a gold vacuum as @Steve Herschbach mentioned and has introduced COUNTLESS young adults into the world of nugget hunting due to it's size (as @Jonathan Porter says, it's "Child's Play"), it's ease of use and it's non intimidating nature. The SDC 2300 to me will always be the cream of the crop in a go everywhere, do anything little piece of kit... I looked at mine again today and set it all out to take pictures to list for sale..... I flipped down the shaft, popped up the handle..... and then put it all away again and resigned to myself that I just can't do it, I can't let that little sweet machine go, (maybe sadly because from what we've all seen lately, I don't have faith in my heart that we'll eve see another this good from them, it's the last of a dying breed).. even if I never use it.

Thank you for this piece of art Minelab.

 

 

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4 minutes ago, Jennifer said:

You forgot one.....

I Like:

1st to come out with a nugget detector that folds up so small into itself it almost disappears, can be used underwater, has it's pedigree in military mine hunting, is a gold vacuum as Steve mentioned and has introduced COUNTLESS young adults into the world of nugget hunting due to it's size, it's ease of use and it's non intimidating nature. The SDC 2300 to me will always be the creme of the crop in a go everywhere, do anything little piece of kit... I looked at mine again today and set it all out to take pictures to list for sale..... I flipped down the shaft, popped up the handle..... and then put it all away again and resigned to myself that I just can't do it, I can't let that little sweet machine go.. even if I never use it.

Thank you for that Minelab.

 

 

Oh don't get me wrong.  I know the SDC-2300.  But it came out after the ATX (compact, 100% WP, PI).

But thanks for sharing those videos, that 2nd one really gets me.

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35 minutes ago, Gerry in Idaho said:

Oh don't get me wrong.  I know the SDC-2300.  But it came out after the ATX (compact, 100% WP, PI).

But thanks for sharing those videos, that 2nd one really gets me.

I knew someone would say "yada yada yada the ATX was first" but was  the ATX truly 1st to scratch EVERY one of those items I mentioned.... fold that small, introduce that many young people, BUILD LIKE AN IDAHO OUTHOUSE cus it's pedigree/R&D is based on a military contract... I bet it didn't pass that last one. 🙂 How many countries have Garrett ATX's or a flavour there off doing mine sweeping? (don't say yea but wand and airport walk through) LOL

I'll give this one to you as I'm an Axiom Fan Girl now.. LOL... but I still think the SDC was the 1st to fold down that tight. 😝

https://www.detectorprospector.com/forums/topic/247-garrett-atx-vs-minelab-sdc-2300/

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Well said Gerry. We all owe Minelab a debt of gratitude for hours of insane fun in some of the most beautiful natural settings in the world.

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