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On 4/23/2018 at 7:40 PM, Lanny said:

(How I wish some fine company would produce a light-weight gold-hungry pulse machine with excellent capabilities or that Minelab would find a way to lighten the technology package of their GPZ 7000. Wouldn't that be great?)

Lanny, there is a super light weight PI built here in Australia, at a good price. I use one and love it. Unfortunately it is not yet available in the USA. It is called the QED. It is being constantly improved by the dedicated inventor. Hope one day you will be able to get one.

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Sounds very interesting Reg. I wonder, does it have a good discriminator with a digital readout for ID'ing target responses? With a combination like that, and a nice selection of coils, it would be a dream machine indeed! But, perhaps it will take a while to incorporate wish list items like that.

All the best, and thanks for your response,

Lanny

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How does the QED perform compared to the Minelabs such as the GPX 4500? 

 

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Thanks Steve. Although the QED is not yet available in the USA it is now available in South East Asia. Interest is being shown from Europe to Africa. Howard, the inventor and developer of this hand built detector is continually coming up with advancements, and I have to say that being involved with the testing of these developments is reminiscent of the early Minelab times when I tested for them. I find it exciting.

Just like the early Minelab days, this is a business in its infancy, and I can see that if barriers and hurdles can be overcome, this detector could have a big impact in the USA. An opportunity for a smart American entrepreneur  like you Steve?

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I queried them about sending one to NZ and they are fine with that, but you're saying its in early development, does that mean if I got one it would be outdated quickly and I'd have to buy a new one or are the updates software updates I could install onto mine? 

 

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4 hours ago, phrunt said:

I queried them about sending one to NZ and they are fine with that, but you're saying its in early development, does that mean if I got one it would be outdated quickly and I'd have to buy a new one or are the updates software updates I could install onto mine? 

 

At the moment units have to be sent back to victoria for updates, i think they should adress this with adding a usb for firmware updates so the software can be updateable at home and only go back for harware updates. There is some good info here as well from some other aussie users, lots to read but will give you an idea of the + & - of the QED. 

https://www.prospectingaustralia.com.au/forum/viewtopic.php?id=21000

https://www.prospectingaustralia.com.au/forum/viewtopic.php?id=23399

Im looking forward to seeing how this matures and believe that competition in the gb PI market will only be a good thing for us all. 

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Well I'm glad at least somebody is putting in some effort to take on Minelab, I just wish all the other manufacturers would get their act together too.  I hope for good things coming from Europe seeing the American manufacturers don't seem to be doing anything that would be of concern to Minelab. I wish these QED folks all the best.

It's not because I don't like Minelab or anything like that, but they just need some competition.  They could have ten major new features and will trickle them out one at a time every 5 or so years in a new model because they don't need to do them at at once to stay ahead and really that's good business practice for them at the moment.

Having some decent competition would also encourage lower prices.  Their high end detectors are currently extremely overpriced.

For me I think it's best I wait some time before even considering a QED, not quite ready yet and I don't fancy sending it back to Victoria regularly to get updates.  USB for updating seems a must on an "in development" unit.  Back to my hunt for a GPX 4500 then.

 

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2 hours ago, phrunt said:

Back to my hunt for a GPX 4500 then.

https://www.prospectingaustralia.com.au/forum/viewtopic.php?id=25517

Used one here. Mentions about posting in Australia. Doesn't say he won't post internationally.  Would still have a years worth of warranty I think. 

I have never even seen a GPX but I've seen Reg's QED. Very light and from what I read it is fairly competitive against the GPXs.  If you are sending it back to Oz for updates it is only the control unit so not expensive to post. 

The low price point for a brand new QED almost had me convinced to sell the Z and have 6k left over. But knowing that money would then just be spent on carpet for our house I quickly slapped myself :biggrin:

Each to their own but if I was just entering the PI market I'd seriously look at the QED. 

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