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If You Find Gold Like This, What Is The Machine?

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On one of my posts, GM_Amateur asked about the newer version Fisher Gold Bug and Gold Bug-Pro.  He wanted to know if they are Gold Detectors or Multi Purpose.  I classify the Gold Bug and Gold Bug-Pro as true Multi Purpose detectors.  I put the MXT series and F75 in the same category too.  To me, it's a detector with medium kHz operating in the teens and having an adjustable Discriminator capable of rejecting ferrous and nonferrous targets if desired. When I tested the 1st prototypes of the Gold Bug I was very impressed with its sensitivity to small pickers (see photo).  Then when the GB-Pro came out and I was able to get my hands on the larger coil, I was very happy with the performance. The GB & GB Pro were priced right at the time (less than many others), but performed well.  I could take 1 detector on a trip in the mountains and use it for both gold and coin/relics.  

Your thoughts and input please?

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Hi Gerry, Yes...deserved its own thread. Some nice specimens there. The Gold bug Pro has done well here in NZ. Not that I have owned one but seen many results...on gold :biggrin: It certainly is a bonus to be confident in one machine being a true multi purpose machine. I cant wait for the 6" coil for the EQ 800. I wont be hanging up my Zed though...any time soon. Just a bit limited to where I can poke & prod its 14" coil.:rolleyes:

Good luck out there

JW :smile:

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The GBP is a bit overpriced now that there are other newer detectors on the market.  I really like my GBP though, it certainly can hit tiny gold in my experience down to .009 of a gram reasonably well once you get used to using it and look for the faint changes in threshold.  It just doesn't have the depth on very tiny gold that the Gold Monster does.  They're a very capable gold detector though and are powerful on gold from .5 of a gram and up really screaming on it like the Gold Monster does and the VDI numbers make them good for coin shooting too, they're accurate on our coins in NZ.  My GBP handles black sand better than my Monster and is able to be used in a highly mineralised environment at a river here in NZ that my other detectors except the GPX and Equinox can't run at.  They also ground balance fine in wet saltwater sand, something a lot of VLF detectors struggle with.

-- without Steve here we have to move our own threads around to tidy things up :biggrin:

I'm happy to lend you a GBP for a few months if you want to try one out John, afterall I have two. Steve has only ever said very positive things about them.   You may find it hard to pick up with your combination of detectors though but it can be a bit of fun trying something else out, and often a different detector can find gold for some strange reason in already hit ground.

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Anyone who has Ray's book knows it has a chapter on the GB Pro....

 

 

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On 7/23/2018 at 5:53 PM, phrunt said:

The GBP is a bit overpriced now that there are other newer detectors on the market.

I assume you're referring to the $650-$850 historical price range for the Gold Bug family.  (And, yes, I know you are in Lord of the Rings land so your price likely is different.)

First Texas has been running sales here in the US with significant discounts for over a year now.  Recently they had the Teknetics G2+ and the Fisher F19 (both with the same performance as the Fisher Gold Bugs, but with more features) in the $400's if I recall correctly.  Unfortunately that sale recently ended.

Personally I don't think used detectors get enough attention.  Sometimes (as previously has been the case with First Texas) the warranties don't transfer, so that can be an impediment.  And, like buying a used car, you don't know how well or poorly an item was treated.  But, given that the market decides the selling price, usually you can get a good deal if you shop wisely.  As an example check this out -- an amazing buy on a Tek G2+ with two coils and two complete shafts, which probably had a lot to do with the fact that it was only a 3 day auction:  https://www.ebay.com/itm/-/292650097596?nordt=true&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l10137

I suspect you, phrunt, with two GB-Pros already in house, couldn't have passed up this bargain.  ?

 

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yea, the pricing here on them isn't so good, a GBP with single 5" coil is 1030 NZD which is about 700 USD.   A used GBP in NZ with a broken screen is listed for 500 NZD on our local auction site so 340 USD and I'm sure it will sell.

https://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=1705702683

You can buy a new Equinox 600 for near to the price of a GBP in NZ and a GM1000 for about the same price too.

We are a small market and there aren't too many detector users so there aren't a lot for sale new or second hand, very little competition.

I bought my two GBP's in Australia as they were about $800 I think there at the time so as I was buying two I saved over $400.  The reason for the two was one for me, one for the wife.... she used hers once, they are a good little detector though but for similar money in NZ you can get a better detector ?

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