By Steve Herschbach
Our cup runneth over!
Just a few years ago the market for "over 30 kHz nugget detectors" was quite limited. For a long time there were only a few options:
Fisher Gold Bug 2 (71 kHz) $764 with one coil
Minelab Eureka Gold (6.4, 20, & 60 kHz) Discontinued $1049 when new with one coil
White's GMZ (50 kHz) Discontinued $499 when new with one coil
White's GMT (48 khz) $729 with one coil
Things were that way for over a decade. Then in 2015 Makro introduced the Gold Racer (56 kHz) $599 with one coil. Sister company Nokta released the AU Gold Finder (56 kHz) $799 with two coils
Then in 2017 we see the Minelab Gold Monster 1000 (45 khz) at $799 with two coils. And although not a dedicated nugget detector, the Deus high frequency coil options (up to 80 kHz) were also released, $1520 for complete detector with one HF coil.
Now in 2018 we get another general purpose machine, the Equinox 800, that can hit 40 khz, $899 with one coil. And just announced...
the Makro Gold Kruzer (61 kHz) $749 with two coils and
the White's Goldmaster 24K (48 khz) $699 with two coils
These last two announcements have made barely a ripple in the prospecting world, or at least going by other forums that seems to be the case. There are various reason for that (forums not being prospecting oriented or being Minelab centric) but still the lack of buzz is interesting. I do believe people are both burned out by all the new introductions and that the market is saturated with high frequency models. Leaving out the general purpose machines to sum up the current options it looks like the current "sweet spot" for pricing is a high frequency model at $749 with two coils.
Makro Gold Racer 56 kHz - $599 one coil
White's Goldmaster 24K 48 kHz - $599 one coil
White's Goldmaster 24K 48 kHz - $699 two coils
White's GMT 48 khz - $729 one coil
Makro Gold Kruzer 61 kHz - $749 two coils
Fisher Gold Bug 2 71 kHz - $764 one coil
Minelab Gold Monster 1000 45 kHz - $799 two coils
Nokta AU Gold Finder 56 kHz - $799 two coils
High Frequency Gold Nugget Detector Roundup
By Ridge Runner
We see new detectors on the market that offer to run in one frequency at a time. They have several to offer like the new XP ORX.
In my opinion I think they can come back at a later day and have a update that could give you a multi frequency to run at one time like the Nox.
Back in time it was turn on and go but as we all know today that don’t hold true anymore. That detector has a brain that we can access and I say if I set it up before for a change then I can come later to make that change.
I want your opinion so lay it on me .
By Ridge Runner
I myself haven’t had the opportunity to truly answer this question but maybe some of you can .
By Ridge Runner
The big thing one detector company open up in 2018 is a milt frequency. You can pick one at a time are all numbers at one time.
I believe that all other detector companies has to make this their goal too .
I know this is putting the cart before the horse but what frequency numbers do you want to see in the new White’s in 2019 ?
I myself want it more for coin hunting. I still would like to see some high numbers. I want it for small gold if I find myself on a beach are in the gold fields .
Yes I do want to pick what I want to hunt in be one are all .
I hope someone from White’s will chime in just to say they haven’t forgot about us faithful ones .
There have been higher, like the Compass Yukon at 100Khz.
Compass Yukon-B discovers gold, silver, copper, coins-on land, under dirt, snow, rocks, cement, in shallow water. Yukon-B is a T-R balance circuit incorporating both transistors and integrated circuits. Operating at 100kHz-modulated with 250Hz .Batteries commonly available 9v and 1.5 V penlight. 40-50 hours on 9v, 50-60 hours on 1.5v. Coil is waterproof high impact ABS plastic. White for heat reflection. Audio is distinctive tonal quality for optimum ear pick-up Uncomplicated and easy to set up and tune with only 3 knobs; power on/off volume, metal and/or mineral tuning, and indicating light on/off.
I wish I had one of these! So cool, so very cool!