Hey all! I’m super-new but wanted to say thanks to everyone because I’ve read soooo many excellent posts on this forum before joining and have learned a ton!
I’m an obsessive newbie in the Los Angeles area who’s recently picked up a Garrett Ace 250 to kick around with my Dad when he visits (we used to detect parks and schools in Maryland when I was a kid with his old Compass). The Ace is fun and great in parks - I’m fond of it - but I’m really more interested in wet sand detecting on the beaches and in gold prospecting. And it just doesn’t handle salty wet black sand well... or find tiny gold.... So of course I’m looking at getting a second detector.
My Dad is thrilled. My Mom is horrified 🙂
I was trying to decide between the Goldmaster 24k and Gold Monster 1000, but then the idea of the Equinox 800 snuck in and I was thinking maybe it would be a good beach AND gold detector. But then I really like the Goldmaster 24k in the few videos I could find. But the Gold Monster 1000 is blue and has that lovely little whoop whoop sound....
I know there’s no “best” detector, and from what I can tell those are all great detectors. But I’m hoping someone can nudge me off the fence. Does anyone have any thoughts about these or other models for use in Southern California? So many beaches, so many reports of gold... SO MUCH BLACK SAND!
Thanks in advance for any advice! I know this was long but I wanted to provide enough details of where I am and what I’m looking for to be useful. Also, I’m chatty. 🙂
I live in CA in an area where there are literally 1,000s of old gold mines. I have the gold bug and I've saved up to buy a GPZ 7000 specifically for detecting inside old mines for rich quartz ore and outside for buried nuggets (mostly the later).
This will be my very first metal detector and I'd like to know if there are any "must-have" accessories or this particular detector for what I'll be doing? There seems to be a never-ending list of accessories and I don't want to waste money I don't have, nor do I want to cut myself short after buying the best.
Also, separate from the detection rig, what other accessories are a must? I'd like to find a pick/shovel combination, an over the shoulder bag. I already have a hardhat with a light, spare flashlight, and a canteen.
I'm also the sort of guy that will be refining the gold myself prior to sale to obtain the most value (unless it's a gorgeous nugget to sell as-is). I'll be doing a crushing > nitric acid > aqua regia > smelting > casting small bars setup. Of course, I won't invest in any of that until I have enough ounces of gold to start and pay for itself.
Thanks in advance! This is going to be a weekend hobby for my 16 year old son and I as the next step of the mine exploring we have been doing for years.
So I responded to a classified add on the forum from a guy named Sourdough Moe. He has several items posted for sale. I agreed to purchase his book Unabridged ZipZip. I agreed on his price and even added shipping cost. He provided his Paypal info and I sent payment. That was on Jan 2 and I haven't received the book. I have tried to contact him twice through PM's and no response. I have purchased several used items from guys on this and other gold forums without issue. Anyone know this guy Moses Jordan? Sure would like to get the merchandise I paid for.
Hello I am in northern Virginia and am completely new to the detecting world. I am a gold prospector primarily but interested in detecting in general.
I have the nox 800 and the 6" double d coil on the way. I have watched tons of videos and read a lot about the detector. Is there anyone out there that would be willing to meet up and give me a lesson on how to use it? I am having trouble and would be nice to be able to ask questions and learn from someone.
I know it's snowing now and cold but spring will be here soon enough. Thanks for reading.
By Mark Gillespie
How many here might remember the Tesoro forum, the original one, that went down several years ago. It had some of the very best adventure stories I've ever read. Very motivating and the information learned about Tesoro detectors were very good. At that time I was using the Vaquero and I can honestly say I found a lot of rings with that machine. The audio, in my opinion was superior for me. I could tell if a target was a pencil eraser end without digging. A few years later I bought a Tejon at the advise of Gene Scullion (when he was the owner of Badger Metal Detectors) and wow what a fantastic machine. The audio again was superior and I found more rings. But keep in mind these are purely audio machines which lends itself to finding more rings because I didn't have an display to inform me as to what the target might be. But the dual discrimination feature was a plus over the Vaquero and helped with not digging some junk targets, but still found more rings. Now it did have a serious drawback and that was recovery speed and the relationship to target masking (which at the time was not published information).
But finally after years and the relentless detector advertising on both the internet and TV I gave in and bought my first display detector. Its been a very exciting journey, detecting that is. Met many hunters along the way and found some interesting artifacts to boot.
It would be nice if there was a way to pull up or locate the original Tesoro forum website. A lot of lost information and fantastic stories of past hunters and their experiences.