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Fisher Impulse AQ (formerly Aqua Manta) Pulse Induction Metal Detector

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You have to remember that Eric Foster was the person that invented the PI technology.   Ones something is invented, other people will find ways to make it better.  Having use the Aquastar for a number of years. I can not wait to have a Manta to use.  

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Looks cool. That shaft attachment is very GPZ like. Knobs, no screens in a slick modern design, exactly what you want for a serious beach hunter. 

My only immediate thought/concern is it looks like no Freq Shift/Noise Cancel function?? That would severely limit where on the beaches I could use it, unless it is very immune to EMI. 

 

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To do freq shift, the mode switch is placed in the Nois cancel position and the pulse delay/noise cancel switch is rotated to find the quietest position. 

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9 hours ago, phrunt said:

Overprice a detector and it will sell, but not near as well.

Yeah, if this ends up being over 2K I will probably take a pass and wait for more models to appear.

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6 hours ago, PhaseTech said:

Looks cool. That shaft attachment is very GPZ like. Knobs, no screens in a slick modern design, exactly what you want for a serious beach hunter. 

Well, we need to remember this is still a prototype, not a production unit. Personally, I have mixed feelings about knobs. I like them from an operational aspect. I dislike them because they collect grit and are an inevitable failure point - the more knobs, the more chance of one failing. There is something to be said for a seamless sealed pod from that perspective. I prefer something like Garrett did on the ATX myself, but that’s just me.

I don’t see the point in the shaft attachment design unless there is a possibility of the cable running up the rod, which might be the case. Again, this is a pre-production prototype so we don’t know for sure on anything.

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17 hours ago, Rick Kempf said:

It wasn’t on their radar.  A PI detector is not something they had their sights on - then this opportunity presented itself and they went for it.  Pretty bold move for what is, after all, like all the detector builders, a small business. They bought more than the design, they hired the team.

Their own development goals proceed - I have no info on what that amounts to, my only insights were about the PI.

Hi Rick, thanks for the info. I know you got two Vallons and had one updated. I'd love to hear your thoughts on the Vallons use on the beach and any comparisons to the Impulse.

Thanks,

Tim

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Both my Vallons are updated and the “ugly” one got the full checkout at the Vallon agent in PA.  Need to sell at least one.

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I like how small the battery is and at about 1.8kg it's a good weight, I like the T2 style rod too.  It seems they have listened to their customers.

I can't wait to see the gold detecting model when it comes out.

 

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