By Mike Hillis
I've been looking hard at what to pair up to my F75 for jewelry hunting, specifically Micro jewelry hunting. The Whites 24K is under consideration for this. I like the audio boost features, the iron cancel, hot rock cancel and the non-normalized TID number spread. I also like that it has a concentric coil offering. I guess the main question is, will it actually detect micro jewelry good enough to make me choose it over the Goldbug II.
My Micro jewelry measurement target is a 3mm 4-prong 10k White Gold earring post.
Any feedback is helpful.
I’m looking for input about these three machines on what you like vs dislike on each of these detectors.
Me, personally since I do not own or even seen any of these detectors will even give my own likes vs dislikes.
GM1000 - I like how it is a very hot machine capable of finding small stuff and how I hear it is a turn on and go detector with only a ferrous/nonferrous indicator. I don’t know how it reacts to hot rocks or if there is away you can avoid them. The best part about these three is I hear it’s the simplest to use(thinking about my dad who is interested but doesn’t have the patience to learn machines if he ever wants to use one of mine)
Equinox - again I like how it is hot on small gold and even more with the new 6” coil. I hear it’s water proof? I don’t know how complicated it can be to learn this machine or if it can read the ground for search a good spot to run a sluice.
Whites 24k - pretty much if it is hot on small gold I like the idea. What I really like about this machine is it’s ability to track black sand for a possible prospect. I like the option to cancel out the iron on both the low reading numbers and the high reading numbers. I’m thinking this might be a little complicated for a newbie with all the functions but I really like the controls the machine has.
Bottom line is I am trying to decide which new detector I am gonna buy next year and want to hear your likes and dislikes about each of these machines.
Minelab Gold Monster 1000 Information page
White's Goldmaster 24K Information page
Minelab Equinox 800 Information page
Minelab Gold Monster 1000 vs White's Goldmaster 24K vs Minelab Equinox
By Steve Herschbach
A quick specification comparison of the two detectors.
White's Goldmaster Goldmaster 24K versus White's GMT
White's GMT Instruction Manual
GMT Information Page
White's Goldmaster 24K Advanced Guide
24K Information Page
Despite similarities these two detectors have a different lineage. The GMT was part of the effort involving engineer Dave Johnson that resulted in both the GMT and MXT. The Goldmaster 24K however I am almost 100% certain is an offshoot of the MX5 project, variants of which also include the MX7 and MX Sport.
Notes on the chart above. The GMT has the ability to directly manipulate the ground balance up and down via the plus and minus buttons on the pod face. The Goldmaster 24K (GMK) relies on either automatic ground tracking or the ground grab, features the GMT also shares. However, the GMK has a ground balance offset feature. Under the section titled "Ground Scan" on page 15 of the White's Goldmaster 24K Advanced Guide:
"In Ground Scan you can also set a ground offset by using the UP and DOWN arrows. This selection will affect the ground offset in normal search mode whether using XGB or locked settings."
Note that the offset, once set, is active in both ground tracking mode and when using the ground grab function. Normally a manual ground balance is used to just tweak the setting derived from tracking or ground grab up or down a small amount. This can be done with the 24K but in a different fashion than the GMT. The fact the offset is active while in ground tracking actually gives the GMK an ability the GMT lacks.
The Goldmaster 24K has a volume control the GMT lacks.
A real biggie in my opinion is that the GMK can completely block the audio from ferrous targets. The best you could get with the GMT is an audio "iron grunt" on ferrous, but no way to shut it up. This is even more an issue when you get into some bad hot rocks that signal as iron. The GMT can get pretty noisy, but the GMK allows those signals to be blocked. It can in fact also block ferrous "wrap around" signals where ferrous reads very high on the scale, almost like a silver target.
Coils compatible? That very important note is to warn you that all past Goldmaster/GMT coils are not compatible with the new Goldmaster 24K. Just another tip that these really are different detectors under the hood.