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  2. I think a lot of the hard rock miners would strongly disagree. Granted there are many high frequency detector options other than the GB2 these days, but there is a reason that the high demand and cult status exist with the GBII. If you have a product that is generating substantial revenue for your company why would you axe it? I wouldn't. Could it use a redesign utilizing modern circuitry and components? That's completely obvious. They should have produced a newer iteration of the higher frequency detector before Minelab and Makro beat them to the punch years ago.
  3. Cabelas gift cards can usually be purchased at a nice discount from some of the gift card outlet sites like raise. I buy them for restaurants all the time. Right now Raise has $100 cards for $91.50 so a discount of 8.5%. That takes an extra $50 or so off the price. Edit: Just saw that cabelas is selling gift cards June 5-7 for $10 off $100 limit of 5 per household. It's in their Summer Savings advertisement catalogue on the bottom of page 13. Depending on sales tax that is a round $60 off that sales price. https://www.cabelas.com/custserv/custserv.jsp?pageName=RetailStoreFlyers
  4. When I detect my cell phone is on airplane mode and away from civilization..... Bluetooth and Wifi on OFF.....
  5. I know a few people who would actually do this 🤣🤣🤣
  6. I've been troubled by EMI terribly on my GPX since day one seeing a lot of our prospecting areas are near big power lines going from hydro dams, they just happened to make the good gold spots conservation land and use the land as a good place to run all their high voltage lines 🙂 I've tried everything to improve my detectors for EMI. The GPX is so nice to use while away from power lines but near them it's very difficult. Even an Interference shield from Australia that claimed to help with EMI on the GPX. As Steelphase pointed out unless it's connected to the ground of the detector it may make the situation worse so I followed his advice and soldered a little wire from it and attached it to the GPX's current ground in between the face plate for the switches. The interference shield becomes a permanent cover for the GPX as it's so hard to get it on and off you'd never bother. 🙂 As to if it works, I have no idea, EMI is still bad on the GPX, maybe it improved a tiny bit, no idea... and it's so hard to check as it's hard to get the cover off, requires dismantling the detector from the shaft/arm cuff to take it on and off so bugger that, it's staying on. If anything it will protect my paint job 🙂 I personally like the SP01 is in an alloy housing as I know how much having a good shielding does prevent EMI issues. I just have it up high on my harness where the bungy clips on as at belt level my detector picks it up every step I take and it drives you mad. Maybe my legs are too short, my wife says they are as my pants always drag along the ground.
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  8. It's a fact that you hear electrical interference, EMI, with your ears. Your ears are on your head, so the EMI is probably coming though your head into your ears. So the only solution is to put the foil where it will really help.
  9. Just a little update on my bent Sampson T-handle situation. After saying they would send me a replacement it all went silent and they never did get it sent, this is right as the virus was hitting so I put it down to that and didn't contact them again asking for an update, I actually assumed they had to close for a lock down, they did indicate in their previous email that in New Jersey the virus was hitting quite badly. Well today an email came through with a USPS tracking number as it was just sent. There are a few things that very much impress me about this entire process, firstly, I contacted them in November indicating my T handle bent in the first week of use and sent them a photo of it, they replied straight away offering to send me a replacement. I didn't get this email as it went straight to my junk mail and then was automatically purged a week or two later with me blissfully unaware. Out of the blue 5 months later they send me a follow up email asking if I would like the replacement shovel as I never replied to their first email asking for my address to send it to. That's the part that is beyond impressive. How did my case not get lost in the system and forgotten about. Even if they did remember they easily had an option of just forgetting about me seeing I never replied and never tried to contact them again and saving them the shipping costs from US to NZ which are horrendous. The shipping cost will be more than the shovel cost. The contacted me right before the lockdowns offering again to send a replacement which I of course accepted once I saw the email this time. Then the virus strikes and all goes silent, I didn't bother them sending any emails asking if they'd sent it or were going to, the shovel is far less important than the virus mess going on so I just let it go, the virus has done enough carnage in places like NJ than to worry about my little shovel and if they were struggling the last thing I'd want them to do is send me a shovel. Now they're back at work straight away I get an email with a tracking number saying it's been sent. This is clearly a company that cares about their customers to an exceptional level. I wasn't even a problem customer, I was one that would be easy for them to ignore and they didn't. So, I will say if you want to buy from a tool manufacturer were excellent customer service WW manufacturing certainly provides that. http://www.wwmfg.com/
  10. The GPZ is pretty immune to EMI from a circuit design POV, however the plastic housings will allow a certain amount of EMI in if the boards are not shielded well, you can see this with a GPZ using a mobile phone, just run the phone past the housing along the sides especially when the phones transmitter is ramping up due to low signal, the SDC is also bad for this. However this is from a localised concentrated source and why you should keep your mobile phone away from the control box (some Bluetooth transmitters will do this as well). Most EMI that affects detectors gets in through the coil which is a far more sensitive to the weaker long distant EMI such as 50/60 Hz and Sferics type EMI, the control box is not really affected by this unless your extremely close and then the coil noise will swamp the control box noise anyway. If you think the GPZ control box is allowing EMI in then maybe line your cover with foil but be aware too much might be seen by the coil and kill depth, one of the reasons why I’m not a fan of aluminium enclosures especially ones mounted separately from the control box. JP
  11. The GPZ will have various shields within the plastic housing whether it be layers of aluminium foil or a carbon coating/paper. I havent opened one to have a look. They will be using the plastic housing because its cheap to manufacture and lighter in weight than a metal enclosure. Even the GPX which is a metal case has additional shielding inside.
  12. As mentioned previously, after rereading Dick Stout's Coin Hunting... In Depth book over the holidays I took his advice and stepped away from my standard sites to find new ones. It seems to be working (thanks, Dick). Statistics on that later in this post. Last week I went to one of those 'new sites', a century old park, and in the first 2 hours I found 83 cents in modern coins searching along a road and around a crushed stone parking lot that had previously produced only one old coin -- a beat up Wartime nickel ('Warnick'). I decided to move to a picnic area for the last hour, and as you can see in the picture, I was rewarded. (Sorry for the overexposure on the Warnick.) One of the Buffies showed up first, about 5-6 inches. Next was the Merc at 4-5 inches. The other two nickels followed (neither more than about 4 inches deep) and the big surprise was the Indian Head, also only about 4 inches deep. My previous Personal Record ('PR') was only two old coins in one day's hunting. Note that I don't count Wheat pennies in this category. My single day PR there is 27. Needless to say I was quite pleased. Oh, the 22 cartridge was found next to the above mentioned parking lot on a previous hunt. Given that it's in a muni park (and we don't have gang problems..., etc.) I assume this was dropped long ago. It's possible it was dropped after the park opened by a hunter who was getting his gear together after getting out of the car, before exiting the park on foot into the nearby woods. The lead bullet appears to have 3 rings, one smooth and two serrated (if that's the correct word). Can anyone put an age on this? It was oriented vertically about 6 inches deep and sounded as sweet as any silver dime I've ever found, with the TID centered around 27. Except for the 'P' on the back of the Warnick, there is no mintmark on any of the other coins. The IH is 1903 and the Buffie dates are only partially visible. I think one is 1916 and the other 1924. None of these is scarce, but they still get counted in my 'other old coin' category. A little about the park. As I mentioned it was established over a century ago. I knew of its existence but figured so did every coin hunter within 100 miles. Surely there was nothing left for me.... But another thing I've learned is that there is no such thing as "hunted out". I've put 52 1/2 hours into hunting this park so far (all in 2020) and there's still more uncovered area awaiting. Here are some numbers to mull over: my 'other old coin' finds per hour is 0.27 for this site compared to 0.08 for all other hunted sites since beginning of 2017. 8 of the 14 finds are nickels. Meanwhile Wheat pennies recovered per hour is 0.21, compared to 0.26/hr for all other sites starting in 2017. And here is a sampling of my trash finds: These are from 12 1/2 hours of hunting this park. All but a couple of the ring-and-beavertail pulltabs had Equinox TID's in the modern USA coin regions: 12-14 (nickels) and 19 and above. If the nickel and pseudo-nickel target ID touches 15 I don't dig. My custom high tone is 20 and up to make sure I notice Indian Head pennies. (Note from the photo: I count Zincolns as trash and that's what the pictured discs are.) The 14-18 region is typically thought of as pulltabs, but those in the photo (exception of a couple r&b's) all sounded and TID'ed like nickels. The aluminum screwcaps TID 21-23. Crown caps can be in both nickel zone and Zincoln zone (elsewhere, too), depending upon composition. I did dig more trash than this, mostly can slaw but also some aluminum foil and the usual few bent nails, square nails, copper wire, etc. This park is absolutely loaded with the old pulltabs, and the broken off beavertails are the worst. It got to where I was requiring the TID to at least flash a 13 for me to dig 'nickels', and still you see what I pull out. Unfortunately I later dug a pure 12 and it was a nickel. 😪 I wonder how many of those I left in the ground. If you're still here I hope you don't mind one more statistic: for common coins of denomination 25 cents and less (so not counting Wheaties or other old coins, but including Zincolns), the fraction of nickels among common coins since beginning of 2017 (but not counting this site) is 15%. At this site (again, not counting the eight old nickels) is 26%. In summary, I'm finding a lot of old coins compared to my other sites, but not more Wheaties. I'm finding a lot more nickels (relative to other coins) than my other sites. I'm finding tons of pulltabs in the nickel zone. How does all this tie together? Simple: the site has been hunted by detectorists cherry picking the high conductors and ignoring the nickels because they don't want to dig pulltabs. Of course they missed some Indian Heads (probably didn't want to be bothered with Zincolns either) and a few silver dimes. Hopefully I'll find a higher denomination silver coin, but even if I don't I'm happy with the oldies that have been showing up.
  13. Thank you everyone for great feedback. I have a lot to learn about the machine and have plenty of other reading to do. I was able to purchase the missing pieces from the marketplace here and am ready to go hunting!
  14. See this thread, Where I improved it on my original T2, I've since done it to my Gold Bug Pro as well, success was less evident on it but it was never bad in the first place. I imagine with the GPZ if the plastic housing was causing EMI problems they'd be using the shielding paint or an alloy foil like they used on the front and rear face plates to the GPX series.... They GPX is in an alloy housing but the front and back with the switches has an alloy foil sheet inside it. I don't for a second think Minelab didn't consider EMI when putting the GPZ in a plastic housing. Geotech was kind enough to help me locate the ground on the Gold Bug Pro to do the same EMI paint on it.
  15. Let the bank manager know the overdraft is coming with interest at his lowest i will take 2 RR
  16. PM’d... Im interested and sent contact info. Thanks!
  17. GB -- LOL! Unless it was an '09-S VDB, I don't even think much about "key dates" on copper coins; most of them come out of the ground in bad enough condition that they don't maintain any value, unfortunately... Steve
  18. In today's email. there was a 10% off coupon code just for today. Someone can really score a great deal.
  19. There is absolutely no need for the Gold Bug to exist, scrap it and leave the Gold Bug Pro as Steve pointed out, the Pro would cost them no more to make and there is just no need for the Gold Bug to exist. Price reductions are necessary on the Gold Bug Pro, over priced for a worse detector than other models of the exact same detector they're selling. It's almost criminal as they're taking advantage of people with a lack of knowledge. Imagine how upset you'd be if you just bought a Gold Bug Pro then read some of the threads on here about the F19 and Bounty Hunter, superior detectors at a cheaper price. The 10x5" coil the F19 comes with is the better prospecting coil than the 5" the Gold Bug Pro comes with too. The biggest problem with the Gold Bug Pro is the abundance of fakes, it may not be the case in the USA but in the rest of the world especially in NZ/Australia there are far FAR more fakes than there are real ones and they're more accessible being sold all over the place and the Chinese fake manufacturers seem to have the fakes working to a point people don't even know they're using a fake. This alone would be enough for me to make the decision to discontinue the Gold Bug Pro, if only they could come out with a viable new replacement model to carry on the name different enough to stop the clones, it's well overdue anyway. It could be partly why Minelab chip their coils to prevent this clones problem, not to stop aftermarket coils like we often accuse them of. If they do discontinue the GBP the clones will start of the F19 and Bounty Hunter seeing it's the same detector, won't take the clone manufacturers long to duplicate the exterior housing and dump the firmware off one onto a clone.
  20. A 3by 6 coil for Nox would be great. It would be great for prospecting and tot lot hunting and small turf gold.
  21. Well, yes, but if it's like the Genie's lamp you only get 3 wishes, so don't use up two of them on this one coin! Actually, 1915-D is better (scarcer) than 1916-D: 22 million minted vs. 36 million. I don't think I ever found the '15-D back when I was a kid and you could actually find old Wheaties searching through bank rolls. Nice one!
  22. I have no doubt that Fisher Gold Bug 2 still keeps up with the most sensitive detectors to the smallest gold ... it is still very good in that and it had a 6 "concentric coil to complete it .. Some time ago I had one of the good pieces ... where the high setting of the treshold managed to significantly increase the sensitivity and reach of very small gold discrimination mode ...- it was visibly especially on a small 6 "CC coil ... I heard that a test DD coil was also made for this detector .. but I don't know any details about it ...
  23. I think they are bundling, dealing and moving out old (heavy) inventory before the great tsunami of new detectors coming out. Their price and features will change everything. Once you've seen the pretty new ones it will be pretty hard to put your mind back on the old klunker! (Pun intended.)
  24. Actually, I think the Gold Bug Pro was designed to replace the Gold Bug 2. But the gold prices took off and the Gold Bug 2 refused to die. If they can make money on it First Texas will keep building them. The main battle has been finding new parts to replace old analog parts as they go obsolete and retuning the detector to act the same. I wonder what a close look at the circuit board of a 25 year old GB2 and a new one would reveal?
  25. Joe D.

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    Howdy back at you canoe! Welcome! You will be glad to have found this site! It will save you alot of time, and money dialing in the next "Right Detector" I'll start with this: 👍👍 Steve's post: "Best detector values under $500"
  26. The V8 coil has a real size of 5.5 "x 8" .... Some time ago I decided to buy another small 6 "equinox coil from the" 2-hand" ,, disassemble it and then adjust its winding to a size of 4.5 x 7.5" .... that would be at least in my opinion one of the simpler ... maybe a colleague can do it ... because I already have experience with multifrequency coils ....but we'll see... you just need to move on in this ....
  27. The 19kHz models also have better Target ID's than the T2 but the T2 has better depth if you're willing to dig messy target ID's. Not sure if that applies to the F75 range. With the possible Fisher shakeup in prices I would not be surprised to see that through out the entire First Texas range, it's the only weapon they've got at the moment to counter the competition.
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