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  1. 16 points
  2. 13 points
    I detect for gold alot and have paid off my detectors since the 2100 many times over. My best was the 4500...paid off 40 something times over. Its my backup detector after the Zed which is catching up to the 4500 in times paid off. While spending time wandering deserts other income opportunities come along, meteorites, gems, ornamental stone deposits. Detectors also lead to taking out leases and paid detecting from mining companies. But whether your obsessed like me and many others on this forum or just a hobbyist its great just to get out in the bush/desert with friends or family.
  3. 13 points
    Here are two photos of gold found over the last two trips. This gold was found by removing the gravel in the steam bed and exposing the bedrock. The bedrock was then detected. On both trips several of my gold hunting friends came along. The bigger nugget was 5g and very tricky to recover. Lodged deeply in a crevice under white water. The other pieces total 1.3g. I hope to have time for one more outing before I have to go back to work. I'll keep you posted. Merry Christmas!
  4. 12 points
    Been detecting heaps ever since the 2100. Reading about rumours of new ML gold detectors have wasted about a year of my life and given me brain damage. (Not as bad as following QED threads though). I will buy any new high priced ML high end gold detector because i will pay it off in the field. I just want ML to fix their ongoing design faults and actually talk to testers before they finalise the hardware rather then just getting the testers to check software. Next model and coils must be lighter weight. ML, After all these years please increase shaft length for tall people. Please give use a robust charger and use wiring for charger leads that is thick and not the lowest spec useable.(all our cigi lead wires shorted out after minimal use on Zed). For the price you charge for your gold detectors, a padded control box cover should be supplied so your loyal customers can protect their large investment. This would really show your commitment to quality and customers. cheers RDD
  5. 12 points
    I and my wife have found different types of crystalline wire gold specimens and here are a couple unique ones: Notice the diamond shape crystal with gold wire coming out each end.
  6. 11 points
    Day 2: Sorry guys this has taken so long to put up after the first post on our first day using these new 10" Xcoils. Simon stayed the night at my place & the evening was spent watching youtube gold finding footage along with charging up batteries for our detectors & E-bike batteries. Yes, this was going to be an E-bike mission to get in to these old workings. I tend to get a bit ahead of Simon & wait for him to catch up. He isn't that confident, or is he more sensible?, & walks the bike past the steep drop off areas rather than ride them like I do. Here I took a photo of him coming around a corner on the path. After taking these two pics I turned around & took a pic of the path we had ahead of us. You will notice in the foreground where the old timers built up an embankment on the edge of the track with stacked flat schist to get past a gnarly drop off point. We were heading to the hills in the background of that steep gorge. I have done numerous posts on this location so many of you will be familiar with it. It involves a spot that Simon refers to as the path that keeps giving, to me. Only this time neither of us detected here. I offered to stop & let Simon have a go here as it is in a good spot for us to catch our breath from biking in at that point. But Simon had not had much luck here so wasn't that interested. I got two small bits the time before that I was here with the older 10 x 9 X coil. Stopping here would have meant unloading our packs to assemble our detectors & then pulling them apart again to move on. So we just kept on going. Getting to our bike drop zone both of us didn't get through unscathed. At almost the same spot, which was wet & muddy & steep, we both dropped the chain off the back sprocket while riding & Simon ended up falling into a bria rose bush getting a bit scratched up. And I came off hitting my elbow on a schist outcrop. Simons finger got into the photo as well. At that point of dropping our bikes we had a bit of a spell before rigging up our detectors & we each headed off in different directions. I went straight to a bit of exposed schist bedrock that the old timers had sluiced down to & where I had got a few bits of gold in the past. It was on the way to another area where I had done well on in the past & also did very well going over again with the older 10 x 9 X coil. Not even 5 minutes into it I got a very faint but positive hit on this schist bedrock. After quite a bit of scraping & getting down a bit the signal was getting better & still in the ground. I was very confident that it was now going to be gold. I got to bedrock proper & the signal was still there. Guessing it to be about 5 inches deep a small bit of gold. Carrying on up to my other spot but detecting as I went nothing was coming to light. Not even any rubbish. It was getting pretty steep & awkward detecting but I got a good faint hit. Again down through the topsoil & on the bedrock out popped this Standing back I took this pic to try to show the steepness & the line of stacked rocks from the old timers cleaning out a little gutter down to bedrock This next pic from the stacked rocks looking back Unrelenting country. On the same steep slope but above the line of those stacked rocks I got another faint but good signal. Again down on the bedrock A nice little piece I ended up with one more piece in this area but didn't photograph that one. I worked my way back to the backpacks for a late lunch stop as I saw Simon detecting not far away from them. He had already had a bite to eat & a drink but he came over when I told him I had got a few bits. He had found no gold. We sat there debating where to go next. Decision made we headed off. I put Simon on to some bedrock which there wasn't much of in this area while I went to a gravel pile where the old timers had stopped sluicing into. I had found gold in these gravels before & also with the older 10 x 9 X coil. I got a very faint hit & digging down deep it was still in there. Pretty deep I reckon, & out came this I tried a few other close by spots that had produced in the past but nothing more came to light. I suggested to Simon that we head up over the creek to some higher old sluicings. We couldn't find an easy way across the creek with the flow it was running at with the recent crap weather we had been having back then. My heart wasn't really into it either & nore was Simons. So we headed back to the bikes for the long haul back out. But from the saddle it was all down hill. Ye Ha.On the bikes that is the best part. My measly total was 5 bits for .67 of a gram. Admittedly off ground I have been over twice with the older 10x9 X coil & all my other detectors & coil combinations over the years. Simon zilch. I made a comment that I don't think I will be back in here for that kind of total for the effort required. I think Simon agreed. Cheers & best of luck out there. JW🤠
  7. 10 points
    I tend to save all my finds and put them on a tray until I have time to sort them. Last year it seemed like I had too little time to sort because the two trays hold a whole year's worth of junk, jewelry, and coins. I did have additional plastic bags partially filled so the trays wouldn't overflow too much. The box holds the change that came out of all that junk on the trays. There are no picks of the jewelry because I remove that as I come home after detecting. Just wanted to share with others new to the hobby so they know that there will be junk as well as awesome finds. I used to keep track of how much change I found on each hunt, but now I just take it in and cash it out for Amazon credit. So, I'm not sure how much the change is worth yet because I have yet to take it in.
  8. 10 points
    One of the most controversial topics in metal detecting and coin collecting is that of cleaning coins. A lot of this comes from failure to define terms, such as purpose of cleaning and what ‘cleaning’ really means. I’m starting this thread as much to educate myself as anything. As such it is a bit of ‘brainstorming’. I’m not an expert although as is often the case, many of the people who claim to be such aren’t either. “Reader beware” has never been more true than in the 21st Century internet / social media world and this post is no exception. Numismatics is the fancy word for coin collecting, and the topic of coin cleaning must include facts and opinions coming from that segment of activity and knowledge. Here is a list of some of the concepts/issues/concerns expressed there: 1) A coin’s patina is important. ‘Patina’ is the natural toning that comes with age. This idea is shared with antique collecting, as is the concern over refurbishing/restoring/refinishing of antiques in general. It is almost universally accepted in numismatics that coins that haven’t been cleaned are vastly superior to coins that exhibit signs of having been cleaned. Whether or not you consider this reasonable, it’s locked in and not going to change. 2) Most of modern numismatics, and particularly the area with the largest investment, is in uncirculated coins. A lot of the information among numistmatists on coin cleaning relates to uncirculated coins. 3) Although “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” is a general cliche’, coins do change hands and many/most methods of cleaning cannot be reversed. Much of coin collecting (hell, much of the world in general) is about value and (permanent) cleaning has ruined a lot of coins’ values over history – thus the reason for major concern amongst numistmatists on this subject. What does ‘ruin’ mean? Reducing its value by 75-90% isn't uncommon. 4) Most collected coins did not spend years in the ground. The issues we detectorists experience are rarely even considered by coin collectors. 5) Often the word ‘cleaning’ among numistmatists is confused with ‘conservation’. The latter is loosely defined as removing foreign matter that in the long term will damage a coin. ‘Cleaning’ is simply trying to improve the appearance of a coin. Conservation is accepted, if done properly, of course. Even the two major grading services offer conservation options. 6) Statements such as the most common -- “never clean coins” -- or even the less dogmatic “cleaning should be left to professionals” may be well intentioned, but are neither informative nor practical. Who are these ‘professionals’? I suspect if you went to a coin show/convention and did a survey you would get very few answers to this question, but rather be referred back to #1 (“never clean coins!”). Although so far it may seem that numismatists are Chicken Littles, there is a lot of validity to their concerns. It’s just that you need to go past the cliche’s to understand that. Let’s start with an analogy many of us are familiar with – cleaning eyeglasses. What’s the best way to do that? (“Never clean eyeglasses” isn’t an option!) Fortunately micro-fiber cloth is a fairly modern convenience, and that (with a mild cleaning solution) is the proper method. But how many of us have used paper towels, cotton cloths (such as handkerchiefs or shirt-tails), etc. to accomplish the task? I have, and the results are eye-opening (no pun intended). Permanent scratches result, at least for modern plastic lenses (and that includes polycarbonate lenses). Abrasives are a common cleaning medium. Sandpaper is a good example. Would you clean your eyeglasses with sandpaper? Well, fibers in paper and cloth are also abrasives. That also applies to cleaning of coins. The naked eye may not notice fine scratches but coin grading involves magnification and then the scratches look like river valleys. (OK, I exaggerate.) What seem like minor differences in coin grades can translate to huge differences in value. Scratches are one of the things that determine coin grades. A very common occurrence in metal detecting, if YouTube videos are any indication, is the immediate rubbing of a coin when retrieved from the ground. The sand grains, etc., in the attached soil are abrasives! If you want to identify a recovered coin in the field, then take along a small spray bottle and blast the coin with water. (BTW, I’m aware that some perceived experts have claimed that water damages a freshly retrieved coin. While always holding out the possibility that my logic is wrong, ask yourself this question: how many years has this coin been in the ground, free from contact with water?!!!! Even the driest desert gets rainfall occasionally.) The reality is that many coins coming from the ground, especially those which contain mostly copper, are not attractive and sometimes not even identifiable without aggressive cleaning. If you’ve read this far, hoping to get some good answers, you are going to be disappointed. I don’t have them, yet. There have been a few threads on detectorprospector.com with discussion of cleaning methods. I’m not going to repeat those, nor even link to them since they are scattered. What I am going to do this year (new year’s resolution) is to both read more deeply and experiment with cleaning methods. I already own one book on the subject and just ordered two more from Amazon. My workshop is being upgraded to, among other things, make it more conducive to simple chemical experimentation. I’ll report back with my findings. In the meantime, here's an interesting discussion among coin collectors on the subject. Also, a well chronicled experience with one of the coin certification services regarding coin cleaning/conservation.
  9. 10 points
    I got so excited and watching it I didn’t even notice that they have changed to a straight shaft and it looks like the shaft surface treatment is changed as well
  10. 9 points
    Several months ago friends and I went to look for some lost Civil War valuables. Since we all had signed a Non-Disclosure Agreement I am unable to say where it was at except that the state is Tennessee. We were using a new type of metal detector that I put together and had a friend from John Deere software division do some programming for the unit. This system uses 3 separate frequencies for 3 separate coils and builds a 3D image of the metal in the ground. The images show a depth of over 5 feet and we expect to find the item close to that depth. Since we are looking for something rather large this works very well to keep us from digging the smaller items. We use a standard metal detector for finds closer to the surface as well, and yes we have found more than we expected. We arrived on a rainy day and set up camp for the next 10 days and settled in. The rain ended about midnight and we knew that the ground would be wet. We had early breakfast and proceeded to gain the land owners permission to hunt on their land. That took some negotiation to get everyone’s permission but we had written permission in hand. We then unloaded the 4 wheelers and equipment and set forth to locate what we were after. After digging up almost 2,100 pounds of trash and a couple of small relics we called it a night. The next several days proved to be just as bad as our first day on the hunt, finding only small stuff and very few relics, but we still had a pile of trash left to dig. On the 7th day we had a very good target that looked like we had found what we were after. We were able to dig it up and pull it from a 6 foot hole and we knew we had found something important. We had uncovered a chest that belonged to a 2nd Lieutenant of the Union Army. Inside were several of his items including a Remington Model 1861 Army Revolver of a 22 caliber. Also there were numerous other items including 8 $1.00 gold pieces. He had some silver tableware, razor, and many other items. The chest had shown wear from being in the ground and the inside material had all but rotted. Surprising as it was the chest was In good condition as someone had put bees wax on it and it was wrapped in a trap of some type. The heavy iron straps that held the chest together was all intact and just slightly rusted. One of the locks was mostly gone, but the second one was in much better shape. Most of the chest has been cleaned and redone and looks almost new, and the other items have also been cleaned properly. Some of what we had found will be placed in a museum near the location of which it was found, while the gun and the coins have been shared between the people who went. Everyone had an equal share in this hunt and 2 of the people were brothers who wanted the pistol. I was given 4 of the gold pieces and now I have them hanging on my wall. We are planning another trip back because we know that the treasure we are looking for is there. Since we have the area narrowed down we should find it within a few days. The land owners have given us the permission again and we have plenty of equipment this time to make it go much faster. Below is a picture of my coins as I am still waiting on pictures of the chest and other items.
  11. 8 points
    Those guys were, and are, wonderful generous gents who had so many people trying to follow them and essentially rip them off, they stopped making their incredibly educational and entertaining videos. It was our loss but I certainly don't blame them. For those that don't think there's any more surface gold around, check this out, it's from last year.
  12. 8 points
    I had to stop and contemplate the following occurrences. In the past ~week we've seen/heard of three absolutely historical US metal detecting finds. Idaho Peg discovered that her chunk of silver from Florida's Treasure Coast is quite likely from the 1715 Fleet, one of the two or three most famous treasures found in the Western Hemisphere. 2Valen reports on his multi-year quest for a Civil War cache which preliminarily produces a soldier's possessions including eight gold coins, four of which he is rewarded and displays here. Then Goldbrick tells us about his amazing 1849 privately minted $5 gold piece from the first year of the California Gold Rush. Has this sunk in: 1715 Fleet (lost in a hurricane on its way to Spain) silver coins, US Civil War gold coin cache, and California Gold Rush rare privately minted coin? I don't know what history is still taught in schools but I sure hope these finds represent it. It excites me just reading about these; I can't imagine how I would feel if I were experiencing them first hand! 'Bucket List' labelling doesn't do them justice. Top that, detectorprospector.com members (and I hope you do).
  13. 8 points
    I've hunted this fresh water beach the last 3 days with some decent luck. The first 2 days I hunted it with an Explorer 2 with an 8" coil, and did ok. I went back today with the Nox and did even better 🙂 My settings were: Park 2 2-tones 0-ground balance Disc -9 to 0 recovery speed 4 F2 0 sens 20 The gold ring hit a solid 12 the 2 little pendents rang at 1...found within 6" of each other. silver ring 5 open ring, not connected at the top silver beads 12, I've found 8 so far The little junk beads hit at 1 all the cleaned up silver was found with the Explorer 2
  14. 7 points
    I think it's a lot harder to make a successful new gold prospecting machine without any real tech advancements than it is to make a new coin machine with no major tech advancements. Nature isn't making any more nuggets, but new coins and rings get dropped every day by people so you need much less tech to succeed in coin shooting than you do in nugget shooting. In 50 years my Ace 250 is still gonna find me gold rings, but my GPZ won't find a single nugget when there are none left within range for it to find. So, a new gold machine better be a major improvement over the last model in some shape or form, or I just don't see it succeeding outside of the 2nd and 3rd world, even if they get down into the sub-$3k range. It's pointless to run a detector over ground with no targets left in detection range. To compound the issue - most guys I've met nugget shooting are in their 70's and 80's now. Very few new or younger people have joined since I started 13 years ago, mostly due to obscene pricing schemes. And nugget depletion is a massive problem here in the USA too. Nugget shooting is already dying quick here in the USA from what I can tell. Most of the success is limited to people with areas of exclusive access or exclusive knowledge in the USA today. Dunno about Australia or NZ, just talking about here. Waiting another 5 years to release something significantly better than the GPZ might find half their market in the US missing. An observation: I've taken my X Coils around quite a bit now. They are definitely giving me a nice, repeatable, measurable sensitivity boost. But I can say for certain that it's just not enough anymore. I've found maybe $700 in nuggets I missed with prior technology, in total. It's not enough to pay even my gas for a 25 hour drive round trip, let alone food+propane, tire repair, etc. Whatever ML does next needs to be better. It needs to cancel salt and retain GPZ level sensitivity or greater. Or cancel iron mineralization and maintain sensitivity. Or lower the noise floor a full magnitude so RX sensitivity can double. Something major like that. Discrim doesn't help me personally, but clearly many would buy a new machine based on that major upgrade too. It needs to be big. A GPX remix would be a major letdown to me personally unless a successor to the GPZ was also released contemporaneously too. The computing power has been there for a decade. It's possible to do, especially with a team of physicists and engineers. There are a lot of different things that can be done with that many extra computer cycles, beyond just a coil on a stick. Gradiometry, interferometry, magnetometry, GPR-like methods, etc. The chips are literally fast enough to measure the speed of light (and thus EM reflection) over distances which a nugget or ore body might be buried now. There is much room for improvement.
  15. 7 points
    How do you know what the targets were that you did not dig up? Do you believe 100% of the targets you did not dig were not gold? That you have a 100% accuracy rate? If not, what percent is acceptable to you? If you skip 100 targets is it ok for ten of those to be gold? Five? Two? I’m not being critical here, just curious. I have skipped a lot of targets over the years for various reasons, but I am certain that I have left gold in the ground as a result. I know this because I have dug plenty of “nail signals” that turned out to be gold.
  16. 7 points
    I've been thinking about it for a while, however to reach low prices it would only be ALL METAL. No magnetic ground effect compensation. I also drew it completely. It would of course have all the settings ... delay, freq, volume, threshold etc ... a waterproof version 60 meters
  17. 7 points
    Here's the thing; if you are Red Dirt Digger or Reg or JP who not only have the inclination and the time to get out and detect, they have the know-how and they have the ground where success (i.e. paying off their detectors), is possible. Don't think most of us are in that situation. There is no way I will ever pay off my detector(s), and that was never the hope. If you try to be economically prudent with buying detectors and hunting for gold, you are in the wrong hobby. What my detector allows me to do is to get out into areas that I would not usually go, to test my skill and luck and try my hand at finding something…it is the hunt that you cannot put a price tag on. I am lucky in that I have been able to pay for my detectors mostly with gold I have found. But the majority of the gold I have found comes from about three summers of dredging in the Mother Lode of the Sierra Nevada's in the late 70's, spending 10 hours a day underwater. As a friend once commented it's like voluntarily going to Leavenworth under water (a famous prison where they used to crack rocks all day). At one time I had accumulated about five pounds of gold and at todays prices, because I saved most of it, that has helped pay for most of my detectors. Nowadays I do not have anywhere near that amount of gold, but I do have years of fantastic enjoyment of new places, new experiences and new people. That has been worth everything.
  18. 7 points
    I’ve been hopefully searching a club claim in Southern Nevada and although I know gold must be there the 3 trips out have been blanks, I’m finding all kinds of trash, old lead and tacks that say although no doubt pounded, not cleaned out by a long shot. Most of this junk found has been shallow but still there has to be some deeper gold hiding amongst all the trash someplace just haven’t found any out there yet. The other day I was burned out swinging the 7000 and grabbed the deus with the high frequency round coil to try something different, I hardly ever hunt nuggets for more than a few minutes with the little Frenchy trusting the power of the zed for gold. The light little deus was a pleasure, detector in one hand pick in the other and the pinpointing accuracy of the deus and target recovery improved 10 fold and I was finding almost exactly the same targets just a bit fewer (probably the gold ones). I ran the gold program against the hot program both at factory settings 50khz and switching between the two programs gave me really good idea of what I was going to find, the gold field being more sensitive and the xy screen of the hot program with full tones providing a more full picture. I was also pleased the deus seemed to handle the ground also with no problems, there were only 3 Little Rock’s in the upper right of the picture that hit hard on the deus and after taking them home for closer inspection they show tiny particles of silvery metal under high magnification that was almost impossible to photograph, its blacker in spots and silvery like mercury droplets (very tiny) in other areas with a metamorphic (I think) host rock that I’m not certain of, any ideas what this is? anyway, I’ve got to spend a week back in Calif working on an offer on my other place, and cleaning it up when I get back then try a few new spots in Arizona after a break before hitting my southern Nevada spot again. my modified Ukrainian army trench tool also worked great paired with the deus I added a longer handle, cut the blade square and embedded a super magnet into the end of the handle was a real back saver,lol.
  19. 7 points
    I really don't see myself needing discrimination on the "AQ" at several of the beach's I hunt. I've found that "In the water" the Ocean, or Bay is constantly classifying the targets. Sand is constantly moving, targets are moving by weight, size and shape. There are areas where heavier targets have settled but then it's just a matter of knowing the area and watching for the right signs/targets and Sand movement. Then digging all. Going to be a interesting year once we see a few "AQ's" in action, specially here in the states where competition can be intense. Come on "AQ"
  20. 7 points
    I guess you could see it two different ways: on the one hand, the lighter weight alone could be perceived as added performance and would justify an increased price point. How well that would fly would depend on how many people would actually view it that way. The other perception that I think would be more common is that a lighter weight, equal performance detector Is not worth an increase in price because you’re paying more for less physical detector with no real technological performance advantage. Now if it was a lighter weight AND improved technology than the GPZ 7000 with X-coils, a higher price would be justified to most. And I don’t recall Minelab ever NOT improving their tech on each new flagship gold detector anyway, so I feel the lighter weight, same performance detector scenario is extremely unlikely. That's what I think. Of course, a lighter weight, improved performance detector at a LOWER price is what we all want, but that scenario has never happened with Minelab either; maybe they will make history this time?
  21. 6 points
    For those of you pondering Nino's oscilloscope screengrabs: The lower display shows a spectrum analysis of the waveform transmitted. Horizontally, it's 10 kHz per division, and 20 kHz is dead centre. So the three peaks are in the 7-8 kHz area, the 18/19 kHz area, and 39kHz or so. When analysed more precisely, these are the 7.8 kHz, 18.2 kHz and 39 kHz frequencies. The ratios 3 : 7 : 15 mean that: (3 cycles of 7.8kHz) plus (7 cycles of 18.2 kHz) plus (15 cycles of 39 kHz) all add together simultaneously, to make one complex waveform that takes about 385 microsecs to repeat ( 2600 times per second ). The differences between the gold modes will be in the way these three freqs responses are interpreted. Eg. heavily biased to 39 kHz; a bit of 39k and a bit of 18.2k ? No-one knows.....
  22. 6 points
    My three favorite finds of 2019 are a US civil war belt buckle, what I believe to be a US civil war bridal rosette, and a 1776 Spanish 1 reale coin.
  23. 5 points
    It has probably been over a year since I've used my 3030. Tonight I used it for a bit over 2 hours and I got the hang of it again. It is a much different sound than the 800 and now I remember why I had a learning curve about hearing targets. One of the things that came back very quickly is the ability of the 3030 to be 'played' like a violin. By that I mean you can get a target and swing on it and make the detector 'sing' really loud. This was what was happening with the many tent stakes I found. You could tell that it was a mostly iron target because it was down in the lower right of the screen. I still dug most of them and some of the other iron pieces were just the same. The 3030 has clear identification of the target and that lets me choose to dig it or not. If I was getting better targets then I may not have dug so many of those stakes. When I get tent stakes with the 800 it kinda blanks out rather than sings out. The depth was good with the 17. One of the quarters was 13-14 inches. I use it with the Minelab harness because it is a bit bulky and heavy. When I first got the 17 years ago I used it without a harness for the first 3 weeks and I got something akin to tennis elbow. That took about 6 weeks to heal and I've never swung the 17 for more than 20 minutes without the harness since. The screen now has a flaw down the right side where it doesn't show data but I can live with it as a backup. The battery didn't last too long. We'll see what happens after this charge up. It was a real pleasure being able to turn on the GPS and see where I had found rings in the past. Many I had transferred but a few are still there and that made me slow down in those areas. This was an end of the weekend, end of the day hunt and I saw where several detectorists had been out before me. I'm ok with the results.
  24. 5 points
    What an awesome new patch to find! Gives us all some hope while we endure the many skunked days/weeks looking for new areas!
  25. 5 points
    I guess it's at low tide but i don't see the bikinis :))
  26. 5 points
    Unfortunately PI technology as it currently exists does not lend itself to accurate discrimination. The physics just don't support it. I'm sure some form of hybrid technology will come along and eventually solve the issue. Maybe a combination of PI and magnetometer could help with ferrous discrimination.
  27. 5 points
    Well, I think there are enough testers and users out now to have identified the potential problems of making the lead. There are several here on this forum who have helped make the situation better than when we first heard about the Xcoils. The manufacturer/coil maker has worked with them. I'm in the process of getting one. When I get it and I'm ready to cut the 19" cord I'll look at the instructions and chat with some people here. Even those who had problems got them fixed and went on to get another Xcoil. They know more than I do. They've seen them work. When mine is working I think I could make a good case that I could sell my Z for more money with a working Xcoil than a Z that has not been Xcoil modified! (It shouldn't be worth less or worthless. haha) I've lost the fear factor. It is a tool that can be modified. More gold is our cry! When the NF coil is ready and the connections are made known for that perhaps a Z with NF and Xcoils will be more desirable in the resale market. I've already asked the question about a detector paying for itself and everyone says it is about the enjoyment. It shouldn't matter much then about the cost of a coil, right?
  28. 5 points
    certainly would be nice to hear from Nuggetfinder or Minelab. But I've spent a lot of time out in the sun over the years so I'm probably hallucinating.
  29. 5 points
    Trash items....no matter what it is, I believe will always be a problem. Just part & parcel of what we have got ourselves into. Comes with the territory. Love it or hate it. JW🤠
  30. 5 points
    2019 was a good detecting year for me so it's a bit hard to pick my best 3 finds but i will go with these . William 1V English Half Crown . Big silvers are hard to find on the goldfields here and a William 1V thanks to it's limited vintage is very rare . While this one is very worn and the obverse smooth i am very happy to have found it . Cricket buckles are keenly sought after in Australia by relic hunters . I have been told that this one is from the Philadelphia Cricket Club , USA . And after 8 years of detecting i nailed a gold coin from the dirt a few weeks ago . A very nice 1876 full Sovereign .
  31. 5 points
    Blessed are the swingers for they walk in the shadows of the past. Blessed are the hunts filled with tones of joy. Happy are the panners who strain their eyes for that glitter of gold. Happy are those who never find tabs or slaw. May your New Year bring you tones of joy, glitters of gold, and finds from the past. May your New Year never show you pull tabs and can slaw again. Happy New Year to all and have a great 2020.
  32. 5 points
    We already know the power cable routes up through the handle. I would like to see a manufacturer route the coil down into the handle with the connector facing forward just above the rod but under my hand. Just straight out and down the rod. I am not a huge fan of internal rod cables as they add expense and are hard to change, but would like some new thinking about where coils plug in other than the back of control boxes.
  33. 5 points
    Phrunt, the reason why there are so few hard core crims in New Zealand is because the really nasty KiWis are over here in Australia.
  34. 5 points
  35. 4 points
    The new White's Electronics GMX Sport is now available for pre-order. It is the extremely popular Goldmaster 24k fitted into the waterproof MX Sport housing. Introductory offer for the GMX Sport includes TWO searchcoils, the round 6.5" concentric, and the 4 x 6 Double D oval, plus Whites waterproof headphones, plus adapter for standard headphones. MSRP is $899.95. I am already accepting pre-orders NOW, and will have them at the upcoming GPAA Gold Shows. Check out the YouTube video "GMX Sport intro”.....
  36. 4 points
    All frequency measurements tend to miss the fact that nobody, including Carl, know what frequency information is being used in the processing and how it is being processed, unless they have hacked Minelabs processor and reverse engineered the code. It has always been pretty much known that Minelab primarily compares two frequencies and perhaps employs a third for ground balance. Part of the processing decision includes which frequencies to use out of what is available. There is no benefit to trying to process a lot of frequencies. There is little to be gained in particular from frequencies that are close together. You learn more looking at two frequencies that are wide apart. There are also processing speed considerations. Minelab themselves spell it right out for anyone that actually cares to pay attention. From Multi-IQ Explained "“How many simultaneous frequencies?” you may ask, wondering if this is a critical parameter. Minelab has been carrying out detailed investigations into this in recent years. Just as you can color in a map with many colors, the minimum number to differentiate between adjacent countries is only 4 – a tough problem for mathematicians to prove, over many years. Similar to the map problem, it’s perhaps not the maximum number of frequencies needed to achieve an optimum result, but the minimum number that is more interesting. When it comes to frequencies in a detector, to cover all target types, how the frequencies are combined AND processed is now more important, with the latest detectors, than how many frequencies, for achieving even better results." Note I did not add the bold emphasis, it is in the Minelab original document. Minelab has been careful in their marketing over the years to try and obscure just exactly what they are up to, and the marketing people long ago seized on an easy sales pitch of more frequencies are better. So they talked a lot about transmitted frequencies, and let people ASSUME they were all being used i.e. processed. People just think more is better and Minelab marketing (not engineering) was more than happy to use that as a tool to sell detectors. Engineering was not inclined to reveal what they were doing as that is the magic sauce after all. People dwelling so much on frequencies proves just how well the misdirection has worked over the years. To reiterate the key sentence above: "it’s perhaps not the maximum number of frequencies needed to achieve an optimum result, but the minimum number that is more interesting." (in this case I did add emphasis)
  37. 4 points
    Don't like the message sent to ALL Equinox users (intentionally or unintentionally) when ML made the conscious decision to not provide cross-model coil compatibility with Vanquish. Really left a bad taste in my mouth, quite frankly. Yeah, we are definitely not "special" as far as ML is concerned.
  38. 4 points
    I agree totally with you Flak, let us hope ML are considering this threads posts and can make the GPZ8000 the lightweight, ergonomic, cheaper, discriminating detector this threads consensus want with the power and refinements I and I believe many others want. Alternatively if they cannot make a single gold detector that can satisfy all, they make two detectors and satisfy us both. I`ve had a boo peek at the innards of the GPZ7000 with the aim of modding it to be more lightweight as I did my SDC2300, but I could not see how I could do such as the Zs case is much more lightweight then the SDC, thus putting its electronics in another case would achieve naught.
  39. 4 points
    Baking soda is an abrasive and will leave fine scratches. I've soaked of mine Hydrogen Peroxide. I think now best would be to clean them dry with toothpicks and maybe a toothbrush. And even then it will probably leave some fine marks on a coin. So rare coin never clean.
  40. 4 points
    At the least Minelab should consider if the rumors of a new and improved gpz should ever come to fruition, for a brief period of time consider offering those loyal customers whom trusted in the 40% mantra and believed in them enough to shell out 10K for the new technology only to a certain extent then to have the placer rug pulled out from under us when the price was dropped. As Was pointed out patch cleaning is drying up and as I’m reading here price has a lot to do with quantity sold and those of us that paid full price only to have an equal powered lower priced detector kind of speed up the process, I remember reading in one of Steve’s comments and pardon me if I’m misrepresenting he was both surprised and disappointed in how many would she’ll out 10K, add to that even more at 8K. Plinking down 10K only to have it depreciate like my car, cell phone and everything else these days is kind of the path we’ll paved, but of all the things I could pass on buying... new detectors then seem to fall pretty close to the top of my list. Another absurdly priced detector would need an olive branch as a shaft, or do things only dreamed of otherwise I’m just fine with the old heavyweight I’m into now, just need to fix the broken swing arm, bungee, get a new skid plate and hmmm, I really believed it when they sort of promised that little coil.
  41. 4 points
    Yes, that is all the more true since it will not improve in the years to come! The number of transmitters of all types and their power are constantly increasing ...
  42. 4 points
    So sad for many reasons...sorry for the lives lost. And shattered! fred
  43. 4 points
    Sorry steve wasnt sure where to post this.. i work for the town i live in and was driving down a side street and past a pile of junk in a front yard of a resident when something caught my eye.it looks like it may have never been used, battery compartment is perfect aswell...thought it was a cool find.
  44. 4 points
    Warning! Annual prospecting poetry!! The Ballad of Shifty Eye and Curly Sue:A handsome thing, named Shifty Eye,Just never worked, nor would he try.Yet he was always flush with dough.Well, this set folks to wonder soJust where that Shifty got his cash.Was Shifty doin’ something brash?Like robbin’ sluices in the dark?At night the dogs would often bark . . .Some clean-ups seemed a little thin.Was this that Shifty’s sure-fire win?So, guards was set at every claimTo see if this were Shifty’s aim.In spite of this, they never foundIf Shifty had been sniffin’ ‘roundThat sluiced up gold of Montanny,Fer Shifty, he was right canny.All dressed in black on darkest night,He’d rob a sluice and do it right.He never took the total take,As that would be a huge mistake.A bit from here, a pinch from there,He’d do his shopping everywhere!Yes, equal opportunityDescribed his actions perfectly.He wasn’t dumb, nor was he thickHis brain was rather quick and slickIt helped him tune his robber’s game,That is, till trouble one night came.T’was New Year’s Eve, when he got caught,Plumb lucky that he wasn’t shot.A doe-eyed gal named Curly SueDrew down on Shifty, froze him true.But Sue was lookin’ for some fun,‘Cause shootin’ someone with a gunCreates a sort of end to things,And Sue was thinkin’ wedding things! She’d loved that Shifty from the start;The love got rooted in her heartWhen first she’d spied him on the street.Since then, Sue’d thought him mighty sweet.She yelled fer Pa up in their shackA ten-gauge shotgun he did pack!“Now look-ee here” her pa declared,“A sluice box robber, mighty scared.”A miner’s court was called right quickWith Shifty lookin’ mighty sick.They had that Shifty dead to rightsFer robbin’ sluices all those nights.A necktie party soon would beThe thing to stop his robbery.But Sue declared, she loved the sotThe miner’s court devised a plot . . .A shotgun wedding was the plan,They all agreed, down to a man,To hold a spree that New Year’s Eve.(They had no will fer Sue to grieve.)A priest was brung—some duds was found.The miners gathered all aroundWhile Shifty married up with Sue,On New Year’s Eve of ’62.A handsome thing named Shifty EyeLearned how to work and even try.And Curly Sue was sure happyShe’d found a way to wed Shifty.Happy New Year, and all the best,Lanny
  45. 4 points
    Fun on other forums.... After beating me up for being unworthy of receiving the “gift of the Magi” in the form of an AQ, a poster on another forum changed his tune. I answered his objections as best I could, then he asked if, since the AQ was now my property, I would sell it to a Fisher compeditor for a pile of loot. This was my answer: BB - you “interest me strangely.” To your question of encumbrances - Tim made it clear that as a legitimate purchaser, paid for with my own money - it was my property to dispose of or use as I wish. Actually Tim Mallory told me that they were offered many tens of thousands of $ to sell one to a serious treasure hunter if they would let him have it exclusively for X months. If you are concerned at the lack of details in the above sentence, I can only say that it ain’t BS, but it was a phone conversation and at 73 my memory isn’t a great as the “lousy” it once was. Now Tim, of course, turned them down. For the simple reason that they hope to make much more selling thousands of them per year (or maybe more) for years. Absent an actual offer from some benefactor for by my machine, I would have the same problem. As a dealer for the AQ and for the much bigger market represented by the follow on gold machine - not to mention the later relic machine all on the same platform, I stand to do better than any likely offer - and if it were a competitor who made the offer, I would refuse for the same reason that I refused endless offers of “sweetners” in my 19 years in Arabia in Contracts, Subcontracting and Purchasing - because I respect the trust others put in me - and the case of foreign agencies - the “fangs” of the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act - FCPA - not a road anyone wants to go down. Rick Kempf Gold Canyon AZ- where there is no gold
  46. 4 points
    They really are decent machines for the money. I'll just copy and paste my post I just made on another forum.
  47. 3 points
    I've had this coil for quite some time, but it was packed away and forgotten. It was purchased for A$60 because I was intrigued. It is the anti-interference version. Measures 12 x 4 and uses the MInelab lower rod. Weight is decent, build quality is good. Performance in the field still remains a mystery as I've yet to use it. I gave it a quick air test just to see how it behaved on the Tdi Pro. This version has a hot spot in the centre of the coil which appears very sensitive to small targets at shallow depth. Seems to hit fairly well at shallow depths but doesn't have much punch for the deeper targets. Test garden results on coins would give real world depth on coins between a solid hit around 15cm or 6 inches and fading fast past 20cm or 8 inches. Useless air test with ground balance off, gain at max, in ALL, frequency in the middle, pulse delay at 10. 1 grain was 7cm .5 gram gold coin 16cm 1/2 Sovereign 23cm Us Quarter 23cm Aussie Penny 25cm Whites Buckle 33cm So in summary it hits hard on small and shallow targets, the centre of the coil is a hot spot for sure.. Fades fast as depth increases, the big Whites buckle just managed 13 inches. Since I managed max gain on the Tdi Pro in an EMI hot zone, the Anti-interference feature seems to work ok.. One of the things I like about the Tdi machines is the ability to plug in all sorts of coils, never know if you don't have a go.. My Tdi SL is highly resistance to EMI and the Pro less so but still very good. This coil could make more sense mounted on a Minelab around electric fences and mobile phone towers.. etc. All the best, Karelian
  48. 3 points
    Jerry is super knowledgeable and after reading a few of his posts back in the day I sought out and read all I could find. I’m glad to hear he is doing well. Thanks Mark.
  49. 3 points
    We find a multitude of detectors on the market, with more and more sensors, but nothing evolves on fundamental research. There is no point in having various sensors if these are gagets and does nothing for the 6 points mentioned above. AI must be designed at a very low technological level (in the fundamental) Don't forget the target : A detector is designed to find always more and more easily by taking pleasure in it. The rest is of little use.
  50. 3 points
    2300- Yes 4500 and all associated coils- Yes All other Coin and Relic machines - No. I live in AZ where the nuggets are abundant but the valuable old coins and relics aren't (not like back East or California). In terms of enjoyment all have "paid" for themselves many times over. Happy New Year! Dean
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