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  1. 6 points
    Hi Guys. We had a public holiday yesterday so I decided to spend it out detecting.Trouble is I don't get paid for public holidays being a contractor. But any excuse to get out for a swing. I made a plea to Simon to tag along but he was committed else where for the day. It was a stunning day with a bit of well needed coolness first thing....but that didn't last long. I decided to keep at it with my Modded 4500 & the little 8 x 6 nugget finder Sadie coil targeting the thyme bushes that I just haven't a hope of getting the Zed into. It was very slow detecting waving in & out & poking & prodding among the thyme bushes. It was a long time between getting signals. A lot of rubbish. I eventually got a signal in among the thyme bushes that was a bit more mellow but a good hit none the less. You may just see the detector hiding in the thyme bushes to the right of that tall spindly plant. Note the quartz gravels. The signal was right in under a thyme bush & I had to hack into it to get a pin point on the target. It wasn't overly deep at about 4 inches when the target had moved. Waving the magnet thru the gravels nothing latched on to it. I ended up with a piece of quartz giving the signal. I had in the past got numerous gold quartz specimens in this location & knew this was going to be another. I went back to my wagon, which wasn't very far away, to get my bottle of water to give it a wash. Before washing I was pretty sure that little nobby bit was going to be gold. It was No record breakers...but I will take it. I then re scanned the dig area & got another hit. No way I thought. Not another speci....I hopefully thought. No it wasnt.🤬 Three bloody nails. But right next the speci I got. That was it for hours. I then worked my way back towards my wagon for a very late lunch & a much needed drink of water. On my way I thought I would detect the clay/gravels of an old timers dam that they had built across a gully to gather water behind it for their ground sluicing of these old workings. I had detected numerous pieces back in my GP 3000 days off this dam. The workings are to the left in among all those thyme bushes & the water was gathered on the right. That cutting in the dam wall above the detector is where the dam was breached...probably by the farmer. First few signals were just rubbish but then where the detector is sitting in the above pic I got a nice mellow signal that came out of a very firm chunk of green schist & hard clay. Had to break it up with my pick when I got the signal isolated. And out popped this. A prickly bit of gold within a bit of quartz. Well...that was it for the day. I got nothing more but my share of rubbish. And yes Simon....I got my share of pellets. I threw a lot of them into the briar rose bushes. I knew I would never be able to detect in among those. A long hot hard day at that. But it was better than nothing I guess. Just. Cheers Good luck out there JW
  2. 4 points
    Merton, What a coincidence as I was fortunate to meet Mr. Gargov and his lovely wife 2 weeks ago while in MX. We chatted detectors, technologies and folks who were around in the late 90's at Fisher that we both worked with. We talked of the Coin Strike, Gold Strike and how they were a little before their time for most detector users. Great technologies but the average Joe did not grasp them as well as had hoped. The Gold Strike was too different from the proven Gold Bug-2 and digital detectors were not the norm at that time. Dimitar asked if I was interested in seeing his detector (MDT 8000) and an hour later he is standing in knee deep water with said machine in hand. We walked up to beach and I put my EQ-800 down in a chair so I could handle the 8000. 1st thought was very impressive quality of carbon fiber shaft/handle. The display screen seemed a little old school boxy but the features/functions were right there for me to see. Weight and balance was pretty good. Dimitar was trying to explain this detectors main features and kept saying it reads the Salinity of the surrounding soils/water which helps increase overall depth. Also I remember him saying something about seeing through certain hot rocks and still responding to targets under them. Those two statements alone peaked my interest. Anyway, with his strong accent it was a little hard for me to catch all his knowledge while standing on a beautiful beach in MX with stunning views walking past. I had just scooped a smaller 3.4 gram Palladium band so why not take up is offer and swing it a few to get a quick idea of how it would respond to my newly discovered ring. In wet salt sand it did as he said it would. In the water I was not disappointed. At the edge of the water where the wakes break it had a little chatter, but that is expected as the salt mineral around the coil is changing extremely fast. A couple quick clicks on the LCD pad and it smoothed out. His wife came back to inform him they had to check out of the room and catch their flight back to CA., so I did not get much more time to chat with him. Overall quick impression as I know most model of detectors on the market do not perform well in salt water, I see another tool to add to some beach hunts. Now a couple things I did catch. It is not 100% waterproof to my standards but rated IP-68 (which will suite most beach hunters). When I asked about a Prospecting unit, he said it could happen down the road, but right now the focus is the MDT 8000, which could answer your original question of a gold detector. The $1500 price seems reasonable for a high performance Beach detector, but I feel the sales would be more brisk if priced around the $1000 mark. I guess the EQ-800 sub $1000 pricing and its overall sales have really changed how some manufactures think, we'll see. Either way, it does not take to many more gold rings to cover the extra cost now that gold is $1300+ an ounce.
  3. 3 points
    Thanks guys. Hi Strick, Quartz specimen gold pieces are a bit of a rarity in New Zealand so always good to score them. The GB2 managed to get a few for me in days gone by. Its little bullet proof coil is ideal for negotiating those thyme bushes & its extra sensitivity got some pretty small bits of gold in some of the quartz pieces. Cheers 👍 Hi Gerry, Thanks for dropping in & for your comment. Yes I have found that the modded 4500 is doing better than my good old faithful 4500. My initial maiden voyage with the modded 4500 was to a public fossicking area that gets absolutely flogged by both sluice boxing & detecting. It is a good half days drive from where I live so I dont go there often. I have never had the Zed in there & I have had the Zed 2 & a half years now. But I got a few bits of gold with my GP 3000 & then with my standard 4500 on the few times I have been in there. These are some bits I got on my first time in there with the GP 3000 & the little Coiltek 10 x 5 Joey mono coil. I camped in there for three days until the weather turned to custard. There were some guys sluice boxing material from a high terrace. They got a beaut 6 gram speci. It was an area that had big gold back in its day & a 1.5 ounce nugget was found not long before I went in there with my modded detector, & it was found with an SDC 2300. I was shown a photo of it. I will see if I can find that pic but not now. Edit: Found the pics This area is notorious for bad weather & the drive in is through a lot of bush & prone to tree falls across the road, hampering efforts to get in here. It took me three trips before I was able to get in back in my GP 3000 days. And that was when I lived in the North Island of NZ. So an extra long way to have to go. So when I got in there with my modded 4500 & the Nugget Finder 14 x 9 Advantage coil the weather was crap, but had the odd break between deluges. So I did not travel very far from the car park area which is directly up from the most thrashed area of bedrock in this creek. As you can imagine, a spot where every man & his dog would have gone over. Bedrock that I had of course been over on myself on the other times in here with both my GP 3000 & standard 4500 on numerous occasions. This was the first time I had used this 4500. On checking my settings, as per my old 4500, & on turning it on. NOTHING. No sound at all. Shit I thought. Have I bought a lemon. Re-checked settings. No, all good there. Threshold was at about 2 o'clock but nada. MMmmmm....WTF. Mucked around with a couple of the modded added switches. Still nothing. Checked my B&Z booster, that seemed all good. Then I turned the threshold right up & that gave me a threshold hum. Wow....it ran so quiet & stable I was very uneasy about that as I was just not use to that. But I was off detecting. Long story short, as it is getting long as it is . I got a signal in a crevice that leapt out of the smooth, quiet threshold. Hacking into the crevice it was a piece of gold. I was gobsmacked to have got this in this thrashed location. While I was detecting I saw a lot of smashed out bedrock & opened up crevices. Some how this crevice got missed by all who had walked over it & had gone un noticed & not cleaned out. Although I had to smash into the bedrock chasing the signal. So I guess to some one just scraping out crevices randomly to put material down a sluice box, they wouldnt have gone this deep. And obviously missed by all other detectors that would have been over this crevice. That sold me on this modded 4500. That was the first & only time I used that detector until very recently, as I then got my Zed & just hadn't put the Zed down until very recently, And that was to use the small sadie coil among these tight thyme bush areas that I just can't get the Zed coil into. So Yes...a fan of the modded 4500. Cheers Good luck out there JW
  4. 2 points
    I am copying part of a post by Badger in NH on the Dankowski forum. Will this beach performance transfer over to hot dirt and more nuggets? I don't know but this guys results are certainly interesting. For the depth testing I had a silver quarter, a silver dime and a medium sized mans 14k gold ring. I had drilled tiny holes in the center of the coins, ran a nylon string through each one and tied a knot on the end. This is to ensure that coins stay flat when buried. I would bury the coin at 15 inches and slowly pull the coin towards the surface a little at a time until it just came into detection range. When I reached the edge of the max depth that the coin could be detected, I grabbed the string where it came out of the sand, pulled up the coin and measured the length of the string. It worked perfectly. The gold ring is attached to the end of a fabric measuring tape. I tested the Tarsacci MDT 8000 against the Minelab Equinox 800. Settings were - Tarsacci - GB 600, SB 26-30 depending on Freq, Sense 7, Threshold 0, Disc 0, Mix mode. Equinox - Beach 1, Sense 23, 2 tones, AM on, recovery 6. To achieve a max depth designation, the detector must have a clear repeatable non-ferrous tone and reasonably accurate numerical ID. Tarsacci max depth on the silver Quarter was 13". Equinox was 10". Tarsacci max depth on the silver Dime was 12.5". Equinox was 9". (All the Tarsacci frequencies picked up the coins at max depth but 6.4 kHz sounded best.) Tarsacci max depth on the gold ring was 13". (All freqs picked it up but 18 kHz sounded best) Equinox had an iffy signal at 11" and 10" but only got a decent tone and ID at 9". I tried radically changing the GB number on the Tarsacci to see what that would do but came back to 600 because it got the best depth. I forgot to test Black Sand mode but will do that another time. So the Tarsacci wins the depth test by a large margin. I am extremely happy with it.
  5. 2 points
    It’s been a lot of years since I last met Chris. At one time he was very visible in the prospecting world but I think family life caught up with him. Very nice to see him out and about again in this excellent video! Though I barely recognized his new furry look. Published on Feb 3, 2019 - “Come join me in the remote goldfields of Arizona as I revisit one my favorite old patches and pull off a few more gold nuggets with my metal detector.”
  6. 2 points
    This is one of the few sites remaining in my area of Alaska that the incoming Stampeders used and also others that came a little later.. The site is easily spotted but unfortunately most of the area surrounding the actual spot is under the Highway at the top of Thompson pass a few miles North of Valdez..Not anything is left to identify this location but thru careful searching and studying I was able to definitely say this is it. Not a large area now but you can see the tumbledown remains that lay scattered almost entirely reclaimed by nature. I have an idea there probably was more to be found but that is now under the Main Highway. That's ok as I realize that most of the other stopping spots on that trail are completely gone..I was able to squeak 2 coins from the site and both were dated after 1898 but close enough to know they had been lost by others that chose that way to come into the area after the Stampede. There were other gold bearing deposits along that trail that were discovered by these prospectors that were mined for a while, those might be stories for another time..The 2 coins found were a Barber dime and a nice 5 cent piece.... I was very happy to have found some dated coinage as that always gives you an idea on timeframes of travelers.....
  7. 2 points
    Well today I received a surprise in the mail and it was White’s new catalog for 2019. It was all in beautiful color from front to back . It showed the full line of detectors that White’s has to offer plus the lineup of the coils to go with each . White’s has a great line of all types of digging tools to cover anyone’s need . Chuck
  8. 2 points
    I value a detector comparison test over a known target only slightly more than an air test. The test does prove, however, that the Tarsacci will find coins with holes and strings tied to them buried for less than 15 minutes better than an equinox. But it is good to see Minelab getting some strong competition. The real test will be to see which will withstand a day of being transported in a wildly out of control Polaris Razor.
  9. 2 points
    Big Arm state park on Flathead lake with my mxt and the detech 10x5 coil. ran it in relic mode with the sens. hot and the disc pot set at 2. the prospectors pick worked great to get through the cobbles to recover the targets. Highlights were .65 gram silver bracelet, 54 s and 56 wheat's, and junk butterfly pendant. it sure was nice to be out swinging. just thought I'd share my first hunt this year. The best of luck to all !
  10. 2 points
    Very nice story, photos and speci. Are you a big fan of the modded 4500 as I have had customers who think it't great and others were not very impressed? Best way to slow your buddy down...toss a few lead pellets in the bushes he claims that no one likes to hunt. Keeps him busy while you can score a few more pieces of yellow. Thanks for sharing.
  11. 2 points
    Ah yes, John Tully. Dunolly's resident historian and top bloke. Also pioneering electronic prospector and finder of many sizeable pieces in the early days. Back in the day, you could see signs of where he had once surreptitiously scraped a patch or two with his little grey Fergy tractor. His excellent published series of maps and books have led to many good finds over the years.
  12. 2 points
    I pulled the trigger and bought a Tarsacci MDT 8000. Like in the Johnny Cash song I drove right down to the factory and picked it up. Well, not quite, but close. I was only about 100 miles away from Merced vacationing so I made arrangements and drove down and met with Dimitar, the designer. I spent a couple hours with him. First, learning About the Tarsacci, then discussing its mineral handling capabilities and prospecting possibilities, then trying it out. We did some air tests on coins and nuggets and detected some test bed targets. I had my Deus with me so we did some comparison testing. The weather sucked and I needed to haul my carcass up to Oregon pronto so we did not do exhaustive testing but we did enough that I felt confident buying the machine. Dimitar did not pressure me to buy his detector. The detector sold itself. A week previous to this I was looking to buy an Equinox which I am no longer interested in at this time. In the interest of full disclosure I do not intend to use this machine only for gold nugget prospecting. I also enjoy relic hunting so the capabilities I witnessed that applied to both types of detecting made my decision for me. This machine has been marketed as a beach machine. I had about one hour of beach detecting experience up until yesterday. Now I have about 3. I played around with it on a beach in Oregon with a fair amount of black sand and see some decent performance( I think). What I am seeing on the beach is making me all itchy to go some where there is some bad dirt instead of sand. The Tarsacci is an interesting machine. The build quality of the rod is the best I have ever seen, top notch. I hope the rest of the machine lives up to that standard. I don't want to say much more as I just have so little time on the machine. And of course there is the human factor. I just paid a fair amount of coin for this detector so I must have liked it. Not being perfect I am likely wearing rose colored glasses now when it comes to my new toy. If some of you guys are like me where you have just reached that point in life where you have no interest or physically can not dig every target on God's green earth then this machine may be one to follow its journey through the gold and relic fields.
  13. 2 points
    Jim Hemmingway, I was going to comment along the same lines as your post. I also have spent time in Mexico, in Baja and in the Yucatan. I have never had problems with the people. With the tourista's yes. But not the people. I guess it is easy to be fearful of Mexico if one only considers what one hears in the news, (or by watching Sicario), but as most of us know, travel almost anywhere is the best way to learn and grow.
  14. 1 point
    If I ever wander to that spot I'll find all those pellets don't you worry about that. I'll find them and then some 🙂 I'm disappointed I missed out on that mission, I hope one day to find a speci. Only problem is it wouldn't fit in my little gold collection jar!!! I didn't think I'd ever turn down a detecting mission but in this case I had no choice. I like the little Velcro coil wire cover on your 4500. John's modded 4500 runs far more stable than my stock early model 4500. Well done as usual!
  15. 1 point
    You never know Beatty, that record slug may just have our name on it. Looking forward to when you can get away from your farm, so we can get back to hunting for it.
  16. 1 point
    And the firsts keep coming, amigo: I’ve since dug my first silver half dollar (1957 Franklin) and first silver Roosevelt dime (1964).
  17. 1 point
    Just to update,,,,come to find out the Gold Kruzer isn't really a micro jewelry detector. Small jewelry was ok, but micro jewelry was out. I know....unexpected but true. Texkenzie on Tom D' site did the testing for me and it fell flat. The EQ800 with the 6" concentric tested well, as did the ORX, but the Gold Kruzer couldn't compete. So I'm looking at Whites GM 24K, it seems to be very promising. Hopefully I'll be able to order one soon. HH Mike
  18. 1 point
    In my past Adventures in Baja posts, I generally give a cautionary note about the uncertainty of Mexican rules, customs and laws. I have been traveling in Mexico for most of my life. I used to be proficient in the language now I can get through the basics with enough nouns and verbs to get by. Algodones is a small Mexican town just 12 miles from Yuma. The border crossing closes at midnight and opens again at 0600. It has become the Dental Mecca for tens of thousands of Americans. There are over 150 dentists practicing in Algodones. There are companies that organize bus trips from San Diego and Palm Springs for dental services. I have had 3 dental implants done down there and I couldn't be happier with the professionalism and price. Many non-narcotic prescriptions can be filled for about one quarter of the price in the US and transported back to the states without a tax or duty. Right now is Winter Visitor time in AZ, and about 3 thousand people a day cross the border for dental work and prescription drugs. Mexico is not as lawless and corrupt as some people might think. Nevertheless, there are those moments and for many people the risk is just not worth it. One of my high school teachers lives in San Quintin on the Pacific coast of Baja. I spoke to him recently and he is working on finding us a placer gold guide down there. Adventures continue.
  19. 1 point
    My honest opinion? a complete waste of money. Keep it simple. A few crevicing tools will accomplish whatever the little vac would, with less weight, and with pretty much no operational issues.
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  21. 1 point
    A very unique first gold but you are still a nugget virgin. Better 'luck' next time! 😄 Keep trying. You will find a little, tiny $50 nugget soon. Mitchel
  22. 1 point
    a snorkel seriously LOL its a weed pipe or crack pipe cool looking though and it looks ike 2 people having sex not a octopus
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  24. 1 point
    Was typical newbie. Going over ground everyone had been over, loads of rubbish all around and the nugget was amongst it. Pretty sure others would have just thought it was junk.
  25. 1 point
    The coil bumping problem was never as bad as advertised. Like Chris Ben said, irritating perhaps, but with careful coil control not much of an issue. Truthfully, the ATX will not benefit from fast hunting anyway - slow and careful is the way to go. I did have a go with a prototype of the new mono coil, and it did more or less eliminate the issue, but I have not acquired a production unit yet to confirm how it came out in the final version. More to the real question however. The ATX at $2120 is perhaps a step up from a GP3000 on small and porous gold, but not by much. Some would no doubt argue not at all. A new GPX 4500 can now be had for $2699 and with a small coil is every bit as good as an ATX for small gold and a far more versatile prospecting detector. However, if you can swing the extra dough, what I would really recommend is a SDC 2300 at $3750 new or less second hand. The three year warranty is transferable. A GPX or an ATX still might not get you the porous gold performance you seek. The SDC will do it as well as any PI can, and pushes even hot VLF machines for performance in that regard. Exceeds them actually in bad ground. Don't get me wrong, I am like Garrett ATX Fan #1 having used them since they have been out. It is one of the best salt water machines I have used and that combined with it's compact fold up design and ability to handle salt ground and some hot rocks that my GPZ 7000 struggles with make it a versatile machine worth my having as part of my permanent collection. However, were it not for the waterproof saltwater part I would have a GPX as my second machine instead of the ATX.