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  1. 9 points
    This has been said by quite a few people now. Tom D #1 “In my mineral-free dirt.... nearly an air-test!...….. The Tarsacci will acquire a 12" Nickel. . . . just barely. You can tell it's non-ferrous..... and a mid/low conductor. The EQX in my test-garden...… will detect a 15" Nickel. . . . . . just barely. You can tell it's non-ferrous ….. and a mid/low conductor. My test-garden is substantially less-than 1-bar dirt. On the beach...…. the EQX genuinely (barely) detects a 12" Nickel on the wet-salt slope. The Tarsacci genuinely detects a 14" Nickel..... and with some authority. This is a Salt environment. The Tarsacci genuinely works better in wet-salt. If I depart my test-garden….and I go inland hunting...… in 1-bar dirt: The EQX will acquire a 13" Nickel...…. just barely. The Tarsacci will genuinely detect a 13" Nickel..... just barely. The playing field is identical/level. If I get into 2-bar dirt...… the Tarsacci is a clear winner...… with all..... span/range of conductor(s). If you have extremely low minerals..... do NOT buy a Tarsacci!“ (Emphasis added) Tom D #2 “The Tarsacci does very well in carpets of nails......and trashy areas......wearing its stock coil. . . . . . to the point of looking like: unique performance. The Equinox does very well in carpets of nails......and trashy areas......wearing its stock coil. . . . . . to the point of looking like: unique performance. When the small 6" coil is put on the EQX...….it indeed....can see between targets better; yet, a large amount of the wide-angle-wrap-around performance is lost.“ Tom D #3 “in my (less-than) 1-bar Florida dirt...….. the Tarsacci and the F75 LTD (with boost-process) have nearly absolutely the same depth performance on a: low-conductor Nickel...… and also a high-conductor Dime.” Tom D #4 “the ID numbers on the Tarsacci will 'bounce' a bit more...….. by about an additional 30% over a standard VLF unit.“ Keith and Learning Curve The bottom line is simple.... the MDT 8000 performance is highly variable depending on the ground. In very mild ground other machines can outperform it. In average ground... most ground... the MDT will run neck and neck with many popular detectors. Only in the worst ground and / or saltwater conditions are highly skilled operators seeing major benefits. And even those often not until something “clicks” as far as the unique operation of the detector. This difference in performance according to ground conditions plus the unique tuning requirements of the MDT 8000 are a 100% guarantee of differences of opinion about the MDT 8000 and its performance. People in moderate to low mineral ground may see little or no performance advantages. Those with more severe ground may see genuine advantages, but possibly only after getting their head properly around the detector, which by many accounts is not all that easy. Anyway, I’ve seen few machines as primed to create arguments as the MDT 8000. Two people on different ground are going to get completely different results. The machine is bound to disappoint some people, especially given the airplay it gets as being something new and magical. Others, who have situations that really benefit from the MDT way of doing things, will be happy. Just another perfect example of why getting opinions from the internet is a mixed bag.
  2. 6 points
    Attached is trade mark application for GPX 6000 - as i have previously mentioned we have had sightings of unidentified Minelab Detector in Adelaide Hills (South Australia) with rumours that it is a new gold detector between the 5000 and 7000. Which makes sense from a marketing point of view - you keep the flagship GPZ 7000 but give the punters a better GPX 5000. So looks like its the GPX 6000 - time will tell whether it turns out to be a giant leap forward like the Equinox or just a slightly improved GPX 5000.
  3. 6 points
    A few weeks ago, inspired by some threads in the jewelry forum, I started shifting my focus from cherry picking coins, to digging possible jewelry signals using the Equinox 800. I actually started finding some, as shown in the first picture below. I was becoming a little frustrated, as (with the exception of one tiny silver ring), all I was finding was “crap” jewelry. That changed this morning. It’s been getting wicked hot here in Montana, so I’ve been out in the parks early. I was in one of the main city parks this morning (A park I’ve pulled a ton of coins out of, including a couple of Mercs and a war nickel), searching a different section away from the stage area where they have concerts, etc., when I got a solid 18/19 signal, consistent in all directions. I’ve dug many, many signals in this range, and most turn out to be some sort of can tab, but those signals have always been kind of "janky" and change or disappear with the direction of the swing. This one did not. I pinpointed. I dug. The target was right at the bottom of the plug. A glint of gold! I popped it out with my finger to reveal my first gold find! 4.74 grams of 10k plain gold band, with a current melt value of almost $125.00! Yes, I did a gold dance! This one find helped codify what signals I could/should/might be looking for. I know it’s not the end all be all, but the signal was SO strong and clear compared to all the aluminum tabs I’ve dug, the contrast was revelatory. I feel I’ve made a huge leap in understanding. The ring has an inscription and a date from 20 years ago, so I think I will put a craigslist ad in lost and found. Still a noob. ~Bash
  4. 6 points
    A few finds from a recent detecting trip to a Colorado ghost town/mining camp. Found a token, brooch with a stone, numbered tag, ring, thimble, brass lock, crucible, marbles, buttons and the regular ghost town finds, some you can identify, others still trying to figure what they are. Some of the items the ground was not to kind to. The Joseph Golob "Good For a 5 Cent Drink" token was one of the items that didn't fair to well in the ground. According to the Leadville City Business Directory, Golob had a saloon in 1889-1892 and in 1895 at 101 Harrison Street. The last information I could find on another token like this was on ebay and sold for $72.50, but it was in a lot nicer shape. The item I found interesting was a assay crucible that was manufactured in England. It was manufactured by the Morgan Crucible Company in Battersea, England. I also believe I found a lead button that was from assaying not far from where I found the crucible.
  5. 6 points
    Some finds from area that i tracked some months ago! We were having a very boring day... after several hours walking near a river bank hoping for a Medieval dock, I started to see few fragments of pottery and Equinox 800 started to grunt alot... 1 musket ball... 2... 3... We had just found a new hot spot! Lots of goodies from the 18th Century. When we started to get short on signals, I loaded my sea level simulator for a quick inspect... ( the more you go back in history, the more higher was the sea level), i saw an interesting elevation and went there for a inspection. Managed to extract 9 Medieval coppers on a small patch at the top! Hope y'all don't mind that I post old hunts... Be lucky! Cheers
  6. 6 points
    Gold Catcher, The Mojave Nugget was not found by Jim Straight, but by Ty Paulson. Jim Straight knew Ty Paulson, and was prospecting in and around the Randsburg, CA area at the same time. Jim Straight in the ICMJ November 2004 Volume 74 says Ty Paulson found the Mojave Nugget in Benson Gulch on the ridge to the right side of the gulch, which is part of the taft prospectors claim, just south of PCSC (Red Chispa) claim. There have been some pretty good size multi ounce nuggets pulled out from the Red Chispa Claim, and to this date still are every now and then. Dave
  7. 4 points
    Just got the HF 9 so i took it out for its 1st run on the hill of nails , this has been pounded till nothing sounds off but this combo maniged to pull two targets out in about 10 Minutes and the 1st one had 3 nails in the hole . The rivit washer really suprized me becuase it came in so clear in the one spot i always detect. I can only say this thing really can find the leftovers that nothing els can find Now i dug a few false cut nails but it was giving off the iron sound mixed in . but that ting you see that was a solid 14" deep and it was making a sound like a silver coin makes and repeatable . i was about to stop digging because i knew no silver coin would be that deep as 7" is about max for this 54KHZ if you really listen , but then i hit the ring . not a bad coil at all
  8. 4 points
    A share market analyst reviewing Codan (Minelab parent company) in June has the GPX 6000 (he mentions it by name) launching in September 2020 with a price tag of $8000AUD in Australia - so you would have the GPZ selling for $10,000AUD, GPX 6000 for $8000AUD and the GPX5000 for $6000. Also mentions the "capabilities" are different to the GPZ 7000 so that GPZ sales should not be significantly affected by the new model. I was in Codan/Minelab head office today in Adelaide to pick up a repair - had a bit of a snoop around in the front displays for any promo materials on the 6000 but had no luck.
  9. 4 points
    I dont know how I missed it either ! Collapsed and Hospitalized with bleeding ulcers etc 🥴 at one point very many years ago. Yuppers for me I believe it really belongs in yer radiator to keep the rig from freezing ! Very good Steve, and all else who have conquered the monster over the years. Carry on Hapy Huntn 🤠😬🥴🙉🙊🙈😎
  10. 4 points
    Well, I thought I'd go test this funky new 4kHz and see what I think. Unfortunately my hunt was knocked back to 20 minutes as people showed up at my spot with 4 pooches to give them exercise. I have a golden rule if there is people where I am hunting I leave, so I walked straight back to my car and drove off. My usual lush green grass hunting grounds are now brown and soggy, its winter and they spend most of their life now in a frost and frozen, fortunately it rained overnight so with it being cloudy it warmed up a bit. I ground balanced my Nox and it balanced at 5. I was able to run on 25 sensitivity with no chatter at all, nice and stable in both 4kHz and Multi, I did the noise cancel in 4kHz but didn't bother in Multi, it just didn't need it. I was in Park 1 and I mostly always hunt in all metal. I slapped my Nox into 4kHz and tested every good sounding 4kHz target against Multi-IQ. The obvious thing was it was pushing the ID's higher, a target that's usually 24 was going up to 29. ID's were not as stable that's for sure. A little 1960's 2 cent that's normally a pretty reliable 24 was anywhere between 24 and 29, however in this case the 2 cent coin must have been on edge or something as it was coming up in the high 20's in 4kHz but in Multi it was down around 9. These are made of Bronze. The 1 cent I found behaved pretty normal, getting around a 21 ID, nothing unusual there in both 4kHz and Multi. The last coin I found which I was taking photos of when the people arrived was a little silver! Now this is where 4kHz really did help. With Multi it was reading a pretty consistent 16/17, when I switched to 4kHz is was still favoring 16 but some passes would go up over 20. I've found ID's are far less stable in single frequencies but in this case by the number shooting up over 20 had me wondering what it was as 16 is usually a pull tab but it's also a 50% silver NZ or UK threepence. I did dig a number of solid 16's and they were all pull tabs but oddly this 16 in 4kHz had that anomaly where it hit numbers like 19 and 20 which are good numbers for NZ silvers and our $1 and $2 coins. Now I'm wondering if these little silvers will always behave that way in 4kHz and if so I'd dig less pull tabs, I do hope so! Time will tell. It was almost the depth of my F-Pulse, not quite, It's a wonder I've missed it in the past as I've hammered this ground, maybe the day I hit it I was sick of digging pull tabs and ignored the 16. Not very good photos as the people pulled up right as I was taking them. I think Calabash maybe right, 4kHz might be good on silver.
  11. 4 points
    There is an old saying "THE CREAM ALWAYS FLOATS TO THE TOP" That is how I found this thread today and I read every word of it including the posts from the interview. I thoroughly enjoyed every word of it and would like to thank you Steve for your honesty openness. I now know now why I immediately liked you when I accidentally met you in the Nevada desert. Thanks for providing us with such a great forum Norm
  12. 3 points
    Last Monday I thought I’d ry out my new waterproof GoPro 8 Black at the lake, and ended up leaking, so much for being water proof. 😡 So anyway I ended loosing my video. I ended finding a nice old gold signet ring, not too deep, and a big tungsten, alotta clad, some aluminum ect. That tungsten ring was DEEEEEP! The guy who lost it must been a big dude, it’s a big ring. Those crummy rings are so heavy it’s no wonder their always at least a foot deep! Check out the link for more pics.https://forums.tarsaccisales.com/forum/5/last-mondaysome-gold-and-tungsten Thanks looking....Aaron
  13. 3 points
    I was approached by a young man (wearing a mask) today on the beach that I was metal detecting on. He ask me if my metal detector could find a medallion that he had lost when his chain had broken. He then said it was gold. I told him that gold was what I was looking for on the beach and said, Let's go find it. He and his buddies had been tossing a football around and that was when his gold chain had broken and the medallion had dropped into the dry sand and disappeared. I said, "I hope this is your lucky day". Two minutes later I ask his if it was "Jesus on the cross". He said "yes" and I handed it back to him. It took all of about 5 minutes of my time and made his day. I love this hobby!
  14. 3 points
    Had some great winds, zero, .......smooth water, .........and fairly good tide. In the water about 3 hours, could not had been better. Other then the boats and jetski's , seemed everyone want to cruise close to shore, three times I had to flag them past. Two gold rings, 8 silver Washington's...
  15. 3 points
    Honey Dew was a wine type drink made from elderberries back in the late 1800's. Great hunting and good luck on your next hunt.
  16. 3 points
    Went back to an old poured concrete foundation in the woods which is a popular Elk hunters campsite. This is a site where I found my first seated dime a few years ago. The area is loaded with modern trash and lot's of iron nails and old tin buried near the foundation walls. I brought my Teknetics G2 with both the 5" and 11"x7" coil as I also intended to try some nugget detecting near the creek. I didn't find any nuggets but managed to pull 2 nice V nickels, 1890 and 1883. I set the detector in disc mode after ground balancing at 83. The ground here is very mineralized. I then set the tone break at 40 to separate ferrous from nonferrous and started swinging . I dug everything that hit in the ferrous range and all one-way signals that sounded good one direction but like iron the other. I also managed a few relics and a small pile of trash.
  17. 3 points
    Gold is going up globally, but there appears to be more to it. Our dollar is weakening vs more stable currencies like EUR or even the AUD now due to our historically bad economy (record decrease in GDP, record high unemployment still) and our inability to reign in Covid compared to other more successful countries. Check out a chart of gold in EUR for instance (or a similar effect with AUD), it's still up, but they are just above May highs, while we have blown way past that mark in USD. That discrepancy is due to our dollar declining, not just because gold is going up. I'm sure we'll hit $2000 gold and above if our dollar keeps declining. $2500 gold would be great. The effect is mitigated if we end up paying 33% more for a Minelab in a year or two though.
  18. 3 points
    A can back you up on that one, Park 1 for small silver coins by far!
  19. 3 points
    Good video, Calabash! A couple takes from your video: the single frequency mode of the Nox won’t utilize Iron Bias feature, so that’s probably why your friend was having problems digging more iron than normal when he used 4 KHz mode. Also an important Question for you: Why are you using Park 2 for your main operating mode for coin hunting? While in Multi frequency operation, Park 2, as I have gathered from various resources, is internally higher frequency weighted toward finding fine jewelry, along with other lower conductive targets, while Park 1 is internally lower frequency weighted for high conductive targets (i.e. silver coinage). This is internally programmed in the software by Minelab. I never use Park 2 for deep silver or other higher conductors.....but if you want to find fine jewelry and other low conductors, Park 2 would be a better choice.. From Minelab’s writeup on Multi-IQ: low frequencies (e.g. 5kHz) are more responsive to high conductors (e.g. large silver targets) and high frequencies (e.g. 40kHz) are more responsive to low conductors (e.g. small gold nuggets)... I consider US silver dimes and silver quarters as high conductive targets...and why as a deep coin hunter, I hunt in Park 1 100% of the time.
  20. 3 points
    Last week I posted a picture and write-up of a nice lake hunt I had. So today I am cleaning some of the silver from that hunt but one small silver ring is looking quite yellow compare to the other silver items. I put on my glasses and sure enough, it is stamped "417" for being 10K gold. It's not the biggest ring at 1.2 grams but it's kind of cool looking and bumped my total gold weight up a notch! Sure was a nice little surprise.
  21. 3 points
    It’s a book on alcoholism and recovery, something I know too much about. I was addicted to alcohol and am coming up on eight years sober. It was the hardest thing ever did, with it taking lots of miserable years and two stints in rehab to get clean. I’m working towards a peer support specialist certificate at the University of Nevada, Reno. It’s a continuation of a new chapter in my life that I’m very excited about. Oddly enough I count my struggles with alcohol now as among the greatest blessings in my life as it set my feet on a path I don’t think I would have found otherwise. Thanks for asking. That was my official “coming out” statement. A real issue with addiction is the false dual life a person leads, and I’m enjoying finally just being whole in who I am. The good and the bad, no more energy devoted to presenting a false front. I’m just a flawed human doing the best I can. One of the reasons I am doing this is that as a so-called “successful person” I am in a position to speak out on issues surrounding the stigma attached to addiction and recovery issues. As an Alaskan I knew far too many people who are not with us now due to drugs and alcohol. It’s an issue that has touched too many lives in this country. My goal is to make some hard earned lemonade out of the lemons I grew and hopefully help some people the way I was helped myself. I am amazed every single day and eternally grateful for how fortunate I am. Thanks again for asking. This post is another big step forward in my ongoing recovery journey. But definitely off topic!
  22. 2 points
    Coming soon? Not just one, but a series? https://search.ipaustralia.gov.au/trademarks/search/view/2076039?q=minelab Minelab SilverSaver metal detector series
  23. 2 points
    Hey wassup guys!😃 These are all my golds, found last year with my trusty Equinox 800! ( except the scorpion medallion, was found with 9HF) Staring from the top: 2 Escudos from Philippe II - 1556-1598 400 Reis from Ioannes V - 1722 Barbarian Tremiss 3 - 6th Century if I'm correct 1/4 Dinar aka Fraction - 12- 13th Century if I'm correct Roman Earing Hollow Earing 18-19th if I'm correct Scorpion medallion. I turned one of those coins into a ring. I never tried hunting for native gold and never tried learning how to track it, but I got sort of specialized on tracking Ancient/Medieval areas. Best of luck to you all! Cheers
  24. 2 points
    Good morning everyone! Just passing by to drop some of my Vanquish finds! Really great machine! Its my Mini Nox haha. No complaints from here! Already managed to find a scattered hoard from the 14th century with it! Have great day! Cheers
  25. 2 points
    I was just going to say I found a plain gold band with an inscription and a date. Give me the the inscription, date, and where you lost it, and it's yours. 😇 It was down about five inches, probably been there awhile, so I doubt I'll get any real responses, but if I can return it to the original owner, I will.
  26. 2 points
    Sounds like a PI to me, and I expect it will be in a more CTX/GPZ style housing with a screen and wireless audio with the battery mounted in the detector rather than on your butt. Hopefully they were wise enough to incorporate a speaker into the unit. That's what I am expecting so hopefully they've made it a bit lighter. PI's are a long way from dead, ZVT isn't a replacement. The big question is will they let normal GPX coils work on it or will they be some chipped monstrosity's just for that model. That could be the difference between if it sinks or swims in my opinion!
  27. 2 points
    The buckle say s - PAT -march 3 1874 the other one i found this summer with another detector
  28. 2 points
    I'll confirm what Ridge Runner said: you are both welcome here and valued. Posting finds made previously are fine, but best if you state that (and you did -- well done). Also, if you show pictures or relate stories that aren't your own, point that out, too, and give credit to those who are responsible. If it's an article from online, etc. and you have a link, please include that. We're an easy-going and tolerant bunch, as long as people treat each other with respect and stay within the site's topics (treasure hunting, metal detecting and detectors, prospecting, mining,...) If you haven't done so, make sure to read (click here) site founder and administrator Steve Herschbach's modest rules. I'm just summarizing a couple of them. Oh, and nice finds! Those of you who live in areas with longer recorded history remind those of us who don't that there's a big, wide, interesting world out there.
  29. 2 points
    Thank you! I think it’s 3.8 grams Looks like I’ll just stick w the trusty iPhone....LOL
  30. 2 points
    Well done. I found quite a few coins hidden in iron same way. If you have a machine with all metal mode just watch your numbers. Iron with a spike above iron except those exceptionally off the chart spikes are worthy of digging. Big spikes usually turn out to be flat iron. In disc mode I will hit all coin sized targets that sound like iron in different directions to make sure they are just iron. If there are big objects like sheet metal it might be worth while to pull them and go over the grounds again. Betting there are more targets there.
  31. 2 points
    Let's hope they've incorporated the battery into it so you don't have to wear it on your butt.
  32. 2 points
    Nice finds and excellent photos! Good to see the Tek T2 is still a capable detector as the world moves increasingly to simultaneous multi-frequency. Your 1883 Liberty (V-) nickel is the more common (15 million minted vs. 5 million) "with Cents" variety. Your photos show that nicely. Here is the earlier, less common version reverse: The story goes that scammers were coating them with gold and subsequently passing them off as 5 dollar gold pieces so the mint scrambled to thwart that. Interestingly, the "with Cents" variety carries more value in high grades. This likely reflects the fact that (still true today) when a new design is released people snarf them up thinking "oh, this is a collector's item and will be valuable!" Then later (e.g. 2nd year of issue) the novelty has subsided and the coins get into circulation, leading to wear on most specimens. A fairly recent example of that are the 1976 quarters, half dollars, and Eisenhower dollars. Everybody and her brother stashed those and they are worth, oh, exactly 25 cents, 50 cents, and 1 dollar respectively 44 years later. The intricate brass(?) item with the 1870 patent date is interesting. And have you figured out what the "Honey Dew" token(?) is for? Discount at the local brothel??
  33. 2 points
    Very interesting info, Phrunt! Thanks for posting! some of my deeper targets in Multi actually ID higher than they do when those same targets are shallower....that’s actually a good thing for me...I won’t be passing up any targets that ID 30 or higher.......but, I concur with you that single frequency ID’s aren’t as accurate as Multi ID’s in general. just the other day, I found my first ever 60% silver Japanese 100 Yen coin...that ID’d as a solid 22 on my Nox.. I’ve also found a few of your 3-pences here in So California...very rare though here!
  34. 2 points
    I've been sober since 1986. I don't know how it is I missed this thread until now.
  35. 2 points
    Glad you were able to help the person out, but after you found something you should have asked "What did you lose". Good luck on your future hunts.
  36. 2 points
    And this will be my first comment in this Forum... Hi everyone! Its a pleasure to be here! Finally i took the step to create an account haha. Steve, YOU ARE A LEGEND! Well, I'm from Europe, and believe me, back here most of us look for depth... But I must admit, depth isn't everything when we hit those hot spots like Roman, Medieval and Ancient areas... Lots of "polluted" patches, when i say "polluted" I'm referring to iron, "slag rocks" from when Romans used to work with iron... Most of these areas have a really dark soil and its full of pottery fragments... The problem nowadays is that there's lots of new Detectorists... And mostly don't even know alot about metal detectors, coil types, frequencies etc (after 3 years, I'm still learning). Sorry for my English
  37. 2 points
    Last week, I had two days to hunt in the morning and no more than 4 total hours in the water, before people came to swim around me. Summer is the time when I hate the most questions and how much time is lost when people crowd the shore. In my area it seems an insane habit to ask beyond the limit of decency ... Not that I am full of words and patience in this case. However, without high expectations, I was in the usual super drained place by I don't know how many other hunters and with some method, I slowly hunted a relatively small area. I have done this because the almost total absence of sand makes it difficult to say where to start and where to end, without a clear idea of particular clues, stuff can be everywhere trapped down. Of the few signals left, in the first day I dug a heavy piece, which was so old, was now almost red. A thick bracelet after years without to see one of them! The heaviest single good target I have found since I started in 2005. In the same place, the second day, meters closer to that magical signal, another bracelet, this time thin, but still as heavy as two wedding rings ... In addition, a small earring with a stone that seems fake to me, closed the short time left. In total 30 grams of beloved 18k in 4 hours, a bit more, maybe... What a week...What a dream...
  38. 2 points
    I believe crucibles are made of ceramic or some type of porcelain so they withstand high temperatures. This time I was using a Nokta-Makro Kruzer with a 5" coil and XP Deus with a 9" HF coil. Very heavy iron laden site. Quarter for scale. No that is part of an oil lamp where you can adjust the wick. Thimbles are very common out here, in fact a detecting buddy found a sterling one yesterday at a local park that had cherubs on it. Here is a closeup of one the items in the main picture and I'm not sure what it is or what it was use for.
  39. 2 points
    There are some nasty AA cells that are best avoided, feed you machine a decent quality battery. I use long life alkalines and in a VLF they are fine for days. Ten year shelf life and made in Germany, very price competitive.. no compromise on quality. Only thing is I make sure I test each AA before feeding it into the battery tray, only takes one dud to spoil your day. A little bit of prep goes a long way.. no short cuts with batteries.
  40. 2 points
    The Equinox wouldn't be my first choice for working in iron on or near the surface, as has already been said an Orx of even a cheap GM1 would be more inline. When detecting stubble or rolled ground etc your really only working the top 6" inches, what you miss this time around you'll get when the ground is turned over for the next years crops. Personally i had thought of buying the Tarsacci for deep pasture detecting on hammered coins, but the Nox with 15" coil and excellent audio accuracy on low/mid conductors is hard to beat for that job. Apparently there's a number of Tarsacci users already in the uk, but I've not seen or heard any reports.
  41. 2 points
    Agree. Clumsy wording on my part. My point was merely that Tarsacci apparently has technology that differentiates itself from other high end VLF IB detector’s both multifrequency (e.g., Equinox) and multiple single frequency (e.g., Deus, Anfibio, and Equinox). The thing that is probably holding back wider adoption is not performance or complexity at this point, but cost. So focusing on innovations that help in getting the cost down might be the best next objective rather than solely focusing on further refining the technology that presently sets it apart from its competition. Otherwise, maintaining its present price point it will likely continue to be unfairly perceived as a niche detector. Equinox started the performance value affordability trend and now it is gaining momentum with Vanquish, Simplex, and Apex. Don’t want Tarsacci to fall by the wayside because it can’t compete. That would be a loss for the hobby.
  42. 2 points
    Thank you all for the kind words of support, it’s much appreciated. Though I do have to be careful. My ego is my number one enemy and humility my friend and protector. I am not an AA member per se, but they recommend anonymity for good reason. The downside of that however is it does contribute to the stigma side of things. It’s important that people know it’s not just that skid row bum but everyone in all walks of life that faces these issues. Business owners are just one of many classes at particular risk. I’m still on the Board of Directors of my old company. They look at me like some amazing old guy, one of the founders, successful business person and all that hoorah. My last visit up I gave a presentation to the entire company where I told them no, I’m just a high school kid who made good but not because I am perfect by any means. I told them my story and let them know people in need would always get our support, to not be afraid to come forward and ask for help. There were literally tears in some eyes... it was a very emotional thing. The dark, cold, and social isolation of Alaska means the rates of every bad thing in the book are sky high. I am a good speaker and good story teller so I want to leverage those strengths to best advantage. I can help people one on one but it’s all about finding ways to be of more influence than that, and a book plays right into it. The problem always is making it about me instead of the people I want to help, and therein lies the danger in being public about this sort of thing. All I can say is I have always been a risk taker and will walk that tightrope as best I can. I can’t imagine giving up the peace of mind I have attained for any reason, but addiction is a tricky thing and I’m not entirely normal, whatever the heck that means! That’s ok though, I have learned to embrace my weirdness and above all laugh at myself. If I start taking myself seriously I know I’m on the wrong path. Anyway, once again, thank you all. It really is massively off topic but hey, I think I’ll give it a pass this time. That’s enough from me on the subject though, the rest can wait for that book. It’s been in the works all year with the goal of getting published next year. I’ve denied myself any more new toys, vacations, you name it until that thing is done and in the bag. Going public with all this does help put a fire under my goal, so there is a method here at work where I am purposefully making the commitment publicly as one of my self motivation tricks. With that, my best to all of you in your own journeys, and if you do need some help, please seek it out. It is amazing how many people want to help if all you do is admit you need it and ask. That is indeed the key. It’s ok to be human.
  43. 1 point
    Very cool finds. Congrats!
  44. 1 point
    Google is way more than a search engine. They make billions serving ads on the internet, like the ones you are seeing here. I do get paid by the click, which pays for the website hosting and software costs, with some change left over.
  45. 1 point
    The ring in the bottom right corner looks to have a diamond and ruby in it, are they set in gold or silver? Wish I could have a fantastic hunt like that! Good luck on your next hunt and keep posting your finds they are great!
  46. 1 point
    Gold mode was hitting all iron after the update. I reset the Equinox and then it was working right. 4 khz works nice.
  47. 1 point
    There are so many ways coins (and other manmade items) are at the depths found. Sports fields here tend to have been backfilled. I assume yours has, too. That's sometimes the case for schoolyards and even parks, but not always. I found a silver dime at less then 2 inch depth in a home's side yard, although I wonder if that depth can be explained by some kind of reworked soil (e.g. landscaping). It was old and the ground looked undisturbed, but that latter observation only applies for maybe 10+ years at most. I've found modern coins pretty deep, too, in fact in some cases almost as deep as my deepest old coins. Soil density, amount of biomass above (leaves from trees, grass trimmings, etc.) play a variable role. Burrowing animals (especially moles), earthworms, tree root growth/rework, the list goes on and on. I'm getting rid of them by digging 'em up and discarding them. 😁 This year alone (140 hours in the field) I've found ~650 (yes, I keep a count) of the older style ('ring and beavertail', either whole or in parts) and 95% of those were cherrypicked in the USA nickel 5 cent piece TID sweetspot of 12-13 on the ML Eqx. If I dug 14-18 I'm sure I'd have a couple thousand more since most TID there. And I'd get all the more modern square tabs (and plenty more can slaw), too. The aluminum trash that annoys me the most are the aluminum drink can 'punchouts' -- the disk shaped pieces about the size of our USA 1 cent pieces. I don't get that many (less than 1 per hour) but they sound and dTID like the best nickels I ever recover. What really honks me off about them is the trouble the s___heads have to expend to even get them off the cans!!
  48. 1 point
    When I was working in computers we hated the hardware fireware updates that needed you to be online, where the update program downloaded the update file from the installer to perform the update. The way Minelab have done it is the best way, offline updates. Far better and quicker. If you're say a dealer, and you have 100 units in stock you can go sit your trainee sales guy in a corner with a laptop and set him to task updating all 100 detectors so when your customers get their detectors they have the latest one. He won't need an internet connection and it will be quick and easy. Now you've got that update file you can take it to your friends place who doesn't have a computer and bang it on his/her Nox without the need for internet, you can do it in the middle of the desert if you want.
  49. 1 point
    So far the most beautiful coin I've found, and the rarest, Caligula, CESAR AUGUSTUS GERMANICUS as RV VESTA, 10, 55 gr.
  50. 1 point
    I will lay a little love on the AT Pro. When it came out it was a revolutionary detector. Before the AT Pro, a waterproof detector got you an overpriced box with a couple knobs, hardwired coil, and no screen. The AT Pro gave us everything we would expect in a dry land machine of the day. And the AT Pro came in at a price way under what most waterproof machines of the day sold for. Garrett set the stage for all the "All Terrain" detectors that have followed when they, Garrett, literally created the category with the AT Pro. It was never billed as a cutting edge performer per se. Just like Equinox and now Simplex, it was the whole package value that made the AT Pro a killer detector. They wisely choose well behaved over cutting edge performance and I think time proves that was a good decision. They sold a zillion of them to the envy of the other manufacturers. What amazes me is how long it has taken for the competition to get a clue and emulate the success of the AT series. In my opinion Garrett does deserve recognition and respect for producing the AT Pro and I want to be the guy here that says it. Thanks Garrett!
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