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  1. One of my customers recently found a stunning: near 4 pound quartz boulder with just under 11 ozt of gold with his GPX-5000. Just goes to show you those multi thousand dollar treasures are still out there being dug up. Yes this came from the lower 48 states. Good luck everyone.
    16 points
  2. Hi everyone 😎 Hope y’all are doing well, This wasn't the best year personally and as such, I only got to hunt a couple weeks( one hour in early morning and sometime one hour in night) Here’s pics and thank you for reading and looking at my post🙂 Well, many scientists are confused about the secret and source of geomagnetism. there're many planets much larger than the earth, but they have no magnetic field at all. So, what's the secret behind geomagnetism? about 300 years ago, the queen of England's physician; William Gilbert, said something out of mere geussing, he s
    9 points
  3. Hey Guys/Gals, It's been a bit since I posted anything. The forums are very slow, at least mine here. I have to get all you guys/gals more fired up to post more stuff so we all can learn from each other and share experiences. That being said, the COVID-19 really changed how we do stuff, let alone set out mass FEAR to the World. There is no doubt it's real, but I will just leave it there and talk about gold nuggets! I managed to get out recently and had a nice run of luck with the Minelab GPZ 7000. I rounded up over an ounce in one day working any old channel. All the go
    8 points
  4. https://garrett.com/noticesupdates Garrett Announces Acquisition Garland, TX, October 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Garrett Electronics, a design and manufacturing company specializing in sport and security metal detectors, announced the acquisition of certain assets of White’s Electronics. White’s, who had been in business since 1950 as a premier manufacturer of metal detection products, announced the suspension of operations on June 18, 2020 in a memo to its dealers. White’s founders, Kenneth and Olive White, built their business the same way Garrett’s founders, Cha
    7 points
  5. Just posted on the White's website:
    7 points
  6. Head to head shootout ..... Ace Apex 499.00 Basic ..Wireless 579.00. Vanquish pro pack 2 coils, batteries, and wireless headphones 499.00. Which is the best bang for the buck in todays market???
    6 points
  7. https://garrett.com/noticesupdates Garrett Announces Acquisition Garland, TX, October 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Garrett Electronics, a design and manufacturing company specializing in sport and security metal detectors, announced the acquisition of certain assets of White’s Electronics. White’s, who had been in business since 1950 as a premier manufacturer of metal detection products, announced the suspension of operations on June 18, 2020 in a memo to its dealers. White’s founders, Kenneth and Olive White, built their business the same way Garrett’s founders, Cha
    6 points
  8. Not that I wanted to see if it could be done, it’s only 130 miles! My Wife Robin, needed to dig a nugget...she hasn’t been out since our move to Reno. Now, you always have a mental note of stuff to pack. We loaded her Grand Cherokee, for this adventure off we go! Arrived to a location, I figured she’d have some luck at with her SDC 2300. Gearing up, I’m looking for both of our new Doc’s Scoops...What the Heck! Left them both at home! Well, I know I’ve used my hand as a scoop a few times! But, onetime I forgot my scoop and as I was recovering a nugget I opened my hand to see the target
    5 points
  9. Gonna call it for the season. These are the last little bits I could work out on a location cleanup before the rain came today. Already driven through a dusting of snow and it's getting cold with short days....that time of year. Ended up with 8ozt. and count was 484 pieces for the season. Had a blast. Thanks to everybody for the comments and likes, etc.!!!!!
    5 points
  10. Very exciting news! Coming on the heels of Apex, it is obvious we are about to see a reinvigorated and newly aggressive Garrett. Very smart move on Garrett's part, and a good fit I think.
    5 points
  11. It was election day in NZ yesterday and it was already well known we were going to have a landslide victory to the current government due to their Covid handling more than anything, it was the Covid election rather than a political one so rather than staying home seeing that on TV all day I decided to go for an afternoon hunt. Mitchel drove the other day 4 hours for one nugget, while I can't match that I was going to drive an hour for similar results only if I found a nugget it would likely be smaller than his 🙂 I was going back to a place right near JW's house mainly because it's the s
    4 points
  12. Yes it is never a good idea to hide the reality. It wont be long before the Apex new users realize that the machine is not the fantastic machine promoted in the videos . This is already the case over here in France , my seller told me that he already has a lot of negative feedbacks on it . Probably because European users often detect in high iron trashed areas where it is the most difficult for the detectors . Garrett should spend more time on the product itself than on the marketing , I think that they released the Apex too early, they should have done more testing , this by experience
    4 points
  13. Very exciting news! Coming on the heels of Apex, it is obvious we are about to see a reinvigorated and newly aggressive Garrett. Very smart move on Garrett's part, and a good fit I think.
    4 points
  14. Expanding my gold horizons During the last few months, I’ve been looking for gold beyond the horizons of Magnetic Island. It’s not that the island’s gold diggings have failed to live up to expectation (far from it, the pleasure of exploring them is worth its weight in gold), but rather my son has now really caught the prospecting bug and he’s got his heart set on finding a gold nugget (no matter what size). He laughs at me mucking about on beaches looking for coins or rings, he’s after the real thing. So much so that we’ve invested in a couple of sluices, pans, sieves and an Equinox 800 (
    3 points
  15. I find in normal detecting scenarios for coins the Vanquish basically replicates the performance of the Equinox, so what you're seeing there in your mild soil test garden is exactly that, the Vanquish performing similar to the Equinox. It's a shame you couldn't crank it's sensitivity right up on the day as that top notch sensitivity is amazing for depth but I guess you didn't need to, it destroyed the Apex anyway. It is a shame you didn't use jewellery mode, I don't know why but for me it's the secret weapon of the Vanquish, I understand you picked Relic mode as you were trying to get depth,
    3 points
  16. When you smuggle you have to do what you have to do. https://nypost.com/2020/10/16/plane-passenger-caught-smuggling-gold-in-rectum-to-avoid-taxes/
    3 points
  17. Vanquish 540 with V12 coil $369 Garrett Apex with Viper coil $424 Garrett Apex with Z-Lynk headphones $492 Vanquish 540 Pro Pack (adds second coil and wireless headphones) $499 Detector to detector the $369 Vanquish 540 is $55 less expensive than the Garrett Apex. Keep in mind the Apex has built in rechargeable batteries for the price. The basic 540 comes with four AA batteries. The Pro Pack includes four rechargeable AA batteries and a charger. All Vanquish models have the same “engine” under the hood, so the less expensive Vanquish models will do just as well as the
    3 points
  18. I own a garmin VivoActive 3 watch, have had all previous versions. They have a pedometer built in that allows you to setup your stride length. As a bonus it has a GPS built in it. With this Unit you can count your steps, monitor heart rate and calories and your path on a satellite view with Garmin Express. By the way the GPS has outstanding reception in bushwalking conditions.
    3 points
  19. White's brand has value and obligations as far a warranties are concerned. I'm glad a competitor recognized its value. Let's see how Garrett uses it for more than just repair of existing models.
    3 points
  20. Does all this mean the dream of a Garrett ATX refashioned in a lighter better balanced body, perhaps resembling something like a TDI SL may become reality? We can only wait and see. I would be surprised to see another White's branded metal detector sold. White's is dead and Garrett is stronger for it.
    3 points
  21. Yeah, he's going to have a buttload of fines, and attorney's fees to pay!! On the plus side, he won't have any trouble making friends, if he goes to jail!!😂👍👍
    3 points
  22. Well, with news like that I broke out my Garrett hat to start wearing again!
    3 points
  23. I smell a V3I Pro in the future
    3 points
  24. Everyone seems to have a preferred method, some methods are more technically correct than others, but hey if it is working and working well why change it? Myself when I change coils I do a proper ground balance, both ferrite "X" and "G" normal type, I did this before the x-coils were even being used and have carried it over to when I began using x-coils The other settings remain similar depending where I am detecting and the coil size, the settings may get changed to suit. In Aussie unlike New Zealand there are very few places I can run Normal/High yield and 20 sensitivity, but
    3 points
  25. Wow! Great news! Can't wait to see what comes out of both names now!! Exciting stuff!!👍👍 Simon, There goes the budget! You better build a man cave in the back yard, so you can hide a half dozen more detectors from the wife and daughter!!😜👍👍
    3 points
  26. Minelab seconds that caution on tightening those pod mount bolts....there’s an instructional on Minelab’s site for replacing the Li-Ion battery in the Equinox, and for the step on mounting the pod back on to the shaft, Minelab states to tighten those mount bolts with a torque no greater than 1 nM (newton meter), which is equivalent to 8.85 inch pounds or about .74 ft lbs of torque....that’s not a lot of torque! I suspect Nox owners are tightening those bolts 3-4 times the recommended torque.
    3 points
  27. Well, it’s a good video John, I’m not knocking your effort. Nice work! The Apex is an Ace series detector. It delivers Ace series performance, but at a slightly higher price to accommodate a beach mode, a rechargeable battery, and built in wireless. I think that about sums it up. Anyone expecting anything more.... well, nothing wrong with wishful thinking, but that is all it is. Just like Apex versus Vanquish. Does anyone expect a Garrett first effort at multifrequency is going to crush Minelab’s third generation effort? Really? You have to walk before you can run, and I think Garre
    3 points
  28. Well this is a lively Conference....Thank you Joe for posting the dual piezo transducers....I finally ate some spinach And managed to Pop mine open to take a peek and mine is like Mr. Carolina..... which is similar to the gray ghost phones if you use two of the smaller piezo’s.....I guess Joe won the Lotto and got four Grande Drivers that is why his head was starting to swell Good thing he modded a kill switch .....now he Is almost back to normal.....me I am hard of hearing and had a hearing aid since I was nine even though I was born with perfect hearing at an early age I stepped on a stump I
    3 points
  29. A short window of luck has given me another gold coin . Eleven days ago while on an organized field day with many prospectors i came across an old miners camp site . Being a relic focused detectorist i worked the site hard . The other coins from the site point to occupation between 1870 - 1890 so finding a 1798 gold Spade Guinea created quite a stir ! Minting of this coin stopped in 1799 . In 1798 my state was not populated by the English and was only just being found to be a separate land mass from mainland Australia . I still get a smile on my face when i think of finding this coin ! 2
    2 points
  30. Would like to see Garrett dump the MX Sport/MX7/24K/GMT form factor and package those in an APEX shell (PERHAPS boosted to be dunk proof and not just weather proof). Performance tweaking the MX Sport/MX 7 recovery would be good too.
    2 points
  31. Pretty ugly.... I'd throw it back! Congratulations to the finder!! Should clean up nice.
    2 points
  32. This is great news, maybe Garrett can bring the Hybrid Half Sine machine to market, its been in prototype testing a long long time.
    2 points
  33. This has come up before, as many of you know. But apparently the problem hasn't been remedied as can be seen from the above link. I've also voiced my disgust here in the past for LRL's (and to a less vociferous and less virulent tone, dowsing in general). I'll let that lie other than to point out the following champion site for debunking LRL's. There's quite a bit of info on the pages in that site (sidebar) and some of it is particularly relevent to this discussion. In the very least I recommend reading the $25,000 reward, something quite similar to the late Magician Randi's One Million D
    2 points
  34. Chuck - You are right from a math standpoint but the scale is not exactly linear across the entire range, especially when you throw TID high conductor compression into the equation associated with jamming the high conductor TIDs into a fixed 100 point scale when the TIDs want to increase with operating frequency. I found that using a ratio of 55/13 to "fudge" the TIDs in my example actually gave more realistic TID numbers (i.e., numbers that I have actually seen in the field for the targets I was talking about) than if I used straight linear match 55/23 (i.e., 13 +10 for the iron range). I d
    2 points
  35. FWIW, I use the Eqx pinpoint mode a lot. When it 'quirks' I just toggle it off and on again. Now, sometime the pinpoint function pulls me off the intended target due to a nearby strong target. I also use other pinpoint methods in both cases (i.e. with accurate pinpoint mode result and without.) That way I'm suspicious when different pinpoint methods don't agree, and I investigate further. It's quite rare I don't find the target -- approximately 1 in several hundred. Find a target different than I thought it should be (ID-wise)? -- often. Find a target located away from where I thoug
    2 points
  36. Not a lot of detail on that piece and hard to tell what metal it is made of but you might find some similarities in what is left and size. Here is a link that might help. https://inkspotantiques.com/index.php?main_page=page&id=1 https://www.vintagebuttons.net/uniform.html It does look like a 2 piece button where you have a face that is rolled over a back. Not an expert but think that style came out in the mid 1800's. Earlier buttons I found were solid.
    2 points
  37. Yes, and those mates should be calling you "sir" and "studmuffin" by now ! 3 within a year is amazing. That's like a golfer hitting a hole in one @ 3 times in a single year ! Congratz !
    2 points
  38. Travelling through gold country (video contains only one swear word).. 😬
    2 points
  39. I've always used a GPS. They solve the accuracy and battery life issues.
    2 points
  40. Whoa Dave…not sure if that was common knowledge. Glad you are on this side of all that and look forward to your return to the goldfields.
    2 points
  41. A v3i in a lighter package with proportional audio would be epic. Very excited to see what happens with this.
    2 points
  42. YAY YAY YAY! That means NZ now has a White's distributor! YAY YAY! I really hope they continue with the 24k line, I'm sure they will they didn't have a good high frequency gold VLF!
    2 points
  43. I for one will never give a cent of my money to people who knowingly sell scam devices and ripoff the very people they want to be a "community" with and I will definitely point it out the same as I would if a Nigerian Prince showed up here trying to gin up business. https://www.kellycodetectors.com/catalog/okm-bionic-x4-long-range-gold-metal-detector That's the cheap one, they have one they are trying to get $30k out of made by the same company, which I can only assume is also based on such ridiculously bogus tecnology as "long range gold ion detection" and "Bio-Energy-System" which
    2 points
  44. Things a person can't have........ Minelab Equinox 800 with V8, V10, and V12 Vanquish coils (no, they won't work) Equinox on left is my gold prospecting detector, on a telescoping rod for packability. It is normally rigged with the stock or 6" coil. The one in the middle is a late prototype, a little rough for wear at this point in time. I keep it outfitted with a stock rod and coil for park detecting. And the one on right is rigged with a steveg rod. I normally use this with the large coil for field hunting, or a stock coil for wading and/or mask & snorkel use. Anyway, the
    2 points
  45. The early jug is one of my best finds ever. Started out as a slow day and I had a ear ache all day in the water. At the end of the day the ear pain was way down low on the list....2 jugs and some early glass....
    2 points
  46. I did a set of Tony's for one of the AQ owners.. put a M-8 5 pin connector on the set...., very clean audio....(over the stockers) but they still don't have the range and DB's to pull the super faints. If I remember correct the Db rating on a target 4 inch's from the coil using Tony's was 91db....... same as the stock head phones (90db). Skullies... which I make.... Db rating on the same targets was 105/106db. I think the Gold Master would be around the same. The Gold Masters have more of bass tone, the Skullies very high pitch which I favor more. Only problem with a louder audio.. the AQ can
    2 points
  47. Can't help wondering what a set of Tony E's would do this machine has such an interesting faint range. cjc
    2 points
  48. Jimmy , I'm sorry to hear about your cancer. I pray that you show improvement with the chemo. Though I don't know you , you're a fellow human metal detectorist ! I hope you can find the detector you are looking for and can get out for some hunts ! 🙏🙏🙏
    2 points
  49. Weather here has just been too damn nice to call the season over just yet. Managed to get out this week on Tues. and Wed. and scrounged up 2 pieces on Tues. and 15 on Wed. Supposed to be another nice week ahead after rain this weekend? Hopefully a few more hunts before I call it....
    2 points
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