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  1. Here are some of the big chunks found by my mentor back 10 years ago or so with a gpx4500 and later 5000. Biggest chunk in the upper left corner is just shy of 7 ounces. The coin is a quarter. All Va gold.
    14 points
  2. Had a chance to get 2 beach hunts in with the GPX and AQ and was pleasantly surprised that the conditions at this beach had changed for the better. It was going to be a 50/50 split between both machines, so that I could get the benefits of both machines technologies. Started out great with the AQ, but unfortunately the headphones started making a loud clicking noise. I figured out the thin wire had finally given out. Then it completely stopped working. The conditions were perfect for trying out the AQ in Tone mode, since there was almost no trash, or small iron left in this spot. So high tone
    12 points
  3. The pictures are of nuggets I’ve found in VA using the gpx 4800 and the gold monster 1000. The gpx finds were all on hill tops and hillsides at location in and around old gold mines. These locations were found by a good friend of mine back 10 years ago or so. I’m just picking up scraps compared to what they found. The gold monster finds were in creek finds at a property that I mainly dredge. Only a few areas of the creek have produced any gold to detecting. While dredging this creek it produced up to 12 gram nugget so far. I’ve detected all around the hillsides around the cree
    12 points
  4. Me and the wife were looking thru some older money and foreign currency and I came across this coin. I had seen it before but I didn't pay it much attention. I honestly have no idea where or when I found it. It’s a 1/4 Pahlavi Mohammed Reza Sha made from 1945-1979. I weigh mine and it’s exactly 2.03 grams. I know it’s not an American gold coin but I’m still happy to have it in my collection.
    9 points
  5. I have owned an F75 (several versions) an F70/Tek Patriot, an AT Pro and the Nokta Makro Kruzer, Multi Kruzer and Simplex. In my soil conditions and in the environments I prefer to hunt in where it really helps to have waterproofing, excellent EMI protection, solid numerical and audio ID at depths of 6" or more, wireless operation so I don't get headphone cords tangled up and excellent ergonomics..........I would without hesitation pick the Simplex not just because it is the least expensive of the detectors mentioned but because, unlike what one poster said, the Simplex is not a beginner detec
    8 points
  6. Decided to visit the river this morning, over the weekend I got permission to search the steamboat landing near my house. It was my 61st birthday Sunday, and the permission came in the morning. My wife got me a Predator Barracuda shovel! What a day. Of course it rained all Sunday. Just threw some high insulated boots on, it's cold out but not freezing, about 40. Not five minutes in the water and I got a solid 14/15 with the Equinox in Beach 2, all metal. Tried out my CooB sand scoop, and the result is this about 1/2 inch paper thin round object, this is exactly how it came out of the wate
    7 points
  7. GPX 6000 Manual released (it won't allow direct linking the manual so I switched the link back to the index page with the links for all documents) Too many people click might crash the FCC site, no clue how much bandwidth they have. Also photos of the internals and externals of the 6000 are now live.
    7 points
  8. Hit a spot and this old Coke turned up...
    6 points
  9. Or they could just keep the detectors in the design phase forever constantly improving and ruggedising them until the end of time!!🥴 Edit: This is one of the reasons why I get a bit ‘pissed’ by all the aftermarket coil brand chatter, its always X sized nugget/nuggets were found with X sized/type coil and no mention of the actual detector it was attached to!!🥵 If X type coil was so revolutionary then why doesn’t the coil manufacture make their own electronics to go with said wonder coil? After all the detector manufacturers are doing a really crap job of things!!!
    6 points
  10. Love this chart Steve and it brings back great memories from a customer of mine. Gene was on one of my trips to Ganes Creek, AK. This was mid way of their trips yrs and the MXT was top machine at the time. Were hunting a fresh push and everyone was swinging up/down the rows as fast as they can. After it slowed and a few went on, I get in there and methodically hunt my style and a couple others stayed with me. Anyway, Gene gets a WHAM of a signal and yells. "It says Buckle" on the screen. Back then the MXT when run up at Ganes, we smart guys preferred the RELIC MODE over the PROSPECT MOD
    6 points
  11. Short manual. So basically, after brief read of the manual some various things we mostly already knew - You can operate with or without a threshold. Manual sensitivity has threshold and Auto sensitivity has no threshold. Ground balance is Auto. But there is a quick track button to adjust manual ground balance on the fly. DD mode has a Salt Cancel feature which will be interesting in Northern Nevada and similar terrains Noise cancel is only 5 seconds, significantly faster than the GPZ Two ground modes - Normal and Difficult Battery design looks much more robu
    5 points
  12. Thanks for posting the video Swegin. Hopefully my website guy has it on my site tomorrow. Of all 3 coils, I too.. feel the 10" ellip is going to be the best seller for most of my people. Heck I even sent a 2nd order...all 10" Ellips., as I already have the other 2 on my original order to Coiltek. The 10" Ellip is ideal for Prospecting nuggets on a VLF and I also like it for semi trashy sites when detecting old Coins/Relics. Hopefully I'll have some of these coils soon as I'm getting prepared for our Field Training coming up in Nevada. Boy would it be nice to be swinging, testing, sel
    5 points
  13. You can download the draft GPX 6000 user manual at the FCC website (user manual 2 of 2) and a set of internal photos at this link. These are filings required ahead of release by the FCC, with the manual as existed at time of filing. It is a draft and missing various sections, so should not be relied on 100%. Revisions are sure to happen in the final version. The internal photo pdf has notes about the document remaining intact (no photo excerpts), so please download and view it if you want a peek at that circuit board. Minelab GPX 6000 Data & Reviews Minelab GPX 6000 Acc
    4 points
  14. It’s a wildlife management area now. No mineral removal no picking plants not metal detecting no sluicing no panning. Basically only for hunters. Bunch of crap really it’s my tax money and they won’t let you do anything on the dam property that now covers over 8000 acres I believe. Gerry - if you ever coming out VA let me know. My mentor was a relic hunter for 30 years or more in VA and only happened to fall into nugget hunting. Many of the Va civil war battle fields happened on top of or in close proximity to many old gold mines.
    4 points
  15. Also. We still don't know what exactly GeoSense is. There are some weird grammatical things in the manual and highlighted things that indicate this isn't the final manual and a newer revision will be released with the machine. As well as some stuff left not filled in with placeholders (various notes, coil winding, etc). I have 4 things specifically I'd be curious to test out before making any decisions on how good such a machine is - How that 2nd auto sensitivity mode works and how the no threshold thing feels since it's the most sensitive mode (is this GeoSense?) How the
    4 points
  16. Love this story and your pics to show the VA gold. I try to get back East every other year to do some Civil War Relic hunting and meeting a few of my old Marine Corps buddies (NC, SC, GA) I've been able to convert a few of them to detecting, but they don't have the fever like I. My last trip to VA was at the 1765 Montpelier Estate, home of the 4th President of the United States, President James Madison. I was one of a dozen dealers across the US to be honored and selected to represent a metal detector to Archeologists. We showed them the benefits of modern technology by using a detect
    4 points
  17. You nailed it, Jeff. I keep my F75 because I consider it a classic detector in its day with great ergonomics and also because I like that it can use concentric coils and has a great selection of available accessory coils. And because I would have to sellmit about a third of my original investment.. Would I get a used one today? Um, no. The ergonomics alone cannot make up for its dated design and as Jeff mentioned, its underwhelming performance in mineralized ground which is what I hunt in most of the time. I am also over using detectors that need a raincoat put on them when the sp
    4 points
  18. The new smaller coils on the Simplex, make it a really nice detector for coin and jewelry hunting, more stable and quieter operation. I didn't care for the stock large coil.
    4 points
  19. I treat my detectors like expensive electronic instruments, that I may want to sell someday for top dollar. The GPZ is not fragile; you are breaking it, and it will continue to break unless you stop dropping it. It was hit hard. Putting a cover on it does not make it indestructible. I’m not being critical here, just saying I do not drop my new iPhone a foot or two when I put it down, and I always place my detectors on the ground, not toss them there. https://parts.minelab.com/category-s/100.htm
    4 points
  20. (Long article. If you think you'll get bored of the background info and stop in the middle, skip to the Testing section to see what a metal detector has to say.) Introduction Detectorists occasionally come across ceramic tableware/dinnerware at sites. For example, I found some in a ~1880's Colorado ghost town. A friend of mine found a piece (which I was able to identify and date to the 1890's) near a high altitude Colorado miner's cabin associated with a small silver mine. Western USA explorers/settlers/miners may seem backwards and uncivilized (and that is true in some cases) bu
    3 points
  21. Horses for courses, yes, you can go out and buy the most expensive car, or have the most expensive stuff in your house, but guaranteed you’ll still find something that’s ‘not quite right with it’ I have a GPZ, I’ve got a couple of niggles with it, but it’s not concerning. Mainly comfort (I find the control box handle is a bit to ‘straight’ on the main shaft and irritates my wrist), but I adjust to accomodate. I once managed to get my hands on a Garrett ADS Deepseeker (the same detector that found the ‘Hand of Faith’ nugget) and after hanging onto it for all of 5 minutes, believe me, we’ve
    3 points
  22. Click or double-click images for larger versions Minelab GPX 6000 Data & Reviews Minelab GPX 6000 Quick Start Minelab GPX 6000 Controls Minelab GPX 6000 Display
    3 points
  23. Getting it mostly right has zero value then? If every thing on the internet that is said is not 100% addressed to the 100% satisfaction of everyone.... then they are not listening at all? Who is getting it right then, and why are we not buying their detectors instead? Anyway, since that has been deemed inaccurate, and not factual, I’ll not bother anyone with that assertion in the future. I’m sure I’m the one that’s been telling you all that product development is not happening in a vacuum, and that this forum is watched. Erase all that, I’ve just been making it up.
    3 points
  24. When you know a beach well you know it and you don't want to waste even an hour or two on getting another one to produce but this is exactly what you have to do sometimes.
    3 points
  25. Here in New England, some beaches were very popular in the 20's, and up. We also had a lot of very deep silver, mostly out of range of early detectors. Now days, it's a different story, as pulse machines & multi frequency machines have given many more people the ability to get some of the deeper targets. But even with those targets, the operator still needs to understand how to get to those depths. This beach is hard on anything short of a pulse machine, with multi layered black sand, lots of rocks and a clay layer that helps mask those deep targets. The other machines that were around t
    3 points
  26. My buddy still has them and more. And the east coast generally doesn’t suffer from being picked over with detectors. It takes private property access to get on any old mine site and most people don’t detect out here and if they do you still have hundreds of acres of heavily wooded and brush covered terrain. I think that I’d you picked up the east coast gold belt and changed the climate to something AZ with little vegetation and opened it up with a claim system and not private property you would have lots of gold nuggets being found and new patches be located all the time.
    3 points
  27. I don't understand why you'd want or need an F75 if you already have a Simplex and Equinox 600. What are you hoping the F75 will do for you that the other two can't do?
    3 points
  28. I was able to get out a few times for the recent SoCal storms. Although I came across a few cuts there wasn’t much gold to be found. This is my first hunt of the storm. I found enough targets to keep me busy. The 14k ring with diamonds was an eyeball find that was laying on top of some black sand and 90% of the ring was exposed. The teeth were found almost at the end of the hunt and they appear to be gold but haven’t tested yet. As you can see there was almost no jewelry in this hunt. This second hunt provided a lot more targets and jewelry but surprisingly only one gold. I f
    3 points
  29. F75+ model or the F75 LTD with DST.....I'd never even look at a Simplex with one of those two. My opinion is that the F75 is a true multi-purpose treasure hunting tool and the Simplex is just an entry level metal detector designed to acquaint you with the Nokta/Makro series of metal detectors. The F75 has so much more under the hood and I doubt many folks even use 1/3 of what is available under there. I looked at the Simplex and as a F75 owner user I didn't see anything that caused an itch to experience it. But that's just me and my opinion. Far be it from me to c
    3 points
  30. Thanks, That gold band fits nicely on one of my other fingers 😄 I may just put it next to my wedding ring. If the wife asks about it I'll just tell her it's from my other wife 😂 I bet then I can go detecting everyday. I'll just have to find a place to sleep. Beaches are funny... I was just there the week before and struggled all day just to find one silver earring. But I should have known things were changing, since the copper pennies started to show themselves quite a bit that day.
    3 points
  31. When this topic comes up I usually toss in this test I did with the White's DFX and some gold nuggets. It shows how the size of the nugget has less effect than the purity and shape/porosity of the gold. The numbers are all over the place, but in general, the purer and more solid the gold, the higher the number. Some Gold Nugget Target ID Numbers In general, Alaska gold is lower purity than California and Australian gold, resulting in lower target id numbers. Note that a very large gold nugget will give similar readings as a 12 oz aluminum can! Some old nugget target id numbers
    3 points
  32. Yikes! I am the type that could break the horn off an anvil. I use my 7000 about as hard as anyone on this planet and contrary to my initial fears it has held up very well (3+ years) but I do put a bit more effort in not knocking it around. The foot on my 7000 lasted 2 days. I never replaced it. I have broken about 37 lower shafts Until I made my own fix. I have to agree with Steve- The GPX7000 is not fragile.
    3 points
  33. Folks, I just joined your fine forum and am enjoying a good winter, full of snow, ice and cold, which affords time to finally see through the trees, and to ponder and plan another season, chock full of New England hiking and rockhounding adventures (gem & mineral). Now I want add metal detecting, to spice things up. I’m currently in the early stages of research for this hobby (addiction?), before emptying my wallet, and I’m considering a Minelab Equinox 800. No beach combing or town greens for me. I’m a mountains, woods, stream, and fields guy and I prefer to bushwhack a
    2 points
  34. I had the same issue , power shortage after setting the detector down. I suppose that the little shock between the detector and the ground slightly moves the batteries in their housing creating a micro power shortage. So I have added a piece of foam between the batteries and the cover to block the batterries , see pic below. I did not have any more the pb since I use this trick...
    2 points
  35. Well, in order to know if my math is correct someone (besides me, since I already have) needs to go to the trouble of redoing it. Interestingly the first time through it I made a mistake. "Measure twice; cut once." (Err, maybe that's not what this means....) Hmmm. Lead glass isn't free lead but rather its oxide compound. However, as many prospectors know there are some compounds that are actually conductive (although not many). Coincidentally I just read an ICMJ article by Chris Ralph where he talks about the mineral Cuprite giving a strong response to a detector, and that is a
    2 points
  36. Cal, my wife would probably trade me for that bottle...she loves collecting Coke stuff.
    2 points
  37. I keep hearing this about the Nox and I just dont see where its coming from? I have used the S#@t out of my machine and have yet to break anything on it associated with the coils or any of it's connections...I bump it bang it etc...not on purpose of course but it happens occasionally Now my garret carrots I've had problems with breaking but it's my fault most likely as I have a habit of dropping them on the ground as i fumble for my digging tool. strick
    2 points
  38. Sorry we let you down. 😞
    2 points
  39. Wow! Way 2 Go! Cheers Ig!
    2 points
  40. Same here, Second guessing myself has not worked well for me. I always tell myself I am there to get some much needed exercise and the finds are a bonus. I stick with what works 😄 But what really surprises me is the fact that my favorite beach can be hit by so many people over the years and is not even close to being cleaned out. It really shows me the complexity of how beaches work and evolve and how they can hide targets so well. Gold? I wish!!!! It's funny how gold works sometimes. There are times I can't find gold no matter what I do or how hard I try. Then on other days, I can hi
    2 points
  41. Or it could simply be that the GPX 14 decals hadn't even been made yet, so a GPZ 14 decal had to be used to show the decal positioning for the photo.
    2 points
  42. Another great hunt for you, when can we expect the next one with a little more gold. Good luck and happy hunting.
    2 points
  43. I'm guilty of this also when I go back to my 'best beach' first. The truth is when things are good at that beach they could be as good or better at other beaches but I sometimes don't know. We just have to go with our instincts. Sometimes they are wrong. A few months back I hit my favorite beach and it was $$. I was the only one one night $$$! The next night there was one other $. The third night I decided to go to another beach with 'similar' position on the coast but 30 miles away. It was a bust and I hit my best beach again about 3 hours after I should have been there. When I d
    2 points
  44. It would have been nice to have a teaser signal (the sound of the actual detector over a nugget), but I guess we'll have to wait for the next tease.
    2 points
  45. Yes, sorry, realized I should have done that. 🙂 It's not in very good shape.
    2 points
  46. Those are amazing for the east and at this late of a stage in detecting. Do you have any idea what happened to these nuggets? I mean are they in a museum some place? They should be. Mitchel
    2 points
  47. Sorry, should have thought of that. My setting are very similar to Lunk's (because he was the one I learned from 🙂) and I have not really strayed to much from them for the last few years. Although this year I am going to make a point to change it up in some old "patches" and see what comes about. Gold Mode: High Yield (mostly); Ground Type: Normal; Sensitivity: 10-15; Ground Balance Mode: Semi; Ground Smoothing: Locate Patch; Volume: 15; Volume Limit: 3; Audio Smoothing: High; Threshold Level: 27; Threshold Pitch: 25. What you described is exactly what happens to me, sluggish or
    2 points
  48. Firstly settings please, but I think I can guess at it a bit. When you change modes there is a massive change to the Tx and Rx of the machine, often if the sensitivity is cranked up to high levels the poor little chip overloads and throws the detector into the state described. To avoid lower your sensitivity or pick the coil up and away from the ground so the detector is not blasted with a massive change while loading up its new parameters. I’m not sure if the sluggish button presses are linked as I find the GPZ frustrating slow at the best of times (press, waiting waiting waiting...
    2 points
  49. You're right Steve and thanks for the parts link. I'll contact my local dealer for the 2008-005 replacement part. I opened the box. The data cable appeared to be slightly pulled out at the right side, but not by much: I cleaned and reseated it. I epoxied the battery locator pin back in place and it appears good to go. I'll get out in a few days and see if the issues are resolved. Thanks for the help!
    2 points
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