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  1. Over on the 6000 threads they are showing a few pictures of attractive detectorists. (You don't need to know how to use a detector in order to be a detectorist.) One picture I saw had been significantly photo-shopped. There is a bit of grumbling about the use of models rather than REAL detectorists. Here is a REAL detectorist. I showed her how to hold the detector and the scoop! What a FIND! I had just a junk chain at this point but I hunted my way back to finish my 2 hour hunt and I got a small little hit. Sometimes you just have to go slow. It turned o
    10 points
  2. At this point i think there are two factors hurting the sell of these machines. One.... is they must be near to coming out with the production model. Two.... with a small number out there seems to be several going back for repairs. With no transferable warranty .... anyone want to sell theirs is taking a loss and the buyers are taking a chance. Had they given a transferable warranty more of these may have been passed around and Fisher may have gotten even more info for improvements if needed.
    7 points
  3. I remembered seeing something about this that someone had posted a couple of years ago and finally came across the article. I am re-posting the drawings for those that have more of a eye for the electronic design than I do. I don't know if it can work as they have described but I think that there could be some use for it somewhere.
    7 points
  4. 4-1-21, EL PASO, TX. - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- Consolidating the former "Big Three" of metal detecting (Fisher, Garrett, and remnants of White's Electronics) into one cohesive engineering force, the United States manufacturers are aiming to put themselves back on the map with a brand new detecting technology. With Minelab leading technological developments in metal detecting for the past two decades, U.S. companies have struggled to meet the performance benchmarks set by the Australian company. In recent years we have even seen companies that in the past, took the crown of metal detec
    5 points
  5. The more I use this machine the more I love it!! The anchor button is a 1795-1810 military button, found in the iron. We have dug this field plenty of times! Small brass buttons today were under the iron or next to it! Bullet was at about 10 inches in the iron. Site was in South Chesapeake VA
    5 points
  6. Not sure where this belongs on the forum, (or if it even belongs here), but this seemed to be the best category to discuss this. Ever since information on the GPX 6000 started to trickle out, I had this nagging feeling something in detecting has changed for those of us who like the thrill of getting to know a new detector. I never would have envisioned the GPX line morphing into a simplified detector. After having the GPX 5000 for a bunch of years now, and using it for relic and beach hunting, I could not imagine relying on a machine that adjust everything for you. I get it that money talks, a
    4 points
  7. Valens how did you get the GPX-6000 schematic drawing it is highly protected, since you have displayed it, here is a photo of the proto type being test in Leonora WA caravan park. Note the small nugget in the photo that it can detect. 😀
    4 points
  8. My opinion on detecting now or in the future is simple. No mater how much technology changes there will always be someone out there detecting just for the fun of it. Through out the years there have been many changes to the design of metal detectors and there will always be changes made to them. The best is yet to come from the factories who are smaller as they are the ones that are hungry for a bigger market share. I see items being found long after I am gone with detectors. People want to find things with any type of tool that they can get, a pick, a shovel, and even a detecto
    4 points
  9. I'm looking for a Compass metal detector catalog that includes the Compass Gold Scanner, and Compass Gold Scanner Pro models. The full line catalog, and this would be about 1990-1992 or thereabouts. I'm adding a few key older metal detector catalogs to the Downloads Area to provide basic info on older models. I do not need a ton of catalogs, just key years where major model changes occur, as things moved slower back then. If the catalog was in pdf format that even better, but Googling only turns up a couple older catalogs, nothing I can find covering the Gold Scanner era. I am more than h
    3 points
  10. I probably didn't word it correctly. I'm not asking for more controls for the sake of controls. What I was poorly trying to say is that removing too much from us leaves us vulnerable to no options if the machine, for some reason does not work in my area. Even though it says all gold, all soils, all the time, I'm a bit hesitant to give all the control to automated features. Even though the 5000 has a lot of combinations in it, I can say for sure that the 4800 would not do for me what the 5000 does because of the 5000's extra timings. The Blisstool 😆 that is an example of what I don't want. Even
    3 points
  11. I’m a little surprised anyone still wants an Limited, when a vastly improved version is said to be right around the corner. Everyone must be taking the threat of a big price jump seriously. Frankly, I’m not. They can try and charge a ton of money for the final version, but that does not mean people will pay it. Right now the average price paid for a beach detector must be awful close to $900. The Ltd is $1500. Would I pay $1999 for one that is done up properly? Sure. $2500? Not so sure, it’s still just a PI, maybe a powerful one, but a PI, and it’s not twice as deep as a $1200 Beachhunter TDI.
    3 points
  12. Are controls for controls sake the desire? I thought we wanted performance? If performance can be had with fewer controls, why would you want more controls? In my opinion the premise is flawed i.e. more controls equals better performance. If that were true that machines were being dumbed down and less effective, it would be a scary thought, but I do not accept that it is true. A machine can have fewer controls, be more powerful, and get better results, than a machine with tons of controls. The 5000 is an excellent example of people getting poor performance due to complexity, because
    3 points
  13. I think in general companies strive for automation and simplicity to attract new customers rather than cater to the needs or wishes of existing seasoned customers where the sale is over. Seems like Nokta still tries to listen to customers wishes and wasn't too long ago Garrett had a questionnaire for a wish list of features. The rest of the companies, feature requests seem to fall on deaf ears and they just do their own thing. You would think it would be wiser to listen to existing customers and put in the features they want as many new people to the hobby are attracted to the hobby from
    3 points
  14. Step back ~70 years and ask the same question about automobile transmissions (automatic vs. manual). We still have both available although automatics dominate the market. Auto racing experimented with automatics in the 1970's but AFAIK the current top-of-the-line racers still use manual trannies. (Well, some of those have pushbutton shifters....) So the new tech hasn't performed as well as the old at the very pinnacle of performance demand. Or back ~30 years and the introduction of Graphical User Interfaces (GUI's) to replace command line processing (remember MS-DOS?). LINUX/UNIX (wi
    3 points
  15. Agreed. I too have moved up from the old machines, (hence trying the AQ) not just because they were new, but because they worked better. My fear is that the future will limit who decides what works better. I've noticed that when a manufacturer breaks into the market, they are very willing and eager to make the best machine possible. But after a while it seems they are more worried about market share and not as much about quality or what we are looking for. So let me pose a question to anyone who has the 7000: Do you feel you could have gotten more out of the 7000 if it allowed you more contro
    3 points
  16. Yes this is the new clamp system. The ears system on the 12.5'' search coil is for me perfect, but it's an injection mold. The search coil 8'' was made with the vacuum forming method for reduce the costs, so it's not possible to apply the 12.5'' ear system. You can note that the ears have been partly hidden in the thickness of the search coil, this improves the water flow around the search coil, also this increases the stability in the water compared to the conventional search coils of competitors.
    3 points
  17. 99.9% of my hunting is and has been done on saltwater beaches for many years...to include shallow water. Over those years, I've used the CTX, Excal, EQX 800, XP Deus and a PI. Bottom line: The PI drove me crazy digging the deep trash that one finds all over the beach and the selectable frequency Deus is not a true beach machine compared to mutli frequency Minelabs . I'll stick with the CTX or EQX for dry, wet and shallow water and the Excal for deeper hunting...regardless of coil size. Just the view from my beachy foxhole....YMMV
    3 points
  18. I think Minelab would need to knock about 6k off the retail price of the 6000 for that to happen... 😉
    3 points
  19. Nice find, Tarsacci is great on thin silver coins or worn out buttons. I use 18k mode when relic hunting, tends to enhance signal on worn thin silver coins, 1/2 dimes and worn silver reales. Conductively is lower on older small silver coins or brass buttons, Especially the tiny ones. 18k will enhance these signals, give it a try. Congratulations! Paul
    3 points
  20. I don't know what to tell you other than markets and technology move on. I think the people at Minelab which have been there from the beginning and the new people that have been added make for a mix now that still produces quality detectors from a marketing and technological standpoint. There are not too many people who would 'trade back' the latest detector for an old one if they have had a chance to use the new ones. I still have all my old ones that I don't use any more ... or at least not much. You enjoy a 'sweet spot' of using a powerful detector (the 5000) and most admit the number o
    3 points
  21. Went out to 2 different beaches for a mix of GPX and AQ hunting. Tony repaired my headphones for the AQ and also made me a spare set , along with 2 short cables, so I could zip tie the short cable to the machine, and so I would not break the M8 connector. The short cable also converts the M8 to an M12, a more robust connector going to the headphones. So, for the first AQ hunt in a while, I chose my “spot” to see if I could find any low conductors where the GPX had previously run the 18” DD coil. I did not find any coins in that area, but did find little bits of melted copper and lead. So, I ve
    3 points
  22. THANK YOU SHN for letting me get my feet wet with the AQ. The part I had the most trouble with was pinpointing a shallow target once I got the target out of the hole, being chest deep and digging in running sand I dont have the time to check each scoop, I dig and dump piles next to each other so when I go back to check witch pile the target is in I can now judge by the strength of the signal witch scoop pile it should be in. Missing in the pic is a silver wave ring that has already been claimed. Joe you have helped many others including myself keep it up, Thank You
    3 points
  23. From https://www.xpmetaldetectors.com/metal-detector/gold-prospecting/ THE GOLD SLUICE VS1: DYNAMIC SELF-CLEANING VORTEXES! 40 vortexes work together to capture gold via an innovative dynamic process that avoids aggregate saturation. Large Riffles Top zone designed for initial gold grain capture Allows a quick visual check of the potential of your gold field. Flow Control System & Collaborating Vortex 3 vertical blades coupled with lateral constrictions Stabilise and accelerate water flow, improving dynamic vortex performances. Ultra
    2 points
  24. Hey, right now even though I got a lot of hours on the Standard coil, I still got a bunch to learn. In most areas it's very hard to come up with a Gold Ring while mud hunting. (Unless you got a hot lead) I went a little over 2 years without, until last year when I came up with 3 out of the mud and 1 wading. This is with the same machine I went dry with for 2 years plus. A guy can get some serious doubts about his hunting in that length of time. That's Buckets of tabs & Alum slaw. Was it me , my machine or the law of averages? I'll say this, 3 of those rings came
    2 points
  25. Not a matter of not having more controls but the right controls. A turnoff for me is having a machine everyone else has that is so automatic that just leaves the chance of finding something just a matter of walking where they didn't. Removing the skill factor takes a lot away from the hobby for me.
    2 points
  26. The biscuit tin model ...nice! Does the rotor spin when it detects gold or diamonds? In the US we use a spam can. No biscuits here only cookies. 😢 Sadly with the smaller and smellier tin we use in the US our detecting is very limited to only 44 meters in depth.
    2 points
  27. That was going to be the title of my post ... FIND OF THE YEAR! haha
    2 points
  28. Chert, flint, and jasper
    2 points
  29. Thanks to a generous donation from GB_Amateur (thanks Chuck ) we now have a full color copy of the 1986 Garrett catalog available for download I'm not shooting for every year, but I am putting a few key older catalogs into the Downloads Area. These cover ranges of older machines, and have at least basic specification information for those who are looking. An older catalog every 5 years or decade will do the trick, just to catch major lineup changes, which were slow to come back then. Anyway, its a lot of work to scan a catalog into a pdf, and Chuck did a great job for everyone's bene
    2 points
  30. Gold is heavy, so put any obstruction in its way, and some will get caught. Then the designer points at the gold that was caught, and declares the design 100% efficient. Except that all sluice boxes lose gold, so the real question is what is the gold loss.... and that figure is of course never available. As a placer recovery guy, just color me as very skeptical of 100% plastic designs with cute gimmicky catch systems. The odds of riffle blowout are incredibly high with these designs. What these really are is gold pan alternatives, more for light prospecting and quick checks, not actual product
    2 points
  31. They know this too and, as far as rumors go, all 3 are in the process of doing just that.
    2 points
  32. Thanks guys for the info. Seems we keep making some great improvements. Those twist locks are old school and a pain in the butt if you use them very long in the water. Joe .... you need to compare the two coils depth for us on some gold buddy..... as well as sensitivity to the smaller stuff. I assume the smaller coil can run a bit lower uS out there? I’m also curious to see a comparison of your limited and the production model.
    2 points
  33. Bob, Enjoy your trip and let us know how the Nox does at the beach. Regarding the GPX - I believe Hard Nox is referring to the level of iron oxide magnetite mineralization laden red clay (vs. bulk junk iron) that is prevalent in the north-central part of VA which also corresponds to what was once a significant gold producing area of the state. That highly mineralized soil severely limits the detection depth of even high performing vlf induction balance machines such as the Equinox, Deus, and Tarsacci. Under those conditions the GPX 4500/4800/5000 series is probably the best pulse
    2 points
  34. Yep, that was the part I forgot to mention to him 😄 The Devil is in the details!
    2 points
  35. I never get tired of seeing the charcoal grey silver disks in my scoop ! Great pix.
    2 points
  36. https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/apr/01/arabian-coins-found-in-us-may-unlock-17th-century-pirate-mystery
    2 points
  37. I'm really interested to hear from the experienced folks on this forum on their field tests. None of the minelab sales hype interests me and i am glad i found this site. Well done all!
    2 points
  38. The reality is.....it's a new Minelab Gold Detector and quite a few of us will purchase it, as we know what their past detectors can do. DetectExperts, Old worn out dudes, hot young hotties, or some of guys who's been in the business for 20+ yrs....Minelab has become such a powerful detector brand name, it really doesn't matter how it comes out. We'll line up and buy, like we have been doing for years. Yes there will be a good amount who sit back and wait to hear the results and field reports, but those same folks are the ones who normally do that anyway. So time will tell and they
    2 points
  39. Like so many things they don’t say a price. When I go to Walmart and I don’t see a price then it has to be free. They say differently when I try to go out the door with it.haha I know nothing is free in this world but I do know it cost you more to get out of it when you die . Chuck
    2 points
  40. This was our first test with her out in the Mojave Desert, and all I can say it is very easy to walk about detecting with this one. Firstly, there was no stooping over with a scoop to pick up bad targets with this detector, they were all the real thing! And GeoSense works amazingly well, love being able to go with her automatically and easily keeping up with wherever I detected, it was a breeze. I've detected with others that were unwieldly and hard to control in the desert, but I can say this one is really something special. We walked for a couple miles on the edge of a dry lake looking f
    2 points
  41. The TDI is easily bested by numerous PI models on the market, so there is no way it is an unbeatable machine. It's a relatively ancient design, barely changed from the Eric Foster Goldscan from which it derives. Gold prospectors the world over would all be using a TDI were that true, and it simply is not. I respect the TDI a lot, as I was involved in getting it to market, but making claims it can't possibly match does nobody any good.
    2 points
  42. Thanks for expressing your gratitude, Steve. It's always nice to be appreciated, but my contribution was minor. Sometimes being a pack-rat works out. Other times...?? I do have a couple questions while this catalog is in the limelight. 1) Page 12 covers two pulse induction detectors -- Sea Hunter models XL500 and XL200. Where do these rank in terms of chronological history of commercially available PI's? 2) One of the bullet points for the Sea Hunters is "ignore salt water and iron mineralization". And in the intro paragraph it says "whether it's land, lake,... the Garrett
    1 point
  43. No clue why they went with the regular ears on the 8 inch............... Both are fine with me, both work as they should with no problems here. The fact you get a lower rod with the 8 is a Big plus...disconnect the coil fitting from the main housing....flip the lever...pull out the rod .... set aside, line up the new coil and rod....slide in, close latch......connect coil fitting to the housing....DONE>>> how easy is that... 😍 The big coils ears stay the same on the New Production model, as far as I know.
    1 point
  44. Just my opinion...It has all the characteristic of a small coil. Depth is above normal for it's size but still shy of the big coil. If your hunting difficult water it's a much better choice. And I only use the AQ because it is Deep...So the bigger coil is my favorite. If I remember correct, on a buried yard stick nickel I could get it at 15 .. faint at 16.. all metal, which is very good for it's size And it does come with it's own rod so changing coils is very easy.
    1 point
  45. I assume you like to see other people reports on detectors. If everyone was like that, there would be no forum!!!
    1 point
  46. Interesting. My browser kept crashing (does that occasionally) on the article you linked so I found one (possibly the same text) on the Associated Press site. This one doesn't have a picture of the detectorist and his detector, though. Anyone recognize his detector?? As these articles tend, here's a questionable statement: That ancient pocket change — the oldest ever found in North America — could explain how pirate Capt. Henry Every vanished into the wind. (emphasis mine) I think the author is referring to a 1693 coin from Yemen. That coin is what the researchers are hypothesi
    1 point
  47. I haven't had a lot of time to post lately because work has been picking up, so I added some pictures of my favorite of my better finds. So in my town there was a water main break last Friday and it shut down one of the main thoroughfare through town. I took the detour Saturday, and realized it took me past a park I had only detected once with the simplex. I hated this park because of intense emi, and few signals. There is no baseball backstop, no playground, no soccer goal, but every time I've driven past or stopped to watch, there has been someone throwing a ball for their dog.
    1 point
  48. I’ll say this I guess. If I was a serious beach hunter and had to choose, it’s CTX for me over SDC, and I’d have to be real motivated by conditions to buy a SDC at the price just to get that little extra bit. The SDC is not really a water detector. The housing is designed for the military and if tossed in the water floats like a cork.
    1 point
  49. Hey Guys, Agree, the Minelab Gold Monster 1000 and any Pulse Induction really is a good solid combo. Thanks for watching. Rob
    1 point
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