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  1. Here are the results on the four gold specimens from the post "Cleaning Gold Specimens - Step By Step Methods". Specimen A: \ Specimen B: Close up photos of Specimen B front and back: Specimens C: Specimen: D
    16 points
  2. Minelab is basically just trying to create their own social media. That's what "detexperts" are, and that's why they are choosing their own no-name relic hunting channels to give exclusive looks into prospecting specific equipment in whatever controlled manner they find acceptable. These are people that will post whatever they want, in whatever manner they find acceptable. It's patronizing as hell IMO. Maybe if you are selling ACE 250's. But $6k to $10k detectors to serious enthusiasts and literal professionals doing this as full or part time business? Give me a break. It's the kind
    10 points
  3. Finally got warm enough (and I had enough time) to hit the beach for 3 hours. Before I went out I stopped by the local Police department, asked where I can detect, and gave them my name. First thing I found was the small military button or possibly cuff or tack attachment. Not sure if it's Civil War era because I don't have my references with me. Found two pretty unrecognizable pennies, and to my surprise a 2003 one Rand coin from South Africa. There isn't a lot of junk on the beach, second photo shows the take. One gold pull tab! 😀 It's a really quiet beach. I was in more of a scout
    7 points
  4. I think they can do both quite easily, it would be no skin off anyone’s noses to allow the usual guys who were involved in its development to talk about the 6000 to their demographic in parallel to whatever the concept behind the Detextspurts is. Getting into a wider market in this new age should obviously be done via the social media influencer strategy, but why kill off the rank and file members who also crave information, they are also customers who spend money and are looking for info, after all it’s them who have largely funded the gravy trail to the latest and greatest isn’t it? So
    7 points
  5. These are the sort of Youtubers who should be swinging the 6000, big following with simple but very effective honest real world material. I actually enjoy what these guys create, it’s highly relatable and realistic.
    6 points
  6. Kinda cold this morning, but it was slack low tide when I went to the beach. It's only about 1/2 mile from where I am. Spent about 2 hours going over where I went yesterday but at lower levels of the 10 foot tide. There are almost "hourly" cuts in the sand, but it is more from the cargo ships on the Savannah River. When they pass 3-5 foot waves hit the shore. Came back on the towel line, but the lower cuts were more fruitful. Thought I'd get near a mussel patch thinking it might trap coins, but even though there were good IDs I couldn't dig more than 2 inches with my composite trowel. It
    5 points
  7. I’d agree except Minelab actually ditched all the “influencers" in favor of people nobody has heard of, and hired models. So they were doing influencer marketing, but now are just a mess. More like traditional print ads translated to the internet. If you look at all the people in all the 6000 videos so far, there are no people that match the definition given above. The old Minelab team, of which I was a member, were basically the people writing the Treasure Talk articles. Gordon Heritage, Johnathan Porter, myself, Nevada Lonic, Chris Ralph, Randy Horton, Gary Dayton, Mark Williams, Kevin
    5 points
  8. Actually, the most difficult part is putting the coil above gold, at least here in the US. Many gold producing areas are depleted, and it gets harder and harder to find nuggets, unless you have access to private claims. You can still be succesfull but you have to do a lot of research and planing, much more so than in earlier days. What kind of detector you are then using is somewhat less important. I would say it contributes to about 30%, which of course can still make a big difference. So, even though the 6000 might make everyone a better detectorist due to automation, you still need to know
    5 points
  9. IMO you nailed a big concern among many experienced detectorists. We all acknowledge the competition between manufacturers but there is also a competition among detectorists themselves. I've seen this same concern in other areas -- the rich wanting to stay rich (figuratively). (That's not a slam.) A lot of sweat time went into becoming a good detectorist and they don't want that neutralized by a detector that turns a less experienced user into an expert, leveling the playing field. Is that a realistic concern? I think the answer is 'yes', to an extent. But if the more experience
    5 points
  10. The button you found is indeed a military button, it's a WWII button used on..... " WWII US Army HBT Model 3 Suit -The HBT model III worksuit was one of the most versatile cloth items of WWII. This coverall suit was widely used in a variety of roles throught the American armed forces. It was employed by mechanics, linemen, tank crewman and infantry personnel alike., The construction of the outfit consists of a single-piece herring bone twill material. The model three used black or green metal 13-star pattern buttons . The stars in the design represented the initial 13 colonies of the Unit
    5 points
  11. 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.
    5 points
  12. 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
    4 points
  13. This is where this situation becomes untenable, by all means widen your customer base, but guess where they all end up when they start trying to justify their AU$8K purchase? On places like this forum or in my shop!!! Or worse on FB where everyone’s and expert!! In the end they end up drifting to more knoweldagle people who are actually well versed in the art, they have to or they drown, which is explains all the ‘for sale’ detectors on Gumtree or whatever!! When people throw that kind of coin down on a high end metal detector they have an expectation based on the marketing hype, trying
    4 points
  14. Yep. This area is very popular for detectorists. I hoped they'd suggest a place I didn't know of. 😁 The dispatcher didn't, but told me any place that isn't private property (posted/obvious) on the whole island is fine as long as I fill in the holes, stay off the dunes, and not mess with the sea oats or marine life. She said someone would probably call them, and asked for my name so they'd know it was me. I thought it would be best to respect them up front, and it paid off.
    4 points
  15. Wow. Not good to hear how Minelab may be turning their back on experienced users in this field. Definitely right that this unit (GPX6000) as well as the other top end units are only as good as the person using it. There is the fact that "you can swing this thing all day, but if you do not know where to find the gold - all you will end up with is a sore arm". Minelab makes serious quality detectors but I think they are going after the wrong market this time and they may still end up with a black eye as a result. Combined with that, there may be a hell of a lot of used GPX 6000's fo
    3 points
  16. I was going out my door yesterday and here comes the mail man with my Tarsacci. I didn’t have the time to open the box and take a look. I was headed to a wild birthday party of a 7 year old granddaughter that I couldn’t miss . She may never know what I gave up for her. Then getting home late and other family at my house I again had to put it off opening that box. Here I sit in my little corner of my church waiting for service to start telling you all this a day later. I did get the box open and got my Tarsacci fired up and that’s all . All together now. Poor Chuck
    3 points
  17. 😀 At least I'm .72 closer to the thousand or so dollars I've spent! 🥳
    3 points
  18. Funny, my exact feeling about all the Gold Rush shows. I know too much to be able to enjoy them, as the fakery is too obvious. Oh well, I just sound like an old-timer grumping about the new ways of reality tv and social media, so I'll leave it be going forward, and finish on a positive note. It appears all there is to know about the GPX 6000 has pretty much dropped now, so for me it's just waiting for a box in the mail someday, then time to go detecting. Best of luck to the rest of you with whatever decisions you make, and detectors you decide to go with. Looking forward to a great gold g
    3 points
  19. Hi Steve, I look at it differently than you. I do not think the five possible changes I am aware of is a vast improvement warranting an additional $500. The single most improvement is the battery life. We all know there is an aftermarket battery for under $200 with nearly twice the run time of the new battery set up. The other changes are window dressings and can be done at home. If and I say if the new version comes with a transferable warranty then that might tip the scales. So for me, an aftermarket battery and a cam lock swap for $1700 is the way to go and I did say for me. Wish everyone l
    3 points
  20. Yeah Blisstool has a ton of external controls. Many could have been just factory fixed settings on the circuit board and they could have then built 5 different models. Such as Compadre to Tejon.........................Guess Bliss didn't want to that and gave to the detector owner operator full control so you can operate it like a Compadre or Tejon so to speak. Mild to wild. What's nice, I have a choice how to set it up with no limitations. But, its a beep and dig, you have to mentally visualize and understand the controls. Kind of like learning a foreign language. Takes time. Modern machine h
    3 points
  21. You "stopped by the police dept. and asked them 'where can I detect' ?" I wonder what would happen if I asked my local police dept. (or nearest beach agency rep) that question.
    3 points
  22. Was poking around the river bank where I found the barber dime the other day and found this eagle button. Civ war era. Last pass I used the MK, this time the old trusty Tejon.
    2 points
  23. Thanks. I'm enjoying the walk, I covered about a mile zigzagging up and down the beach. Went out early this morning to avoid the inevitable "finding anything?" There is a certain depression in the beach where I find the most stuff, kinda a "trap". It has a certain look to it. Caught on to that right away, the older stuff is there. Tomorrow I'm thinking of bringing my scoop or my Predator, I've had to let some stuff go because of the waves. Even 10-20 feet from the surf line the holes fill in fast. I don't know how much tide y'all deal with but it's 10 feet here, the water recedes about 10
    2 points
  24. I watch them all the time and always thought they are refreshingly real and entertaining. It was so sad though when their dog died a few episodes back!
    2 points
  25. I’m one that likes to swing a detector no more than 6”off my feet. To get it the way I like it I drilled another hole on the top shaft so I could slide the coil shaft in one more notch . When you extend the coil way out there in front of you you put a unnecessary load on your arm and shoulder. If you slow up and cover half your swing as the last one you won’t be stepping on your coil. If like me and you need to drill another hole always use a small drill bit to drill a pilot hole first . Remember you have to get it right the first time. I’m not short at 5 ft 11” but my
    2 points
  26. I still don't know though if ML approved that clip, or if it was part of the official campaign. Debbie could have just shot the video on her own with good intentions.....
    2 points
  27. Good treasures are nice, but few and far between! I'm sure the locals have all the locations figured out! Tough to be a tourist and jump right into the good stuff! But that is part of the attraction to detecting; as Forrest Gump said, close to where you are: "It's like a box of chocolates, you never know what your gonna get"!!👍👍
    2 points
  28. I think you know my answer Steve 😁. I think this is a real extreme and embarrassing example and would not attract anyone. But in principle, I think they want to steer away from the crowd who buys the new 6000 doesn't matter what.
    2 points
  29. You could look at this also from a different perspective. ML designed this detector to reach a greater customer base, including people who are new to this field and who would likely get scared away by complicated settings. Like the Ferrari, but the average Joe being able to fully enjoy it, not just Michael Schumacher. This is exactly what I think their intention is. If they would show JP with the 6000 people would think it's just another high-end detector for the world's experts only. I actually think this is a smart strategy, although personally I would of course prefer JP on every advertisem
    2 points
  30. Prospecting Men of Minelab Calendar coming soon! 🙄
    2 points
  31. If you can't figure it out do a factory reset.
    2 points
  32. You said it better than me KAC in a lot less words.
    2 points
  33. The deus is a great machine. It’s completely wireless. Has factory preset programs that can be adjusted, and it is awesome in trashy areas. Target separation is something that the deus is great at. I’m still learning the tarsacci and so far I’m very impressed with its ability in the iron as well.
    2 points
  34. I don't know what it is (Chase gave you a better idea than I can) but it is not like any meteorite that I have found. Here is a search of meteorites found: 21 records found for meteorites from Canada with places that are exactly "Ontario" (click on a name for more information; click in header to sort) Blithfield Official 1910 Ontario, Canada EL6 1830 g Brent ** Crater >453 Ma Ontario, Cana
    2 points
  35. You shouldn't normally hear an iron grunt in any mode unless you have no discrimination set using the horseshoe button (or if you changed the discrimination point to something less than zero. The default for park 2 has the ferrous disc breakpoint set at 0. Also, did you intentionally shift to 5 tones for Park 2? The default is 50. In the process of doing that, did you inadvertently adjust the iron discrimination breakpoint lower than zero for Park 2 (which means the tone for bin 2 would sound off for some normally ferrous targets) or inadvertently lower the tone volume for bin 1 (ferrous)
    2 points
  36. Yes competition is a concern, many of my finds last year were in some of the worst areas I could hunt. The other concern is I enjoy the challenge. Just walking around waiting for a beep seems boring. I like investigating signals and that mental debate to dig or not to dig. To me that makes the hobby.
    2 points
  37. Good or Bad, I do have a Head for eggs, but once out of the Nest they are easy to forget. The Faberge Egg is easy to remember, but the others can be harder. If it helps, there should be 12 because that is how many fit into a carton. I could say more, but that is “Top Secret”.
    2 points
  38. Thanks so much for the ID and the useful links! The only difference I see is the button appears to have a solid stud on the back, perhaps because it was used. I understand now why it isn't as corroded as I would expect, it's not 150+ years old. 😀 Not discouraging, the beaches here have been "replenished" many times. Last year they put 8" of new beach on top in some places, and the place was swarming with detectors. I'm grateful to have found anything! Haven't gone in the water yet, just using a composite shovel on the beach.
    2 points
  39. It is rare for any meteorite to not be attracted by a magnet. Non-terrestrial Chromite is usually (but not always) associated with iron-nickel meteorites. So the fact that it is not attracted by a magnet makes it unlikely to be a meteorite and certainly unlikely to be a chromite meteorite. See below for more information on helping to ID a possible meteorite. https://www.usgs.gov/faqs/i-think-i-found-a-meteorite-how-can-i-tell-sure?qt-news_science_products=0#qt-news_science_products
    2 points
  40. What were the settings on the 800 for that "find of the year"????????? (I think mine might not be working right)
    2 points
  41. Few more finds today with the 5x10. The buffalo was the deepest...didn't measure it but it was down there. I dug out two nails from the same hole before I got the nickel...was just about to give up but the pin pointer said something a little deeper and there is was. Getting a little more confidence in its ability to sort and still get respectable depth.
    2 points
  42. 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
    2 points
  43. 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
  44. 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
    2 points
  45. Saw a few WW2 shells being disarmed. We were all young and stupid less than 30 yr old. They were about a foot long and just abandon in the jungle in PNG not far from Guadalcanal back in the early 1970's.
    2 points
  46. 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
    2 points
  47. Fisher and I reached an agreement - they decided to proceed with production of AQ Limited units but felt that it would be best if they dealt directly with the buyers. Since this was a change from what had previously been agreed between us, it was necessary to reach a new agreement. This was done and my list of waiting buyers is now with them and I have received an acceptable compensation for my work in marketing the Limited. I will continue to be a FTP dealer and am very hopeful that my experience with this project over the last nearly 4 years will induce potential buyers to chose me
    2 points
  48. 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
    1 point
  49. That's because it requires multifrequency to be effective at cancelling the salt signal to maintain stability. One advantage of the 800 I really like is the user profile button, this allows you to have a one touch access to any other mode including single frequency. I had a 600 as a backup beach machine to my 800 and found I really missed having that feature. Nice button, Bob. Glad you got the authorities on your side in the event there is any friction with the locals.
    1 point
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