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  1. Late afternoon trip to the camp with my youngest son today. He prefers trout fishing over dirt fishing so he ended up with 3 trout and I found what’s pictured. The lead plumb Bob at the bottom came up as a 35 on the Equinox and it was in a cabin site under rocks. My wife had previously found a Chinese lock at the site and now a Chinese coin finally showed up. I’ll hit it again soon and thanks for looking.
    12 points
  2. Absolutely agree. No more bitching from me about business type stuff that ultimately does not matter. I’ve been waiting for this detector for a couple years now, as there was a definite hole left in my capabilities when I ditched the GPZ 7000. When it went away, I told myself I’d hold out for whatever comes next, from whoever, with an emphasis on ergonomics. The QED and Fisher Impulse were in the running, but I’ve given up on both. The GPX 6000 is basically the implementation of my own wish list, and is for me, just about the perfect nugget detector. All it lacks is ferrous id, and near a
    8 points
  3. 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.
    7 points
  4. Come on guys, reading the last 3 pages is a bit depressing - look on the bright side & the bigger picture. Last year i was blocked because of Covid and corresponding state border closures from doing any real gold prospecting in Oz (my home state has very little accessible gold fields) - i stayed home and caught up with all the home renovations🙄. This year - i have many trips planned - with or without the GPX6000, this year is going to be a ripper compared to last year . I wish everyone luck & good health & i am looking forward to reading all about your great finds &
    7 points
  5. 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
    7 points
  6. 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
    6 points
  7. 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
    6 points
  8. 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
    6 points
  9. Hi guys - I owned one of the first ATX units (actually 2 of them) and suffered from the coil cable issues. Despite that, these machines produced 100+ gold rings for me (in the space of 1 year). Garrett was awesome and replaced the coils but they failed again (and again) and eventually I sold the machines and focused on the CTX and EXCALs (modded) and later the Equinox. After selling the ATX I purchased the Whites BeachHunter TDI and to be honest, was less than impressed compared to my finds with the ATX of the past. I deeply missed the two-tone audio of the ATX and the 8” mono in the
    5 points
  10. EXACTLY.....!!!! Seems everyone has their panties in a pinch. I'm very much looking forward to receiving this tector and all the whining about this or that won't make any difference when it finally arrives? The sob will get here when it gets here!
    5 points
  11. Looks general service (Striped Shield) rather than Branch Service (I, R, A, C, D etc. branch letter in the Shield). Nice find.
    4 points
  12. Hi Mitchel, These specimens and some others I finished cleaning I have not tried to sell yet. My favorites are the wire gold specimens, but I was surprised when I had other gold specimens appraised by Collector's Edge, a high end mineral dealer in Golden, Colorado, that the leaf gold specimens are more valuable than the wire gold specimens. The wire gold specimens have so much character and I enjoy what each specimen reveals during the cleaning process.
    4 points
  13. I’m sorry to hear that Mike. No, nothing special, you know the drill. May as well take the opportunity to clean everything. Remove batteries. Any rechargeable devices, review recommended long term storage and charging recommendations in the manual. This can vary with type of battery, but basically do not store when dead, or they may stay that way. Ear muffs, not really an issue, but car cleaning products appropriate for leather or vinyl depending are good, and for the same reasons. Finally, store in a cool, dry location. Best wishes in dealing with what sounds like a difficult situation.
    4 points
  14. I know we have had some great advancements in VLF metal detector's over the recent past, but I am hoping that we can keep some of the older design features that seemed to work well. My favorite new technological features being offered in VLF's are Multi-IQ and single frequencies options, fully programmable settings, waterproof, noise cancel, USB chargers, li-ion batteries, Bluetooth headphones, prospecting & coin/relic options, and lightweight. Really a great job by the inventors of these detectors. IMHO I hope we do not lose some of the past designs that worked well, such as th
    3 points
  15. I'm no expert or tector tester but my plan is to hit a few spots I've already hunted multiple times with both the Monster and the SDC to the best of my abilities? That should tell me, right outta the gate, if I get some I've missed before? I've banked my pre-order on more depth than the SDC and the Monster....depth being the main reason. Of course a very close second reason is ergonomics, external speaker, wireless, auto functions, etc. etc. HATED the 5000 because of all the damned cords, harnesses, bungee, etc. getting hung up in the brush, not to mention how many seasons would it take me
    3 points
  16. OK - so there is a group on this forum who will be early adapters (me included) who will be getting the 6000 hopefully this month and another group who will wait to see some real world reports from people using this machine. So my question is what should the early adapters be doing in the field and reporting on? One thing i will be doing is using threshold and when i find a target see if i can still hear it without the threshold - it should be easy to get meaningful data. Also on same target switching between manual and auto sensitivity. What works best? The big one is will the
    3 points
  17. I was lucky enough to pick up a Coiltek 14x9 about 2 weeks ago. While I am brand new to metal detecting and still a month out from taking it down to the beach and detecting in the surf, I am impressed with it. Like others have said, it is heavy, but I think that is the point. I have taken in down to the river just to play with it a little and familiarize myself with it. It feels nice in the strong current and is easier to work than the 11" that comes with the 800. On the dry sand, I dug a few beer cans at a depth of 18"-24" deep. The old church key ones so, probably pre 60s. I rea
    3 points
  18. Having a lightweight, easily backpack-able plastic mini-sluice for sampling in high altitude areas is definitely a plus especially when they weigh less than a 5 gallon plastic bucket. Anything more than that type of use is asking a lot of a small plastic sluice especially in faster moving water. Paying more than $50 to $75 for one ( I don't know the price for XP's) is not worth it. XP's has to cost more than that backpack in the photos. I am going to stick with my pink "Le Trap" knock off ($45), my Gold Hog Flow Pan, small finishing pan and a 2.5 gallon bucket, my pick, plastic scoops an
    3 points
  19. If they are leather (or similar natural material) this site may help. One thing they say there is to never wrap in plastic. My wife is a quilter (and affecianado of antique quilts) and she says the same thing about natural fabrics. They can be ruined by plastic. I sure hope things work out as best as possible for your wife. I commend you for your commitment to her.
    3 points
  20. We've already gone backwards. Proprietary audio (wireless) T/R was introduced in detectors (and is fortunately still an option) before standard Bluetooth and Low Latency, wasn't it? It seems right now LL headphones are falling by the wayside in favor of standard ('high latency') Bluetooth versions. Apparently that's what the cellphone generation is satiisfied with. The trend (at ML, anyway) has been towards inexpensive (and 'cheap' quality) consumer devices as accessories. The high quality aftermarket headphones are fading away. Part of that fault also belongs on the aftermarket manu
    3 points
  21. 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
    3 points
  22. I’m not worried about detectors getting worse through the elimination of useful features. Tech advances make some features obsolete. Yes, you can hip mount the Deus control box, but do you need to? That was for heavy control boxes mainly. Wireless will only get faster, lag is just a growing pain that will be a memory soon in all devices. Why do we need 1/4” jacks, when universal high speed wireless is where we are headed? No, S rods are not going away. There is not a conspiracy going on to eliminate competition, and therefore for everyone to agree to not make things people want. That’s no
    3 points
  23. Nope, not old enough to be a relic. It's a Navy practice mine. Inert means that it's not capable of producing an explosion. Reminds me of the mine that washed up on Gilligan's Island. I still love watching that show. Look at these neat training products you can buy online. https://inertproducts.com/
    3 points
  24. I no longer make them... I might suggest hard wiring and specially for anyone diving.
    3 points
  25. Keep it fun and enjoy the great outdoors. You have dug some great stuff. I enjoy your posts.
    3 points
  26. Actually A, B, and C are consider " bird nests" or crystalline wire gold specimens. Specimen D is consider a crystalline leaf gold specimen. Amazing what mother nature is capable of creating! Hopefully everyone clicks on the photos and use the magnifying tool.
    3 points
  27. 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
  28. Over the years we've touched on the difference between High Impedance vs. Low Impedance headphones. Historically, the headphones designed for detecting have been High Impedance, and all were equipped with 1/4 inch headphone plug. Everyone developed a preference for their brand because of the way they fit and sound. These days more detectors are set up for the 1/8 inch headphone plugs and a few detecting headphones have offered that choice. The technology is clearly moving away from all wired headphones in favor of wireless. The market is really directed at music and communication devices
    2 points
  29. Today I went to a site that I was trying to find the rest of a “Civil War gold corps badge”, I found part of it a few months ago with my DEUS....thinking that if any machine will find the rest of it the Tarsacci will find it. The target separation with that 12 inch coil is pretty awesome! But, it didn’t happen. Not today anyways. But I was in the area we gridded and the tarsacci was hitting some very deep brass and under the iron, that just keeps impressing me about this machine! I know one of the targets was at least 15 inches! I will have to get a new shovel if this keeps up!
    2 points
  30. Just touching base on this topic. I have aquired the necessary hardware and software to test this idea and discovered that it can work, and while my limited initial testing does not yet show if it will be accurate enough to aide in target identification or discrimination, I am hopeful that it will benefit hearing impaired detectorists, which is my main goal in this study. I will try to post more information with some photos and video of the equipment and testing in a few days (as time permits). I also believe this will work with other detector types and brands as well and be very inexpensive t
    2 points
  31. Mike ....best place to store will be shaded / uv radiation / place in a small temperature fluctuation that is still above freezing-because some of the lead-free solder materials do not like too low temperatures ... ,, with adequate air circulation..to limit the local humidity development which has a negative effect not only on the electronics of the detector but also on various leather and synthetic materials .. We store detectors and hearing aids without batteries - but I would recommend inserting the batteries again every 1/2 year - to check and test the functionality of detectors, coil
    2 points
  32. Maybe FT will scrap the entire project and sell/give the patents to another company more willing to put in the effort. The detector needs to be completely redesigned from the ground up. I'd love to be on that team.
    2 points
  33. Supposedly the only part of the AQ that was 100% vetted and complete was the circuit. It’s was said no changes were forthcoming. Yet we already know they changed the pulse delay, so the longest setting is longer than that marked on the controls. These circuit board failures do not point to a completely tested and vetted circuit board, but one undergoing continuing revisions. FT is famous for putting machines into production, and then applying numerous “revisions” for up to years afterward. This machine can’t be updated over the internet, and as an analog machine, any updates and revisions woul
    2 points
  34. Sorry to hear that Mike. My prayers are with you and your wife. I don't know if there is anything you can do for headphone muffs. Store them in a box. For the detectors I would remove the batteries. Put the detectors away where you normally do and I would say that's it.
    2 points
  35. Yup yup. Being in tune with the tides is a big plus for beach hunting. wish the weather would get in synch for the neg low tides though......
    2 points
  36. That button was a great find, if it is an eagle, because it looks more like the running chicken to me. Then again I have never found any of those types of items around here. Good hunting and Happy Easter.
    2 points
  37. True! I went 600 miles South thinking I'd have fair winds an' following seas. Turns out today was warmer back home than here. 😵 Not so tomorrow tho. They'll be shiverin' their timbers, and it'll be nice here. I thank you all for making this one of the best life decisions I've ever made. It's been a blast so far, thanks for putting up with me.
    2 points
  38. I scuttled my beach plan for today pretty cool start and winds increasing to over 25knots ,,,probably too many depositors in the way anyway,,, Nice days are comin'.
    2 points
  39. I think at my level of experience that would be a fine day. Toting all the lead isn't fun, but there are trash cans along the beach. I may just be hitting the lucky spots where hunting isn't too difficult. Going to go up in the Albemarle sound later this year, that should be interesting, and Emerald Isle.
    2 points
  40. Thanks! I treasure finding anything that isn't a pull tab or a sinker so far. If I had all day there would be more. It's been good, no EMI or difficulties. Clean beach, very little iron. Some noise in the hole but I'm learning to use the carrot in salt. Yesterday was less in value. The South African Rand is worth 68 cents, and the two pennies made it 70.
    2 points
  41. One day. Or should I say tide? 7 to 10' up and down, every cycle. 10.9' highest recorded. The beach in some spots almost disappears. It was about 8' today.
    2 points
  42. 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
  43. I takes time and some luck to hit the beach at the right time and right place. It's not always apparent where the good spot could be. I recommend wandering around if you are not getting much in that area. That is how I find my spots. Sometimes they are not more than a 20'x40' stretch, very easily missed. Throw the change in a jar. You will be surprised how quickly it fills up.
    2 points
  44. 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.
    2 points
  45. 😀 At least I'm .72 closer to the thousand or so dollars I've spent! 🥳
    2 points
  46. Agreed Steve. 😊 I’ve pondered this a bit and have come to the conclusion the reasons why we have this bottle neck is exactly what I have just described, the people pushing/marketing this product have a VERY BASIC knowledge of metal detection themselves so are not not capable of seeing it from a seasoned users perspective even a casual users perspective. I come up against this issue all the time when giving feedback where what is stinkingly obvious to me is TOTALLY missed by numbers of engineers!!
    2 points
  47. 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
    2 points
  48. Prospecting Men of Minelab Calendar coming soon! 🙄
    2 points
  49. Minelab GPX 6000 Data & Reviews Minelab GPX 6000 User Manual Minelab GPX 6000 Accessories and Spare Parts GPX 6000 INTRODUCTION GPX 6000 Learn #1: What's In The Box - Unboxing of the Minelab GPX 6000 gold detector. GPX 6000 Learn #2: How To Set Up Your Detector - Learn how to set up the Minelab GPX 6000 gold detector. GPX 6000 Learn #2.1: How To Charge the Battery - Learn how to charge the battery on the Minelab GPX 6000 gold detector. GPX 6000 Learn #3: How To Get Started Quickly - Learn how to get started quickly
    2 points
  50. Now THAT’s what a forum is all about! Good on you Joe, I hope your gold take this year sets a record!! 👍🏼
    2 points
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