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  1. With all this talk about the GPX 6000, I’m staying with my retro detectors. I’ve found teeny ones at depth and bigger ones that took an hour to dig out. Picked up these machines from a retired detecting couple who had them as backups.....they were “new in box”. Totally unmodified except for the external tune pot on the 2100 and regulated power supply. Hooked up to the legendary light weight 18” mono Kevlar coils makes a formidable nugget hunter......no bungee required. Two detectors and six coils for 1/4 the price of the 6000. Then again, my 70 Series Landcruiser has a manual gearbox and you h
    12 points
  2. Hitting old grounds but this time using my Tejon and picking out the deeper stuff with the 10x12. Was able to pick out this old naval button 1800's. It was a 2 piece but back was missing. Still has some gold plating left. Not sure what the age is pre or post civ war. 2nd weekend the Tejon keeps winning the day in these picked clean places. Really got my settings down and having fun.
    12 points
  3. Decided to make a day of detecting today. It was a pretty nice day so I first went back to the hill behind my house, but didn't search there. Instead I went down a ravine in the woods to a spot where there might have been some colonial activity. It was supposed to become a boat launch when my area was developed but it never happened, the road to it is almost impenetrable now. Hacked around for a bit but found so few iron signals I decided to move to the landing. The beavers were getting mad anyway, I could hear them slapping their tails against the ground. I was hoping to get a good low t
    8 points
  4. I'm not sure why but I can tell you once you start shipping over seas and specially Downunder, Australia... if something goes wrong with the detector it cost a fortune to ship. Fisher is very good at paying shipping both ways on warranty issues......I've shipped stuff to Australia before, detectors, parts and the shipping is insane. Example ... 150 USD dollars to ship two endcap...Then add in import duties. To much risk and cost. Once they get service setup in Euro and other places I can see service being easier to the other side of the world.. All of this is me guessing also.
    5 points
  5. Not all experts are created equal. Can't really compare a person like JP who detects for a living and has access to Minelab engineers to some of the Easy Experts in Arizona who advise people to run in Fine Gold and 8 gain in very mild places like Q and GB, or who don't seem to understand what the stabilizer does still after how many years... I learned how to detect by targeting the voluminous amounts of gold missed by the latter group, and I see many of them still saying the same things today that caused them to miss all that gold 13 years ago, which means they still haven't learned and I
    5 points
  6. Are those mountains in the background the famous range they appear to be? If so, my dude is pulling mad nugs out of what might be the most famous place in the US noted for having no actual gold. I can't stand Phoenix or any big city really, and try to stay far away, so cannot confirm. But I'd find it hilarious and par for this marketing strategy if so.
    5 points
  7. Buttons and buckles , knobs and knives , keeps you healthy , wealthy and wise...
    5 points
  8. The importance of using a good quality metal detector suitable for prospecting has been widely explored in great detail. The introduction of the GPX 6000 highlights the gains in technology and thank goodness, ergonomics. Weight and Balance, at last. Matched by performance and cutting edge technology.. The one fact remains that at the end of the day the key is to get the coil over the gold. Some truly magnificent gold that has been found, could have been detected by any half decent prospecting machine. Still we should invest in quality and the new Minelab sounds superb. We need to utilize ever
    4 points
  9. Interesting! Will be useful when we eventually have a colony there.
    4 points
  10. As far as I know I can neither confirm nor deny that question. I will reveal now I was involved with Vanquish, but after Equinox I kind of decided it’s pointless for testers to get involved in direct release commentary. I put in huge effort, and took not a small amount of risk to get people early info on Equinox, but looking back I unfortunately remember the rocks that were tossed my way when I said Equinox was the real deal. Just another shill, after over twenty years of accurate reports. Funny those same people now agree it was a game changer, but I’m still the suspect one? How does one figh
    4 points
  11. Forget the GPZ, you may need to use some discrimination for gold due to all the meteorites, and it will be getting harder to detect as it’s mostly non-ferrous metals like aluminum and titanium that we have also been trashing Mars with so far:
    4 points
  12. Or smart... 😎 Living where almost everything can kill you... ? Hat's off to ya mate. 😀 Y'all are definitely bold.
    4 points
  13. Of course there is new tech. Bring it on. Every nugget JP finds in his flogged patches or Gerry finds in his flogged patches proves the new tech works better. There should be new tech. It becomes tedious to go over and over patches again just to find 'missed' nuggets. Will the 6000 get every nugget? I wouldn't bet on that. There will be another generation of detector that will get the few still unseen nuggets because that will be the only game in town then also. Jason is very much aware of the law of diminishing return. What is the old adage used by sales people and people in gene
    4 points
  14. That’s what is expected of the experts, since they understand the controls, and are getting close to best performance out of each machine. Minelab is not “blaming” anyone; they are simply stating a fact I’ve observed countless times watching other operators. The number of people who own GPX machines, and have very little clue as to how to use them properly is quite high, and this despite people like JP putting out training tapes. The fact is the machines are complex, and it should not surprise anyone that skilled operators are the minority. From what I’ve seen, a lot of people learn just as mu
    4 points
  15. Yeah he seems familiar..... where was it... the Emmys??? There’s the gold!!!!!! Kiss it... Yeah that’s me... Look,.... the Taskmaster would beat me with a shovel if I acted like that 🤣😂🤣😅
    4 points
  16. Those little weeds scare ya? My neck of the woods they are knee high, luckily I am barely allergic. Buddy mine catches it if I send him a pick haha
    4 points
  17. One time is all it can take to become sensitized! While most people are already! I got it so bad on my hands one year in my early 20's, clearing brush, that I had to get treated in the hospital! Ever since than, even the smoke of it being burned can get to me! Let alone handling it! I've since learned to be careful digging, and being around it! When I go North or West any distance!👍👍
    4 points
  18. I don't know, new gloves, new pick? Do we know this prospector?
    4 points
  19. I am impressed with it. It will my main coil this summer lake hunting. I like the razors edge tone when detecting. It is fast as it goes over targets. Depth is very impressive in my mild ground. I hate to say but my Anfibio Multi is the backup detector to my Equinox 800. Even with the 5x10 coil. I look forward to seeing what Minelab has coming.
    3 points
  20. Yesterday I went on a detect and didn't get much until a little area on the beach where I found a chain. It didn't have a definitive sound but it looked like it could be silver (it's not). This made me check the area more thoroughly as I had nothing else going. I came up with another chain which is a bit of odd construction. This one would be a bracelet. And then as I was exiting this little area I got yet another chain but this one is rusting quickly. This is chain #2 During the mile back to the car I thought about how the ocean can be very fickle. No coins aroun
    3 points
  21. The first video I've seen by somebody that knows stuff. 4/18/2021 Digging with PhaseTech - Well, it is finally out, and finding plenty of gold already! The Minelab GPX6000 was a fun project to be involved in. Here's the first of many videos where I will showcase finds, tips and techniques, comparisons and just having fun with it in the field.
    3 points
  22. 100% this! I know people out my way who kill it on gold every season with old GP extreme's. I know people out here who find bucket loads with their 45's. I also know people who find an ounce or 2 every couple of months with their 7000's and 2300's, mainly in many small bits. The whole thing for me personally boils down to if physically I can be bothered going out for a few hours. With the 7000, which I still love, I umm and argh most weekends simply due to the pain I know I am going to end up in after 3 hours. The 6000 will change that for me....Patch hunting with a decent chance of
    3 points
  23. Someday somebody will make history by being the first person to operate a metal detector on Mars. An entire planet of desert hunting! And the winds are perfect for surface depletion, leaving areas scoured, with near bare bedrock exposed like in the photo. No doubt nuggets waiting on the surface to be picked up, and someday maybe a rover spots one. Or the planet has few heavies, just a ball of rock. The Clues So Far "It has for some time been accepted by the scientific community that a group of meteorites came from Mars. As such, they represent actual samples of the planet and have be
    3 points
  24. Nothing to worry about but mineralization and hot rocks, armed with the 6000 and 7000. Wouldn't that be nice? No man made iron trash nor billions of casings and bullets. But this paradise wouldn't last long once mankind sets foot on it. We efficiently trash and destroy every land we ever arrive to. Won't take long. On earth or in outer space, doesn't matter.
    3 points
  25. That was bad. I only had a rash and itching. When I was in school I had a job with the DNR on a trout stream putting in logs on the curves. A friend there was really afraid of it and got poison ivy easy and bad. At the time I thought it was funny and pulled some out with gloves on and threw it in the river. He was going wild getting out of the river. Not so funny now looking back it. He was ok.
    3 points
  26. If Minelab really follows this site they probably really hate us 😂. Of course I don’t know what they say on the other forums. Maybe this is why we’re the last on the list to get these new machines 😂
    3 points
  27. We've all seen them. There are these pages that make you click and show you treasure and say greatest ... This link is to a site that shows mostly the best finds from the UK. I learned a new way to rank the finds by viewing these. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/metal-detectors-led-to-these-stunning-treasures/ss-BB1esUcZ?li=BBnbklE
    3 points
  28. Bring one of those plastic lemons full of lemon juice. Helps neutralize the ivy oil then rinse your hands off with water after.
    3 points
  29. That there is exactly why I'm still looking at how the 6000 does in the field. I could care less about a thousand tiny dinks, my GPZ and 8"/10" finds them smaller than I care to hassle with already. It's truly a waste of time in my mind to spend all that effort recovering a 0.02 grammer that I can barely see, unless I'm just looking for patch leads. And my GB2 and GM1000 are lighter and just as sensitive for hard rock stuff (plus have discrim) when I need that. I think the bulk of what's left for decent finds in old patches are going to be pulled out of places where salt and heavy mineral
    3 points
  30. lets all hope for a good season with good gold prices and lower fuel prices
    3 points
  31. After hearing JP's comments, it reassured me that this 6000 is going to be a great performer against all the heavier previous series GPX5000 & SDC2300 detectors which will probably result in me only needing to own a few key detectors, mainly the 6000 and the Nox for my detecting needs. I like the fact that this 6000 PI will find really small gold and that it is light enough to carry in rougher terrain. So light I'll probably will also be able to run the Nox alongside it in needed areas. This detector should also have a great resale value for quite some time. Thanks Steve and JP for ke
    3 points
  32. People think the used market will drop significantly with each Minelab new release. Short term it can happen but it's never been a huge amount & once things settle down a bit the used prices seem to go back up (if they've even really come down at all). I just sold 2 x very good condition GPX4500's with extras for AUD$6500. I would have expected around that regardless of the 6000 release. I don't see the price on sought after units dropping significantly. P.s. 2 x GPX6000's in the post to replace them.
    3 points
  33. Awesome. Shoulda been my title. 👍
    3 points
  34. Interested about how it does in salt still and how that 14" feels swinging day in and out. Lost hope that I'll find out without buying it myself, and given my current lineup of equipment it doesn't seem worth it to me personally. If it was $2k I'd buy it just to find out, $6k no thanks. If all I owned was a 4500/5000/SDC/GPZ with no coils, I'd be all over this one too as it's going to pull a lot of dinks up those machines miss. If field reports convince me it can find me more than $6k worth of stuff my GPZ w/coil selection is missing then I'll pick one up though. Otherwise I'll hold off o
    3 points
  35. Has anyone tried them with a metal detector? I came across an article which displayed some Bose audio sunglasses. The concept was not something I had really considered but when you read about them they are built for athletes that need to be aware of their surroundings to avoid accidents. We detect in areas where we need to avoid accidents and critters also so hearing outside of headphones is beneficial. This would also have the potential of eliminating hot and or uncomfortable headphones for me in the desert. I don't think they could work well at the beach with crashing waves. Ma
    2 points
  36. I'm using a DJI Mavic Air, mated to an ipad with the controller. I carry four spare batteries and spares etc Everything fits into a smallish Pelican style carry case to keep dirt and dust away. Because I always fly within visual range as per rules.. I sometimes use a spotter with binoculars, safe range out to 1 km, often much less. I use mining records and maps to find locations of interest. Google earth narrows it down a bit also. Finally once I have arrived on the goldfield the drone allows me to fine focus my attention on specific locations. I print out a hard copy mini map of areas I inten
    2 points
  37. I had a chance to meet up with Jim in ma for a beach hunt. Always nice to detect with a fellow forum member. 🙂 Hit me favorite beach for about 6 hours and had to adjust my thinking, since the bulldozers had mostly buried my silver area. Thanks Guys! 😡 So, I moved over to the clad section to at least get to dig some coins. The ratio of silver to clad leans heavily towards the clad. But there was some silver to be found, including the big silver. 71 coins in all (including silvers). Oddly enough, there was not a single zinc to ruin my day. ❤️ Average depth of targets was about 14”. Some differe
    2 points
  38. We caught a break in the 90+ temps in Yuma for one last trip. Ostensibly, it was to be a quick trip to the spot we found the bigger gold in Feb and to test the X-Coil 15" Concentric coil over the ground we had covered extensively with the X-Coil 17x12 and stock coil. It's about a 1/2 mile walk to the spot but I pulled up short to detect a wash we were about to cross. My friend with the Concentric coil went on to the target area. I am using the 7000 with stock coil while waiting for some re-work on my patch lead for the X-Coils. I had worked the lower sections of this particular wash
    2 points
  39. I did get a shot or two, cream, and a nice bill, as I recall! (30 + years ago)! But my hands were totally blistered, like I had been burned! It's a good thing I didn't drink alot that day, or something else would have been blistered too!!😳🤣👍👍
    2 points
  40. As most detectorists go to the most likely spots to find gold, I can see the GPX6000 to be the detector to go to. I am sure JP and not forgetting other experts will be looking in other locations even if it is deeper to get some deceit weight close to hot spots due to their expertise. In old posts JP got attacked from a trip for saying that he had got over a thousand nuggets. One thousand nuggets as Jason said"But 1000 0.03 gram dinks is only 30 grams, not even a troy oz." Looking at a very limited UTube videos 1000 times many minutes in getting them, with my experience I will be continuing usi
    2 points
  41. I still say the experts can't get it right with previous technology. JP is finding nuggets with the 6000 on his flogged ground. We are both right. Everyone wins with this new detector but much of the gold is already gone.
    2 points
  42. It's an old landing for Steamboats (1800s) on the river near my house. Photo shows poison ivy (red colored leaves) covering the ground. About 8 acres total, 3 privately owned properties. I'm looking into what other activity occurred here, just up the hill in front of my house are a lot of finds dating back to the mid 1600s to late 1700s. All sandy loam, easy to dig with a good root shovel. Did I say Poison Ivy?😀
    2 points
  43. You wont be disappointed.I'm an old bugger too and had no problem swinging this unit. It is miles ahead tech wise found 8 nuggs yesterday first time out.The biggest 1.34g.
    2 points
  44. Seems to me testing in Australia would be wise. I’ve read enough stuff from Ivan over the years that I consider him to be an honest reporter.
    2 points
  45. Summers here really suck and last summer we spent all our time on the road prospecting anyway. There's no way I could be cooped up in the heat. I only moved back to Yuma to provide logistics and support for my son to finish his college degree at the NAU extension. He's finished, got a great job and his own place, so my work here is done. I'll come back in the winter, my girlfriend and I both have family and friends here. When I get up there I'm going to put one of those trackers on Lundy and plot his movements by satellite to find all those secret patches.
    2 points
  46. Gotta tell ya Ridge, I would much rather see you on the Can Am, than the two of you riding a 6000! Now I can't unsee that!!🙈 Thanks a lot!! 😂👍👍
    2 points
  47. more ice june second and third photos are elevated sluices from the early 1930s in the head waters of mastodon creek had to take 4 wheelers to get there thanks doug
    2 points
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