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  1. Fat Bastard Prospecting, all his videos are entertaining unless you're offended by common Aussie prospector language. He does a quick run with the new 6000, not a great deal of new information but entertaining none the less.
    10 points
  2. Hi Guys, Here's a couple of finds from my last outings with my detecting buddies. The Barber half is one of the nicer ones I've found. The Trime ... Not so much. I resisted the urge to do much cleaning so the coins will remain in their natural state. It's encouraging to see that there's still a few goodies out there to find. You just have to work harder to get them.
    7 points
  3. This release brings your Apex up to date with all improvements made since its introduction. Some of these enhancements include: Improved overall stability Faster and more accurate ground balance in saltwater More accurate pinpointing More distinctive tones to better differentiate good targets from iron Backlight powers on temporarily while making Menu changes https://garrett.com/apex-update-instructions
    6 points
  4. Well, I got tired of waiting for ML to offer a smaller GPZ coil and ordered an X-coil. I've never done any electronics soldering before and followed Simon's and Rick's detailed instructions, along with Chet's new procedures to make a patch lead using my 19" GPZ coil. I ordered the required plugs and accessories for the project. Took my time, checked with my ohm meter as detailed in the instructions, secured with double-walled heat shrink and everything worked perfectly on my 15" x 10" coil and the GPZ 19" coil worked great....nothing trashed or disabled. Bill P.S. Latest on FB X-Coi
    6 points
  5. Hopefully with a little prodding from JP, Minelab will take another look at concentric coil options for their next GPZ incarnation.
    6 points
  6. Went to a different, flat beach for a change of pace. I was going to wrap the GPX in plastic and go into the water a bit but found out my Detech coil needs to be weighed down in order to not float. Not a big deal, as it is a great coil and my favorite. I will know better next time and will weigh it down. Because of how flat the beach is, I expected and was granted, lots of bits of aluminum 😆. The number of coins was in line with how things seen to go for me on my area beaches. Found a bit of silver as well. Also found a ring which is either nickel or white gold. It is not as clean as I would e
    5 points
  7. I've just been informed that the 26" GPZ Concentric I ordered will now be a 30" The designers believe this will be the ultimate manifestation of the ZVT CC and it should have some serious depth. I replied that I will now have to grow a right arm like a lobster. Oh well! what the heck! Exciting times! Could be like the old "Bismarck" days all over again?
    5 points
  8. Thank you JP for that very balanced report. Whatever Ilya and his team have done is certainly working. These coils have basically given the GPZ the super sensitivity of an SDC ( or dare I say it the GPX 6000 ) but with the raw power of ZVT ! Some of the little bits I have been getting at prodigious depths rechaining my old patches have left me scratching my head ! Rick
    5 points
  9. Hi 67GTA , I dont know the AT MAX but I currently own a Deus HF and a Vanquish 540 , so I will be able to compare them with the Apex. At this moment I need a few more hours detecting with the Apex to have a more accurate idea of its ability in iron trashed areas . I will update this thread as soon as I have more field test results ...
    4 points
  10. Hi Guys Just thought I would share my first trip with the GPX 6000 out near home. About an hour and a half in an old spot on the NSW Far South Coast AU. Settings on manual about 12 o"clock position in difficult. Hot ground but with a steady threashold. Down @ 6 - 8 inches. Cheers Jack
    3 points
  11. I wanted to clarify this, in case people are thinking x coil is not welcome here, due to some x coil related members leaving the forum. I support anyone or anything that legitimately extends our metal detecting capabilities. I applaud x coils efforts. What I did not like was the fact that you have to take a perfectly good coil, and use it to create an adapter. The process is not simple, and if done incorrectly can fry a GPZ 7000. The repair will cost thousands of dollars, and that is not an exaggeration. Further, there appears to be nobody who will make these for people, and warranty
    3 points
  12. Me and a hunting buddy happened upon a CW firing range. We thought, great, we'll dig a few minies and move on. But when we swung it was immediate target after target. A rare unexploited hot spot. Limited only by how fast we could recover the targets. Another buddy made it over to the area coming from a different field and joined in with the Deus. But this was hot Culpeper dirt so I had the advantage with my GPX 4800 PI detector. My other buddy fanned out to look for the likely firing line holding drops and buttons, but no joy. Likely cleaned out by others who were there beforeMe and a hu
    3 points
  13. What excites different detectorists is as varying as the targets that a detector can find. Part of this is opportunity. It's difficult to detect a saltwater beach if you live 1000 miles from the ocean. Natural gold that's large enough to sound off on a detector? Not much of the earth's surface has that. Civil War battle field relic detecting? Millenia old hammered coins? The list is as varied as the imagination allows. There is a common measure that doesn't account for the thrill/excitement component but still gives a rough comparison for some types of detecting -- bullion value.
    3 points
  14. What did they feed the pigs ? restaurant waist, what got in with it ? some of the tips
    3 points
  15. Thanks Slavomir for this info , I will do the update as soon as possible . Looks like they have improved the Apex audio , and powering on the backlight when activating the menu is a great idea. 🙂. I had not much time to test the Apex these last days but I plan to do a lot of field testing with it during the coming weeks ...
    3 points
  16. GC Aye I don`t think you`ll have a major disadvantage waiting for the 6000, but I suspect from your questioning you may be heading in the direction of early adopters and will evolve into helping your self out in the future, tis the spice of life.
    3 points
  17. What an interesting turn this discussion has taken. Some people might have been right all along then, when all this started. Me, I am just disappointed that no authorized and ML-endorsed procedure exists to have the plug made, by an authorized ML repair shop, including warranty. Sure, do it yourself obviously works for many and this is great for them. However, I am one of these guys who does not take any chance with a 10k investment but rather trust the engineers who built it the way it is. I am on the NF12 waiting list (will it ever come to the US?.....) and will get my 6000 any day now. I ho
    3 points
  18. Interesting perspectives on gold/silver value ratios. It was never about how much dollar value I could find while detecting....for me, it was truly about the challenge of finding older/deeper targets from previously heavily detected parks/beaches that no one else has been able to find (including the targets that have eluded me in previous hunts). This goal (mission statement) drove me to finding over 6000 silver coins and over 30,000 wheat pennies since 2007 (beach/turf combined). Most likely, this mission statement evolved because of my location to countless older, silver coin era sites, c
    3 points
  19. Looks like everyone has had their say now so hopefully this X coil thread can continue on in a positive direction moving forward. 😇 It seems to me two important things have happened in parallel, one was the major shake up with all the different entities and the other is the release of the Concentric coils. Both have had a profound effect on the situation and the many discussions around the subject. 🧐 The entities thing is less meaningful now than it was a month ago and will probably continue that way as all the friction points have been largely removed. My friction points were multi facet
    3 points
  20. Dug a lot of silver and old coins over the years and enjoyed the hell outta it! It got kinda routine after so many years and I just got really tired of having to deal with any form of the public (asking permissions, people flipping you off, calling the cops, claiming they own curb strips, dogs barking, people interrupting asking questions, needles in the parks, etc. etc.). Needed to avoid the crowds so started after the gold. All I can say is finding something really rare, one-of-a-kind, that takes a lot more effort on your part is much more rewarding....to me anyways? Out in the brush all
    3 points
  21. Thanks GBA. Challenge indeed (I put a few pretty hefty gouges in some clad in the process). The ring is from 1985 - I was going to say not too old... but I guess that is still 36 years ago... though could have been dropped at any point since then. Thanks Dog. I think my wife is on to me... she gave me the "side-eye" as I asked her when she wanted to go shopping again... haha. Not yet VL, but I have a feeling if I repaired the clasp, she may be VERY interested in the chain.
    3 points
  22. Hey guys. My name is Patrick, I'm new to detection, I'm from Brazil. Sorry for the google translation ,. I would like the help of the most experienced. I know that many have already upgraded their machines to 6000 and 7000. I have a GPX5000 with a 12x15 mono commander and a DD 11 "commander. My nugget hunting region is the most mineralized in Brazil with large companies that remove material. What are the best coils to handle such a hot soil? I am thinking of upgrading to DETECH coils of 15 "ultimate or DETECH 18" closed DD. Am I right with these coils or wrong to deal with high mine
    2 points
  23. Finally got a chance to hit the steamboat landing on the water today. A coincidental lower tide and great weather made an opportunity for me. It's a beautiful place, but fraught with risks from the poison ivy ground cover to the soft sand/muck in the river. There are places here that look solid but you sink immediately should you step there. Really didn't find much but didn't expect to. What I was more interested in was getting used to the gear and the conditions, I was wearing waders and using my scoop as a "stabilizer" as well. There are pilings, underwater holes, even saw an engin
    2 points
  24. Went on a couple of hunts this past week trying to put my new Coiltek 10x5 Nox coil through its paces and then using my trusty Deus at my favorite relic farm site with numerous iron patches and high mineralization. Tested the Nox coil out on a Colonial site and scored a couple of keepers at decent depth in sandy soil including a flat Tombac button and a brass makeup case with a fancy "wreath" design. Snagged a tiny flat button there when switching over to the Deus and round 9" hf coil. in thick iron. A week later it was off to my relic paradise site we have been pounding regularly for a
    2 points
  25. That's a nice one, congrats! I've dug one bust dime that was pretty toasty, and one bust half that was in decent shape. They're definitely not jumping out of the ground anywhere.
    2 points
  26. Welcome Ranger. I see you haven't posted in meet and greet yet, this may get moved there. I am in Virginia as well. You have quite a bit more time swinging a detector than I do but I'll give it a shot, as I want to help here. What Equinox do you have? An 800 has a bit more to think about (or not, preferably) than a 600. There is certainly no need to write it off just yet. One thing I have never had a problem finding is lead, from Gardiners to fishing sinkers to musket balls to the smallest piece of buckshot. Lead is highly inconsistent ID-wise, ranging from 7 to about 26. And brass? In 5
    2 points
  27. As I continue to spend my after-dinner strolls to the old school grounds with detector(s) in tow, and finding a 3rd War Nickel in the process - I am hoping to complete the quest at this site with the last item (IHP). Honestly, I am digging any repeatable tone at this point, but tend to get my hopes up when I see something in the high teens/low 20's (which are becoming more and more rare). Interestingly, old Texas Diamond red bricks give a solid 17-18 on the Equinox. Having committed to the dig by the time I identify the brick (usually 7"+ deep), I decided to clear the discovered bricks
    2 points
  28. Pins are no different on the old Minelab sovereign and Excalibur shafts (set low). I've broke a few of them over a 12 year period but never a Whites. I broke them because of me leaning on them when digging which will cause stress cracks then a eventual fail. Where is my Buddy Dew, that's his number one thing to break.
    2 points
  29. Beautiful day out on the river doing some scouting and testing of new equipment. Only got to punch one sample hole. Little too much overburden at about 4 feet. Got a little color, just need to find more easily worked ground.
    2 points
  30. I'm urging them to do it Aureous. Apparently its in the development pipeline - Edit: Bugger me! I've turned into a gold member. Do I now present myself at the White House for a gong?? :)
    2 points
  31. Just wondering if anyone has heard if X Coils are gonna make a large (18-24") spiral-wound CC for GPX detectors??? The Detech ones are both bundle-wound and the logical step would be to go for a spiral-wound one instead...
    2 points
  32. Tom, If you really miss that Vision/V3i, Centreville Electronics has a reconditioned one on their "used" website: "Vision Upgraded to V3i - Batteries, Headset, Manual, 1 Year Warr. - $800" Has the Vision sticker!! https://www.centrevilleelectronics.net/used.htm Can't say that there are ones I've regretted selling, buying is another story
    2 points
  33. For a while I regretted selling my Fisher F-75 LTD, but it was more for sentimental reasons than performance. I’m very happy with my current lineup. V3i, Nox 800, CTX-3030 and soon to add a Simplex just to have a dedicated single frequency machine to mess around with. Note that even now I won’t look back at the F-75, and I’m choosing to go with a $254 machine over it.
    2 points
  34. I would have been happy with "somewhere in Upstate New York" but now I'm packing my detectors to drive all night. See you tomorrow along the Lake Ontario shore! I'll bring you guys some (cold meat on Wonder Bread) lunch in appreciation.
    2 points
  35. Thank you for you feedback We are ready with the Mechanical Team to understand and solve the problem. A lower rod will be sent to you in exchange, and we are studying the phenomenon. Tests are already carried out internally with high lateral pressure, we will continue in this direction to understand. I contacted the whole team when I saw the message today.
    2 points
  36. Didn’t see one. Have to take a closer look but my vision is a little blurry from the lead
    2 points
  37. Don’t be afraid to post the truth and don’t be afraid of internet bullies. I’ve said this a couple times but everybody who likes to bully people on the Internet think they’re a big person behind a keyboard. That persons would never say it to my face or yours knowing the consequences.
    2 points
  38. The X Coil Concentrics are seemingly unstoppable with their reopening of old patches in Aus 😄 https://www.facebook.com/groups/3553656301344280 Acting on Ilya's advice, I'm now expecting a 26" CC instead of a DOD. There's a considerable weight difference and the 26" will have a larger diameter centre winding than the 22". This should give much greater depth -
    2 points
  39. A meteorite is tracked back to its beginning with the help of a sky camera! https://www.livescience.com/meteorites-botswana-from-vesta-originally.html?utm_source=Selligent&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LVS_newsletter&utm_content=LVS_newsletter+&utm_term=6578252&m_i=owCgqp5L9ntOMytAIIbJqm02cPRvhR40QaCjx5_rvwsSDtxaYE85ZhrzKKAZJxC6CO6K0WFQcLx9E9YxpvhnpNvFUNP8ktCo%2BQCYz_Zoon
    1 point
  40. Can't wait to get a GPX17. I reckon it will be my most used coil & a pity it wasn't included in the package.
    1 point
  41. A spiral wound Concentric would be interesting! The Detech bundle wound Concentrics are sensitive enough as is. I liked my Detech 18" Concentric but it now lives in WA after selling off my GPX4500 gear. To me their biggest positives on PI type detectors is the EMI handling, ability to use more aggressive timings otherwise not usable (except with heavier less sensitive DD coils) & the sensitivity for size/coverage. Hopefully a spiral winding wouldn't negate that in more difficult conditions? Going off the GPZ Concentrics probably not as they are killing it from the reports but there ar
    1 point
  42. Are you sticking them in your mouth to clean the dirt off ???😝 Don't forget to brush after !
    1 point
  43. Was a pin, the hook and hinge are missing but can see where it was. Back of wings are the same as it was die struck. Great research, makes sense as most the stuff in that area is that age. Not sure what the stone is, maybe onyx or opal. It is pretty clear but has inclusions so it isn't colored glass, Color is on the purple side.
    1 point
  44. That is exactly the way a good friend is acquainted here though. Much of our banter here would get a gun drawn on you in other parts of the world.
    1 point
  45. All I can say about my insane settings, is that Steve’s General Theory of Detecting says that if you do not light the nugget up in the first place, then you can’t hear/detect it. My settings were predicated on found targets that respond to those settings, and no others. Change the settings, that insane class of nuggets goes away with it. Here. On my ground, and my targets, and my style of hunting. What can I say, I like them hot!
    1 point
  46. Went to another old patch today to try a different tactic; since there was larger gold found here in the past, I decided to run in Extra Deep Gold Mode. It had no problem punching 17” on a sweet, chunky 5 gram nugget, and it handles the noisy alkali soils very well, too.
    1 point
  47. I was scammed on another website and the method was very similar. I was looking for a detector and someone responded that "so and so has one. You can reach him at this address." I fell for the scam, but was lucky to recover my money. I will NEVER buy anything again on any website unless it is from a reputable dealer, or one who has a history of selling and with a good record. You would also be well served to look up the seller's history. If he is new to the website and has only posted a few times, that's a red flag right there!
    1 point
  48. Nenad got a deep target signal, so decided to test the various sensitivity settings. Also see how targets sound with and without an audible Threshold in the Auto options. And maybe a late "surprise" as well.
    1 point
  49. Alaska Mining & Diving Supply (AMDS) has a large order of Minelab GPX 6000 detectors on the way. Models will be shipped first come, first serve, and will be shipped by FREE 2 Day Fed Ex to get it to you quickly and reliably. We expect our first shipment soon (our order size is large enough the detectors will arrive in batches), so reserve yours now. I'm the new mining manager at AMDS, and would love to hear from you! As a recently retired veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, I fully support my fellow service members, and we here at AMDS honor the 15% military discount offered by Minelab.
    1 point
  50. Here is a good video of a detectorist using a 15" Concentric X coil. He finds 15 bits each day for about a 7 gram total. Simon mentions JW in this video. If you want to contact him send him a message Simon's on YouTube.
    1 point
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