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  1. Ok have spent 12 hours behind the 6000, on old patches (our wet will not let me go further) Like all ML detectors the 6000 is Magic, but then I say that about any detector or coil that puts weight in my pocket, thus I give my review because history is in the past and we are looking forward if you don`t agree stop reading and bug off. At this early stage I list the great features, tis light, no menu just a simple matter to press a button say go from normal to difficult, to change sensitivity, to switch from no threshold to threshold, to change operation channel etc top time saving featur
    18 points
  2. It’s exciting when a new detector emerges, none more so than a new top notch gold getting machine from Minelab and the new GPX 6000 is as exciting as it gets. Just a little reminder about the virtues of the GPZ/14” an older brother he may be a little thick in the middle but this heavyweight can still sniff out a few crumbs in the pounded terrain in the desert of Gold Basin Arizona, from a few recent hunts.
    9 points
  3. Good stuff GB and Gerry. I really appreciate the detailed responses. I'm excited. Tomorrow I'm picking up a very nice, slightly used one ton truck to pull my 5th wheel. My old one was getting a bit long in the tooth. This new one has a lot of bells and whistles and most importantly, is 4WD, so I will have an easier time reaching good gold and relic hunting areas. 4 months to go!!
    7 points
  4. went back to the pig farm, that used to get its pig food from the leftovers from some resultants back in the late 40,s thru the 50,s . Lot of table ware got tossed as well and not a few tips this is now the second Mercury dime i found on this site, and i figure tens of them waiting, maybe some quarters two. found a miniture wine bottle as well, it must have been served to costumers.
    6 points
  5. https://www.icmj.com/magazine/article/plp-update-4454/?fbclid=IwAR3-OTlUQ3SqYmxYpp-BeaVHxKIee0IEIzY5ZlJc2kCiMhmNLq-HFTvSYq4 This effort deserves a vote of thanks from all of us.
    5 points
  6. AUgetter, 1st off, thanks for taking the time to post to Detector Prospector site as there is a wealth of knowledge being shared. I would have replied sooner, but was actually in NV over the weekend testing some new MD'ing toys. I feel detector knowledge is the most important part of ones success and time in the field with known successful gold hunters speeds up your learning curve. If you have not purchased your gold detector yet, then speaking with real dealers who use and sell a variety of gold detectors from the top brands, is your 1st step. Dealers prices for most machines ar
    5 points
  7. 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
    4 points
  8. surface find in the leaf litter a nice silver earing
    4 points
  9. Dancer - not ignorance, I think you are just missing the point a little. The statement you made below in a previous post is a great example. First of all - there is a self contradiction here - if they did NEED some tweaking, then having a software updateable machine would avoid the need to send it back in for tweaking. In other words, by placing the two sentences above back-to-back you unwittingly backed up Steve's point. But more to the point, I think you are not differentiating between updates required to fix a defect and updates that improve the detector's capabilities.
    4 points
  10. I have some unexpected extra time on my hands and am going to give metal detecting another try after quite a few years. I was on a couple of forums that might not exist anymore. I took the detectors out of the closet and brushed off the cobwebs and dust. I have a Troy Shadow X2, Tesoro Bandido II, and a Whites GMT. I mainly used the Shadow for hunting for relics and found a few. I recently sold a Tesoro Eldorado to a friend and hopefully he'll get the detecting bug and we can go out and find something interesting. I'd like to resume the hobby and search for relics, gold, and meteorites
    3 points
  11. I am retiring at the end of August. I will be pulling my 5th wheel around the US hunting nuggets and relics. I have been mostly vacation detecting for a couple of years now. I am really looking forward to doing A LOT more of it with way better equipment. I have met a lot of other detectorists out there and what I'm looking most forward to is making friends with more of you. I get a lot of enjoyment from sitting around the campfire swapping stories, getting to know people and absorbing some of the vast knowledge of how and where to hunt. I hope to see y'all down the road!
    3 points
  12. If that's the accurate ID, then .... must be a souvenir pocket piece modern loss. I doubt it's a period piece. Hey, a guy in Monterey, CA , during an old-town demolition scrape project, found a Roman coin that he got dated to something like 100 AD. He assumed it was probably brought back to the USA, as a souvenir, by a returning soldier. Believe it or not, coin-collecting (and the habit of picking up souvenirs) is not a new trait. People have gathered nostalgic nicknacks, since time immortal. As as odd as it sounds, it's possible that they then get lost at some fumblefinge
    3 points
  13. As I said yesterday on another post, it’s a great weapon to add to a good prospector’s arsenal. I was impressed with it in the very small amount of time I got to see it and cannot wait to get my hands on one. Lookout gullies and creeks!
    3 points
  14. Yes I agree . I have a little story about this . Once I was in a "sea of iron nails" with my deus hf set at 30khz and there was an other guy , that I never met before , who arrived at the same time with an Ace , I dont remember which model . Two hours later we compared our finds , I had 15 small coins in my hand and he had found ... nothing. I was really disappointed for him actually btw ... Conclusion in this area you absolutely need a specialized high freq machine if you want to find something . You would find very few with a machine running under 15khz there .. This was a very i
    3 points
  15. Found this on Etsy and it looks like what you have. https://www.etsy.com/listing/995292385/vintage-brass-wings-statement-brooch?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=wing+brooch&ref=sr_gallery-3-35&from_market_listing_grid_organic=1&pro=1&frs=1
    3 points
  16. Thank you..... Learn something new everyday. I though there was a small amount of silver in them.😬 Here are a few Old nickel rings. (Not marked) Then another I am not sure, it is marked Nickel / Silver. Just looked up, the single ring is German Silver.. Nickel Silver vs. German Silver The terms “nickel silver” and “German silver” actually refer to the same substance, but items made of this metal are not really silver at all. Nickel or German “silver” is a white alloy containing copper, zinc, and nickel. While it is silvery in color, it contains none of th
    3 points
  17. Look at the bright side. At least the coil ears didn't break !🤣
    3 points
  18. While not a perfect match, its shape is very similar. Guessing it is safe to say it was a brooch. https://pbuy.ga/ProductDetail.aspx?iid=21392354&pr=66.99
    3 points
  19. From my viewpoint (and location), the GPAA has helped me learn about finding gold. It's more than just about helping members but also non-members (especially pre-adults) so it has a service organization contribution as well. In particular I've taken advantage of the organization's claims, of which there are many (60+, from memory so don't take that literally) spread over the Western states including Alaska. There are a couple private properties in the East that the GPAA pays for access to as well. Other benefits include a bi-monthly magazine, local club meetings, initiation packages (g
    3 points
  20. Also learn how to research and where to find gold. That is probably even more important than learning your detector because if you don’t put the coil over the gold you will find nothing.
    3 points
  21. I will be retiring in 3 months...yaaaa hoooooo! I have been detecting for relics for about 2 years. I plan on buying a new or used Minelab detector in the next couple of months and trying my hand at gold detecting. I will be roaming around in a custom 5th wheel set up I've been working on for the past year. My question is, how advantageous would it be for me to take gold detecting training from a store I buy from or from a private party that offers it?
    2 points
  22. Finally got onto the forum.
    2 points
  23. Good to have you here Arch, Glad your back at it!!!! And I'm really glad you joined up with this motley crew of of treasure hunters for some knowledge and info. As for the learning part, Heck we are all still learning and you'll fit right in!!!!
    2 points
  24. I know that in general, DD coils are theoretically better for highly mineralized soils and for EMI. However, I have hunted with 11” Commander DD coils and 11” Commander Mono coils with a GPX 5000 on highly mineralized dirt and the Commander Mono was actually more quiet than the 11” DD and much easier to ground balance. I also have a Detech 8” DD which is more quiet than my 11” Commander DD which makes sense, but it is not as quiet as my 11” Commander Mono is some places.
    2 points
  25. I can admit to starting any given detecting outing in southeast PA where I live, with the hope of seeing silver in the bottom of a deep hole. It does happen often enough. It is fairly common to find really old copper coins, but in our wet and clay soil...usually comes out pretty toasty so causes both satisfaction and an aw shucks. I have a hard time getting excited about searching through pull tabs for shallow jewelry, although most of my nieces and my daughter proudly wear rings, bracelets, necklaces, anklets, and even a toe ring that I gave them. They will always check out the one displa
    2 points
  26. Poking around one the older park areas here and came across this pin with wings and a stone in the middle. Not sure how old guessing turn of the century or maybe 1930's? May have been plated at one time. Left the clad in the shot so you can see the size.
    2 points
  27. This article caught my attention as I've also been on the receiving end.. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-28/environmentalists-versus-bush-user-groups-veac-proposal/100096256
    2 points
  28. Chase, of course you are right on all counts. In my case the drying up of Clad/ Jewelry. And I can't argue the popularity of some of the upgradeable machines out there. It's the menus than sub menus and I don't know what else that seem more like gimmicks, then those nuances have to be enhanced. I believe I have read that coming up there will be machines that will accept cell phone calls like the newer automobiles. Oh, it's gonna happen. Maybe tied in with the wireless headphones. Distractions! I too own the Tarsacci and have a lot of hours on it. Will I ever truely understand it?
    2 points
  29. This is a little bit better story with pictures of the incoming meteor/asteroid. https://www.sciencealert.com/astronomers-trace-22-million-year-journey-of-a-meteorite-that-crashed-to-earth
    2 points
  30. For all the text they wrote they could have included an example of the methods they allude to. I am not bashing PLP, they have done an incredibly good job on legal affairs, and I have a lot of respect for them. But they could have done a bit more than tease dredgers.
    2 points
  31. Agree that this sounds like a loophole. I really hope there is some merit to it, but it reads like one of those clickbait advertisements that say "Dentists don't want you to know this one secret because it will put them out of business!" Like I said, I really hope to get in the water again, but I will wait and see what the news is.
    2 points
  32. Interesting read GB-A, I'm one of the few who has many (thousands) of hours hunting both silver coins and gold nuggets. My 1st 25 yrs was pretty much chasing silver coins and the last almost 25 chasing more gold nuggets. I have to agree with Oneguy as my experiences have been the same and it's much easier to o the mind when hunting gold nuggets away from the everyday hustle and hassle of people. As for excitement and what it takes...I'm quite easy to please as the task changes 2 weekends ago I was at a close RR to town RR site and towards the end of the day, I finally scored an IH
    2 points
  33. Kayak fishing was a lot of fun. I think I'm too old for it now. I've seen some ridiculously huge catches myself. Got a lot of Atlantic Croakers and Catfish. I got into it before anyone really made an affordable fishing kayak, I took a Sit on Top and tricked it out, thus no place for a large fish. Used to tow them back on a stringer. I'm probably over the top on safety here. It made sense to me to be careful, got some warnings about this area.
    2 points
  34. I saw a vid once of a guy that caught a swordfish fishing from a kayak. Talk about a sleigh ride ! It was a long day for him ....... He called some friends with a boat to come out to bring him back to shore. They had to help him with bringing the fish in too , he was beat ! Can't remember exactly but think it was in Costa Rica?
    2 points
  35. Welcome aboard Arch Stanton ! For some unexplained reason I'm hearing a lone guitar and somebody whistling this really catchy tune , and occasionally cackling. Lots of reverb. Nahhhh , .Must just be an ear worm.... All that info you seek is here , much of it already posted. Ask about anything that puzzles you , answer on anything you have something to add. I've heard there are relics , gold and meteorites out in the desert , so that checks out.. When you and your friend find some remember this one thing........We Like Pictures !
    2 points
  36. Thanks Joe. I did a quick scratch test on the stone before I headed out to work. It left a mark on the stove easily. I could only find the 22K and 14K solutions, so I put a drop of each. The 22k ate through the line rather quickly. The 14 K took a while but did eat through it also. Ahhh the old German Silver trick. False advertising at its best. I mean it is nickel and it is silver "COLORED", so I guess it's ok 😄 As for the creamers, I think you have the answer in your own words. Sell them as vintage American Airlines sugar/creamer set and add that tag line "When they used to treat you
    2 points
  37. I have heard from my duck hunting buddies when I told them I was going to river hunt that if you slip or fall into the deep water, the waders can fill up and drag you down if you can't get out of them easily. There is a shelf in this place where I'm hunting. If you wear a tight belt over them you do get some buoyancy, but it might not be the buoyancy you want... The other problem of course is water temperature, the colder it is the more it will affect you quickly. The PFD should keep my head up. It's only about 15-20 feet deep in this branch, but some places are deeper. My waders are ches
    2 points
  38. Heck it’s no better here in Texas. Any place it’s a state park you can’t go on there with a detector. Along the coast if it’s a state park you better not pull a detector out unless you want a fine are jail time. We have some treasure ship’s along the coast so to make sure they keep you off they made it National sea shore . There they don’t put you in jail they put you under it . like your problem they don’t want to put out the time and money plus all the hard work and maybe still get nothing. They are willing to take it from you like Texas did in 67 from some treasure hunters. If th
    2 points
  39. I think it's specfically the silver 3 cent piece, at least here in the USA. We also had a nickel-copper 3 cent piece which superceded the silver one. That wasn't very popular either. Finding either is an accomplishment but the silver one is so tiny that it's even a better feather in one's cap than a nickel 3-center. In the mid-19th Century the USA experimented with several non-standard denominations: 2-cent, 3-cent and 20-cent. None came even close to catching on. They all share a pattern -- the first few years had (relatively speaking) high mintages but their failure to be popular
    2 points
  40. Just received and works great! 👍
    2 points
  41. GB-amateur , as the others have said: Excellent post ! It is a common observation that gold-nugget hunting is more profitable. From a daily "melt value" perspective (given a skilled hunter, in each venue, that knows what he's doing). And let's be honest : Even if you factor in key-date old coins, that the odds are: It's rare that any old seated coin (even the key date S and CC mints !) will merit you $1k. And a cool collectible buckle or button might net you $1k. And so forth. Contrast to the guys who have strictly drifted to gold nugget md'ing: It can have mu
    2 points
  42. 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
    2 points
  43. Well I'm laying over in northern Nevada for some detecting before heading back to Idaho and my summer job, and decided to go revisit an old dink patch with the GPZ 7000 this afternoon. Since I've hit this place pretty hard, I figured I better use a higher sensitivity setting to see if it would light up some bits that were missed last time using a lower sensitivity that helped keep the alkali rich ground feedback under control. Needless to say, I had to move the coil painfully slow over the really noisy areas, but the extra sensitivity started working its magic right away, as I got a faint but
    2 points
  44. The only place to go would be Gerry's Detectors, Boise Id., as they are some of the best people for what you are asking. Just remember to make sure that you understand your detector before they let you go home and ask plenty of questions. There are no stupid questions when it comes to detecting, believe me I have asked many of them and have always got good answers.
    2 points
  45. I'm a graduate of multiple trainings. Each class taught me something else. First there is the training you get on a specific detector. It sounds like you are taking an economical route and getting a pre-used detector. You will save enough on it to more than pay for a couple of 'get to know your detector' trainings. Before you schedule them look at several YouTubes on your detector. Just make sure you select a gold detector. Dealers have those used and traded in also and they will have checked them out before they sell it to you. Second type of training is where to go. This m
    2 points
  46. The cost of the 3 day training depends upon the cost of the detector you bought from Gerry, and in my case since I didn't buy a detector from him I still was able to get the training, but without a discount. Definitely worth it, IMO. Not only do you get Gerry's expertise but also that of four other top level gold detectorists (including Lunk who posts here regularly). It's roughly 1 1/2 days of lecture and an equal amount of hands-on in-the-field instruction. Getting this kind of training takes away the doubt ("am I doing this right?") and thus saves a lot of getting up-to-speed tr
    2 points
  47. As mentioned, getting training from a dealer is the best way to go. It is offered by several well-known and capable dealers including Gerry’s detectors in Idaho, and Rob’s detectors, Chris at Arizona Outback and Bill at Nugget Shooter in Arizona. Definitely go for training which they offer for free with purchase of many of their detectors, or at least go to one of their paid classes if you buy elsewhere and don’t have a good source for training with it.
    2 points
  48. I cant believe you found it so fast! It certainly looks like the William 1 silver penny. The 10th picture in the link you sent is dead on. Thanks!
    1 point
  49. With the BT though, do you adjust the volume at the headphones or is it the same volume buttons on control panel like for the rear speaker?
    1 point
  50. Could you go into more detail? I ask because I sometimes wear waders in a creek here and if there's something I need to be aware of I'd like to know now. Ah, maybe the loss of thickness is the reason. High conductors (like copper) aren't as vulnerable to dTID droop caused by thinning, I think, because the penetration depth of the eddy currents is shallow -- i.e. more of a surface effect. (Could be way off-base on that, though.) Interesting datapoint. Wow and yikes! I caught a rockfish off the California coast (pretty tasty, IMO, even though the locals think of it as nothin
    1 point
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