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  1. 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.
    10 points
  2. Nothing special today but still productive. I'm thinking the steamboat unloaded passengers on one side (the high pilings), and cargo on the other (ramp). Hacked around the "passenger" side but didn't go too far out. The sand got kinda loose, and once gave way. There was a 26 ID object in the pilings, dug out out with my pinpointer and trusty composite shovel, when I got it out it ID'd a 31, it's on the left in the trash photo: It's just some sort of aggregate rock, haven't done anything with it yet. The license plate was a 36, again I thought I'd hit the jackpot. 😵 Even the Comet can
    8 points
  3. Got out this morning for a 3+ hour all water hunt. Targets were few and far between but the 14K, 9.4 gram gold ring couldn't hide from the AQ. All settings were at preset except the delay which I ran around 10. I hunt in all metal and some of the iron was questionable with double blips but I dig it all anyway. The ring was down a couple of deep scoops but was very loud and repeatable. The open .925 silver earring gave a broken signal. Thanks for looking. Bob K
    7 points
  4. Glad you like the little blue beastie Norvic. 😃 Couple of things about the 6000, one is it is a little more prone to EMI especially if you tilt the coil out of level plane, this is because the timings are a really wide bandwidth. Obviously in the terrain your working titling the coil is the go-to mode so like the 5000 up in your country you just need to learn to live with it. Secondly I am not a fan of the inbuilt speaker so advise serious operators to look into a low latency Bluetooth receiver arrangement and go wireless. Avantree low latency APTX receiver I have tested the Avantree uni
    7 points
  5. Personally, I am not a fan of cross-talk and arguing publicly on this forum. However, the original poster seems to prefer this form of communication. Several of us have taken time out of our day and tried to offer suggestions to the original poster and have given him sound tips like just starting with the default Beach settings and gradually adjusting from there to fit his situation. Basically, I don't see this process going any further as the original poster is going to do whatever he likes eventually, blame his equipment and us or anyone else that tries to help him after he has asked for hel
    5 points
  6. I can assure all forum readers it is much more stable to use the GPX6000 with the headphones wired or wireless or use a wireless speaker arrangement rather than use the inbuilt speaker. JP
    4 points
  7. While I wait for availability of the 10x5 Coiltek, I decided to make myself feel better by constructing an interim solution. Good ergonomics, runs quiet and stable, great depth and separation. Almost like it was designed in cooperation with the Equinox for optimal operation. 😉 ~Tim
    4 points
  8. That odd thing is part a lantern where the wick comes out. My reasoning for calling it a lantern is I don’t see the metal arms that come up to hold a glass that a lamp has . Chuck
    4 points
  9. 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
    3 points
  10. (Raphis, I've singled out your post as a good jumping off point, not as something I disagree with.) I see these more complicated detectors -- lots of settings available -- as multiple detectors. Many detectors, especially those from the past, have few settings to change (and potentially confuse). Asking someone else for their settings has the advantage of a good starting point. Andy Sabisch's book has several example settings which he got from experienced (at the time) ML Equinox users from multiple continents. Those are helpful starting points. Yes, some people take such things too lite
    3 points
  11. Today we went picking strawberries but yesterday I went back to the same general area where I found the Franklin and two quarters. I wet sand hunted one direction and then went back to dry sand with the 11" coil because there are some areas with impossible EMI because of ground cable. Very little in the wet and tide sands as I expected. Just some deep pennies. I worked the area completely where I found the half with a grid pattern and found the wheat. Somewhere within my scooping I got the 1957 dime and I got the little .925 silver ring. This actually sets up many, many one hour hu
    3 points
  12. That soft mud is a problem, reminds me of the river I hit here and unless there is some recent erosion from a heavy rain the stuff sits deep. Couple issues I have here is the soft mud often has a ton of new debris layers like leaves and more often than not has aluminum mixed it. If there are any bends to the river try poking around the lead side of the inside of the bank. You should see some stones and even hit gravel at some point. The gravel bed is probably where stuff will settle down to. Much of the low lying areas on the river here have bog iron so your depth from the machine wi
    3 points
  13. A place on the river like that will have a little of everything from years of use, including some nice surprises . One you will not like is quicksand. Be mindful of soft ground underfoot. I know from experience. Check for targets a bit down stream also.
    3 points
  14. I found this coin years ago in an old park in NY. It is just a bit larger than a dime and just a bit smaller than a penny. It is silver... any ideas? Thanks Bob
    2 points
  15. I agree wholeheartedly, and thanks (sincerely) for this advice and others you've given. We all have prejudices (not necessarily a negative word, as it's typically portrayed), some positive and others not so. We are all products of our past as well as limited by our raw capabilities. Site, detectorist, detector -- in that order. Most important (for everyone, IMO): find good/better sites. Next in importance, improve your detecting skills. The right detector is important, too, but how one defines 'right' is as varied and the sites and detectorists.
    2 points
  16. Hi GB......Yes, a successful hunter’s settings could be a good starting point for other th’ers who have the same machine and are willing to try any suggestions that are offered to them....likewise, there’s always a multitude of forumites willing to help another th’er out with detector issues....That’s what a moderately high % of detecting forums’ content is about...trying to minimize the learning curve of a machine.....Yet, no matter how much online help is given to some th’ers, for various reasons, the help given doesn’t “sink in” with the th’er.....it’s like the old adage, “A picture is wort
    2 points
  17. Hey GB, Truthfully I post my ID's because I know you are interested in them 🙂 and while I'm a prolific poster, I hope it benefits. If not y'all let me know. At low tide there's some beach, at high tide nothing. Everything I find is wet daily. Both Chase and I have searched the high ground, he was lucky enough to find a silver quarter. I think the heavier coins may be deeper than I can detect, this area flooded a couple of years ago and it really messed things up.
    2 points
  18. I found them with a 4000 but have had my current 4500 and monster over the spot to no avail.
    2 points
  19. You have a great spot to hunt. Unfortunate for the soft sand. Don't step in any quick sand. A scoop can come in very helpful. I was hunting in a lake and one spot had a big hole. One time I stepped into it by mistake. I used my scoop to help pull me across it and I didn't go under.
    2 points
  20. I've been thinking of asking about just that, thanks. I want to get the most depth I can as I know heavier coins are out there. I always run the detector in all metal, I had sensitivity at 22, Beach 2 for the salt and black muck that makes my carrot unusable, although it does work in some places. Should I go higher? Beach 2 is totally quiet, no interference or stray tones as high as 24 sensitivity. I almost wish there was some gravel, there are virtually no stones anywhere in the river here. It would make for more stable footing.
    2 points
  21. It's not a falsing issue. The black sand is being detected and giving you a signal due to its iron content. The ID that the detector is giving for the black sand is correct. You can't make those signals go away without drastically losing depth. The only settings available to work with for black sand seem to be Ground Balance, Sensitivity, Recovery Speed, and Iron Bias. I would bury some targets and see what combination of those settings gets the best depth. You can choose to hear the low tones or to not hear them. It's up to you. I prefer to hear them so that I know when iron or blac
    2 points
  22. With Equinox on Allmetal in a heavily mineralized terrain you see too much signal from the field / -VDI/, which is also transferred to the calculation of the VDI target. -Setting Discrimination to 0,, and even better to + 1, + 2- eliminates this problem. . The setting of the recovery speed to the value 6-7 .., and also the setting of Iron bias F2, to 0 best... or F2 to 3max/eq 800/ .. is clearly important.
    2 points
  23. Rick and Lunk, thanks very much I try my best to emulate what you guys do, Rick we were just talking about you and your good deeds... your generosity and how you conduct yourself is an example for everyone to strive for.
    2 points
  24. I remember the OP of this thread (he used the same username years ago on our local California forum (Kinzlis CA forum). He was just learning his new CTX for beach hunting back then, and made similar quirky posts on that forum, trying to gain knowledge...I’m not mentioning this as a negative to the OP, but I believe this is his way of trying to learn a new machine....don’t think it’s the best way though, but he has been consistent/persistent all these years (in his own way). Along these same lines of “proper detector settings” for a particular site, I can’t even estimate how many tim
    2 points
  25. AFN, the headphones have their own two button volume control. MN that Al Xter is a bit alright but I`ve found manual GB is a feature that helps especially in benign river and creek sand for depth, also another option for patch clean up along with Bogenes. Which reminds me the no audible threshold (Bogenes) on the 6000 is pretty good, on all of the positive undisturbed signals I switched to it registered, audio was a little clipped but definite, I used the speaker not the H/ph so I expect on those very slight threshold changes it will not register. Those Aventrees that Lunk found ar
    2 points
  26. Norvic, This reminds me of the Bose Sunglasses I saw. I wonder if Avantree makes sunglasses. I have some Avantree's I use with my Equinox. I'm glad you like the 6000. I'm certain that any detector that automatically adjust to the ground will find its place in the nugget world. A GB2 needs constant manual adjustment. That becomes automatic to some people. Some people can't master it. I've never used a GB2 but I have a GB Pro. If you take the human out of it and make a computer determine the settings (a little bit of AI) for smoothness to ignore the ground it will do a
    2 points
  27. Here are some more pictures of the break. From what I see, there was salt water intrusion around the pins that were supposed to be sealed in epoxy. I hope that this was an isolated case and not the norm. The broken shaft was received by FT today (April 29) at 10:23 AM. I have yet to receive my replacement, nor have I heard anything more from FT about it. I would have thought that the replacement would have been sent out on Monday also. I was in contact with Russ, Felix and Alexandre all on Monday and nothing since. On a good note, I got gold ring #7 with my Equinox yesterday.
    2 points
  28. I have found very small pin head size gold with the Z but wondering with the introduction of the 6000 what I have missed. Have read about the successes of the 10 Inch x-coil by Simon (phrunt) and Dave ( davsgold) and positive x-coil comments from jr (beatty)and AraratGold on this and other forums along with comments on the X-coil Facebook site. Was also influenced by the test comparisons between the standard Z coil and the NF 12 ( have one) and the potential wait time for a 10 Inch NF coil, so have purchased a 10 Inch X-coil, its in the mail (DHL). X-Coils give a detailed DIY on how
    2 points
  29. I just weighed it...3.1 grams. Doesn't sound too authentic if all those shown are only 1.3 to 1.4g.
    2 points
  30. Reverse image search. Sometimes it's great, sometimes it produces bupkus. 🤪 You posted a great photo so you got great results! I've used it a few times to identify stuff. Google Lens. Runs out of the Google app on my phone.
    2 points
  31. Looks like a membership drive. Gotta be a member to get the secret instructions. I've followed PLP since they were founded and contributed for many years. They have several dedicated members who I'm sure have recreational miners interest at heart. I've just got to ask though - does anyone know of a single court case they have won? I support Mountain States Legal Foundation now. They have pursued and won several major mining cases for small miners.
    2 points
  32. Tis some help there I have an Avantree receiver/transmitter combo and I `ll try the receiver but wires hanging around turn out to be a hindrance rather than a bonus around foliage, so basically I`m on the hunt or will construct a clip on shoulder rechargeable speaker with a BT module enclosed.. The EMI I speak of is natural from the sun I suspect as we are going through some pretty heavy current sun atmospheric layer ionization and its effect is similar to distant thunderstorms on both detectors and transceivers, I have found as a HAM/detectorist but I don`t wish to complicate a simple to
    2 points
  33. X rated love it, aye there`s a new kid on the block, but that thick in the middle brother only leaves it scraps it seems.
    2 points
  34. I’ve been told a Zsearch order is headed its way UpYonder 😊 which means not much stock to be had in Aussieland for a while. 😞 Pretty frustrating being a dealer in Australia at the moment, it’s the start of our detecting season and the two main hot items of choice, GPX 6000 and Nugget Finder Zsearch, are in constant backorder with a few dribbling through here and there, losing sales is the order of the day as customers scramble all over the country doing the ring around trying to get their hands on product before they head off on their prospecting adventures. It makes it hard to plan your
    2 points
  35. Sheppo that lightweight mono allows easy scanning of the immediate rugged banks of those creeks and gullies. GC you`ve nailed it, something is different in the way the 6000 handles variable ground, maybe Geosense is more than just a marketing word. I know as I was working grassed wet ground and the sun was rising I had to hit that noise cancel button often to keep that coil working. Beatup, tis easy to like. Gerry`s training has been shortened up but he`ll have plenty of users to offset and keep him busy.
    2 points
  36. Sweign Thanks, I love the 7000 it’s all I really ever use I’ve swung it since the release in 2015 and it is hard to imagine it misses much, guess I’m watching intently on reports for the 6000 (not 600, lol) and waiting on the new nugget finder coil although as the days tic by I’m inching ever closer to just going x-rated... starting to look like the logical choice.
    2 points
  37. This thread reads like a broken record. Some high level advice should you choose to heed it Bklein: Your stubbornness on insisting on using F2=0 due to an overblown fear of target masking on the beach is hindering you. Just saying... If you are going to ask for advice you also need to be honest with yourself and realize you just may have misconceptions, mistaken notions, and are latching on to previously provided bad advice. Once you overcome those hurdles there will be a lot less wasted time on these exchanges. Use of high/max sensitivity, no iron bias, and other m
    2 points
  38. 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
  39. Great advice and thanks! The Equinox simultaneously goes from 5Khz to 40 Khz, unless a single frequency is selected. I can select 4,5,10 or 15khz on the 600, may try some single frequencies. However, I can't do that on beach mode, and the modes that aren't beach are noisy. I'll try it anyway !
    1 point
  40. 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.
    1 point
  41. Got to love those pigs, so well mannered using the right tableware, and also tipping their servers! Great job on the hunt, and keep it up.
    1 point
  42. Let me jump in here. There are others who can attest to the same but there were and are ample videos and instructions for a competent person to follow to cut the wires, strip them of coatings and solder them on to the connectors. These diagrams and videos were supplied to my tech and he understood what to do. I read them and was a bit intimidated to heat but not 'over heat' the wires and such so it was just not worth it for me and I paid the $100 or so to have two connectors put on. (You cut a wire and put a connector on each end. This lets you use your original coil/adapter and attac
    1 point
  43. Hey, I was just going with what I was told to set things at. I later advanced the Sensitivity as I was out of the black sand area. I came back into it and took this video, but it turns out the video I wanted you guys to see, sensitivity 17, and me setting it in and out of Horseshoe mode to hear or mask the black sand responses, didn't really record. I did not set F2=0, it was default FE2=2; max. is 3 on a 600. You think that will make all the difference? I don't. I really wonder Midalake if when you are pushing for 1 tone you really intend to say 2 tones - if you set 1 tone you lose the
    1 point
  44. Good topic. What many people don't realize is bigger isn't always better. Coil size and proportions play a major role in their success in searching. For DD coils the width determines depth, the length determines coverage and the cross over between the 2 coils determines target separation. Average depth gain is typically 70% the difference or .7" or less per inch. So an 11" coil that hits a particular target at 10" vs a 13" coil the 13 will have approx 1.4" gain or will see that same target at 11.4". This is just a rough estimate on coil depth differences and a lot plays into the resu
    1 point
  45. 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
    1 point
  46. 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
    1 point
  47. Look at the bright side. At least the coil ears didn't break !🤣
    1 point
  48. They should have just glued that post instead of running a pin through that causes a weak spot. Even though that post is solid it is still just plastic.
    1 point
  49. That's an amazingly close match F350! Same feather count on the wing edges! Unique find kac!👍👍
    1 point
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