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  1. Today found me deep in the Nevada outback, searching for those elusive gold nuggets with my trusty Minelab GPZ 7000. Towards the end of the day, I heard a nice, narrow double target response from the detector, just like the small and shallow sub-gram nuggets make. After pinpointing the target with the edge of the GPZ 14 coil, I plunged my plastic scoop into the loose soil, where it encountered a rock about 3 or 4 inches deep. Removing it from the soil, I immediately noticed that the rock was unusually dense; rubbing the dirt from the stone revealed the familiar rusty tin can color and smooth,
    17 points
  2. I like carrying my small Apex pick but it’s always left me wanting a bit more when digging the blade is a narrow scraping down on a target but I’ve put up with it because it’s lightweight and digs OK. A couple months ago the bracket welded onto the rear bumper holding my spare tire and aux fuel tank cracked and was starting to flop around held mostly in place by the large bolt the swing out arm pivots on. The bumper actually works well with the exception it’s breaking and a new setup would run me $1500 to $2000 so I decided to teach myself to weld on YouTube and bought myself a little mig/tig
    10 points
  3. Yes, I'm based in Africa but it's a big place so there's no one answer as to why no posts? Yes, there's Internet but it varies from 5G to 0G depending which country and where in the country you are. There is activity, Google "metal detecting/South Africa" and you'll get hits . Google "metal detecting/Equatorial Guinea" and you won't. My guess is that there's a booming gold detecting scene in lode gold places like Ghana, Mali and southern Ethiopia around Lega Dembi but it's all under the radar. But these are places you might not want to go or at least send your mother-in-law first to chec
    9 points
  4. Yesterday I and some friends were detecting a very old park. There were 3 flour Mills there dating back to 1850. I found a bell dating to Sept 8, 1863. Likely a bell to one of the flour Mills. The bell is almost 5 inches in diameter. I also found two dimes, 1907 and 1876. The 1876 has a CC mint mark ALA Carson City. Finally a few weeks ago in a different park I found a 1909 half dollar. All of this with my new Equinox 800.
    8 points
  5. Great responses from everyone and I appreciate the love as I really do try and care about my customers Success and them knowing their detectors better than what any other dealer will provide. I love it when I see other dealers offering education, as that is what separates us few from the majority. So when I see them offer some training, I just make sure my staff and I offer more and also the knowledge of seeing different kinds of gold in its natural state the way it was found and how those varying pieces respond to the multiple gold detectors on the market is very informative and unknown to
    7 points
  6. GARRETT METAL DETECTOR ANNOUNCES FIRST DETECTOR LAUNCH FROM THE WHITE’S ACQUISITION - Kevin Hoagland Van, Texas April 17, 2021 – Mr. Vaughan Garrett Senior Vice President, Marketing and Sales announced to the attendees of the Charles Garrett Memorial Hunt IV, the first co-branded Garrett – White’s detector will be the GoldMaster 24K aka. GMT 24K due for release mid-year 2021. Members of the Garrett team that I spoke with including Mr. Garrett shared with me that there are Garrett technologies they wish to incorporate into the GMT 24K before release but did not elaborate on what those upgra
    6 points
  7. Went ahead and ordered a set also, thanks for the suggestion.
    6 points
  8. Quote.......Problem is I can't find any place where legally you are allowed to go prospect. I checked Papua New Guinea, which I think has an amazing potential for nuggety gold based on the geology I've read. It's incredibly dangerous too. But sadly foreigners aren't really allowed to prospect and every square inch is privately owned. I took a job in PNG way back in 1973 for 6½ years at the final construction stage and initial copper/gold mine (the largest in the world. I packed my gold pan to do some prospecting as there was a remote gold mine at the mine site. At that stage PNG was under
    6 points
  9. The 6000 will yodel just like any detector near power lines until you put the GPX14 DD coil on, then it defaults to Cancel mode and it is pretty much hush quiet after that unless you use the inbuilt speaker. To work as close as possible to EMI sources with the standard 11” mono keep the coil as flat as possible especially at the ends of the sweep. You’ll soon work out what the boundaries are. I have found with the GPX11 mono you can dial back the sensitivity in Manual mode or put the detector in Auto sensitivity then turn Threshold off and still maintain some pretty impressive depth witho
    5 points
  10. I purposely but for a brief 1/2hour run the 6000 over a very variable patch with ironstone impregnated slate and a fine covering of chert fragments, in difficult but auto2 it picked up two scraps of gold on a horse trail. Linear detecting as could not swing side to side due to the grass cover. The 6000 chattered a wee bit and needed a bit of use of the quick trak button but handled that ground whilst recovering gold better then any detector I`ve used, impressed me big time. It is one area I`ll be back to later in the year when the cattle have taken the grass off. Edit... the ease with whi
    5 points
  11. Nice wings! When my pick point wore out I cold cut a Cat D4 grouser plate to shape, cut the old blunt tip off and stick welded the replacement on using low hydrogen rods. Note the chevron shaped cut for maximum strength. That was some years ago and the point still remains sharp many hundreds of holes later :)
    5 points
  12. There are various videos on Youtube, Facebook, etc. They usually aren't like Western videos though, they don't seem to really show much detecting. I doubt many villagers have time or resources to be posting to forums or creating videos. The Western US was incredibly dangerous back in the 1800's when the prospectors came out. I find the potential adventure in another country to be a somewhat tempting prospect myself. I have little family, nothing to lose really, why not. Problem is I can't find any place where legally you are allowed to go prospect. I checked Papua New Guine
    5 points
  13. Crikey, what have you started Lunk. Aventree and Minelab will get together and we`ll have a heads up unit on a band in line with Jasongs recent post. Sound and sight detecting maybe with a little scent producing an occasional coffee sniff for a quick caffeine hit.
    4 points
  14. You guys are going to have some pretty funny looking matching tan lines wearing those things out there! 🤣 But then again it seems like it would be a nice thing actually, especially since you’re losing the harness!
    4 points
  15. Another Tony Famo YT video with the GPX 6000, showing "no threshold" and different gain settings on targets. Bill
    4 points
  16. Sounds like you are new to the gold nugget detecting hobby. You are detecting the wrong spots if you are in black sands i.e (magnetite, ironstone, manganese, hematite etc.) that are a foot deep. Move on, and prospect different areas.
    4 points
  17. Airtimesa -- For what it's worth, I've built one-piece carbon-fiber dive shafts for folks before, so if your idea proves to be a bit too long, I can hook you up with a one-piece carbon-fiber one, built to whatever length you prefer... (or, it could be a two-piece with a short upper and very short lower, just enough to allow a small amount -- a few inches or whatever -- of adjustability in terms of length...) I can do whatever you like -- as I'm always happy to do custom builds... Thanks! Steve
    4 points
  18. Yeah, it was loud and high toned. I figured it was just another soda/beer can. But I was very deep in the woods following a very old and obscure path and I was surrounded by thorn bushes and under growth. So then I thought who in their right mind would be drinking here, after all, I had gone where no one had gone before, at least no one for a very very long time. I dug it and there it was.
    4 points
  19. I have a Ghanaian work colleague and we talked about African gold prospecting.......he mentioned that in many parts it wouldn’t be safe (for Westerners) to nugget hunt there by yourself or even in groups........you’re basically taking their gold and the locals wouldn’t like it one bit and trying to “smuggle” gold out of the country is another matter entirely. Corruption and danger lurks everywhere and for many, gold prospecting is a means of survival.
    4 points
  20. I am not a fan of the inbuilt speaker and will only use it for very basic work. Zero Threshold is a lot more potent than people realise but it takes time to understand what the detector is telling you so don't discount it based on a few direct comparisons. I see no benefit in using the Manual sensitivity controls with Zero threshold and will only use it with the Auto modes. If you’re wanting to max out your performance and go for edge of detection targets then using Threshold is the best option, but I have a GPZ 7000 for that type of detecting so instead opt for pointing the 6000 in
    4 points
  21. Wow this news from Garrett Metal Detectors was definitely a surprise.! I didn't see this one coming. GPAA News by Kevin Hoagland mentioned this intro news this month.GARRETT METAL DETECTOR ANNOUNCES FIRST DETECTOR LAUNCH FROM THE WHITE’S ACQUISITIONKevin HoaglandVan, Texas April 17, 2021 – Mr. Vaughan Garrett Senior Vice President, Marketing and Sales announced to the attendees of the Charles Garrett Memorial Hunt IV, the first co-branded Garrett – White’s detector will be the GoldMaster 24K aka. GMT 24K due for release mid-year 2021.Members of the Garrett team that I spoke with including Mr.
    3 points
  22. Hi, I'm a old (age over 50) detectorist from Italy. I used a lot of m.d. in 26 years (various model of Minelab, Whites, Tesoro, XP, Fisher, Garrett and the latest Rutus), but i love so much the Whites Spectrum XLT. This is for me the best detector of all time. I hope to know news and interesting contents about the magic m.d. world! Greetings from Italy
    3 points
  23. Anyone read a series of books by Julian May titled saga of the torque’s? These neck thingies look very much akin to what the books were about, I wonder if it will give GPX6000 users any special powers? 😊 I want a gold one. 😂 JP
    3 points
  24. As a non-gold prospector observer, would be interesting to see what else they come out with and how they warranty it. Garrett service is pretty good. I imagine that housing and form factor they used as latest on MX Sport/MX7, the gold models waterproof, not waterproof (GMT/GMX Sport?) they purchased the molds and design. Maybe some of the labels for display unit and coils? Maybe just a simple printing change. Color change probably simple as well. I don’t see the Treasuremaster/Treasure Pro making a comeback as they seemed to be overpriced for that beginner spot where the Ace lin
    3 points
  25. I use a small pick most of the time. I do not have access to welding equipment but when my pick got too short I went to a car muffler shop and got the guy to tig weld a a small handy man jackhammer changeable tip to my pick. It was a great mod. I noted that a super magnet is attached to the pick. I moldered some epoxy putty around the magnet so no edges are on the back of the pick which allows me to remove all steel and hot rocks with one swipe of the hand.
    3 points
  26. I suspect ML know that not in just ergonomics that the 6000 is the new current King, thus they have something up their sleeves, a software update to get the current Z up to speed is the go, or a new lightweight, more ergonomic Z as second choice, Steve and other testers might have a prototype already (I`m an OZ, tis in my DNA to av some wacked fun 🤪 pleeeze put down the axe Steve). Cunning buggers have no competition so to stop it all being boring (and keep shareholders happy) they make their own products compete with each other.
    3 points
  27. I think people over there are just from a different mindset. If they are successful finding gold they will hide and not tell due to fear. Sadly, this region of the world is highly unsafe and the last thing people probably care about is chatting on social media about their 6k detectors which is more than the average annual salary for many. It is striking though, the largest market for ML is essentially silent like a black hole. I always wanted to visit Africa. Unfortunately, for me it will be Discovery channel only. The risk for me and my family would just be too high.
    3 points
  28. I have used external speakers for years and have always been a fan. Thanks to input from JP and Lunk, I just ordered Aventree Torus. Was gonna just run with the 6000s external speaker but I do like having speakers on my shoulders under my ears so the Torus should be an amazing fit for me. Thank ya'll for the info n feedback.
    3 points
  29. Did this video in very bad ground. Probably not the worst local ground I can go to, but I'd rate it an 8/10. Lots of hot rocks, mineralised conglomerates, clay, charcoal patches, the works. In the past, the smooth timings did well here, and each machine got more and more gold as they came out, 4000, 4500, 5000....and there was even a few for the Zed, but I didn't do much with the Zed in this spot as EMI generally sucks, and I was getting good results further afield. The SDC also did well on the shallower bits, and A LOT of lead shot recovered. So pretty much the perfect spot to run the 6000, a
    3 points
  30. This morning was as windy as yesterday, 30 mph with gusts to 45. It was supposed to settle down and stay kinda cool, so I decided to jump in the waders and hit the river. Never saw so much beach before! The tide was way out. I knew low tide was after 12 further down the river so going a couple hours earlier would do. Even the old V8 engine block was out of the water today. In 5 hours I did pretty good. Got some trash but nothing too trifling, a couple of pull tabs and a beer can or two, some fishing tackle, shotgun shells and some odd bits of lead. Bronze bead or roller of
    2 points
  31. Sorry Norvic, feels like we have hijacked your thread! Theres are a great idea! I have always been a fan of speakers under my ears and I have a pathological (almost neurotic) fear of wild dogs pouncing on my back, so have always avoided headphones! Looking forward to feeback to see how they go!
    2 points
  32. Yeah, tis maybe an option I will revisit, wore such in the days before the WM12 when H/phones were the go. Firstly but the band sounds like the go, quick spray of gold flecked paint and I`ll be able to flog it off to JP if it doesn`t do the job.
    2 points
  33. I was thinking Z-Lynk wireless also. If the release is really only a month away I wonder how much tweaking they've done. OTOH they have owned the rights for about a year now and they possibly got to work right away. I like the word 'first', although that might be Kevin's choice of words more than Garrett's. The 24k was the most obvious re-issue since Garrett doesn't have a detector running at higher than 20 kHz (right?). And the 24k was White's best creation in quite a while. Now I'll remind them of my hope -- reissue the Bullseye TRX. I see NickeldNdimed already beat me
    2 points
  34. I really liked a lot about the original GMT 24K. What I hope Garrett changes are the battery system, give it actual target IDs, more threshold adjustments, wireless connection with the Garrett MS-3s and put it on a Garrett shaft system.
    2 points
  35. Co-branded. So Garrett GMT 24K? White’s GMT 24K by Garrett? Garrett/White’s 24K? I’d probably ditch the White’s moniker entirely, but they paid money for the name and want to leverage it. I’m not sure that works unless it was kept as a separate division. People are going to know it’s a Garrett, and that’s what it will probably get called anyway. Avoid the Nokta/Makro effect and keep it simple. Product name should roll off the tongue, not be a mouthful. So it’ll be Garrett 24K for me. Garrett additions? What does that mean? Maybe a tweak to the threshold as I felt a disconnect there.
    2 points
  36. Not only would that not happen on these forums, but I see no reason why it should under any circumstances. Why would Garrett reissuing the 24K not be great news for all involved? Facts are facts, and this is not Whites news, as Whites is gone. This is Garrett news, so I’ll post it there! Genuinely great news in my opinion, and amazed I missed it. Thanks for posting!
    2 points
  37. Good to see you finally broke down and bought a new scoop!
    2 points
  38. Congratulations on your find! It's really nice that you found both pieces.
    2 points
  39. Now that would be a spectacular move by MineLab.
    2 points
  40. Today the better half and I hit the camp. She used the Equinox with 6” coil because the 11” is too heavy for her. I had the DEUS with 11” coil. The DEUS takes some concentration but it does pull some stuff out. Tiny to large it sees it. I don’t mind the false at times on flat iron. Anyways here are some pics of my finds today. The little button is a sailing ship. The pistol probably has a tale or two. The buckle was in a bed of iron and gave a sharp blip on the DEUS.
    2 points
  41. Aye tis the pup of the GPZ, kid dynamite that kills its Dad on depth and sensitivity to those bread and butter scraps, I`ve experienced enough of it and no way would I recommend a Z over it for a serious user who wants just one detector, especially here in rugged FNQ OZ where you need one long leg and heaps of stamina. Might be I`m an old fella but I suspect even for young fellas, ML get one out to Gold Hound.
    2 points
  42. The 6000 seems designed around the concept that I've been talking about here since week 1 of the GPZ release, and had to justify or defend almost every time I posted my settings, for years. To the point I stopped posting about such things. Namely - run as hot as possible while still stable or slightly beyond, then tamp the mess down with low threshold and low smoothing when needed. It does work on the GPZ too. I can't help but feel someone at Minelab read my 5 or 6 years worth of detecting philosophy and got at least a tiny bug in their ear on this machine.
    2 points
  43. Turn Audio Smoothing to High on your GPZ and practice that way, zero threshold kind of behaves the same way.
    2 points
  44. I like watching the show How It’s Made and when I turned the TV on today it was about making detectors. They were at Garrett factory and started out showing how their coils were made plus how each was tested. Then they went through the whole assembly to complete a working metal detector. I’ve seen something like this before but I believe it was somewhat different than the previous one. It was just good to see something American made. Chuck
    2 points
  45. At this early stage of the 6000s release I am going to be bold and throw caution to the wind, the 6000 will do what no PI or ZVT will do and maybe replace your VLFs except where discrimination is needed. Time will tell and I look forward to your findings.
    2 points
  46. Aye Mn the 15x10 X coil as all the X coils I`ve used lifted the Z another level, but time and new tech has brought us the 6000 which lifts it another level again, watch out when ML introduces Z2 with that 6000 tech and lightness, just wish they`d allow for aftermarket coils as they once did.
    2 points
  47. It’s like an ore nugget. If you were probably to dissolve that away it would end up being a big pile of dust and flake, or wire gold, so there is lots of pore space in it. Try running your detector over a veil of gold dust and flake. It doesn’t work too well. VLFs work much better for fine gold and should sing nicely on pieces like that!
    2 points
  48. Cobill- Glad you and many others enjoyed that reading lesson I posted over the winter. It's not that I don't enjoy selling bigger higher end detectors (in fact I do), but it's the VLF's that will keep on giving on a variety of gold the other PI's and ZED just can't see. I don't make this stuff up, it's facts that I can easily back up and I do it every year. Here is another one I recently posted to FB (Gerry McMullen) that the Gold Monster 1000 recovered in the same gridded site the 7000 already clean out. In fact the guy wish the 7 was there and showed me where to go with the Monster,
    2 points
  49. All the gold is gone in Australia too, right mates? 🤠🤓😉 thanks for the write up Steve, One question... Is the 6000 that much better that the 5000?
    2 points
  50. Went to a local park today after work. Only had a couple of hours to detect and test out my new home made arm cuff. I wasn't a big fan of the plastic, and it was a little too wide and flexy for me. At this point I only have about 5 hours on the 800. The first hour today netted me a handful of clad and some misc. corroded zinc. The next hour was the same thing clad and junk. With only 15 minutes to chicken parm, I got a really nice 28-29, not expecting anything great, I proceeded to find out what it was. For a split second I thought it was another odd piece of stainless, But I quickly saw Tiffa
    2 points
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