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  1. I think JP summed it up nicely. Yeah, 6000 gives Monster run for the money, but I still bet on Monster for the tiniest bits. Yeah, the 6000 gives the 7000 a run for the money, but I still bet on the GPZ for the deepest bits. For me 6000 is SDC that should have been, in regular box, with swappable coils. And better ability to obtain a smooth threshold while retaining power. SDC is more compact, fully submersible, less expensive, and will kill hot rocks that will bother 6000. But for me there is no comparison. Maybe an SDC owner that has Coiltek coils, but not really. That’s an afterma
    18 points
  2. 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
    16 points
  3. I’m was on the GPX 6000 development crew. This is my first production level model, a step up from my last prototype... which I thought was great. Sadly for some out there, this means I have a 17” mono while the rest of you wait. The good news as the guy who tested this detector in Nevada and California is I can tell you all about it. But hold the questions. Got a day of detecting under way, will report and answer all questions fully and honestly. Tester haters can take a hike now and leave the forum, as I’m as fond of you as you are of me. Like in, F Off. If I could withhold good information f
    14 points
  4. Maybe the finds were light but the trash was heavy. I'm getting nervous that the farmers will show up and I'll be out of the fields for the rest of the year. I've never dug so many bullets, all either vintage non military, or brand new black powder, mostly in the 50 caliber range. I was hunting a roadside in this field near my house today. There was a horse racing track here long ago, the farmer "killed" the side of the road it was on, not sure whether he did it so I could check it out, but we did discuss it a while ago. This is only half the road looking back to the entrance, I'm pr
    10 points
  5. The 6000 is all about light weight and amazing sensitivity on the sub gram stuff with good outright 5000 depth performance of which we are already very familiar. This has all been bundled into a modern electronics platform with the inclusion of GeoSense PI so the 5000 outright depth aspect of the 6000 will have a positive effect on its overall use. The 6000 does an amazing job at what it was designed for, namely pulling gold out of thrashed areas, everyone talks about not wanting to lower themselves to chasing ‘fly chit’ gold but at the end of the day its fun to go home with a few bits a
    10 points
  6. Got to spend an hour with mine last evening. Thanks to JP for sending it out so promptly 👍 What do you do with a new detector? Put it in Normal and turn the Sensitivity to 10!! 🤣 Went to a local spot that has been a very small gold spot - one that I have described here when using the GPZ and Monster. Found 1 little piece of quartz that could only be described as having a splash of gold on it. Got tomorrow off so will get out and test properly with more regular settings, undug targets and swapping between settings to see what works best in my ground. Ergonomics
    7 points
  7. Let’s just say we have different ground. I recommend high mineral, big gold people lean to JP, low mineral, small gold folks to me. Our observations and recommendations will be different. Any doubt, see Steve’s Insane GPZ Setting. I’m not saying you will never need DD coil, but I’m also saying a 6000 with 11” mono handles my salt ground better than a GPZ with stock coil. Is that because the coil is smaller? Of course. Does not change the fact that out of box, I’d rather run a 6000 with 11” mono in salt than a GPZ with stock coil. On my ground, the GPZ with stock coil acts more like the 6
    5 points
  8. Steve, You got my attention at "happier than ever"! Let us know how that elusive 17" coil works for deeper targets...it may just reduce the GPZ edge on deeper bits. WOW, so excited I pre-ordered a GPX 6000 and traded in my GPZ, this is going to be a game changer for those of us in retiree camp and slowing down.😄 Thanks Gerry McMullen. No more: Heavy detector, ML harness with struts, ferrite to GB, GB decision of Auto, Semi-Auto or Manual, trying to maintain proper coil control with a heavy coil, not being able to scrape the ground, X signal and saturation signal confusing the dete
    5 points
  9. JP, I've followed every one of your reviews and tips way back to the first GPX and I well remember the heat you have taken on each new Minelab release. The old Finders Forum was a hoot because for me it's a hobby and the unbridled opinions and malice expressed by its members defied logic. My post was rhetorical, just bringing some of the various internet comments and questions to one place for a little pre-release exposure here in the US. Me and most of the DP members are anxiously waiting for your unrestrained views and experiences with the new 6000. Your expertise is always
    5 points
  10. You’re not free, metal detecting with the 6000 will still have all the little pre-ambles that are associated with the laws of physics. So scraping the coils is still a no no (In mineralised variable ground types), this is because the 6000 is an extremely early sampling PI, as such it will react to ground signals just as much or even more if you do not exercise some coil control, just that now it is a LOT easier on the GPX because it really is a lightweight sweetie. ❤️ 😊 To deal with salt you will need to use the DD coil and that means a heavier coil, but wow is it sensitive to small surface g
    4 points
  11. Trash is easier than gold so far this morning good showing already though so no worries, will finish out day, be home very late. I just wanted to note that fact production unit was delivered to my doorstep means dealer units are not far behind, probably on the way right now.
    4 points
  12. I’ve been detecting for gold for a VERY long time and have seen a lot of crazy things happen over the years but this recent experience takes the cake. On the same day but prior to when I filmed my son Joshua digging some gold with the GPX 6000 I heard Josh calling out to me to come take a look at what he was holding. I was perplexed to say the least because it looked like a big dead stick, so I just assumed he had some sort of interesting critter sitting on the stick and wanted to show me. When he got closer I couldn’t see anything that might have attracted his attention but he was looking at
    3 points
  13. I don’t see how anyone could not like it, just swinging it and listening to it. Yeah, I know, wear headphones... except I don’t anymore. The speaker is so loud it literally vibrates the speaker grill at full volume No harness, no bungee, no headphones... you may not find gold, but you’ll be comfortable doing it!
    3 points
  14. The GPX 6000 is an extremely early sampling PI, as such it will react to salt signals because salt effects detectors that early sample (VLF are very bad for salt signals too). Early sampling is kind of like higher frequency which is also affected by salt so in the case of the GPZ the High Yield timings suffer the most because of both these scenarios. The way to deal with salt is to Slow the coil speed down (salt is swing speed dependant) Have a faster motion filter like high freq VLF detectors do (Recovery) Use smaller coils A dedicated coil that can cancel salt s
    3 points
  15. Although good to see the first "test comparison", I would caution to rush to early judgements. There is so much more that needs to be considered when comparing machines and performances that I doubt such a simple test will serve justice. The 7000 stands out in so many aspects that are not considered in the simple test experiment shown in the video.
    3 points
  16. Do as much research as you can on that Horse Race track to unlock that site .If you can find the hot spots thy should be very good producers, Aerial photos may help along with existing or past roadways. Try to figure out how it was laid out; entries & exits, grand stand, parking & concession areas. Don't overlook the less public areas. There was lots of non respectable activity going on also. Official bets were paid in hard money and it got spent often at the same site. I have been hunting half of a never detected half mile oval track from the late 1880's to mid 1920's for the pas
    3 points
  17. My shoulders are literally writing minelab a thank you letter as we speak :)..... Cant wait for Saturday to finally get this thing out thru its paces!!.....Its been a long week at work already while knowing what is in my cupboard!!!
    2 points
  18. Been bulldozing a lot with the 11” mono. Get a speck nearer the winding, bang! And yes, in the right ground little invisible hot rocks will make it impossible, but here at least I’m good. Guys here will love it, but gimme that 6x10 scrubber also please.
    2 points
  19. I am a contrarian: i still like all of that! But also will enjoy the 6000.
    2 points
  20. If I owned all five of the detectors that are on the performance chart then I would definitely go find some moderately mineralized ground and see how far down I can hear each of the five nugget sizes .05, .1, 1, 10, 100 gram indicated on the performance chart, even using different coil sizes to achieve the best sensitivity and for best depth dependent on nugget sizes.This would give me a more transparent idea of the differences in detector performance, where they excell and struggle.
    2 points
  21. I find a “news release” a little hilarious at this point. Yeah, real news.... months after the Africans announced it!
    2 points
  22. Try hunting the path the bulldozer followed pushing to the ravine. Small items probably dropped out along the way.
    2 points
  23. Ah Steve just report now 🤣. If these are your final detectors what are they gonna do to ya, take it away? 🤣🤣
    2 points
  24. I don’t think First Texas has any control over the exchange rate or duty fees. I sent one of my AQ’s to a friend in the UK. Listed it as used for repair to avoid the import fee. $98.00 one way.
    2 points
  25. I've been using every resource I can, but sadly most is word of mouth. I've yet to hit the county records. There is almost no history of this area in print, and much was lost in a courthouse fire. What I do have is historicaerials.com which led me to 3 farmhouses and some great finds. The oldest photos are from 1967. They do show the old fence and hedgerow where the track was. It was a straight track by all recollection. Some of the latest Intel was there was a training field. Saddest part is that the surrounding buildings and house were hit hard by a person who spent 3 weeks there
    2 points
  26. Very interesting finds, and you just keep them coming from your fields that you hunt. Good luck on your next outing.
    2 points
  27. For those of you that carry a PLB or EPIRB, I’m not sure which Minelab or PLB and EPIRB models are affected, but there’s an interesting discussion and a Minlelab advisory about accidental activations due to a PLB sitting too close or touching an active coil. Just something to look out for if you carry one when you’re out and about. They recommend keeping it further away than 10 cm from a active coil. https://www.prospectingaustralia.com.au/forum/viewtopic.php?id=35628
    2 points
  28. I’m waiting patiently to see what the intel brings.
    2 points
  29. 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
    2 points
  30. After seeing the latest test vid in the other thread my big question now is.........Why? It was hitting a 1/2 ozt at 18" in EMI in Difficult and Sensitivity at 4. I would think with the 17" coil you could hit a pounder at 3 feet 🤣
    2 points
  31. 2 Gram California gold nugget from the Sierras...this nugget is very coarse. 135.00 dollars includes shipping.
    1 point
  32. Are JP et al trading in their Z7000s in favor of the 6000? Is this the "Go To" machine for everyday prospectors? From initial reports it would appear the 6000 excels at sub half gram nuggets in OZ soils, but isn't expected to compete with the 7000 on bigger/deeper gold. Here in the US, will I have to sell a kidney for the luxury of having both detectors? It may be some time before us CONUS prospectors even see the availability of such a machine, do I sell the 7000 before the market is flooded? Does anybody know what the recovery time is for a kidney donor?
    1 point
  33. Figuring out which metal detecting shovel or trowel works best for you can greatly enhance your metal detecting outings, as it will allow you to speed up target recovery, lessen fatigue on your body, and just be overall more successful. With over 60 years of experience in the metal detecting industry, Kellyco has tons of knowledge and real experience that can be used to help you pick out the perfect digging tool for your needs. What Are the Best Metal Detecting Shovels and Trowels? While digging tools may seem like a simple technology, it can be hard to determine exactly what you need
    1 point
  34. I've got some info from the state library, it's difficult to navigate. I'll be avoiding Historical societies except in my will. 😀 Everyone knows everyone here so even a visit to the county records is a problem. This is all to respect the privacy of the property owners, some of whom have asked me not to get others involved locally.
    1 point
  35. Chicken has some pay to mine that is fair ground right in chicken once there you might be able to talk to miners and find some ground petersville has a rec area the road into there is not so good if its wet north of Fairbanks is real remote with frozen ground most places around mile 57 of the steese highway there is open ground right along the road I've talked to people that have dredged there and done fairly well at mile 67 there is a abandoned state gravel pit area its like 200 acres people do pretty good there its open to the public its along the river just remember that Alaska is big thin
    1 point
  36. Wow, I seen a few around but never that one, if it had a Troopy in the trailer I`d say it was a proper serious prospector/fisherman for sure, but tis got one of those w`end cowboys Toyotas.... I never said that🤪
    1 point
  37. I can usually tell chain time by what I am digging. Getting keys, key chains and other large oddball targets........it is time to pay attention!
    1 point
  38. Joined this forum and wanted to say hi. Started detecting in January when I purchased an Equinox. Have only been detecting on the beach areas around Fort Myers so far and love it.
    1 point
  39. Ditto what VL said! The foil and vinegar did a great job! Thanks for the info, and pics!👍👍
    1 point
  40. Somehow a metal plate found its way into my EGR a while back, I've no idea how that happened- :)
    1 point
  41. I tried to find this pic a few weeks back when this thread was alive and kicking. It just popped up tonight on Facebook. I have no idea whose it is but the pic has been doing the rounds for a few years now. Bloody nice setup. Especially if, like me, you also like your fishing 😉
    1 point
  42. 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
    1 point
  43. Seeing as I couldn`t talk JP into donating one or Phrunt into getting one, thus realizing I can`t rely on anyone I blew 3 and a bit ozs and bought one.😉 Dealer said with a wink, he thought I showed much more restraint than usual. Buh tis hopeless when your a kid.
    1 point
  44. Thanks for reading my mind, and saving my thumbs there kac!! 👍👍
    1 point
  45. I'm trying not to fall into the NursePaul philosophy of buy high/sell low and what don't get stolen you can give away. If I had 20% of the value Paul's stuff that's been stolen, I'd buy 2 6000s.
    1 point
  46. Thanks a lot for the answers, some good ideas. With regard to the law, I’m based in England so the laws will differ here. I’m a network engineer by trade, so I do know about the upper limits on signal strength and I’m also aware of which frequencies / bandwidths are public and which aren’t. Also government licences can be granted for specific uses. Last week a significant Roman settlement was discovered close to where I live. An article about it was published in the local newspapers and *that night* it was hit by what appears to be a team of nighthawks. Nobody knows what th
    1 point
  47. I am not a beach hunter, but I do relic hunt in VA. I love the Tarsacci in the iron!! I was pulling colonial buttons left and right in an iron patch a few weeks ago. Using the 12 inch coil as well!
    1 point
  48. I never use special cases when traveling. Thief magnets as far as I am concerned. I just wrap the detector in a towel and pack it in my regular luggage. Or if I have too much detector gear, I have an old beat up Samsonite suitcase I keep specifically for that use. Most places don’t care about people detecting, but some might run you off unless you are staying there. But I’ve never had a problem. I’m always in early and gone before crowds build. I don’t like getting near people at all, whereas I’ve seen some detectorists practically hunt to a person‘s towel or under their chair while they
    1 point
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