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Steve Herschbach

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Steve Herschbach last won the day on May 25

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  1. Sales in Africa down, up in other places. Remember as the report notes these numbers are 52% metal detecting, 48% communications. https://codan.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Codan-Limited-Annual-Report-2022.pdf
  2. It makes me think of this little gem: Business is like other relationships. You get in bed with somebody else thinking it will be great for both parties. But sometimes you find out it's just one person getting screwed, and the other doing the screwing. The final lesson being that just like with any relationship, outside observers rarely know which party is which.
  3. It’s not rocket science. The circuit is fine. It’s stuff like using knobs instead of a sealed touch pad. Knobs may be great for adjusting in zero visibility, but I’d far rather have reliable waterproof integrity in the form of a totally sealed control set. The ATX got it right in that regard. And that thin battery cable sticking out the back. I mean, come on, anyone looking at that goes “what were they thinking.” I slipped and dropped my AQ in soft sand and broke the cable before I detected my first target with the detector! No, we don’t need Eric or Reg to fix this. The problems are obvious and known, with a list in FTs hands. Drop in battery being job one. I feel like we had a deal with First Texas. We sign up for this pay to play prototype thing. Our reward was to be able to give feedback, resulting in an improved product. Both First Texas and us end users would ultimately benefit. I and others kept our end of the deal. First Texas so far has not kept theirs.
  4. In big business when beholden to shareholders, well, I think that anyone who thinks ethics and morality is job one has rose colored glasses. It's eat or be eaten, and if it's not outright illegal, it will generally get done if it means winning when others lose. Of course such things are not done in writing. They are done at night at a private dinner, or in other "he said she said" deniable ways. I've gone swimming with the sharks myself, and it is not pretty. People are best off not knowing sometimes how the sausage is made, or who is doing what to somebody else in the "boardroom bedroom." At the end of the day it is all just drama and will matter little in whether I find any gold nuggets next week or not.
  5. I was perfectly happy, more than happy really, with the way the AQ performed and acted. Fabulous audio. I'd gladly buy another one with the physical flaws made right. I sold mine thinking I would be able to do just that in six to twelve months, but it's been over two years now so I really don't think about it anymore. I'll believe it when I see it. It's really a shame, and all I feel about it is a little sad. It's like watching an old friend fail, nothing good about it. Maybe they will turn it around yet, and I hope so, because in the circles I travel in the oldest and proudest name in detecting has now become all but completely irrelevant.
  6. Multi can ground balance to both wet salt sand and magnetite at the same time. Single frequency can do one or the other. So on low mineral white sand or coral type saltwater beaches single frequency is just fine. Or on fresh water beaches. The more iron sands you have on a saltwater beach however, the more multi will be the much better option.
  7. Good work getting their attention on this Jeff! 👍🏼👍🏼 The big lesson here for Deus 2 owners is that when hunting very small gold nuggets, avoid using FMF for now and use Fast 40 or Deus 2 Mono instead.
  8. Welcome to the forum. Nothing at all wrong with the fully submersible Xterra Pro. Anyone that can’t do well with one needs a new hobby. Be happy and go detecting.
  9. If you bought from a legitimate dealer, then that dealer should be happy to help you with this issue. That’s what the warranty directs you to do, see below. If not, then everyone here knows that Nokta backs up their warranty and equipment. Contact them again directly and get it resolved, or kiss your $700 goodbye - your choice. Either there is a misunderstanding and miscommunication, or you are here with an agenda to trash the company and product for other reasons. https://www.noktadetectors.com/technical-service/ From https://www.noktadetectors.com/warranty-policy/: Warranty Policy 1. Nokta Detectors warrants to the end-user customer that Nokta products will be free from defects in material and workmanship for the periods specified in paragraph 2 2. Nokta Detectors warranty periods are as follows: a. Electronic system boxes, search coils, shafts and handles are under warranty for a period of 2 years from the date of purchase. b. All Nokta branded lithium batteries and accessories not listed in paragraph ‘’2 a’’ are under warranty for a period of 6 months from the date of purchase. 3. Third-party accessories and AA/AAA batteries are not covered under this warranty. 4. Nokta Detectors limited warranty covers only those defects that arise as a result of normal use of the product in accordance with Nokta Detectors’ printed instructions and does not cover any other problems, including those that arise as a result of: a. accident, misuse, negligent act or improper maintenance, b. software, media, parts or supplies not provided or supported by Nokta Detectors, c. operation outside the product’s specifications, printed instructions and technical manual, d. unauthorized modification, alteration or service by the purchaser or a third party. 5. This warranty will be void if: a. the serial number is removed or altered, b. the device and / or its parts & accessories- unless specified as waterproof- are exposed to extreme hot, cold or humid conditions or are soaked in water. 6. Neither Nokta Detectors nor its third party suppliers makes any other warranty or condition of any kind, whether express or implied warranties or conditions of merchantability, satisfactory quality, and fitness for a particular purpose. 7. In no event shall Nokta Detectors be liable for direct, indirect, special, incidental or consequential damages, loss or expenses including but not limited to damages, loss or expenses as a result of a failure in the operation or performance of the equipment sold, repaired or serviced. 8. The customer must return any defective component to Nokta Detectors or to one of its authorized dealers with freight prepaid. 9. If Nokta Detectors receives, during the applicable warranty period, notice of a defect in any product which is covered by Nokta Detectors warranty, Nokta Detectors shall either repair or replace the product, at its sole discretion. REPLACEMENT POLICY PLEASE CONTACT YOUR DEALER OR DISTRIBUTOR FIRST IF YOU HAVE ANY TECHNICAL ISSUES. Returning Nokta Products Before you can return any product to Nokta Metal Detectors, you must obtain a return material authorization (RMA). This applies to all product returns, including warranty repair/replacements, and non-warranty repairs. Customer Service will provide you with an RMA form that needs to be filled out completely. Upon evaluation of the issue and the problem, Customer Service will issue an RMA number and send the form back to you. Once you have the RMA, repackage the product appropriately (see section entitled “Packaging your shipment”). Include the RMA form in the package and write the RMA number on the outside of the package. You must also include the original Warranty Certificate dated and stamped by the distributor or the dealer inside the package. We will not accept unauthorized returns or freight collection returns; we will return these to you at your expense. The repair department will evaluate all equipment returned for repair to determine warranty coverage and will resolve any questions that may arise during evaluation to make a final determination. Packaging your shipment Protecting the value of returned products by packaging and shipping them correctly is your responsibility. We reserve the right to deny warranty coverage for any damage caused by failing to meet the following packaging requirements: All electronic components must be taped and/or contained in their original protective packaging or an equivalent substitute. All parts must be packed securely inside the external shipping carton to prevent mechanical damage. External packaging must be sufficient to protect the contents from the usual hazards of shipping. Warranty repair/replacements Subject to the terms of the limited warranty in effect at the time of purchase, Nokta Metal Detectors will repair or replace a product that fails to meet the terms provided, within the product’s warranty period excluding the shipping charges. For products purchased directly from Nokta Metal Detectors, the warranty period starts from the date of shipment from Nokta Metal Detectors facility. For products purchased from an authorized distributor or a dealer the warranty period starts from the date of purchase.
  10. Low mineral I'd go MicroNox and for high mineral/hot rocks SDC 2300. if you have really nasty bedrock or hot rocks you pretty much need a PI. But for milder ground the discrimination capability of a good VLF is great. If we are talking purely between AT Gold and Gold Kruzer. Gold Kruzer is the clear winner. https://www.detectorprospector.com/forums/topic/12951-golden-mask-telescoping-shaft-rebuild/ https://www.detectorprospector.com/forums/topic/7468-my-tips-on-nugget-detecting-with-the-minelab-equinox/
  11. ATX is fully submersible and open coils made for underwater use. Axiom rainproof but not submersible, and coils float like a cork. The 11" x 7" can be held under only with significant down pressure, and the larger ones - well, forget it. Until water neutral accessory coils are available I do not consider the Axiom suitable for wading use.
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